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2.0 out of 5 starswould be great without the constant reference to political, etc. stuff
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
This would be a great series if personal views, politics were left out. Not sure about anyone else but I read to avoid the TV, news and escape from the over the top anger and political, whether liberal or ultra conservative views. There are so many other cozy authors that do that, so I will stick with their books.
5.0 out of 5 starsPancakes and Maple Syrup equal Murder
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
It’s the month of March and time for the Brown County Maple Syrup Festival in South Lick, Indiana. Robbie Jordan, owner and chef of Pans ‘N Pancakes, has just finished hanging a “Join Maple Madness” banner on the front porch of her quaint little diner. Along with festival there was a conference being held on the maple tree science. Attending the conference were a local Professor Sonia Genest, Dr. Sajit Rao (who is the father of Robbie’s sous chef, Turner Rao), Professor Warren Connolly from Boston, as well as others. There was no love lost among Dr. Rao and Professor Sonia Genest with Professor Connolly. Turner Rao’s father and his family owned a tree farm and would be hosting a demonstration where a process called sugaring off was being held. When Robbie’s Aunt Adele walks into the diner the next day, she seemed shaken and Robbie is worried something had happened to her aunt’s boyfriend. But her aunt shared she had found the dead body of someone who had already had a close call the day before, Professor Warren Connolly. He was stabbed with a knife owned by Chef Christina James. Now it was Robbie’s time to find out who killed Connolly and was attempting to frame her friend Christina as well as Turner’s father. The characters are all well developed, and the pace of the book is constant. This is the fourth in the Country Store Mystery series and although I hadn’t read any of the previous books, I found this story could be read as a stand-a-lone. The various descriptions of the maple syrup process was interesting and helped tie in the festival well.
It's the annual maple syrup festival in South Lick, Indiana and Robbie is holding a breakfast themed cook off featuring maple syrup at her restaurant. Tourists are pouring in for the event and her restaurant, Pans 'N Pancakes is busier than ever. When a visiting professor, whom almost no one likes due to his demeanor, is found dead rumors start to fly. There are numerous people he had arguments with and all are suspects. Who would want him dead and why? When one of Robbie's friends is targeted as a suspect she does some investigating on her own. I love the characters in this series and the mystery is well written. As an added bonus there are a few delicious recipes included. I happily recommend this book!
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2018
Robbie Jordan always seems to find herself in the middle of a murder mystery. This time the murdered man, Professor Connolly, was eating in her restaurant and seen arguing with several customers. When he turns up dead on the property of Robbie's new helper's farm, Turner Roa's father becomes a prime suspect. Not only was he seen arguing with the professor, he disappears. Robbie does all she can to help the family find Dr. Roa and try to find the true murderer. Turner and his family do not want Robbie's help and this causes many issues between Robbie and the helper she desperately needs during this busy maple festival. While Robbie spends much of her free time trying to locate Dr. Roa and figure out who killed Professor Connolly, she uncovers many clues and puts herself in clear view of the killer. Another great read by Maddie Day. I look forward to the next book in this series as each one is better than the one before.
5.0 out of 5 starsMaple and murder don't mix in Robbie's world but somene feels differently.
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018
I love this series. The main characters and many of the secondary ones are well developed and draw the reader into the story and into the community. I would love to spend more time with Abe but the time we get is quality time. While Robbie isn't the one to find the body, she is drawn into the investigation when a friend is one of the prime suspects. While she is sure that her friend and fellow chef Christine isn't the guilty party, she can't seem to eliminate any of the others. As much as Olivia has bugged her in the past, the State Trooper investigating this murder is even harder to deal with. The March Maple fest is doing its job of drawing in crowds just when she is short handed at Pots and Pancakes but nothing will stop Robbie from trying to find the one who really killed the irritating victim.
Robbie Jordan meets Professor Connolly for the first time in her restaurant. He doesn't seem to be liked among his peers. During a friendly cook-off, he almost chokes on her biscuit. Then much later, he is found dead, stabbed by an expensive chef knife. Now, her new employee's dad is missing.
Well-written and enjoyed the country breakfast restaurant setting. Yet another cozy that made me hungry. Robbie is a great, solid heroine. The mystery was good, but I figured out who the killer was. I hope to read the others in this series soon.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Sugar Maple Shack Fells A Dislikable Professor!
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
Robbie Jordan is having a good life, but, finding that she misses her right arm, Danna who is on a short vacation. Luckily she hired a young man to help her in Pan's and Pancakes, her breakfast/ lunch general store.
There is a science conference nearby and Robbie is busy trying to keep up with all the extra business. She comes upon an argument on her store's front steps. Seems one Professor is not well liked at all!
This feeling intensifies when Robbie's Aunt finds the man dead behind a sugar shack. This is not what the conference, nor the Sugar Maple Festival wants. Robbie feels compelled to figure out this puzzle.
This book was interesting and seemed to be readable as I paged through the pages unstopped. I did have a clue who did it but why? It kept me reading to the last word. Then, I read all the lovely recipes given as a bonus to us readers.
4.0 out of 5 starsA great addition to a highly enjoyable cosy crime mystery series.
Reviewed in Australia on June 22, 2020
Another book I thank myself for. I bought ‘Biscuits and Slashed Browns’ from Amazon Australia, as I’m a fan of the author (under her many names) and have enjoyed this series so far. So, this is obviously an open and honest review, as the only one who paid me to do it was… ME! Thank you me, I adore your GREAT taste in books. ;-)
I will, however, give a big shout out to the publisher Kensington Books, as they are one of my favourite publishers of cosy crimes… and are always approving my requests for books on Netgalley, despite my slow response with reviews. <3
‘Biscuits and Slashed Browns’ is book four in the ‘Country Store Mystery’ series by Ms Day. And, to put it few words – was as enjoyable as the last three books in this series.
I think the thing I enjoyed the most about the book (besides the cosy crime aspect) is the geography and botany lesson given. I would never have thought maple trees, and maple syrup farming could thrive that far south. Yeah, I’m a book nerd and I love learning new things, as well as immersing myself in a good mystery.
Actually, that could be why I’ve enjoyed this whole series. Each book can be a stand-alone mystery… while at the same time the series is slowly teaching me about Brown County and Indiana. I love the detail and research that Ms Day obviously puts into each of the books, to try and make the story as believable and realistic as possible. It really does add to the overall enjoyment of the cosy crime/ mystery genre. That perfect balance of whodunnit, character development, and detailed descriptions of the food, events, and surrounds.
For those who love a food related cosy that comes with recipes, you will love the end of ‘Biscuits and Slashed Browns’ as I have to say those ‘Maple Curry Biscuits’ look like a tempting thing to try. Though, me being me, I’d be wanting to try it with a potato flour or similar… Blame my need for gluten free, and my Asian food influenced upbringing. ;-) Oh, and “curry powder”? Garam Masala at the very least, please!
Admittedly, this was one of the dozens of books I read last year and still owe a review for. So, I apologise if I’ve focussed more on the food and the festivities than the crime. But the crime was indeed there! A bloody murder did occur. And there was a good blending of suspects, red herrings, and believable end result that had me guessing and second guessing myself for a while.
So, yes, this was yet another perfectly balanced cosy crime mystery. It had all the right things in just the right amounts to make me enjoy the reading journey and want to read more in this series.
Book nerd moment – the formatting, layout, editing, etc was the usual good quality I expect from Kensington Books. Then again, it was a published copy, and not an ARC I was reading. Still, I see the same quality in the ARCs they send me too. Any editing clanger was so small and insignificant I’ve long forgotten them… if they were even there!
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes, I would… but you’d already guessed that, I’m sure. I would, naturally suggest the person read the first three books in the series first. I mean, ‘Biscuits and Slashed Browns’ COULD be read as a stand-alone, if you don’t mind leading references to the other books. But I’m a bit of a traditionalist and much prefer reading a series in order.
So, yes, lovers of “small town America” cosy crime mysteries would enjoy this book. Cosy crime lovers who like a cooking/ food aspect to the book would enjoy it. Lovers of those perfectly balanced cosy crime books (and series) would enjoy this. I highly recommend.
Would I buy this book for myself?
We already know the answer to this… as I did! And no regrets either. I mean, with the current exchange rates between the USA and Australia, the current price is at the high end of what I’ll pay for an eBook… but it would still a worthwhile purchase. I’m pretty sure I bought it for a little less… But not too cheaply. Remember, just because it’s an eBook doesn’t mean there aren’t many people who created it and therefore deserve to be paid a decent salary. So never be too stingy! Pay thy authors!
In summary: a great addition to a highly enjoyable cosy crime mystery series.
If you just want to curl up with a non-complicated book that includes a mystery, this is a book (and maybe a book series) for you! I laughed, I was on the edge of my seat. I didn't want to put this book down!
This book is just the right mix of comfortable, easy read and yet the characters are charming...or you just wanna hate them. If you like a good mystery with idyllic descriptions, as well as scrumptious ones, buy this book now! Hope you enjoy it.