Series: Country Store Mysteries #2
Author: Maddie Day
Publish Date: May 31, 2016
About the Book: Robbie Jordan may have had reservations about the murder victim, but she still needs to turn up the heat on a killer if she wants to keep her new restaurant open for business…
In the charming small town of South Lick, Indiana, Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the runaway hit Pans 'N Pancakes. But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble. Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome local lawyer Jim Shermer's brother, but she doesn't appear to be in mourning. At a homecoming party held in Robbie's store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious--even batting her eyelashes at Jim. When Erica turns up dead in the store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie's friend Phil, who closed up after the party. To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order…
This read was not an instant liking, but as the book progressed and I finished the last page, I found myself hooked. While there were a few things that seemed annoying or out of place, I really enjoyed the town and the characters.
Robbie is a spit fire and is working through a lot of personal issues which adds to the story and the general sense of where the series is going. Definitely a hook for me to read the next book. A lot of who she is can be seen in her Grandma Adele and I had an instant liking for her.
The small town of South Lick to me seemed to be a little on the larger size because Robbie didn’t know everybody. Of course, she has only been there a short time and so she is still getting to know everyone. I loved the description of the small Indiana town and the quaint shops near Pans ‘n Pancakes.
Once in awhile the southern talk just didn’t make sense and was hard to understand, but I’m glad it was not used in abundance.
Overall, this is definitely a great read and a great series to continue with. Since I missed book one, I will definitely add it to my TBR to go back and find out if I’ve missed anything.