Nacho Average Murder Book Review

Nacho Average Murder Book Review

Title: Nacho Average Murder
Author: Maddie Day
Published: June 30, 2020, Kensington
No. of Pages: 256
Cover Price: $7.99 Paperback, $6.89 Kindle

Maddie Day is the author of several different cozy series, and they all seem to be well-written and fun. Nacho Average Murder is the seventh installment in The Country Store Mystery Series, and finds Robbie Jordan, the protagonist, traveling from her home in South Lick, Indiana, where she owns a pancake house, Pans ’N Pancakes, to Santa Barbara, California for a high school reunion. Traveling back to her home town brings back memories, and Robbie is reminded of her mother’s recent untimely death, and the fact that it may not have been natural as the experts have said. Robbie’s mother had been involved in some environmental issues, and when Robbie gets to California, a man her mother had interacted with was found murdered. Robbie, who wants answers, calls on her Mom’s friends while following the clues in her personal investigation.

Robbie is a likeable character, and her mother’s friends are very warm and kind to her. One friend owns a restaurant in the place that Robbie is staying, and serves mouthwatering dishes that will make readers want to take a break and eat. Luckily there are recipes at the end of the novel, and they sound good enough to actually prepare at home. Day is also a good storyteller, and the story is easy to follow and the plot is good (albeit a bit tree-huggerish since it’s set in California). Of course, like any good cozy mystery, there is no sex, foul language, or graphic violence, which makes this novel a good choice for all ages. And of course the dénouement comes at the very end and is quite surprising.

All told, this is a fun series, and with the food references, may incite a cooking session in reader’s own kitchens.

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

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