Cozy Mystery 4th in Series
Setting - Indiana
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 292 Pages
E-Book ASIN: B071DZ1K5W
Book descriptionFor 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?
Meet the author - Maddie DayMaddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. 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 writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).
You can find all Maddie's/Edith's identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.
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Guest postWhy Indiana?
People sometimes ask me why I set a series in southern Indiana. Here’s why. I spent five happy years earning my doctorate at the flagship Indiana University campus in Bloomington, one that generations of Maxwells attended and of which my great-great-great grandfather was one of the founders. In addition, my great-grandfather was first dean of the IU Medical school, my grandfather was captain of the IU basketball team in 1916, and my own father was an undergrad there, so it was fun for this California girl to discover her Midwestern roots.
IU is a huge university in a small town. You can walk or ride a bike everywhere. People are friendlier and talk more slowly than in the northeast. And neighboring Brown County is as hilly and pretty as Vermont. It’s the least populated and most forested county in the state.
While I lived in Bloomington in the late 1970s, a fellow grad student dropped out of the linguistics PhD program. With his girlfriend he bought a run-down country store in the town of Story in Brown County, and fixed it up into a breakfast restaurant as well as a bed-and-breakfast establishment. They served whole-wheat banana walnut pancakes, which I make to this day. The Story Inn still exists, although my friends don’t own it any longer.
I think readers are drawn to the fictional southern Midwest village of South Lick I created. And who doesn’t love a homey country store filled with antique cookware that also offers a tasty breakfast and lunch menu? I love testing new recipes to include in the back of each book in the series.
[Note: An earlier version of this post appeared several years ago at wickedcozyauthors.com.]
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