Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day is the fourth book in the “Country Store” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, January 2018

For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana–until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .

As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes–and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?

Whenever I read one of Edith’s books, I know that I’m in for a fun ride. In the latest adventures in South Lick, Indiana, Robbie puts on her sleuthing cap in this fast-paced tale that was hard to put down. I enjoyed my foray with this well-written mystery that I devoured as I had to know what was going to happen next. The author knows how to pull me in with visually descriptive narrative that placed me in the middle of all the action and it was fun watching it all play out on the pages of this engaging tale. With suspects and clues aplenty, the author did a wonderful job in setting up this mystery with a few twists and turns that enhanced how well this story was told. This was a great read and I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightfully charming series.

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