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  • A Fabulous, Entertaining Mystery

    Another great read in what has proved to be a fun, puzzling mystery series. Robbie Jordan has closed her diner in Indiana for a much needed break, coinciding with a school reunion in her home town of Santa Barbara where the climate is much gentler - even in winter! It's a bittersweet visit as her mother died there a couple of years ago; when Robbie gets wind of the possibility that it may not have been from natural causes she can't help but make further enquiries. As she begins to think she's making headway, the dead bodies begin to turn up and Robbie feels threatened . . . What a fabulous addition to this wonderful series! Maddie Day writes very plausible mysteries but, for me, what makes them truly different is the setting and - oh boy - the food! Being a Scot, there are very few dishes which are known to me and my mouth fairly waters every time Robbie enjoys a meal or a snack. This is a fine change from the usual setting in Indiana and I have been enthralled by the differences according to location. From an author who never fails to deliver (I adore her Quaker Midwife Mysteries, written under her real name of Edith Maxwell), this is another engaging and enigmatic read which I almost finished reading in bed last evening: I just couldn't put it down! A sparkling 5* read and worthy of a hearty recommendation to all lovers of cosy mysteries.

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  • Maddy Day never disappoints!

    In this seventh installment in Maddie Day's A Country Store Mystery series, Robbie Jordan has returned to her hometown of Santa Barbara, California, to attend her high school reunion. While catching up with old friends, she learns that her mother, an environmental activist who died suddenly from a brain aneurysm two years ago, may have been murdered by a wealthy and powerful man named Walter Russom. Walter is the father of Robbie's high school nemesis and owns a pesticide company. His products are known to be very harmful to living things, and Robbie's mother was determined to get his company shut down. With the help of her high school friends, Alana and Jason, she sets out to uncover the truth about her mother's death. This is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series and each book gets better and better. It was fun seeing where Robbie grew up and meeting her old friends. I enjoyed the California setting and the mouthwatering descriptions of food. The mystery was well-plotted, with enough clues, suspense, and suspects to keep readers on their toes. I really liked the ending and thought it was a refreshing change from the action-packed reveals that you normally see in cozy mysteries. This is a delightful series, with a charming setting, wonderful, well-developed characters, and delicious recipes. South Lick, Indiana, is one of my favorite fictional small towns, and I look forward to my next visit. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Going home again

    Robbie Jordan heads home to Santa Barbara for her 10 year high school reunion. Connecting with old friends brings back memories of her youth and her mother. When she finds out that her mother may not have died from a brain aneurysm, Robbie speaks to a man who believes her mother was poisoned. Paul and her mother were part of an environmental group working to stop a local pesticide company from using a harmful product with negative aid effects for both humans and animals in the area and he believed that pesticide was used to kill her mother. When the man is found dead in his apartment much like her mother, Robbie presses the department to check for the toxin in his bloodstream. While Robbie never planned to spend her vacation tracking down a killer, it seems vacation had other plans for her. While spending time catching up with her friends they also do a little sleuthing as well. But will Robbie be able to find the answers she seeks before heading back to Indiana or will she be checking out of Santa Barbara for good? This is a great series and it was fun to have Robbie head back to home town of Santa Barbara. Maddie Day always brings her characters to life as well as the food, which you can almost smell as you are reading. Foodie cozy lovers, this series is for you! Don’t miss the recipes, they sound delicious!

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  • NACHO AVERAGE MURDER by Maddie Day

    NACHO AVERAGE MURDER by Maddie Day is the seventh book in the Country Store Mysteries series. In this book Robbie Jordan is going back home to Santa Barbara, California for her high school reunion. The plan is to leave her work and responsibilities of owning Pans ‘N Pancakes behind in South Lick, Indiana, meet up with old friends and maybe find some closure from the unexpected sudden death of her mother. For such a fun time, she won’t be needed her often used sleuthing skills – or will she? Upon arriving back in her hometown, Robbie finds some things never change both for the good and the bad. She finds that some friendships just pick up where they left off even though it’s been years since they have spoken, while others have changed greatly. Seems some hateful feeling and old grudges still linger. It was nice to find that her childhood home looked the same even though owned by strangers now. When an environmental activist and friend of Robbie’s mom, suggest maybe her mother’s death wasn’t of natural causes, Robbie is determined to find out exactly what happened to her mother and what caused her death. Was it from the aneurysm that she had been told? When this same man turns up dead with a lot of the same symptoms, is it coincidence or is murder involved in one or both deaths? Robbie enjoys both the B & B where she is staying – become friends with both the owner and her mother - and the wonderful food in town - some that she has really missed since the ingredients are not rapidly available in Indiana. Will Robbie unearth the facts about Agrosafe and are they connected in some way in either death? Will classmates Alana, biochemist, and Jason, tech detective with the police department, or even new friend Hector help Robbie in her sleuthing and help keep her safe? Will Robbie find the truth about her mother’s death once and for all? Robbie’s adventure in California had her feeling like Dorothy when she said “I don’t feel like I’m in Kansas anymore”. Can Dorothy find her way home to her true love who she has dearly missed and the business she thorough enjoys or will the Wicked Witch win this one? Maddie Day always does a fabulous job in keeping you turning the pages in each and every story about Robbie Jordan in the A Country Story Mystery series. Excited with the adventure at hand, she always leaves you with a great desire to read the next installment. So is the case with NACHO AVERAGE MURDER! I was thrilled with each and every book prior to book number 7 and had greatly anticipated this book which I relished with great delight. Now I’ll have to be content while I anxiously await book number eight. NACHO AVERAGE MURDER is a great book for anyone that loves cozy mysteries, a well written whodunit or for anyone that just loves a wonderful well-crafted, must read book. Although the seventh book in a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. But like potato chips, after you read one, you will be wanting more and more. Highly recommend both author and book. I give NACHO AVERAGE MURDER 5 stars!

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  • Nach Average Murder

    This is a great cozy mystery series and this was another fun book in this series. While I didn’t enjoy this one as much as many of the earlier books it was still a great read. The mystery didn’t grip me as much. The means and motive where pretty clear from the start and there are a few possible suspects that are present form the start as well. I wasn’t surprised at who the murderer was, although there were a few unexpected twists along the way. This book is set in a different place than the rest of the series as Robbie takes a short vacation, this was fun, but it also made me miss some of the familiar elements of previous books. There are some nice new side characters that Robbie meets in this book and I liked seeing her try new foods and eating some great local dishes. While this was a fun change of scenery I look forward to Robbie being back in South Lick in the next book again.

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