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Maddie Day's newest mystery will leave you hungry for more

When the Grits Hit the Fan

by Maddie Day

Kensington Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 28 Mar 2017


Maddie Day’s mysteries are as appealing and well composed as the tasty dishes Robbie Jordan serves at her restaurant, Pans and Pancakes. In When the Grits Hit the Fan, Robbie is faced with two intriguing mysteries. Little does she know they are connected.

Robbie thinks she has seen the last of murder, but when she discovers the body of a mysogynistic professor and the police target a good friend, she realizes she will have to investigate. Professor Charles Stilton was known for stirring up trouble, and he definitely had many enemies and few friends. Also, Robbie has discovered a number of odd items hidden in the walls of her building- items that someone doesn't want found.

Sleuthing comes as naturally to Robbie Jordan as cooking does. Robbie’s empathy and her practical, relaxed nature make it easy to convince people to confide in her. She is a very capable woman and easy to like as a lead. Maddie Day does a good job in making her involvement in the investigations plausible and the murders themselves believable.

If you like cozies, I highly recommend the Robbie Jordan series by Maddie Day. You won’t be disappointed.

4 / 5

I received a copy of When the Grits Hit the Fan from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan's restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?

Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University's Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It's all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie's friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend's innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton's past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .

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