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review 2016-09-11 00:00
Flipped Off
Flipped Off - Zenina Masters Flipped Off - Zenina Masters I liked how she hated The Little Mermaid and he hated Flipper. Cute :)
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review 2016-09-09 02:12
Flipped for Murder
Flipped For Murder - Maddie Day,Edith Maxwell

Shortly after her mother's death, transplanted Californian Robbie Jordan sets up shop in the small Indiana town where her Mother grew up.  Part restaurant, part vintage cookware store, Pans'N'Pancakes places proprietress Robbie Jordan firmly in the tradition of other sleuthing shopkeepers and cooks after the mayor's disagreeable assistant turns up dead with one of Robbie's cheese biscuits in her mouth.

 

Sometimes you just want a cozy little murder mystery - and from that perspective debut novel Flipped for Murder dishes up the goods.  However, the recipe could use some refining.  While reiterating the information discovered is part of the formula of a cozy, Maddie Day did it frequently enough to be annoying.  I also thought Robbie was trying too hard to be appealing to everyone.  Not only does she cook and run a business, but she bicycles and extols the stress-reducing benefits of exercise, AND even though the adult entertainment stays off-screen her gaining the instant attentions of not one but two men strays just a bit too close to trying to create an superheroine for my taste.

 

 

 

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review 2016-02-11 00:48
Flipped - Wendelin Van Draanen

Characters were so fleshed out, even the minor ones and I wanted to hug them all.The transformation Bryce and Julie went through was so realistic and adorable, just wanna gush over them both.

5/5 overall and enjoyed every minute of it! I get smiles just thinking about Bryce and Juli, now off to watch the movie adaptation.

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review 2015-10-30 00:00
Flipped For Murder
Flipped For Murder - Maddie Day,Edith Maxwell I really think that one of the reasons that I am such a fan of Cozy Mysteries is that you get an in depth peek at the day to day dealings of someone's life. It's a slice of a different world, shown all the way down to the nitty gritty. You are stepping into their shoes for the time period it takes to solve the mystery. As someone who loves interesting facts and examining the minutia of various careers, these books just appeal to the nerdy lover of learning in me.

In Flipped for Murder, we explore a small midwestern town via a country store and eatery. Our guide is Robbie Jordan, a recent transplant from California. She has ties to the area in the form of her Aunt Adele. With the recent death of her mother, being near family, in the town where her mother grew up, is supposed to be a balm. Unfortunately, the murder that takes place the evening of her grand opening is less than soothing. Especially when it looks like someone leaves clues to throw suspicion on her.

Once I started reading this, I had a hard time putting it down. The story had a nice flow and did a good job of keeping me guessing on what would happen next. I was a bit surprised at big whodunit reveal. Honestly, I didn't think see the person as being cunning enough to have planned everything. Also, there were plenty of set-ups towards more mysteries being hinted at. I finished this book excited to see what would happen in the next one. There were several recipes at the end, for some of the more interesting foods mentioned throughout for those who enjoy that.

This book is the first in a new series for Maddie Day, a pseudonym for Edith Maxwell, though an experienced author, she is still new to me. Robbie's world was vibrant, well thought out and inviting. I can't wait to go back again. I gave this book 4 stars.

Thanks to Netgalley, Kensington and Great Escapes for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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review 2015-09-12 03:35
Flipped For Murder
Flipped For Murder - Maddie Day,Edith Maxwell

First, thank you to Kensington Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Flipped For Murder is the first in a new series located in small town southern Indiana.  Robbie Jordan has just opened her new country store/diner, Pans & Pancakes (why not Pots & Pancakes? hmm.) when the mayor's assistant is found murdered. 

 

There was a lot to like about the story; the characters were charming, a picturesque locale, and I enjoyed the local lingo.  I live in Indiana and hear many of these phrases daily, so it made me smile.  The plot was well-paced and had a lot of twists and turns to keep me guessing. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I look forward to reading more.

 

However, there were a few things that detracted from the story for me.   I can suspend disbelief to a certain extent, but there's a limit, and for me that limit came when, right after the murder victim was found, the cop came around to question the main character and asked her if she killed the victim, then recorded it on his tablet.  No.  Just no.  Even someone who has only watched an hour of Law & Order: SVU could tell you that you don't ask a question like "Did you kill the victim?" to a person who hasn't been Mirandized because nothing that is said is admissible in court, so there's no reason to note it.  And don't get me started on the subject of direct evidence vs circumstantial evidence.  In the acknowledgements section, the author writes, "Officer Garnet Watson helped out with a few questions of police procedure, which I might not always have followed."  I would rethink that.

 

There was also a question of the back story, which is neatly summed up in the book's description but I think more details (or starting the story a little earlier than the store's opening day) might have eased the way into the story. Also, the reader doesn't really get a sense of the victim, other than what other people said about her, so there was a disconnect there.  Starting the story a little earlier would definitely help set up some of the plot points a little more subtly.

 

I also felt like there was too much rehashing of each event after the fact.  It started to feel more like filler and I found myself flipping through pages of it after awhile.

 

Overall, a charming start to a promising  new series, and an enjoyable read.  And I darn sure will be making those cheesy biscuits in the very near future!

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