A Country Store Mystery, Book 5
July 31, 2018
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B0776H5T7B
About the Book:
Restaurateur Robbie Jordan is ready for the boost in business a local music festival brings to South Lick, Indiana, but the beloved event strikes a sour note when one of the musicians is murdered . . .
June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighboring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and café, Pans ‘N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of lineup. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance . . .
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Death Over Easy is the 5th book in the Country Store Mysteries. Robbie has opened the bed and breakfast located above her store/cafe just in time to house some of the participants in the nearby Blues Festival. Robbie's father Roberto and his wife Maria are visiting and are also staying in the B&B. Between her father's visit, her guest in the B&B, and the cafe clientele, Robbie has been very busy. The chaos ratchets up even more when one of the participants in the Blues Fest is found dead by banjo string and people dear to Robbie are on the suspect list. Now she has to run her cafe/store, continue learning the ropes on running a B&B, find time to spend with her father, and figure out who committed murder. The author does a great job introducing characters with motive and means.
The plot of Death Over Easy is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing about a lot of different things. The author did a great job adding different plot lines into the story and then connecting them all at the end. The whos, whats, and whys of the story are engaging and the reader will not want to put down the book. I was taken on a suspenseful ride that produced evidence of one character being the murderer then turning around and providing evidence that pointed to someone else. I wasn't really able to narrow down the suspect list too far or figure out who actually committed the murder, making the reveal a surprise. The story was fun, exciting, and full of suspense.
The character development continues on in Death Over Easy as we continue to get to know Robbie, Abe, the rest of the townsfolk, and now her long lost father. Robbie is a great main character. She's realistically written as a kind, generous person who had a dream and worked hard to make it a reality. She treats people with respect and dignity, the perfect person to work in a retail/food establishment. She gets involved in things she shouldn't much to the chagrin of the police department but her heart is in the right place. Her relationship with Abe is sweet and just a small part of the story. Their romance does not overshadow they mystery or take over. All of the secondary characters all have their perfect places within the pages of the novel.
I enjoyed the world building in South Lick, Indiana. I was able to easily vizualize the story and I felt like I was there. The interwoven storylines keep the story fresh, exciting, and engaging. If you are looking for a cozy mystery that is fast paced (never a dull moment) and will keep you on the edge of your seat, I suggest you give Death Over Easy a try!