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When the Grits Hit the Fan (A Country Store Mystery) (udgave 2017)

af Maddie Day (Forfatter)

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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 . . .… (mere)
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Titel:When the Grits Hit the Fan (A Country Store Mystery)
Forfattere:Maddie Day (Forfatter)
Info:Kensington (2017), 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
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When the Grits Hit the Fan is the third book in the Country Store Mystery series. Robbie Jordan is still renovating the old country store building she purchased in South Lick, Indiana. Her restaurant, Pan N' Pancakes is on the main floor. She is tearing out plaster in the upstairs portion of the building in preparation to add some bed and breakfast style rooms. The restaurant business has slowed down a bit now that winter weather has arrived. While snowshoeing with her friend, Lou, they come upon the body of a local professor frozen under the ice. Unfortunately Lou just argued with the man over his stealing and publishing her research as his own. The local police immediately zero in on Lou as a suspect. Add in secret tunnels, small town secrets and hidden crimes and it makes for a completely engrossing cozy mystery!!

I haven't read any of the other books in this series but was able to enjoy the story and figure out the characters. So, it isn't absolutely necessary to read the books in order. I am going to go back and read the first two books after totally enjoying this one!

I like Robbie Jordan as a main character. She is intelligent, capable and does DIY like a pro! She flips pancakes at her restaurant, investigates murders and wields a pry bar to tear out plaster....and still has time for dinner and extracurricular activities with her love-interest, Abe O'Neill. I like the subplot about her renovating the old store, trying to keep it authentic looking and planning to add a B&B upstairs. The mystery is engaging. There are plenty of suspects and surprises. There were some portions I had figured out, but the very end was a surprise. Loved it!

I will definitely be reading more of this series! Very entertaining! (And made me hungry for pancakes!) When the Grits Hit the Fan will be published March 28th!

Maddie Day is a pseudonym for the author Edith Maxwell. For more information about the author and her other books check out her website at https://edithmaxwell.com/

**I voluntarily read an Advance Readers Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Robbie Jordan owns Pans 'N Pancakes, a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in a small town in Indiana. There's a group of university people who are holding a meeting there, and she can't help but hear snippets of conversation. Some are downright hostile -- and they're coming from Professor Charles Stilton, who's goading people. She hears him get into an altercation with her friend Lou Perlman, wherein Lou accuses him of stealing her research. Then later, she only manages to catch the tail end of an argument with the chair, Zenobia (Zen) Brown. All she knows is that she's grateful she doesn't have to deal with him.

The next day, while she and Lou are snowshoeing, they go across the ice and Robbie sees something under it -- which turns out to be the frozen body of the professor. After calling the police and being questioned, she discovers that her friend is one of the suspects. To make things more complicated, she's renovating her upstairs so that she can open a bed and breakfast in the future. She finds small items in the walls, and mentions it to the previous owner who tells her she would like to see them. But she also finds something else -- something she was never supposed to find, and it makes her curious why it was there and who used it. Now, she has two mysteries to solve: who killed the professor, and who wants her out of the investigation...permanently?

I read the first two in this series and I enjoyed them, so (quite a bit later) decided to go back and read the others. This is the third in the series, and I will say that I enjoyed it as much as the first two. Robbie is an interesting character: she's the owner of a restaurant and a cook, and is also capable of renovating a building. She's also a whiz at crossword puzzles, and right now the puzzle she has in front of her has her wondering. So far, she's narrowed it down to four suspects, but which one of them are guilty?

While she's not going around interrogating people, she does ask questions, and it definitely is making the murderer nervous. There are small clues, but they're not obvious, and this is a mystery that makes you think while you're searching for a killer along with Robbie. When the ending comes and the murderer is revealed, it's a bit of a different climax, and one that I enjoyed reading. That said, I will continue on with this series. Recommended. ( )
  joannefm2 | Mar 22, 2020 |
When the Grits Hit the Fan is the third book in the Country Store Mystery series and is the best so far. Robbie Jordan is renovating the upstairs of Pan N' Pancakes in South Lick Indiana. She talks to the old owner and her daughter about finding artifacts in the walls that she is tearing out to add some rooms as a Bed and Breakfast. They would love to see what she has found. Meanwhile business has slowed down a bit so she has closed for a couple of days a week to do the work. Her friend Lou, has set up a dinner for the Sociology department from the University every other Friday. It is at one of these dinners that a couple of arguments break out. The next day, Lou and Robbie are out snowshoeing. Taking a shortcut across the lake, they find the dead body of the professor that was involved in the arguments the previous evening. He is frozen under a light crust of ice in a large fishing hole. Because Lou was on of the people he argued with the night before, and she was one of the people to find the body, she is the number one suspect. Of course, Robbie wants to prove her innocence and begins to investigate on her own. The side story going on is that Robbie finds a hidden ladder and secret tunnels under her property and thinks someone has been using them. Things heat up with accusations, threats, questions and an eventual showdown. This was a great mystery.

Robbie Jordan is a great protagonist. She is smart, capable, loyal and knows her way around tools. She sure knows how to manage time as she cooks and serves at her restaurant, investigates the murder and the tunnels as well as wielding a pry bar to tear out plaster. With all this going on, she still has time for dinner and extracurricular activities with her boyfriend, Abe O'Neill. The murder mystery was pretty easy for me to solve, but there were still a lot of suspects, red herrings and some surprises in store. The mystery of the tunnels and secret passage was a different thing altogether, I had no idea who had been in the store and why. I read this book in one day as I wanted to see if I was right about the killer. I enjoyed this book and will definitely keep reading Country Store Mysteries. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
When the Grits Hit the Fan: A Country Store Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Maddie Day

After buying and opening a small town restaurant and soon to be B & B, Robbie started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes to keep the store going through the slow winter months. The hostility between the members could be seen and heard, and she wondered if any of them were as smart as she had always thought they were. Professor Charles Stilton, a man who apparently no one liked or wanted to work with was at the center of the tension at the latest meeting. The Professor insults Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou and the chair of his department, Zen ending the night with grumbling and dread.

The next morning Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing and find the Professor frozen under the ice. Before long the police suspect Lou might have killed him after she accused him of stealing her work. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie does what she does best, begins to solve the mystery of the Professor's murder and puts herself smack in the middle of danger, again.
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Robbie Jordan is a delightful character, as are all of the recurring characters in this series. The story although a murder mystery is more than a who done it. Maddie Day fills the pages of her book with several intriguing puzzles. Setting Robbie up for making several discoveries and perplexing mysteries.

Robbie and Lou are by far the most rounded characters in the story, but Jo and Danna are becoming an intricate part of the series and serve to give the reader more than a couple of suspects to point the finger at. Robbie’s desire to make her store succeed even in the dismal dead of winter is inspiring. Her newest love interest is a man who apparently thinks everything Robbie does is perfect, he is respectful, loving and compassionate at all the right moments, and protective when needed. The only complaint there may be is that his background could be better explained, but overall, he is an excellent addition to Robbie’s life.

There are numerous suspects and not even the police can figure out who killed the Professor. Other than the fact that he was not liked by most people, no one, in particular, seems to have a motive for killing him. In the end, the murderer is revealed in an unexpected and heart-stopping way.
The setting, the small town of South Lick, and the plot of this story are delightful and does not disappoint. The reader may well find themselves envisioning the store and its quirky customers sitting down to a homestyle, upscale breakfast, and a bit of gossip. The book is fast-paced without sacrificing detail and those all important clues needed to solve the murder.

This series is highly recommended, if you like twists, turns and a well-crafted story with memorable characters you will love this book.



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  GinDuperre | Jan 4, 2019 |
I got this book from Netgalley and it was great read. Maddie Day delivers another delicious mystery with When The Grits Hit The Fan. Robbie Jordan is back to and she finds herself thrust into another murder mystery. With the help of her friends she will have to figure out all the twists and turns to discover the culprit. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
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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 . . .

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