Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Robbie Jordan is the owner of "Pans 'N Pancakes" a quite busy restaurant that normally attracts the same number of living clients than killers, so I suppose their food has to be amazing!
"I'd been involved in investigating more than one act of extreme malice in the last half year, and I was a puzzle freak. I did the really hard ones, like the New York Times and the London Times Sunday crossword puzzles-in ink-to relax. Right now my puzzle-solving mind refused to disengage. Had Warren Connolly's choking been the result of an attack rather than an accident?"
Robbie loves her job and cooking, but when a murder makes that her workers disappear decides that she would have to take the murder a deeper look and start investigating by their own, business is business!
While we read this book we feel like we are inside the restaurant and all the characters are around us, like neighbours or friends, I almost could smell the delicious food of Robbie.
Robbie is a strong woman, friend of her friends, loyal and brave, this makes the book a nice read. But what surprised me was her relation with her "boyfriend"(Abe), instead of chemistry I only felt ice... and I have so many questions to ask him...!
This had been an interesting read, where murder was the main dish and everyone had a motive.
This is the fourth book of the The Country Store Mysteries, but you can read it as standalone.
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Various Curious Items
The country store in the Country Store Mysteries, set in fictional South Lick, Indiana, has a collection of antique oddities on its shelves. My protagonist Robbie Jordan bought the store including the proverbial lock, stock, and barrel. She was fine with that, because she loves vintage cookware. She renamed it Pans ‘N Pancakes and renovated half of the first floor into a breakfast and lunch restaurant. But the shelves of pans and other kitchen implements she left, even acquiring more and marking most of it for sale.
Of course there are old muffin tins of all variety. A six-sided Swann cake pan. Whisks and rotary beaters galore. A churn that creative Robbie made into a trash receptacle. A child’s metal miniature kitchen from a century earlier, complete with tiny baking pans, sauce pots, and stirring spoons.
But we also see the slightly lethal kitchen gadgets. A auger-like device to break up sugar when it was sold in blocks. Yes, very sharp. A version of a mandoline slicer with not a single cut-your-finger-off guard in place. The two-handled curved blade that fits a wooden bowl, designed for chopping nuts. All invented and sold way before consumer protection laws.
By the end of Biscuits and Slashed Browns, Robbie decides it might be best to lock the more lethal items in a glass-fronted cabinet, so she won’t be threatened by a sharp object ever again.
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