Book Review: When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day ~ Great Escapes Book Tour

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 . . .

When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day

Series: Country Store Mystery, #3

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: 03/28/17

Page Count: 304


Once again I was glad to escape to the rolling hills of southern Indiana, and the joys of running the Pans ‘N Pancakes country store and restaurant. I have loved this series from the start, but this book was especially great! I love all of the development that the characters have gone through and I love to see the relationships between characters developing and blossoming. Like the other books, this one again had the major murder mystery and a minor mystery as well, which I thoroughly enjoyed trying to figure out. The plot itself is once again well written and well developed and makes for a very fun and fast read, as I couldn’t put it down. Again, there are delicious recipes in the back of the book that I can’t wait to try out in my own kitchen.  This is a great series and keeps getting better!

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Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she write the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at She blogs every week day with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.

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NOTE: I was provided with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.