Cozy Prizes Friday: Southern Discomfort

Ready for a weekend in a cozy B&B in Savannah? Put some cheese in those grits, if you please. Today we have a guest post about the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia written by USA Today Best Selling Author Carole Fardiq who is touring her latest mystery Southern Discomfort. 


Savannah—The Squares


You can’t visit Savannah, Georgia and not spend time in one of its many squares.  Savannah’s squares are beautiful small parks dotted throughout town, all of them shaded by tall trees, many of them majestic live oaks hanging full of Spanish moss.  Not that Savannah is a particularly bustling city, but it’s nice to be able to sit and relax in a calm outdoor setting as you’re sightseeing, shopping, or working there.  The squares are an especially lovely place to cool off during Savannah’s sweltering summers.  In fact, the fountain area in Ellis Square is often packed with kids in bathing suits, squealing in delight as the dancing jets of water douse them.


Originally, the squares served more of a practical purpose.  James Oglethorpe founded Savannah in 1733 and laid out the town in the shape of a grid containing a series of wards.  Each ward would have a square at its center, and the surrounding ground would be divided into either commercial or residential lots.  The squares were intended for use as militia training grounds.


Today, the city has of course expanded beyond Oglethorpe’s original plan, but most of the squares have been kept intact and all are kept up beautifully.  As originally intended, the lots surrounding the squares are a nice eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, businesses, and residential buildings.  If you’re looking to visit, the best way by far to see most of them is by horse-drawn carriage tour.  I’ve been on several of those tours!


The last time my family visited Savannah, we skipped the carriage ride so I could do some hands-on research of the parks for SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT.  I needed the exact right park as a backdrop to be able to “see” my story in my head.  My poor husband and kids suffered through stopping at square after square for me to get out of the family minivan and spend time at each square, walking the surrounding streets and getting a feel for the area.  Needless to say, after hours of that, I owed them dinner at their favorite Savannah restaurant, The Pirates’ House.


Ultimately, I chose Pulaski Square for the setting of SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT.  It’s on the southwest side of the historic district, far enough away from the more touristy areas near the river that I could imagine Quinn, Delilah, and Papa Sal running their B&B in a peaceful setting.  (Other than finding a murder victim a couple of blocks away, of course.)  Pulaski Square was built in 1837 and named after General Casimir Pulaski.  Originally born in Poland, General Pulaski fought with the colonists in the Revolutionary War and died in the Siege of Savannah in 1779.  Although most squares boast monuments to the person the square is named after, Pulaski’s monument is located in Monterey Square instead.


Bottom line, if you visit Savannah, make it a point to spend time in the parks.  Sure, Broughton and River Streets are packed with some of the most interesting and unusual shopping and dining you can find, but it would be an oversight to miss the real beauty and history of this wonderful city.



About the Book

Southern Discomfort: A Southern B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1s in Series
Alibi (March 6, 2018)
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Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

About the Author


CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Six Feet Under

Time to head to Kentucky for some chicken pot pie. Not just any chicken pot pie, but a dish that will be featured on the culinary channel.  Yum. We are honored to be visited by Vivian Lowry, the creator of this scrumptious recipe. She’s a hoot!

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Character’ s Name: Vivian Lowry, number one murder suspect in Six Feet Under

Please tell us about your latest adventure.

Honey, it’s always adventure around these parts. Not that I like to brag on myself, but I do have to tell you that my famous chicken pot pie is being featured on the Culinary Channel. Famous Chef Frank Von Lee is coming to interview little ole me and even taste my food.

Do you have any friends/sidekicks helping you out?

I have scads of friends. But I only cook alone.

Do you have any special skills to fight crime?

If you consider the lash of my tongue….then yes.

Are you a full-time detective or do you do something else?

My daughter, Kenni. . .um. Kendrick Lowry is the sheriff. She’s amazing at her job of keeping order in our little small town, but I’m very active in the community.

What are you most frightened of in this story?

Well….it’s no secret that when Frank Von Lee was found face dead in my chicken pot pie, it does appear that I killed him. I didn’t. I’m telling you I didn’t.

Is there anything funny that happens to you or another character in this story?

Funny? Everything we do in Cottonwood is funny. . .

If I were to choose an actor or actress to play your part in a movie, who would that be? Do you see any other characters in your story as actors or actresses that our readers might know?

I’d play myself. No one can do me better than me. We just need one of them reality tv shows to come here.

Do you have any final words you would like to leave with our readers?

I didn’t kill Frank. I’m not saying that he didn’t hurt my feelings with an initial review, but it’s no reason to kill him.

 Let’s give your author a chance to speak. Anything you would like to add?

I’m sorry that Vivian has taken over your interview. She’s a typical southern mama who is very proud of her daughter and she’s a very proud person herself. She can be a little much at times, but we all love her crazy antics in all the books. It just so happens that she’s the star of SIX FEET UNDER.



About the Book

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Kentucky

Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth. And let me tell you, this broth is in trouble. Get ready for a Southern showdown.

The residents of Cottonwood, Kentucky are sent into a tizzy when the Culinary Channel comes to town to film an episode of Southern Home Cookin’ with celebrity chef Frank Von Lee.

Especially Sheriff Kenni Lowry.

Her mama’s award-winning chicken pot pie is what brought Frank to town, and they don’t make hair in the South bigger than her mama’s ego after the news.

When Frank Von Lee is found dead from food poisoning and the most likely culprit is Mama’s chicken pot pie, Kenni’s poppa, the former sheriff, comes back from the Great Beyond to assist in the investigation.

But nothing’s prepared Kenni for such a personal tie to a case, and she finds herself pushing the limits of the laws she’s sworn to protect.

This book’s so delicious it’ll make your mouth water and leave you hankerin’ for more.

My Review 5 Stars

Kenni works as the sheriff in Cottonwood, Kentucky who also has to keep tabs on her mother Vivian who will be featured on a cooking show with her chicken pot pie. When she is accused of murdering the judge, Kenny must solve it to avoid arresting her own mother. There are some very funny moments in this mystery along with plenty of down-home charm.

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For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.
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Cozy Prizes Friday: Plum Tea Crazy

We have Laura Childs back again today with her newest mystery, Plum Tea Crazy. If you like tea-centered mysteries then this one is for you! Scroll down to learn about the book, read my review and locate the Prize Guy who is giving you the chance at your very own copy of Laura’s book. He says “Earl Grey. Hot!” And he’s not calling the main character’s dog 🙂

About the Book

Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
19th in Series
Berkley (March 6, 2018)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451489609
Digital ASIN: B071K4DPRH

Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner–all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.


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My Review– 4 Stars

Theo, a tea shop owner in Charleston is invited to a party to watch a parade from a mansion. While viewing the parade,  they see a man fall from a building while loud cannon fire occurs in the parade. Timothy, the host of party asks Theo to look into the crime. I loved the name of the dog, Earl Grey, and the recipes included with the book.  There are some funny moments and a well-paced plot. This is my tea shop mystery, and now I’ll have to go back to the beginning of the series.

About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Six Dogs ‘Til Sunday

Don’t you just love the name Mae December? She’s the main character in Six Dogs ‘Til Sunday and she’s engaged, again. She lost her first fiancee in a deadly car accident but now she’s marrying the sheriff.  An interesting fact about this cozy mystery is that it is written by a mother/daughter team!

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About the Book

Six Dogs ’til Sunday (A Mae December Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Tennessee
Camel Press

It’s January in Rosedale, Tennessee, and Mae December is preparing for her March wedding to Sheriff Ben Bradley. Mae, who boards dogs for a living, is also busy tending to her pregnant dog and scouting locations for the movie featuring the music of her former fiancé Noah West, who died in a car accident four years earlier. Fortunately, the picturesque old house at the end of Little Chapel Road is for rent.

Just as filming is about to begin, a man is shot on the set, but manages to drive himself to the hospital, where he dies before he can ID his killer. He was a member of the film crew, but also a local, and circumstances point to his being a confidential informant for Ben’s predecessor, Sheriff Trey Cantrell, also the owner of the house turned movie set. At the time of the shooting, the victim had been stealing a large sum of money from a safe on the premises. Whose money is it, and where does it come from?

The Rosedale Sheriff’s Office not only has another murder case on its hands, but one that will dredge up a past long buried. How far will the guilty parties go to protect their secrets?

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Lia Farrell is the nom de plume for a mother/daughter duo of writers. Mom Lyn Farquhar and Daughter Lisa Fitzsimmons have been collaborating on the Mae December mystery series for four years.
Lyn Farquhar taught herself to read before starting school and honed her storytelling abilities by reading to her little sister. Ultimately, her mother ended the reading sessions because Lyn’s sister decided she preferred being read to over learning to read herself. She fell in love with library books at the age of six when a Bookmobile came to her one-room rural elementary school. The day the Bookmobile arrived, Lyn decided she would rather live in the bookmobile than at home and was only ousted following sustained efforts by her teacher and the bookmobile driver.

Lyn graduated from Okemos High School in Michigan and got her college and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. She has a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in Education, but has always maintained that she remained a student for such a long time only because it gave her an excuse to read. Lyn holds the rank of Professor of Medical Education at Michigan State University and has authored many journal articles, abstracts and research grants. Since her retirement from MSU to become a full-time writer, she has completed a Young Adult Fantasy trilogy called Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom. Volume I from the trilogy is entitled Journey to Maidenstone and is available on Lyn has two daughters and six stepchildren, nine granddaughters and three grandsons. She also has two extremely spoiled Welsh Corgi’s. Her hobby is interior design and she claims she has the equivalent of a master’s degree from watching way too many decorating shows.

Lisa Fitzsimmons grew up in Michigan and was always encouraged to read, write and express herself artistically. She was read aloud to frequently. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she was seldom seen without a book in hand. After becoming a mom at a young age, she attended Michigan State University in a tri-emphasis program with concentrations in Fine Art, Art History an Interior Design.

Lisa, with her husband and their two children, moved to North Carolina for three exciting years and then on to Tennessee, which she now calls home. She has enjoyed an eighteen-year career as a Muralist and Interior Designer in middle Tennessee but has always been interested in writing. Almost five years ago, Lisa and her mom, Lyn, began working on a writing project inspired by local events. The Mae December Mystery series was born.

Lisa, her husband, and their three dogs currently divide their time between beautiful Northern Michigan in the summertime and middle Tennessee the rest of the year. She and her husband feel very blessed that their “empty nest” in Tennessee is just a short distance from their oldest, who has a beautiful family of her own. Their youngest child has settled in Northern Michigan, close to their cabin there. Life is good.

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Mae December is getting married but is haunted by the death of her former fiance. She decides to use a house that her deceased fiance once rented for a film set and a murder occurs. This mystery has many characters who weave nicely into Mae’s past and present.  Because the story flows from character to character there are some interesting developments in both character and the plot. Great mystery!

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Pawprints and Predicaments

Happy Friday! We have a character guest post today from a hunky ex-Navy Seal who is a character in our featured mystery Pawprints and Predicaments. That ought to brighten up your weekend. I really identify with this series because like the main character, Daphne, my daughter has been a pet sitter to work her way through school and well…I knit/crochet sweaters for my dogs.  That’s it. Full confession. Have one on the knitting needles right now.  Here’s a word from our author, Bethany Blake and then let’s listen to what Jonathan has to say.

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Detective Jonathan Black is incredibly reserved. In part, it’s because he’s supremely confident. He’s been around the world a few times, saved a few lives—and, as a combat-tested Navy SEAL, lost a few friends. He tends to listen more than talk, because he doesn’t feel like he needs to impress anyone. But I managed to get him to open up, just a tiny bit, to tell you about his life in Sylvan Creek, and his complicated relationship with petsitter and amateur sleuth Daphne Templeton.

I’ll let Jonathan take it from here.

I never expected to live in a place like Sylvan Creek, where everyone, it seems, dresses their dogs in handknit sweaters. I’ve started doing it, myself, for crying out loud.

I don’t dress up my chocolate Lab, Axis. He’d be insulted. But the one-eared, drooling Chihuahua that Daphne Templeton foisted upon me shivers so much in the cold that I actually find myself buttoning him into a free-range, yak hair sweater that Daphne gave him, as a present.

Please, don’t tell Daphne that I ever do that. It’s bad enough that she’s seen me with the dog tucked into my jacket.

When I met Daphne, she was trying to obstruct justice. She has a habit of bumbling her way into situations, then trying to blurt her way out, with varying degrees of success. And, yet, over time, she’s become more responsible. While I’ve gone the other way—to a small degree.

I’m going to be honest. After a life spent moving around the world, first as a military brat, then as a SEAL, myself, I enjoy the order and peace I’ve found in my house in the woods. I spend a lot of time alone by the fire, reading. And thinking. And that’s okay.

But I’ve come to appreciate the openness and chaos that Daphne brings to my world, at least to a small degree. I’ve never met a petsitter with a Ph.D. in philosophy before, and I can’t deny that she brings an interesting perspective to any conversation.

She also drives me crazy by trying to solve crimes, and usually nearly getting herself killed in the process. Thankfully, she has a very intelligent protector, a basset hound named Socrates, looking out for her when I can’t be there. The dog and I also share a negative opinion of canine apparel.

I think that’s enough about me. If you ever come to Sylvan Creek, be careful. A surprising number of people get murdered here. And, yet, I’m glad this is where I’ve ended up, for now. Maybe for a while…

About the Book

Pawprints & Predicaments (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (February 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake—and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .

It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore—with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard—but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation—whether he wants her to or not . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

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Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Clairvoyant and Present Danger


Clairvoyant and Present Danger (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
by Lena Gregory

So do you believe in ghosts or are you the skeptic? Lena Gregory explores both opinions on the subject in her latest mystery, Clairvoyant and Present Danger. She was kind enough to answer some questions about how she came up with her series and to share her Rafflecopter Giveaway: a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Lena Gregory

How did you come with an idea for your book?

The idea for the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series originated from a “discussion” between my husband, my daughter, and me about whether or not ghosts were real. The original concept for the story was about a psychic medium who wasn’t even quite sure she was actually contacting the dead, one friend who believed whole heartedly that she was (Stephanie) and one friend who remained skeptical despite evidence to the contrary (Bee).

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I have two favorite scenes in Clairvoyant and Present Danger, both involving Bee. The first takes place on the beach, when Bee is once again talked into doing something way outside of his comfort zone. The second takes place in a park, when Bee stands up for someone he really cares about.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

Besides the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series, I also write the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries series, in which Gia Morelli leaves her life in New York to open a café on the outskirts of the Ocala National Forest in Florida.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I would probably write fantasy, since it’s one of my favorite genres to read.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes, there is a tour-wide rafflecopter giveaway.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

I’m always happy to have reviews anywhere! Amazon and Goodreads are especially helpful.

Clairvoyant and Present Danger (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (February 6, 2018)

Whoever said that dead men tell no tales has never met Cass Donnovan…

Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.

Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer–much to the chagrin of local law enforcement–when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim…


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Lena Gregory lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.

When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Biscuits and Slashed Browns

Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day

Being from the South, I do have a particular fondness for biscuits, so the mystery Biscuits and Slashed Browns was pretty tempting to me.  Check out the “About the Book Section” and then my review of Maddie Day’s latest novel. Maddie is also a part of the Wicked Cozy Authors Blog which is another great place for cozy readers to hang out. Be sure to look for the Prize Guy. Today he leads to the chance at a print copy of Biscuits and Slashed Browns! So grab one of the stools at the counter, get yourself a cup of joe and a piping hot biscuit.

Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Indiana

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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?

My Review-4 Stars

When a restaurant owner must solve a mystery during a town festival with no help in the restaurant, she has to use her love of puzzle solving to find the clues. This mystery had a great midwestern feeling with a heaping helping of funny sayings (also known as Buckisms in the book). I found this mystery funny, romantic and suspenseful!

Maddie 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).

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