I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day
Length: 8 hours and 4 minutes
Published by Kensington on February 28th 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Laural Merlington
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Also by this author: Flipped For Murder (Country Store Mysteries), Grilled For Murder
Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?
Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .
Here is what I thought
When the Grit Hits the Fan is another good mystery in the Country Store series. I really like Robbie and all the others in this series.
Robbi is doing really good since the last book, things are looking up for her and her restaurant/store. Then her and her friend go out in the snow for a walk and find a man frozen in the pond. She was not looking to find another body, she is still getting over finding the one from last time. Then her friend is accused of murder and she is thrown back into trying to figure out who the killer is although Octavia the towns detective would rather she stay out of things.
Robbi is a great character. She seems pretty down home and ordinary which to me makes her easy to click with and having listened to the other two I feel like I am really getting to know her and rooting for her and her new boyfriend (you just have to read/listen to the other ones to know why). I really like Abe too he is really sweet. The side characters that works at her store are fun to get to know as are some of those around the town.
The mystery was really good and I probably should have guessed the killer but I was just enjoying the characters and never really tried and so I was like oooh it was that person, should have known…lol.
Can’t wait for the next installment to come out!
Recommend if you like
Cozy mysteries, great characters, and foodie themes. It has recipes! 🙂
As Maddie Day, Edith writes the Country Store Mysteries, from Kensington, set in southern Indiana. FLIPPED FOR MURDER releases in October, 2015. Edith lived in Bloomington, Indiana and earned a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. Her roots in the state go back five generations.
Please see Edith Maxwell’s author page for more information about her three other mystery series and her award-winning short stories.
I really like this narrator, she does a great job. She just has a great voice for cozies! 🙂
Audio rating: 4