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It is so easy to get involved in everything the characters are experiencing. I really enjoyed the music festival theme. She did learn she still has a few bugs to work out before her next guests arrive, but it is a fun way to bring new characters to the series. It also gave a great backdrop for the surprising dangerous reveal of the killer. I was happy to see Robbie used some common sense instead of rushing in on her own, but there were still those nail-biting moments and the visions of the horror movie type eyes through the fingers thinking, "don't go in there".
I have enjoyed this series from the start. The author always gives readers a wonderful who-dun-it and I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next. Jul 26, Mark Baker rated it it was amazing Shelves: The biggest problem at the festival seems to be Pia Bianchi, a woman that annoys just about everyone who gets to know her. Will she figure out what is going on? These work themselves nicely into the mystery, providing a reason for Robbie to be involved and giving her access to gather clues.
The suspects are great, and they provide us with some good twists before we reach the creative climax. The series has always featured some local to southern Indiana expressions to provide local color, but a couple of times, they started to annoy more than charm. Fortunately, those were rare moments that were over quickly. I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Oct 24, Lisa Ks Book Reviews rated it it was amazing. With her easy, flowing style of writing, she pens a story that draws the reader in, holding them captivated until the very last word. I enjoyed my time back in South Lick, Indiana, with protagonist Robbie Jordan, and all the great characters that make up the town. The mystery element itself was so well done.
I was seriously chasing the wrong trail for quite some time. Who am I kidding. The perfect recipe for a cozy mystery. Jul 22, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley This series is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and it's always a joy to return to Robbie and her country store.
It's such a comforting and happy feeling to start the next book in a series you enjoy. I like how each book in this series has some familiar elements like the store, Robbie, food and some familiar side characters that play a role each book, like Robbie's love interest, her co-workers and some citizens of the town I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley This series is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and it's always a joy to return to Robbie and her country store.
I like how each book in this series has some familiar elements like the store, Robbie, food and some familiar side characters that play a role each book, like Robbie's love interest, her co-workers and some citizens of the town. And each book also has some new feature or theme. There are also some storylines that continue throughout the series which gives it a great feel of continuity.
This was another great read in this series. I was happy to be back reading about Robbie and her store. Especially as the past few books have been building up toward that. Ofcourse nothing ever goes smoothly for Robbie and she lands in the middle of another mystery. Her father and his wife are visiting from Italy too, so Robbie has her hands full.
This book also features a music festival that takes place close by and there are some scenes that take place there. It was another interesting mystery in this book. I liked how it was a bit straightforward with not too many suspects, but at the same time it had some interesting twists and turns. I also liked the twist at the end as I had expected it to go another way there.
I wasn't too surprised when we discovered we the murderer was, but at the same time I wasn't fully sure who I suspected. I didn't really try to figure out the mystery with this one and just enjoyed following Robbie along as she pierced together the clues.
It also was interesting that there was another detective on the case in this book. The end did feel a tad rushed and I felt like a few questions were left unanswered. I liked the chance to get to now Robbie's father and his wife a bit in this book and it was fun to see how she has reconnected with him in earlier books, but this is the first book we actually see him on the pages, which was great. It was nice to see how they interacted.
Ofcouse we also see more of Dana, Turner, Abe, Buck and other familiar by now side characters. It also was interesting how we got to read a bit about Dana and her boyfriend in this book. Another thing I really like how Robbie is a smart main character.
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She has a few potential dangerous things she gets involved in and every time she handles it in a smart manner. Either by passing it along to the detective on the case or by getting back up before rushing into a potential dangerous situation, which is really refreshing to read about. The bluegrass festival gave an unique touch to this book again.
This was another fun read in this series. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and it's always such a comfortable feeling picking up another book in this series. The mystery in this one was pretty interesting with some nice twist and turns. The theme for this book was a bluegrass festival that took place close by. I liked how Robbie got involved in the mystery, but doesn't rush into danger. She is smart about investigating and there's even a scene where she gets back-up which I liked.
It also was fun we got to read about Robbie her father who was visiting with his wife. All in all this continues to be a great series and I am looking forward to the next book. Jun 05, Fred rated it it was amazing. So what could go wrong New member Pia Bianchi and Abe, with an open mike, have a mild argument as Pia wants to play a song she has written and Abe says they will go with what had been rehearsed.
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And they play their set without any further discussions. The following morning Buck Bird, second in command with the local police, informs Robbie that Pia has been found on the Beanblossom Covered Bridge strangled with a guitar string. Before Buck leaves, Robbie lets Buck know that Sue Berry, who is running the BCBF, had been angry with Pia the previous evening about some money she had lent Pia and which she is behind of paying back.
Also, Robbie heard one of her guests, Beth Ferguson, express quite vehemently her displeasure with Pia being at the festival. Being a Hoosier, I always enjoy reading this series. I have heard most the dialect of the area, but many are new to me. The story is well-plotted and written and follows an even pace. I love the characters in the series. They are all believable and well developed. Delicious sounding recipes are also included in the book. I will definitely be watching for the next book in this exciting series. Jun 24, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the festival entertainers is discovered garrote in the nearby cover bridge.
The area is located in the county so the sheriff department is in charge of the case. The lead detective is a woman. Robbie needs answers before her Father to lose his life. The ending is impressive. Many thanks to Kensington Books for a review copy The opinions expressed are my own.
The fifth book in Maddie Day's Country Store mystery series finds Robbie Jordan and her Pans 'N Pancakes restaurant enjoying the benefits of a nearby bluegrass music festival. Things are going along swimmingly for Robbie. That is until one of the festival performers turns up dead, murdered in a gruesome fashion. Not that she wants to The fifth book in Maddie Day's Country Store mystery series finds Robbie Jordan and her Pans 'N Pancakes restaurant enjoying the benefits of a nearby bluegrass music festival.
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But when the investigation takes a turn that brings the case even closer to home, both personally and professionally, Robbie's reluctance fades and she is drawn full bore into finding out what happened. A further tragedy raises the stakes even more and Robbie doesn't just have to worry about finding the killer, but making sure she doesn't become their next victim. Five books into the series and I am such a fanboy for the Country Store Mysteries.
There's the crime aspect of course, but what I particularly enjoy is how the cast of characters and local Indiana "color" is so exquisitely woven into each book. Robbie's long lost father along with Robbie's stepmother visiting her for the first time was great because you not only got to really see how the two interacted as a family unit but how they reacted to adversity when a dark secret from the past affects one character's reactions to dealing with the police. I really enjoy how Robbie is such a fleshed out character. She knows herself and doesn't suffer from that same kind of wishy-washiness you will find in other cozy series.
This is particularly noteworthy in her relationship with boyfriend Abe. While there isn't much in the way of foul language on the pages of the book, I do like how it is clear that Robbie can actually use swear words. This may seem strange to be a positive but I appreciate that someone expresses frustration with blue language. The author generally uses sentences like, "she swore" and other turns of phrase which fit the parameters of the series but it is certainly better than a heroine who has a hard time even saying something like "Oh Phooey! Yes, she's slightly flawed in that way which makes her all that much more endearing.
And you don't get bored with the supporting cast as they are threaded in and out of the narrative. From her work staff, to family members, local townspeople and cops like Lieutenant Buck Bird, it helps sharpen the focus on what makes the series so much fun to read. Murders aside, it is the kind of small town you want to visit.
Getting to know the people of South Lick, Indiana has been a hoot and a half for me. The writing is top notch, but that shouldn't be much of a surprise to anyone who has read any of the work from the author. But it takes something very special to put a cozy series into my must read category. Maddie Day has certainly done that here.
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She makes you want to grab a table at Pans 'N Pancakes, order one of everything on the menu and settle in for a spell. Personally, I can't get enough of this series. Highly engaging, there's heart aplenty to go along with the mayhem and I still haven't managed to pick out the right killer before the reveal. And while I generally don't have much to do with the recipes in the books, I sure would like to try the one for the Fried Apples. Sounds tasty and delicious! Maddie Day's Country Store Mystery series is a must read for not only cozy fans but for anyone who calls themselves a fan of the mystery genre!
Jun 15, Peggy R rated it really liked it Shelves: Another terrific entry in the Country Store Mystery series. This has such a charming setting and great characters. This time around we get to know Robbie's dad and step mom a bit more as they are visiting from Italy. The mystery kept me guessing. There are two murders in this book and the reader is left to wonder if they are related. There are not a lot of suspects but Ms.
Day gives us plenty of clues and plausible motives to keep the reader wondering if they really know "whodunit. I really enjoy this series and always look forward to a new release. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. Aug 11, Mary Brown rated it it was amazing. A few festival musicians will be among Robb Synopsis: The characters are well developed and well rounded. Robbie is smart, hardworking and knows what she wants in life. Right now she wants to make her bread and breakfast a success.
She also wants to spend quality time with her boyfriend, Abe. And when someone at the music festival is killed, she wants to figure out what happened and nail the culprit. It will not be easy but she feels she is up to the task. I enjoyed spending some time with her father and his wife and her employees. The secondary characters added to the story. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and painted a clear picture of South Lick, Indiana and all of the town folk.
The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book.
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There were numerous clues to sift through and motives to consider when trying to solve this mystery. I think the ending will surprise you, which is always a good thing. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. The whole series is great and I encourage you to start reading it. Jul 08, Lisa Morin rated it really liked it. Running the country kitchen, her own restaurant and vintage cookware shop, is her dream.
Turning into a b and b made even more sense to Robbie, who is full with guests visiting for the Bluegrass Festival. This story will grab your attention from the very beginning, and the reveal left me shocked. This author sure knows how to surprise her readers. A death at the festival certainly puts a damper on things, but Robbie is unstoppable when her Whenever I visit Robbie Jordan, I know I'm in for a treat. A death at the festival certainly puts a damper on things, but Robbie is unstoppable when her father and step mother are considered suspects.
I enjoyed getting to know her father and step mother, and I hope we get to read more about them in upcoming books. Robbie's relationship with Abe just keeps getting sweeter and I enjoy watching the romance blossom. Oct 22, Ann rated it really liked it. I enjoy this series, Country Store. This is book 5 I've read all the previous books and this one is a great catch up for all the characters and has Robbie's father visiting from Italy with his wife. Robbie found out him after her mother died and they are now getting to know each other. Murder again finds South Lick, Indiana and Robbie helping the local police solve 2 crimes.
This series is a good read and presents a good mystery. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Jun 10, RO G'ma rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story is well developed and flows smoothly and the characters are relatable. This book can easily be read as a standalone because there is great character background. Day does an excellent job of incorporating the local dialect in the spoken words, but not in the narrative, which I believe adds to the readability of her book and allows the characters to come to life.
There are plenty of twists and turns and multiple suspects to keep the reader engaged. Her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria, who are visiting from Italy, are among her first guests, along with a few festival musicians who are in town for the Brown County Bluegrass Festival being held in the nearby town of Beanblossom. May 10, Amy rated it it was amazing. With the Music Festival and her father and his wife visiting the rooms are filled. When a musician is found dead it makes everyone uncomfortable. Is it possible the killer is one of the guests at the Bed and Breakfast?
Of course Robbie gets involved looking for clues. Two murders, a music festival, suspects, clues to keep you guessing in this fantastic cozy mystery. This is a wonderful series and I always look forward to the next book. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. Aug 18, Natalia rated it it was amazing. A great addition to what has become my favourite cozy mystery series. It was such a pleasure to back in South lick,Indiana and seeing what Robbie and the gang are up to.
But when a performer is found murdered and her guests are on the suspects list,she takes it upon herself to investigate and find the killer. I really enjoyed this book and I A great addition to what has become my favourite cozy mystery series. I really enjoyed this book and I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. Jul 24, Amy rated it it was amazing. Death Over Easy is the fifth installment in the Country Store series.
Her father and her stepmother have travelled from Italy to visit her and are one of her first guests. There is a bluegrass music festival in town that weekend so Robbie has other guests as well and everyone is enjoying the fun. But when a festival singer is found murdered, Robbie is once again drawn i Death Over Easy is the fifth installment in the Country Store series.
But when a festival singer is found murdered, Robbie is once again drawn into solving another mystery. I really enjoyed this book. The writing is excellent! The author captures the local culture in both dialect and mannerisms. Robbie's character continues to develop and I liked how her family has now been brought into the series. Her relationship with Abe also builds and I hope that continues. My review is voluntary. Aug 02, Kristina rated it liked it. Robbie enjoys an evening at the festival despite Pia Bianchi causing some disharmony. The next morning Lt. Buck Bird stops by for breakfast and mentions that Pia was found dead at the Beanblossom covered bridge that morning.
She was strangled with banjo strings ouch. When Sue Berry ends up at the top of the suspect list, Robbie swings into action. Pia managed to antagonize a notable number of people giving Robbie a suspect list longer than an operetta. Robbie will need to compose the clues into a harmonious tune to pick out the cut-throat killer. Death Over Easy is nicely written and has a steady pace which makes for a satisfying reading experience. I like the characters in the story.
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