When the Grits Hit the Fan Book Review

When the Grits Hit the Fan Book Review

Title: When the Grits Hit the Fan
Author: Maddie Day
Published: March 28, 2017, Kensington
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $7.19 Paperback, $5.99 Kindle

When the Grits Hit the Fan is the third installment in the bestselling Country Store Mystery Series by Maddie Day. Robbie Jordan, who owns a popular restaurant and cooking store, Pans ‘N Pancakes, is getting some exercise with her friend, Lou, when she sees a hole in the ice and discovers the body of a very unpopular professor. The police have a long list of possible suspects, and some of them are Robbie’s friends. Robbie has a reputation in the town for “assisting” in murder investigations in this small town of Salt Lick, Indiana, to the annoyance of law enforcement, but her meddling proves helpful in vindicating her friends.

Salt Lick, Indiana is a small town, and even though she is a newcomer, Robbie knows almost everyone. Her busy restaurant makes her privy to gossip from dozens of residents, and since Robbie likes solving puzzles, links her clues in crosswords. Since purchasing the building for her restaurant from a local, she has been renovating the upper floor to make a bed and breakfast; while knocking out walls, she finds some interesting things that have been hidden inside, including a diary that almost gets Robbie killed.

Those who have read the previous novels in this series already know that the novels are well-written, fast-moving, and have no graphic language, sex, or violence. The characters are well-developed and are believable. That is not to say that the stories aren’t exciting. In fact, the suspense seems to build throughout, and the dénouement will keep readers on the edges of their seats.

Sometimes it’s fun to take a break from a heavy thriller and read something light. When the Grits Hit the Fan is just that, and the bonus is that it contains several mouthwatering recipes; that’s the best part of culinary mysteries, and what makes them fun.

For those who like cozies, this is an excellent series, and When the Grits Hit the Fanis a fun-read.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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