Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day (thoughts)
"For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana--until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans 'N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes--and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur's knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?"
This cozy mystery series is a personal favorite of mine so I've been waiting impatiently to get my hands on this book. There is just something so delightful about diving back into this series with each book. They have almost become comfort reads at this point as I know to expect mouthwatering descriptions of all sorts of food along with a mystery that keeps me guessing. In this book, Robbie gets involved in the search for a killer after her aunt comes across a body during the Maple Syrup Festival. Robbie's knack for puzzles and natural curiosity always seem to pull her into investigating which in turn leads her into trouble. I loved that with this book we got to see all of the characters that we know and love but also were introduced to a few new ones. My favorite parts of the book though are the times when Robbie is working in her restaurant. I love the little details that are included about prepping the various foods that she is going to serve. The times when she is actually working in her restaurant and interacting with her customers are just so fun to read about!
Overall, I enjoyed this book and thought it was another good addition to this series. I feel like you basically know what you are getting when picking up these books but that isn't a bad thing. It is just that feeling of visiting with old friends - I look forward to these books so that I can dive into this world once again. It is going to be another long wait for the next book to be released but it will be worth the wait! I'm actually really excited because it looks like we will be getting the fifth book this year as well. You can certainly read this book as a standalone but I would recommend reading the series in order if possible. There are pieces from previous books that you will miss out on otherwise. Overall, this is a cozy series that I highly recommend! One of my favorites and one that I wait impatiently for each new book on.
Bottom Line: Another great addition to one of my favorite cozy mystery series!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
Biscuits and Slashed Browns was released today on January 30th!