Flipped for Murder (Country Store Mystery Series #1)

Flipped for Murder (Country Store Mystery Series #1)

by Maddie Day

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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 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...

Advance praise for
Flipped for Murder
“What a terrific debut! This deliciously clever cozy—set in a deceptively charming little town—is fresh, intelligent, and delightful. A winner!” —Hank Phillippi Ryan
Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author

“You’ll flip for this mouth-watering new series. Maddy Day serves up a tasty mystery with a side of scenic country charm.”—Leslie Budewitz, two-time Agatha Award winning author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617739255
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: Country Store Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 35,360
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef, holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Her short stories have appeared most recently in the anthologies That Mysterious Woman, History and Mystery, Oh My!, Stone Cold, and Fish Nets. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts, where she's currently working on her next Maddie Day mystery when she isn't cooking up banana walnut pancakes for breakfast.

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Flipped For Murder 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best first in a new series I've read. The characters are wonderfully believable, the story line is great, and the author's attention to detail is the best. There are absolutely no bumps in this read. Buy it, enjoy, and wait for the next book, I know I am.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooks you in from the first chapter. My first review so you know it must be good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book . The characters were interesting and the story line was good, great plot!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I can't put my book down.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Robbie has moved inland from California to Salt Lick, Indiana after her mother’s death and a relationship that went south in spectacular fashion. Putting her dream into reality, she’s opened a small diner after three years in town, and is finally ready to serve her first customers. Not everything has proceeded smoothly, and while the first day was a success, she’s still nervous about making everything work. Unfortunately, the mayor’s assistant, a woman known by all and liked by few turns up dead, with one of Robbie’s signature biscuits shoved in her mouth, and her pen, stamped with her mother’s former business logo, was also on the scene. A wonderfully engaging small town murder mystery, where the characters and their interactions are the highlight as the search for the culprit proceed. Robbie was engaging and intriguing, trying to adjust (still) to a whole new community. Still feeling the loss of her mother, while not exactly a solitary being, she’s been so absorbed in getting the café opened her experience with the townspeople has been limited. As a person of interest in the murder because of the scene staging, she’s worried about the effect to her business, and the less than friendly vibe from some of the locals after the murder. Secondary characters are many, and add to the sense of place and community. An unexpected bonus in the story are both Danna who comes to work for her and Phil, her dessert baker. Danna is a bit of a rebel in the small town, daughter of the newly elected mayor who has done her best to stay away from the whirlwind that is her mother’s bulldozing, she’s a breath of fresh air and a calming influence. Phil is a wonderfully supportive friend with plenty of skills and the ability to bake a killer brownie. Add in a romantic element with her lawyer turned friend, her aunt and her new beau and a chirpy stray cat as well as a handful of locals friendly and not so, and you are never at a loss for suspects. Fun and intriguing, the mix of mystery, friendship and the small town make for a wonderful curl up with a cup of tea and a brownie or two from the included recipes read. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Maddie Day’s Flipped for Murder Roberta ( Robbie ) Jordan has moved to the rolling hills of southern Indiana to the town of South Lick. She finds rundown country store. She buys, fixes it up and open a country store and restaurant. She calls her investment Pans ‘N Pancakes. Robbie is a hard worker with a great work ethic. The mayor’s disagreeable assistant is found dead with one of Robbie’s signature biscuits in her mouth and Robbie’s pen at the murder scene. Who would want to frame her for this woman’s murder? A very well plotted murder mystery with another personal mystery written into the story as who is Robbie’s real father? A intriguing and interesting array of characters make up the cast. All are well defined, colorful and provide an enjoyable read. Even Robbie’s fur baby, Birdy ( the black & white cat) add to the book. This is book # 1 in the Country Store Mystery series. An enjoyable read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. Look forward to the next one.
OldHorn58 More than 1 year ago
Well written and engaging. An easy and enjoyable read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Will buy the next book.
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this cozy. It made you feel all the appropriate feelings!
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this one, then Grilled for Murder and now waiting on new one at the end of March 2017. Love her stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I totally enjoyed it and hated having it end. I'll buy more.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I found this new series. Robbie Jordan is not only a great cook and carpenter, she is a unique new character. She is strong and likeable. I also enjoyed her best friend Phil and her Aunt Adele. Robbie finds herself following the clues in this mystery in a believable way which adds a lot of depth to the story. Robbie's new world is turned upside down when the less than likeable mayor's assistant is killed and one of Robbie's specialty biscuits is found in her mouth. This could put Robbie out of business fast if she doesn't find out who the real killer is and figure out why they tried to frame her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good whodunit. It kept me guessing right up to the end. I knocked off points from the overall rating for making us Hoosiers sound like we're from somewhere in the deep south. And the typos in the recipe section.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is a great start to the series. The characters are likable with totally different personalities and the way they talk, all intermix for a fun read. It starts with Robbie having the grand opening of her restaurant/shop, where we get to meet many of the recurring characters throughout the book. The mayor's assistant Stella turns up dead with one of Robbie's biscuits stuffed in her mouth and eyes turn to Robbie as suspect. The story of Stella's murder goes at a steady pace and leads you through not only suspects but Robbie's life, when she accidentally comes across the discovery of her father. The mystery kept me guessing as to who it was and was led along with Robbie as to who it was. This story hit me with quite a few surprises, and the characters were realistic. I loved the police didn't get all uppity when Robbie would give info she found, they took it and checked on it without the "stay out of it" attitude that so many cozies have. Robbie actually shows signs of self preservation and doesn't jump right into danger, and knows how to use a cell phone. I will definitely continue on with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a winning combination of comfort food and cookware Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day The First Country Store Mystery Robbie Jordan has just opened her dream, Pans 'N Pancakes, a combination country store specializing in antique cookware and breakfast and lunch comfort food restaurant. Not only is Robbie the owner and head cook, but she restored most of the cabinetry herself, a skill taught by her recently deceased mother. Helped by her Aunt Adele and friend, Philostrate, Robbie's grand opening is a huge success culminating in dinner and dancing with her good looking real estate lawyer. However, her happy day comes to a troubling end when she finds the police waiting for her. Stella, mayor's aide and problematic thorn in Robbie's side, at least in regards to permits for her business, is found murdered...with one of Robbie's cheesy biscuits stuffed in her mouth! The past plays a major part in Flipped for Murder, and not just the antique cookware. Old relationships, current animosities, and burgeoning friendships, all play a part in the town and the mystery. There's more to South Lick, Indiana than meets the eye. There's a backstory of intrigue which we learn slowly. We see glimpses and piece things together as Robbie does. The opening of the Country Store Mystery series is just as successful as that of Pan 'N Pancakes. The combination of comfort food and cookware set against a midwestern background with secret undercurrents create a satisfying read. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I really think that one of the reasons that I am such a fan of Cozy Mysteries is that you get an in depth peek at the day to day dealings of someone's life. It's a slice of a different world, shown all the way down to the nitty gritty. You are stepping into their shoes for the time period it takes to solve the mystery. As someone who loves interesting facts and examining the minutia of various careers, these books just appeal to the nerdy lover of learning in me. In Flipped for Murder, we explore a small midwestern town via a country store and eatery. Our guide is Robbie Jordan, a recent transplant from California. She has ties to the area in the form of her Aunt Adele. With the recent death of her mother, being near family, in the town where her mother grew up, is supposed to be a balm. Unfortunately, the murder that takes place the evening of her grand opening is less than soothing. Especially when it looks like someone leaves clues to throw suspicion on her. Once I started reading this, I had a hard time putting it down. The story had a nice flow and did a good job of keeping me guessing on what would happen next. I was a bit surprised at big whodunit reveal. Honestly, I didn't think see the person as being cunning enough to have planned everything. Also, there were plenty of set-ups towards more mysteries being hinted at. I finished this book excited to see what would happen in the next one. There were several recipes at the end, for some of the more interesting foods mentioned throughout for those who enjoy that. This book is the first in a new series for Maddie Day, a pseudonym for Edith Maxwell, though an experienced author, she is still new to me. Robbie's world was vibrant, well thought out and inviting. I can't wait to go back again. I gave this book 4 stars. Thanks to Netgalley, Kensington and Great Escapes for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
You’ll Flip for This Series Debut Over 10 years ago, I was on a trip with friends in Arkansas, and for breakfast every day, we went to a little store that also served breakfast. It was fun and delicious. I couldn’t help thinking of that when I was reading Flipped for Murder, the first in the new Country Store Mystery series. See, main character Robbie Jordan has just opened a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in addition to selling kitchen gadgets. It’s a cozy setting I thoroughly enjoyed as I devoured this book. After months of hard work, Robbie is finally ready to open Pan ‘n Pancakes, in the small town of South Lick in southern Indiana. If the crowds on opening day are any indication, she is going to have a successful business. Customers seem happy with her food, and the crowds never die down until after the lunch rush is over. Unfortunately, that afternoon, Stella Rogers is shot in her home. Stella worked at city hall and went out of her way to make Robbie’s life miserable when Robbie was tring to get the needed permits to remodel her restaurant. In fact, Stella was pretty much always disagreeable, and most of the town didn’t like her. But Robbie is the first person the police question since one of Robbie’s signature cheesy biscuits was found stuffed in Stella’s mouth. Because Robbie doesn’t have an alibi, she begins to worry that her status as a murder suspect could affect her business. Can Robbie find the killer before all her hard work is ruined by gossip? The book does a great job of introducing us to Robbie’s world. It opens on the restaurant’s opening day, and as we are introduced to the characters who will play an important part in the book, it’s never overwhelming. In fact, I didn’t have any trouble keeping them all straight as the story went along. The core characters of the series are very charming, and I can’t wait to spend more time with them. Now this isn’t to say that the mystery takes a long time to get going, either. Stella is shot fairly early in the book, and it doesn’t take Robbie too much more time to start poking around on her own to save her reputation. The plot twists in some unexpected directions, and I had a hard time putting it down until we reached the logical and exciting climax. I have never been to Indiana, although I’ve been close in Kentucky and Ohio. Still, I felt like I was in that part of the country as the small town and surrounding area were described. Heck, it made me want to jump on a plane and go visit in person. The author’s interest in linguistics really shows as several characters have very particular speech patterns, but that never got in the way of the story. I love breakfast foods (possibly because I don’t get to eat them very often since 6 days a week I’m running out the door for work at the last minute). The talk of the food Robbie was making in her diner always made my mouth water. If you fall into that camp as well, you’ll be thrilled to know that the book includes recipes for cheesy biscuits, pancakes, and brownies. Yum! Flipped for Murder has atmosphere and charm to spare, with great characters and an intriguing story. I’m already hungry for more. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
A good start to a new series. Welcome to South Lick, Indiana. You're just in time for the opening of Pans and Pancakes, the country store/restaurant recently opened by Roberta "Robbie" Jordan. After a successful grand opening, the future of Robbie and that of her store are up in the air. Robbie has become a person of interest in a murder investigation and all the circumstantial evidence points to her. Murder victim Stella Rogers was a know-it-all, controlling woman, who seemed to know the secrets of half the town's citizens. It was even rumored she was blackmailing people. There’s no shortage of people who wanted her out of their lives. But the question of who wanted her dead is the key to proving Robbie’s innocence. Maddie Day is a pseudonym for mystery author Edith Maxwell. Both authors are new to me and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I'm happy to say I got everything I look for in a cozy mystery, from likeable characters to a mini romance or two, and a nice, intriguing mystery. Flipped for Murder is a nice start to the Country Store Mystery series. I’m looking forward to Grilled for Murder to see how Robbie’s romantic life turns out and to watch her clear the name of a friend. **Received a copy from Kensington in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Muttcafe More than 1 year ago
Robbie Jordan’s dream of owning a rustic country store/cafe has come true. Despite a few obstacles in the permitting process, Pans ‘n Pancakes is open for business. Everyone in town comes to the opening including the mayor’s assistant Stella, the woman who made setting up and opening Pans ‘n Pancakes as difficult as possible. When Stella is found dead later that evening with one of Robbie’s cheesy biscuits stuffed in her mouth, suspicions fall on Robbie. As it becomes clear that someone is trying to frame her, Robbie starts asking questions. Stella was blackmailing much of the town and suspects abound. The longer it takes to find the killer, the more danger Pans ‘n Pancakes is in. To protect her livelihood and her life, Robbie needs to quickly find the truth. Flipped for Murder is an enjoyable cozy with just a touch of romance. With its cast of interesting small town characters and agreeable lead, Flipped for Murder looks to be a great start to a new cozy series. 5/5 Flipped for Murder is available for preorder and will be released October 27, 2015. I received a copy of Flipped for Murder from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. –Crittermom
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the first book in a great new series The Country Store Mysteries series by Maddie Day. Robbie Jordan is nursing a broken heart and has decided to move to southern Indiana to the small town of South Lick. She has decided to open up a restaurant called Pans ‘n Pancakes. At the grand re-opening the mayor’s disagreeable assistant is found dead. Bobbie decides to put her sleuthing skills to work to find the killer. If you are looking for a great mystery that will leave you guessing until the end, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.