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2.0 out of 5 starsI read to enjoy a good mystery...not be preached to
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020
Sadly, I could hardly get through this one. I have read all the previous books and found them enjoyable but this one was purely the author's opinion on social injustice. I can turn on the news if I want that. I read to enjoy a good mystery and her constant badgering about social discord did absolutely nothing to improve the storyline. I sure don't need to be preached to by a fictional character I used to enjoy. I hope Ms. Day goes back to writing a good mystery...I don't want or need her to get on her soapbox and and tell me what's wrong in the real world
WHY OH WHY DID THE AUTHOR HAVE TO GET INTO SOCIAL INJUSTICE AND JUST ABOUT EVERY OTHER SUBJECT THAT THE FAR LEFT IS PREACHING ABOUT. I READ TO ESCAPE FROM THE EVERYDAY NEWS, YET HERE MADDIE DAY WAS PREACHING IT. WON'T BE READING ANYMORE OF HER BOOKS. STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother enjoyable trip to South Lick!
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
What a fun read! I wanted to wait till closer to the holiday to read this but I love this series and couldn't hold out. It was nice after the last book's road trip to be back in South Lick, with all our favorite players! I body found in the attic of a burning house sets the town grapevine humming, then when the twin sister of the original victim is found murdered all semblance of normal disappears!
This is a fast reading mystery with a background of the holidays, great food and all our favorite characters. With a very satisfying ending I am reminded again why this is one of my favorite series!
Robbie is a fun, lovable character who makes readers want to visit her wonderful pancake cafe and spend the Christmas season with her friends, family, and customers. In the newest addition to the "A Country Store Mystery" series, Candy Slain Murder, Maddie Day has made this series even more thrilling.
It's almost Christmas in South Lick, and Robbie and crew are working on their newest creations at Pans ‘N pancakes. Everything seems to be going great until an unexpected murder, a long lost brother, and a handful of strange events leave Robbie stuck in the middle of another murder investigation. This time the murder I sold long before her time, but that doesn't make it any less important. Several mysteries need to be solved, but time is not a friend, and before you know it, there is another victim. Add in the unexpected introduction of Danna's brother, one she never knew she had, and you have the makings of a holiday story that will lift your spirits and keep you happy.
Characters in this series have held the reader's fascination since the beginning. They keep the action moving, add flavor to the town, and keep readers happy. Suspects are found around every corner, and motives abound. Even with Christmas and the holiday season on the horizon, everyone knows Robbie will be knee-deep in whatever horrendous murder occurs. Readers know that Robbie will place herself in danger, solve the murder, and catch the bad guy.
The killer isn't a surprise, but this book's ending will have fans smiling with holiday cheer. Candy Slain Murder is a quick, easy read that gives readers a chance to spend some quality time with the characters they have come to love. This latest addition to the series is the book everyone wants to read and savor this merry Christmas season.
5.0 out of 5 starsChristmas in South Lick ends happy for all
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2020
A festive Christmas season in South Lick is dampened by the discovery of a skeleton in a doctor's attic that appeared to be a cold case. Then to top that, another body turned up which kept Buck and his officers/detective busy as well as Robbie.
I eventually figured out the one I thought whodunit, but the author is very good at throwing doubts into the story which I totally enjoy sifting through, so I read on and was happy with the outcome. The cold case victim wasn't the only one who got a nice ending in time for Christmas! And Danna got the employee spotlight as having a surprise visitor. I liked how that came out as well and look forward to seeing this person in future books.
I do agree with other reviewers that the political and social comments/situations weren't necessary. I was very happy that the person got their punishment, but these types of things don't seem like they need to be mentioned in a cozy mystery especially at the happiest time of year. I tried to skim over all that stuff and simply enjoy the Christmasy goodness of the season with the food and decorations and rated according to story telling.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
In South Lick Indiana, Robbie's restaurant, Pans 'n Pancakes, is gearing up for the Christmas season. Along with delicious food there is also a gift section and the upstairs is a B&B. Everything is going smoothly until odd things start happening. A man shows up claiming to be the long lost half brother of Robbie's assistant. But is he telling the truth? When the house of an anesthesiologist, and not a well liked one, burns to the ground a skeleton is found among the ruins. Could this be the remains of his wife who left years ago? If not, then who do the remains belong to? As Christmas gets closer and closer Robbie does some investigating on her own. I loved this book! The characters are written so descriptively you can picture them. The mystery is very well written. There are also some delicious recipes included. I happily recommend this book!