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In this freshly baked series, author Maddie Day lifts the lid on a small town in southern Indiana, where a newcomer is cooking up a new start--until a murderer muddles the recipe... Nursing a broken heart, Robbie Jordan is trading in her life on the West Coast for the rolling hills of southern Indiana. After paying a visit to her Aunt Adele, she fell in love with the tiny t In this freshly baked series, author Maddie Day lifts the lid on a small town in southern Indiana, where a newcomer is cooking up a new start--until a murderer muddles the recipe... Nursing a broken heart, Robbie Jordan is trading in her life on the West Coast for the rolling hills of southern Indiana. After paying a visit to her Aunt Adele, she fell in love with the tiny town of South Lick. And when she spots a For Sale sign on a rundown country store, she decides to snap it up and put her skills as a cook and a carpenter to use. Everyone in town shows up for the grand re-opening of Pans ‘n Pancakes, but when the mayor's disagreeable assistant is found dead, Robbie realizes that not all press is good press. With all eyes on her, she'll have to summon her puzzle-solving skills to clear her name, unscramble the town's darkest secrets, and track down a cold-blooded killer--before she's the next to die...


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In this freshly baked series, author Maddie Day lifts the lid on a small town in southern Indiana, where a newcomer is cooking up a new start--until a murderer muddles the recipe... Nursing a broken heart, Robbie Jordan is trading in her life on the West Coast for the rolling hills of southern Indiana. After paying a visit to her Aunt Adele, she fell in love with the tiny t In this freshly baked series, author Maddie Day lifts the lid on a small town in southern Indiana, where a newcomer is cooking up a new start--until a murderer muddles the recipe... Nursing a broken heart, Robbie Jordan is trading in her life on the West Coast for the rolling hills of southern Indiana. After paying a visit to her Aunt Adele, she fell in love with the tiny town of South Lick. And when she spots a For Sale sign on a rundown country store, she decides to snap it up and put her skills as a cook and a carpenter to use. Everyone in town shows up for the grand re-opening of Pans ‘n Pancakes, but when the mayor's disagreeable assistant is found dead, Robbie realizes that not all press is good press. With all eyes on her, she'll have to summon her puzzle-solving skills to clear her name, unscramble the town's darkest secrets, and track down a cold-blooded killer--before she's the next to die...

30 review for Flipped for Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Readaholic Jenn

    A great start to a series. And for once, the murderer was who I was hoping it was. I only hope number is as good as number one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Maddie Day has given this series a fine start. Robbie Jordan is a woman of many talents, business owner, cook, carpenter, and now amateur sleuth. She opens her country store/restaurant with a fabulous turnout only the whole thing put into jeopardy when someone kills the witchy assistant to the mayor and sets up Robbie to take the fall. She doesn’t “flip” out but she does her best to flatten the killer and ride her bike off into the sunset. Not quite how it happens though :) I li Dollycas’s Thoughts Maddie Day has given this series a fine start. Robbie Jordan is a woman of many talents, business owner, cook, carpenter, and now amateur sleuth. She opens her country store/restaurant with a fabulous turnout only the whole thing put into jeopardy when someone kills the witchy assistant to the mayor and sets up Robbie to take the fall. She doesn’t “flip” out but she does her best to flatten the killer and ride her bike off into the sunset. Not quite how it happens though :) I liked Robbie at lot. She is fair and hardworking and smart. She really is determined to make her business a success. One thing she is going to have to do is hire more help especially if sleuthing is added to the menu. The other characters we meet in South Lick are very engaging as well. Next to Robbie I would say her employee, Danna would be my favorite character. I think we have just scratched the surface on all of the characters but Danna is the one I am excited to see more of. She gets her nerve up to put someone in their place in this story and I wanted to jump right into the pages to give her a “high five”. The mayor is a bit over the top but I think Robbie will learn how to handle her. Day gives us a compelling mystery and an intriguing subplot too. The victim wasn’t like by many so there were plenty of suspects. Robbie did find herself in some hair-raising situations that were pretty intense and made the paging fly. There was just a touch of romance that I anxious to see what develops. There are recipes in the back of the book and a sneak peak of the next book in the series Grilled For Murder out May 31, 2016. Can’t wait to return to South Lick, Indiana!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    FLIPPED FOR MURDER, book one in the Country Store Mystery series by Maddie Day was everything I hoped it would be and more! This delicious new mystery won me on page one. The rest of the story was a full course meal that left me happily satiated. I adored lead character, Robbie Jordan right away. Her character is filled with kindness, enthusiasm, and determination. She was a joy to read and get to know. I look forward to spending more time with her in future installments. The entire supporting ca FLIPPED FOR MURDER, book one in the Country Store Mystery series by Maddie Day was everything I hoped it would be and more! This delicious new mystery won me on page one. The rest of the story was a full course meal that left me happily satiated. I adored lead character, Robbie Jordan right away. Her character is filled with kindness, enthusiasm, and determination. She was a joy to read and get to know. I look forward to spending more time with her in future installments. The entire supporting cast of characters were a delight. Multi-layered, real, and some of them, just plain fun! FLIPPED FOR MURDER is a first rate mystery with a wonderfully imagined plot. Author Maddie Day kept this story going at an excellent fast pace, with edge of your seat, page turning writing that held me entranced. Truly a tasty whodunit with a menu packed full of suspects. I chewed on the possible outcome, drinking it all in right up until the shocking reveal! If you’re limited to the amount of new series you can start, you must add FLIPPED FOR MURDER to your list. It is by far one of the best coxy mysteries I’ve read this year! Check out the back of the book for mouth-watering recipes, and an excerpt of book two, GRILLED FOR MURDER!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elle G.

    Release Date: October 27, 2015 Actual Rating: 5 stars Cozy Mystery | Culinary Cozy FIRST THOUGHTS: An intriguing mystery in a brand-new series that has me hankering for more! I love the characters, the town, and the delicious recipes! MY REVIEW: I’ve been on a cozy mystery kick this summer and have been slowly going through my TBR so that I can finally start to read the books I’ve been wanting to read for ages. Flipped for Murder is one of those books and I am so glad I finally took the pl Release Date: October 27, 2015 Actual Rating: 5 stars Cozy Mystery | Culinary Cozy FIRST THOUGHTS: An intriguing mystery in a brand-new series that has me hankering for more! I love the characters, the town, and the delicious recipes! MY REVIEW: I’ve been on a cozy mystery kick this summer and have been slowly going through my TBR so that I can finally start to read the books I’ve been wanting to read for ages. Flipped for Murder is one of those books and I am so glad I finally took the plunge and read it! This is the perfect start to an older series and I’m excited to continue with the other books. Robbie is an excellent sleuth and I love her country store restaurant. The mystery is on point- I had suspicions but nothing concrete- and the plot is as thick and delectable as molasses! All in all, this is a solid read and I can’t wait for more! Maddie Day is a pro at cozies, and I plan to slow catch up on her backlist. I suggest cozy mystery lovers who haven’t had the chance to read her books do the same! They are too good to be missed!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I really liked it! Once again #readforkimberly does not let me down! This is a good start to the series. I enjoyed the characters and Robbie’s new restaurant/store, Pans’n’Pancakes. This seems like it is going to be a fun series and I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Robbie Jordan has just moved from California to Brown County, Indiana where she finds life a lot slower and easier as well as realizing her dream of having her own country store and small restaurant. Pans 'n Pancakes is in South Lick, IN but people are soon finding out that Robbie's food is much tastier than her rival, Ed's, who has his restaurant in neighboring Nashville, IN. When the disagreeable assistant to the new mayor is found murdered and Robbie becomes a person of interest in the case, Robbie Jordan has just moved from California to Brown County, Indiana where she finds life a lot slower and easier as well as realizing her dream of having her own country store and small restaurant. Pans 'n Pancakes is in South Lick, IN but people are soon finding out that Robbie's food is much tastier than her rival, Ed's, who has his restaurant in neighboring Nashville, IN. When the disagreeable assistant to the new mayor is found murdered and Robbie becomes a person of interest in the case, she can't help but wonder if someone could deliberately be trying to pin this on her to force her out of business. I seriously enjoyed this book from start to finish! The characters were all so amazing and I loved how Robbie's friends and employees all pitched in to help her out when needed. I thought it was a nice touch that the main officer on the case, Buck, wasn't always reprimanding Robbie or telling her to just cook and do her job and he'll do his. He genuinely appreciated her information she passed along even though he had to keep her in mind as a suspect since for awhile he had no others. It was kind of nice to only have to focus on one murder. Also Robbie was in just enough danger to keep it interesting but I didn't feel as nervous for her as I sometimes do when the sleuth is doing her investigating. I liked the little romantic hint, nothing too overbearing. I'll say right now I'm Team Jim so even as sweet as Abe is, I am still rooting for Jim to be the one for Robbie. I'm definitely going to keep reading this series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    Two REALLY good firsts in series in a row! That hasn't happened in awhile! I like Robbie, her aunt and the rest of the cast of characters in the small Indiana town of South Lick. The people and town remind me of southern Ohio where I was raised. Robbie's mom has recently passed away and she's getting over a bad marriage, so she returns to the place she spent her summers when she was growing up. She's just opened her restaurant/country store, Pans 'n Pancakes, when the mayor's assistant is found Two REALLY good firsts in series in a row! That hasn't happened in awhile! I like Robbie, her aunt and the rest of the cast of characters in the small Indiana town of South Lick. The people and town remind me of southern Ohio where I was raised. Robbie's mom has recently passed away and she's getting over a bad marriage, so she returns to the place she spent her summers when she was growing up. She's just opened her restaurant/country store, Pans 'n Pancakes, when the mayor's assistant is found murdered...with one of Robbie's restaurant's signature biscuits shoved in her mouth! The list of people who aren't sad to see the spiteful woman dead is a long one, but someone is trying to frame Robbie. Excellent characters, a familiar setting and a great story all come together in a fun read! RECOMMEND!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Robbie Jordan has been working hard to open Pan ‘n Pancakes in South Lick, Indiana, and her hard work is paying off. On opening day, the place is packed, and her new customers seem to really like the food. Unfortunately, that afternoon, the disagreeable assistant at city hall is murdered with one of Robbie’s signature biscuits in her mouth. Worried that her status as a murder suspect will ruin her fledgling business, Robbie begins to investigate. But can she find the real killer? This is a wonder Robbie Jordan has been working hard to open Pan ‘n Pancakes in South Lick, Indiana, and her hard work is paying off. On opening day, the place is packed, and her new customers seem to really like the food. Unfortunately, that afternoon, the disagreeable assistant at city hall is murdered with one of Robbie’s signature biscuits in her mouth. Worried that her status as a murder suspect will ruin her fledgling business, Robbie begins to investigate. But can she find the real killer? This is a wonderful first book in a new series. The characters are already sharp and fun, and I can’t wait to visit them again in future books. The plot is solid with some good twists along the way to a logical and suspenseful ending. The descriptions are wonderful, and I felt like I was right there in Indiana with Robbie. I can’t wait to visit again. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The first in a new series. I noticed many of my friends were adding it and decided to read it. I was not disappointed as I found the characters were developed and the writing excellent. Robbie Jordan has open a country restaurant that has long been her dream. Problems occur that were not suspected. Someone is trying to shut her down with dirty tricks. There is number of individuals that don't like the idea of the store. Before long Robbie becomes the major suspect in a murder. She needs answers The first in a new series. I noticed many of my friends were adding it and decided to read it. I was not disappointed as I found the characters were developed and the writing excellent. Robbie Jordan has open a country restaurant that has long been her dream. Problems occur that were not suspected. Someone is trying to shut her down with dirty tricks. There is number of individuals that don't like the idea of the store. Before long Robbie becomes the major suspect in a murder. She needs answers before they succeed. I am looking forward to the next book. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through Netgalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read the book. The opinIons are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A take-charge protagonist, a fun cast of characters (with a few odd ones mixed in), and a small town Indiana setting made this one of the best cozies I’ve read in a long time. The surprises that popped up along the way sure kept me guessing, but the conclusion was logical and delightfully satisfying. This was a down home heckuva good series debut.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I really enjoyed this cozy. It made you feel all the appropriate feelings!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Opening day was a smash hit for Robbie on the grand opening of her new store and restaurant, but all the pancakes go flat when she finds herself a suspect on the list of people who might have killed a local woman. Things go even more awry when it appears someone is working hard to frame her for the murder or is it a frame job!?! Lots of details in this first book of the series that totally had me hooked as I got to know the main character, her background story and the characters around her. The Opening day was a smash hit for Robbie on the grand opening of her new store and restaurant, but all the pancakes go flat when she finds herself a suspect on the list of people who might have killed a local woman. Things go even more awry when it appears someone is working hard to frame her for the murder or is it a frame job!?! Lots of details in this first book of the series that totally had me hooked as I got to know the main character, her background story and the characters around her. The narrator does a good job of bringing the characters to life in the audio version of the book and I can't wait to listen to the next book to see what happens in Robbie's world next!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    4 Stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annu

    Robbie opens her new restaurant and finds herself in trouble when the murder victim is found with biscuit stuffed in her mouth, biscuit made in Robbie's store. Robbie is a hard working person, there was so going on in her store, Pans N Panckes. She was always on her feet. The helpers in her store were great side characters as well, especially Danna. And there was the mystery of Robbie's father as well. I don't know why but I never get the murderer right 😂 so the ending was a surprise but it made Robbie opens her new restaurant and finds herself in trouble when the murder victim is found with biscuit stuffed in her mouth, biscuit made in Robbie's store. Robbie is a hard working person, there was so going on in her store, Pans N Panckes. She was always on her feet. The helpers in her store were great side characters as well, especially Danna. And there was the mystery of Robbie's father as well. I don't know why but I never get the murderer right 😂 so the ending was a surprise but it made sense. I feel there's going to be a love triangle in the upcoming books but having read one of the books later in the series, I know who Robbie ends up with. So I'm a little partial towards the character already.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    First, thank you to Kensington Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Flipped For Murder is the first in a new series located in small town southern Indiana. Robbie Jordan has just opened her new country store/diner, Pans & Pancakes (why not Pots & Pancakes? hmm.) when the mayor's assistant is found murdered. There was a lot to like about the story; the characters were charming, a picturesque locale, and I enjoyed the local lingo. I live in Indiana and hear many of these ph First, thank you to Kensington Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Flipped For Murder is the first in a new series located in small town southern Indiana. Robbie Jordan has just opened her new country store/diner, Pans & Pancakes (why not Pots & Pancakes? hmm.) when the mayor's assistant is found murdered. There was a lot to like about the story; the characters were charming, a picturesque locale, and I enjoyed the local lingo. I live in Indiana and hear many of these phrases daily, so it made me smile. The plot was well-paced and had a lot of twists and turns to keep me guessing. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I look forward to reading more. However, there were a few things that detracted from the story for me. I can suspend disbelief to a certain extent, but there's a limit, and for me that limit came when, right after the murder victim was found, the cop came around to question the main character and asked her if she killed the victim, then recorded it on his tablet. No. Just no. Even someone who has only watched an hour of Law & Order: SVU could tell you that you don't ask a question like "Did you kill the victim?" to a person who hasn't been Mirandized because nothing that is said is admissible in court, so there's no reason to note it. And don't get me started on the subject of direct evidence vs circumstantial evidence. In the acknowledgements section, the author writes, "Officer Garnet Watson helped out with a few questions of police procedure, which I might not always have followed." I would rethink that. There was also a question of the back story, which is neatly summed up in the book's description but I think more details (or starting the story a little earlier than the store's opening day) might have eased the way into the story. Also, the reader doesn't really get a sense of the victim, other than what other people said about her, so there was a disconnect there. Starting the story a little earlier would definitely help set up some of the plot points a little more subtly. I also felt like there was too much rehashing of each event after the fact. It started to feel more like filler and I found myself flipping through pages of it after awhile. Overall, a charming start to a promising new series, and an enjoyable read. And I darn sure will be making those cheesy biscuits in the very near future!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane Ward

    I was provided with an advance uncorrected proof of Flipped for Murder, and this is my fair and honest review. In Flipped for Murder, Robbie Jordan has recently left behind her West Coast life and a cheating ex-husband for a fresh start and a return to family roots in quaint South Lick, Indiana. Robbie jumps into this new life completely when she decides to open Pans 'n Pancakes, a combination breakfast/lunch spot and cookware shop in the heart of town. It's not long before her superior cooking s I was provided with an advance uncorrected proof of Flipped for Murder, and this is my fair and honest review. In Flipped for Murder, Robbie Jordan has recently left behind her West Coast life and a cheating ex-husband for a fresh start and a return to family roots in quaint South Lick, Indiana. Robbie jumps into this new life completely when she decides to open Pans 'n Pancakes, a combination breakfast/lunch spot and cookware shop in the heart of town. It's not long before her superior cooking skills draw all the locals to the newest eatery in town, and as Robbie's neighbors pass through they bring with them a compelling assortment of intrigues, complicated relationships, rivalries, and even murder. As Robbie emerges as a likely suspect in the death of the new Mayor's prickly assistant, she realizes she must take investigative matters into her own hands or risk being charged with the crime. The plot of this new mystery by Maddie Day zips along at a nice pace and is fleshed out with an assortment of quirky characters. Suspense continues to build until the very satisfying conclusion. The highlight for me, though, was the addition of a subplot - Robbie's unraveling of her personal mystery, the big question mark of who her father might be - that helps to develop Robbie more fully as a protagonist and elevates this book into a more satisfying read than most cozies. As Robbie learns some of the truths her mother never revealed before her untimely death, she develops into someone who is deeper than a stock amateur sleuth. After this first of a new series, I look forward to more of Maddie Day's work and more of the unique setting of small town Indiana. A promising debut.

  17. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Three years after returning to her mother's hometown in southern Indiana, Robbie Jordan is finally opening the country store café of her dreams. With the help of a couple of good friends she's busy flipping pancakes, burgers and serving soups and sandwiches to tourists and locals, including the new mayor, Corrine Beedle and her snippy assistant, Stella Rogers. Stella did all she could to block Robbie from opening the store, preferring not to follow laws, so her son Roy could live in the apartmen Three years after returning to her mother's hometown in southern Indiana, Robbie Jordan is finally opening the country store café of her dreams. With the help of a couple of good friends she's busy flipping pancakes, burgers and serving soups and sandwiches to tourists and locals, including the new mayor, Corrine Beedle and her snippy assistant, Stella Rogers. Stella did all she could to block Robbie from opening the store, preferring not to follow laws, so her son Roy could live in the apartment in back. Robbie finally prevailed against the odds and it looks like her business will be a success, until Stella is found murdered and Robbie becomes the chief suspect. Robbie knows someone is trying to frame her for murder and the local police are not equipped to handle a murder case. They're too slow to solve this mystery so Robbie must use her puzzle-solving skills to save her business. The synopsis of the book sounds fun but it's misleading. Robbie has lived in South Lick for three years already and already has an established network of family and friends. Even so the world has to be built for the reader so everyone and everything is described in detail. The dialogue is written out as it is spoken, in a southern sort of uneducated drawl while Robbie speaks standard California English. There are way too many things going on in this story for just one book. It's unclear whether any or all of them are related to the murder. Whodunit was kind of obvious but with everything else going on, it caused a lot of red herrings so I wasn't sure who actually murdered Stella. I found this book too long and tedious. The setting wasn't my thing. It's too southern. Like Robbie, I don't understand why everyone needs to carry a gun! There's too much savory and healthy cooking going on in this book. Who goes to a diner to eat whole wheat banana chocolate chip pancakes? gross. Robbie doesn't even do her own baking. Her friend Phil does the baking mostly at home and brings it in to sell. I wouldn't be interested in that either unless he has a commercial kitchen at home! If I can make it, I don't buy it. Not even the recipes saved this book for me. I didn't click with Robbie. She's into bike riding and healthy food. When she sneered at pasty, white flour pancakes I knew there was no way we would ever be friends. Plus she adopts a cat without trying to find an owner first. I never get along with the cat heroines for some reason. I also can't relate to Robbie's strong need to find her father all of a sudden. Since the loss of her mother, she's feeling a lack of family but what about her Aunt Adele who is like a mother figure? Her search reveals information that's just way too unbelievable and coincidental. What I do like about Robbie is that she stays at work long after she sends everyone home and she doesn't run off chasing after suspects in the middle of a work day. She leaves once - to find information about her dad. She doesn't even really get nosy or ask too many questions, as the villain believes. She asks a few but she's asking questions largely of the police. Robbie's love interest Jim is her lawyer. I think this is unethical. They're moving quickly and would like to be more hot and heavy than they have time for. Jim is a nice guy. He's kind of bland and boring. They both drink a lot more alcohol than I'm used to seeing from characters in cozy mysteries. Aunt Adele is a down home Indiana farmer. She's tough but loves her niece. Adele will always be there for Robbie when Robbie needs her but knows how not to be intrusive or controlling. Her new old friend Vera is a lively senior citizen with a fondness for antique cookware. The two of them seem to have an enormous amount of energy when they're together and listening to them would make me tired. Stella's friend Philostrate (Phil) is so much fun. I'd rather read about him as a main character. He loves to bake and sing - at the same time. He's always cheerful and willing to help out when he has a spare moment off from his job. Phil also has a good relationship with his grandfather, Samuel. I also really like Danna, Robbie's new employee. Danna has a unique sense of style, knows who she is and what she doesn't want out of life. I don't blame her for coming to work for Robbie. Her previous working conditions were horrific. She's a hard worker and quickly learns the ropes and becomes devoted to Pans 'n Pancakes. Not so interesting is Officer Buck Bird. He's slow and lazy. Some of his slowness is natural, growing up partly in Kentucky, but he's definitely slow to react when Robbie needs him. I don't like how he comes in and eats before getting down to business. It's obvious he's in way over his head and needs help to solve a murder. Wanda is a much better officer. She's more quick to act and takes Robbie's concerns seriously. Birdie is Robbie's new cat. She assumes he's a stray and brings him in off the streets. I assumed he belonged to Stella or to someone because he's so friendly and comfortable around humans. I assumed incorrectly. I don't know much about cats but my bff adopted a black and white stray cat and she did not act as affectionate and friendly as Birdie. I'm not a cat person and would have tried to find his owner. While I appreciate the fundraiser for the animal shelter, it's too long and detracts from the mystery. Birdie appreciates the donations though. Abe O'Neill, Don's younger brother, is another potential love interest for Robbie. He's attractive, charming but very much a local. I don't see it working out as a romantic partnership, plus he's loyal to his brother who may or may not be a murderer or at the very least, a sore loser. Lou, another new friend for Robbie, is friendly and outgoing but she breaks a lot of privacy laws for Robbie. I don't blame her for wanting to help but if Robbie was better at using the internet and translating things she wouldn't need Lou to break the rules. She's better off bike riding with Lou and the other grad students. Georgia, the library aide, is friendly and supportive but what she does with her personal life really isn't right. It's not prudish or overly moral to believe that. Corinne Beedle, the new mayor of South Lick, is a force of nature. She doesn't take no for an answer and she's determined to get her own way. The only thing she can't do is get rid of her assistant, Stella. Stella is mean, nasty and rude. It's no surprise she ended up dead. It's possible Corinne killed her assistant. She knows her to use a gun and loves to be in control. Why would she jeopardize her position like that though? I don't think she did it. A more likely suspect is Don, a "middle-aged man with a pained expression," who lost the mayoral race (to a woman) by three votes. When he lost, he refused to believe it and demanded a recount. Upon recounting the votes, he lost by more votes than in the first count! Note to readers: This book was published in 2015! Wishful thinking or psychic ability to see the future? Don is not a good guy. He's angry about Corinne's win and thinks she's an illegitimate mayor. He recognizes Robbie's last name and remembers her mother-well! Robbie has a lot of questions about THAT! Don's past is troublesome and rather unbelievable. I sure do think his past is connected to the present murder! Don and Ed both seem to be modeled after another Don with a comb over. Ed Kowalski is another excellent candidate for murderer. He's Robbie's biggest competition, owning a greasy spoon breakfast and lunch place in the county seat of Nashville. He's furious about Robbie's new business and eyes her as competition, even though his business is 5 miles away and they serve different types of food. Ed is an angry man and willing to do whatever it takes to save his business, even something illegal. It soon becomes clear that Ed is morally bankrupt and there are good reasons his business is rumored to be failing. I don't like him one bit. He needs to be in jail for one reason or another even if he's not the murderer. Roy, Stella's son, is a few pancakes short of a stack or so everyone says. They also say he's harmless. If he does have an intellectual disability, his mother didn't get him the help he needs and he should be in a group home. This man is not safe to be allowed on the streets. He's as rude as his mother and just all around dumb. He doesn't like Robbie much for "stealing" the restaurant from him. I don't think he's smart enough to frame Robbie for murder but I think he could be the murderer and someone else tried to cover it up! This series just isn't for me. The setting is too southern and the food too savory and healthy for my tastes. I did get a kick out of the Don coincidence though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    J L's Bibliomania

    Shortly after her mother's death, transplanted Californian Robbie Jordan sets up shop in the small Indiana town where her Mother grew up. Part restaurant, part vintage cookware store, Pans'N'Pancakes places proprietress Robbie Jordan firmly in the tradition of other sleuthing shopkeepers and cooks after the mayor's disagreeable assistant turns up dead with one of Robbie's cheese biscuits in her mouth. Sometimes you just want a cozy little murder mystery - and from that perspective debut novel Fl Shortly after her mother's death, transplanted Californian Robbie Jordan sets up shop in the small Indiana town where her Mother grew up. Part restaurant, part vintage cookware store, Pans'N'Pancakes places proprietress Robbie Jordan firmly in the tradition of other sleuthing shopkeepers and cooks after the mayor's disagreeable assistant turns up dead with one of Robbie's cheese biscuits in her mouth. Sometimes you just want a cozy little murder mystery - and from that perspective debut novel Flipped for Murder dishes up the goods. However, the recipe could use some refining. While reiterating the information discovered is part of the formula of a cozy, Maddie Day did it frequently enough to be annoying. I also thought Robbie was trying too hard to be appealing to everyone. Not only does she cook and run a business, but she bicycles and extols the stress-reducing benefits of exercise, AND even though the adult entertainment stays off-screen her gaining the instant attentions of not one but two men strays just a bit too close to trying to create an superheroine for my taste.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I picked up this book because I read a profile of the author on the Jungle Red Writers blog. She's also an active commenter on the blog as well. The first book in the Country Store Mystery series introduces readers to Robbie Jordan, the owner of Pans 'n Pancakes, a newly opened country store in South Lick, Indiana. Combining the country store aspect with a breakfast joint as well as selling cookware. Robbie is a cook and a carpenter. She's described as nursing a broken heart but I never really got I picked up this book because I read a profile of the author on the Jungle Red Writers blog. She's also an active commenter on the blog as well. The first book in the Country Store Mystery series introduces readers to Robbie Jordan, the owner of Pans 'n Pancakes, a newly opened country store in South Lick, Indiana. Combining the country store aspect with a breakfast joint as well as selling cookware. Robbie is a cook and a carpenter. She's described as nursing a broken heart but I never really got the feeling she was all that upset over the end of her relationship. Instead, I thought the mourning for her mother was more of an aspect of why she might be sad at times. She's got her Aunt Adele, her real estate lawyer friend Jim, genius dessert man name Phil and as the story starts, Danna, new employee that harbors a secret about her previous job. The grand reopening of the store sets up the story as the town's mayor drops by accompanied by her ever present aide. But when the aide later turns up dead, Robbie is the first suspect. The dead woman made it a living hell trying to get the permits to redo and open the country store and the initial thought is that Robbie got revenge. Obviously that is quickly disproved and soon Robbie can't help but get immersed in finding the killer. But the victim, Stella Rogers, made a living a backstabbing and blackmailing a number of people in town so the list of suspects is not only long, but less than grief stricken over her death. Of course, there are other concerns for Robbie as she launches her new business. Someone is trying to put her out of the restaurant game before she really gets started. There's also the matter of the creepy son of Stella, the rather sadly named Roy. Said to be "not all there", he is convinced that Robbie stole the property from him and makes a nuisance of himself. Robbie also ends up dealing with questions of her past when revelations about some suspects leads to her finding out about her potential birth father, someone she'd never know the identity of. In this, I thought it might be something that would've been better suited to introduce in the 2nd book but still I can see how it works as a subplot here. I was pretty happy to have picked up this book. I did it on a lark and wasn't sure what to expect. But I was very entertained and found myself happy that there were three more books in the series already so I could read more about Robbie and the country store. Truth be told, I was halfway through the book when I went out and bought books 2 and 3 in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the first book in the new "Country Store Mystery" series. I have had this one on my tablet for awhile and now that I have read it, I wish I had gotten to it sooner. I will definitely be checking out the rest in this series. A 4.5 star read for me. In Flipped for Murder, Robbie Jordan has recently moved back to her hometown of South Lick Indiana and opened a quaint restaurant and cookware shop called Pans 'n Pancakes. Her mother had recently died in California and her marriage to a cheati This is the first book in the new "Country Store Mystery" series. I have had this one on my tablet for awhile and now that I have read it, I wish I had gotten to it sooner. I will definitely be checking out the rest in this series. A 4.5 star read for me. In Flipped for Murder, Robbie Jordan has recently moved back to her hometown of South Lick Indiana and opened a quaint restaurant and cookware shop called Pans 'n Pancakes. Her mother had recently died in California and her marriage to a cheating man had fallen apart. Being a chef, Robbie's breakfast and lunch cafe quickly began to draw customers from the other cafes. As Robbie begins to feel like her business is about to take off, there is a murder and it looks like someone is trying to frame her. She is a suspect, but certainly not the only one. As the mystery unravels, we find out that Stella, the victim, had a large number of enemies. Robbie wants to clear her name as even being a suspect, has a detrimental effect on her business. The plot of this new mystery by Maddie Day aka Edith Maxwell, moves quickly and had me reading with interest. Her characters are wonderful albeit a little quirky, it is a small mid-western town. Robbie and her employee Danna, are a great pair. They work hard, and play harder. Robbie has a love interest in Jim, but what is going to happen with Abe? There is a side mystery to the main one regarding Robbie's personal history. As she investigates the murder, she gets some information that might just lead her to her father, whom she has never met or even knew his name. This element gave Robbie a much more complex personality as we got glimpses of her childhood. The mystery and suspense continues to build until the very satisfying conclusion. I will say that I had figured out the murderer, but it was very interesting to see Robbie follow the clues to the end. A great read for any cozy mystery lover.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is a great book to read while sitting in the back yard under an umbrella. What a fun story with clear imagery and a good who dun it! Looking forward to the next in the series

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    The book was just ok for me. I felt it to be slow and at times I was bored. It did seem to have filler added in descriptions. A friend recommended it to me as her reading group really liked the book. That seems to be the consensus on here with the other reviewers.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    After a renovation project, Robbie Joedan opens her country store and restaurant to good crowds -- and someone who wants her business shut down. When the mayor's assistant is killed, Robbie finds herself in hot water as a suspect in the murder. Can she figure out who the real murderer is before her goose is cooked? First in a new series, this novel is like coming home to a small town and a cast of characters readers will want to get to know. After a renovation project, Robbie Joedan opens her country store and restaurant to good crowds -- and someone who wants her business shut down. When the mayor's assistant is killed, Robbie finds herself in hot water as a suspect in the murder. Can she figure out who the real murderer is before her goose is cooked? First in a new series, this novel is like coming home to a small town and a cast of characters readers will want to get to know.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    First book in series. Just ho-hum. Nothing to drag me into the story. I think it is just the writing style for me. I find it to be a little slow. I did not care for A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die (Edith Maxwell) either. These might be of interest to you so don't go by my thoughts. 2.5 stars First book in series. Just ho-hum. Nothing to drag me into the story. I think it is just the writing style for me. I find it to be a little slow. I did not care for A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die (Edith Maxwell) either. These might be of interest to you so don't go by my thoughts. 2.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: In this freshly baked series, author Maddie Day lifts the lid on a small town in southern Indiana, where a newcomer is cooking up a new start--until a murderer muddles the recipe... Nursing a broken heart, Robbie Jordan is trading in her life on the West Coast for the rolling hills of southern Indiana. After paying a visit to her Aunt Adele, she fell in love with the tiny town of South Lick. And when she spots a For Sale sign on a rundown country store, she decides to snap it up and put Synopsis: In this freshly baked series, author Maddie Day lifts the lid on a small town in southern Indiana, where a newcomer is cooking up a new start--until a murderer muddles the recipe... Nursing a broken heart, Robbie Jordan is trading in her life on the West Coast for the rolling hills of southern Indiana. After paying a visit to her Aunt Adele, she fell in love with the tiny town of South Lick. And when she spots a For Sale sign on a rundown country store, she decides to snap it up and put her skills as a cook and a carpenter to use. Everyone in town shows up for the grand re-opening of Pans ‘n Pancakes, but when the mayor's disagreeable assistant is found dead, Robbie realizes that not all press is good press. With all eyes on her, she'll have to summon her puzzle-solving skills to clear her name, unscramble the town's darkest secrets, and track down a cold-blooded killer--before she's the next to die… (Goodreads) Review: Flipped for Murder is the first book in the Country Store Mysteries series and it was very good. I am looking forward to reading more in the series. The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Robbie is so excited to be opening her restaurant/store and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make her shop successful. Just reading about all the hard work that goes into running a restaurant on a daily basis wore me out. She has put in all the long hours to get the store ready and she has the right people helping her, her aunt and her friends and she thinks that she is well on her way to realizing her dream. That is until someone is murdered and she learns that one of her biscuits has been found in the deceased mouth. It appears as though someone is framing her and she knows she needs to find the killer before her store and her life take a turn for the worse. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in creating characters, settings and suspense with the written word. The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. One of the many things I enjoyed about this book is the fact that, although Robbie’s mother has passed away, she is still a big part of the book. Robbie talks about her mom a lot and remembers many things that they did together. Her mother even plays a part in solving the mystery. I think this was clever and added a lot to the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This is such a great start to the series and I am definitely a fan of Maddie Day. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Penny Marks

    This book was great. I loved every minute reading it. It is a first in a new series and I can hardly wait for the next installment. You have Robbie who is the owner of Pan's N Pancakes in a little town called South Lick, Indiana. She along with a few friends are running her dream of restaurant ownership. Robbie is such a fun character. She loves to bike, drink red wine, cook, and do puzzles. She also has a handsome lawyer vying for her attention. What could go wrong? I really enjoyed how the auth This book was great. I loved every minute reading it. It is a first in a new series and I can hardly wait for the next installment. You have Robbie who is the owner of Pan's N Pancakes in a little town called South Lick, Indiana. She along with a few friends are running her dream of restaurant ownership. Robbie is such a fun character. She loves to bike, drink red wine, cook, and do puzzles. She also has a handsome lawyer vying for her attention. What could go wrong? I really enjoyed how the author brought in her mother's character. She thinks of her everyday and how her mom would have been so proud of her and her restaurant. Her mom passed away about a year ago in the storyline. Robbie begins to find out some interesting stuff about her mom and the father she never knew. Who was he? Why wasn't she told about him? Who knows who he really is and why was it kept a secret? Robbie finds that there is more going on in her little town than meets the eye. On her Grand Opening she finds out that a man named Roy hates her, a man named Don knew her mom and dislikes the new mayor Corrine, and Ed resents her because she has opened a restaurant so close to his. If things couldn't get any worse she is the number one suspect in the murder of Stella, the mayor's assistant because she was found with a cheesy biscuit in her mouth.. Why would someone want to frame Robbie and why kill Stella??? I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystery with a ton of twists and turns, adventure, secrets, and of course murder. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to read this great book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Timber Clemons

    Loved this book. I'm all about small town murder mysteries. Lots of little things I connected with- "is it psychopath or sociopath, I can never remember" and talking about a Mary Chapin Carpenter song. Loved this book. I'm all about small town murder mysteries. Lots of little things I connected with- "is it psychopath or sociopath, I can never remember" and talking about a Mary Chapin Carpenter song.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Kander

    A fun new series from an author whose other work I have enjoyed in the past. The location is perfectly described and very quaint (and I think it's the first cozy series I've read that takes place in Indiana!), the characters are charming and engaging, and the entire experience is fun. I loved the way the main character makes her mother, who is deceased, a major part of the story. She thinks about/talks about her often, as does her aunt. It's just the sort of thing you would expect in real life. Th A fun new series from an author whose other work I have enjoyed in the past. The location is perfectly described and very quaint (and I think it's the first cozy series I've read that takes place in Indiana!), the characters are charming and engaging, and the entire experience is fun. I loved the way the main character makes her mother, who is deceased, a major part of the story. She thinks about/talks about her often, as does her aunt. It's just the sort of thing you would expect in real life. There are so many great characters in this book that I know there are going to be a lot of adventures to come for Robbie. And there's romance brewing, too! The murder mystery was very well developed, and kept me guessing to the very end. I have to say, though, that even in the short time we "saw" Stella alive in the beginning of the book, I was not surprised or even sad to find out she was the victim. :) I can hardly wait for my next visit to Pans 'n' Pancakes!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andree

    2.5 stars. Competent, but not spectacular. This was supremely silly. I think this might spell a bit of a halt on the cozy mystery run for a while, but we shall see. I just, it is so tedious when the victim is so universally hated that literally everyone is a suspect. That makes the mystery aspect less fun. Although, this one gets points for not having the main character dance around the love interest for four books. Points subtracted for a potential triangle. It's reasonably entertaining. But ever 2.5 stars. Competent, but not spectacular. This was supremely silly. I think this might spell a bit of a halt on the cozy mystery run for a while, but we shall see. I just, it is so tedious when the victim is so universally hated that literally everyone is a suspect. That makes the mystery aspect less fun. Although, this one gets points for not having the main character dance around the love interest for four books. Points subtracted for a potential triangle. It's reasonably entertaining. But everyone having guns gets tiring. And there was a lot of drama, and near death, and silly decisions in this. Also, I perhaps should have followed my instincts and stopped after this: "Jim stuck his hands in his pockets, his eyes taking me in like a couple of thirsty emeralds." NO. Just NO. Who knows though, I may get seduced into reading the sequel. It's been known to happen. And I am intrigued by some of the recipes at the end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sinda Conrad

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and can't wait to read the rest in this series. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and can't wait to read the rest in this series.

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