Strangled Eggs and Ham
by Maddie Day
Paperback, 295 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!
While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders for her expanding clientele at Pans ‘N Pancakes, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat in South Lick, Indiana. Real-estate developer Fiona Closs plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County, and not everyone can see the sunny side of the imposing proposition—including Robbie’s furious Aunt Adele, who doesn’t waste a minute concocting protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .
This is the sixth book in the Country Store Mysteries by Maddie Day. It is the first book I have read in the series and it was not hard to get into like some are after entering a series late. This is also a new author for me and I was getting used to her tone and writing style while reading this.
I have been reading a lot of pretty thrilling series lately and so this one seemed to pale in comparison. If I had been reading it any other time, I might have rated it higher. The mystery was good. It kept me interested and I found the lead character compelling and not snooze-worthy. This has all the building blocks for a great book and I am not certain what it was exactly that made me come to the “it’s just okay” conclusion.
I felt a little standoffish as a reader, as if I was standing on the side-lines watching the action instead of being involved in the action. Maybe I would have resonated with it more if Aunt Adele was the main character instead of Robbie. I don’t know.
I am sure that if you are a hard core cozy mystery reader, this will definitely be your jam. It has all the elements we look for in a good book. I feel like I just read it at the wrong time and after a few particularly thrilling books which threw off my rating. Decide for yourself. Definitely worth the read.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.