Review: Deep Fried Death by Maddie Day

Posted January 2, 2024 by Lola in Mystery, Review / 4 Comments

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Deep Fried DeathDeep Fried Death (Country Store Mystery #12)
Maddie Day

My Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF

The latest installment in Maddie Day’s deliciously popular Country Store cozy mysteries is sure to appeal to fans of Jenn McKinlay, Ellery Adams, Leslies Meier, and Joanne Fluke.

Many residents of South Lick, Indiana, claim the Outhouse Race, in which competitors push old-timey outhouse replicas on wheels at the annual Abe Martin Festival on Memorial Day, is the best thing since indoor plumbing. Just because country store and restaurant owner Robbie Jordan has too much to do managing her new deep fryer as well as an old lover reappearing, she’s not going to miss out on the fun. Plus, it’s good for business.

But when a dead body and a cast-iron skillet tumble out of the Pans ’N Pancakes outhouse entry on the race route, it seems someone is trying to frame Robbie—in a most unconventional way. Now she’ll need to be privy to the townsfolks’ secrets as she races to flush out a killer . . .

My Review

I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

Deep Fried Death is the 12th book in this series and I am so happy this series is still ongoing as it’s one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Deep Fried Death was another great read and I really enjoyed it. This series just feels so familiar and starting a new book makes me feel cozy and comfortable.

Robbie gets involved in another mystery when at the start of the outhouse race she’s participating in a dead body falls out of her outhouse. The killer seems to try and frame Robbie and then the older brother of her husband is a suspect as well, so Robbie can’t help but get involved. The mystery was a solid one with some suspects and some questions surrounding everything. I would’ve liked a bit more progress at times and details towards the end, but I enjoyed following Robbie as she investigates. I thought the motive was a bit on the weaker side, but the resolution and wrap up was well done. I also appreciated how she’s more careful now that she’s pregnant and does her best not to get in danger.

My favorite part of this series is reading about Robbie, her store, her employees and all her other friends and family. It’s just such a cozy read and I have fun seeing what Robbie and the rest cook up in her restaurant and how her business goes. The progression and changes in Robbie’s life throughout the series is fun and I like seeing what’s going on in her life now. Seeing her relationship with her husband Abe as well as his son Sean going well is great. And I also like how she treats and interacts with her employees.

To summarize: This series is still going strong and is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. The mystery was a solid one and I liked seeing it all play out. I would’ve liked a bit more progression at times and details at the end. I also thought the motive felt a bit weak, but I liked seeing everything fall on it’s place. I enjoy reading about Robbie and how she investigates and also appreciated how she’s extra careful in this one as she’s pregnant. I like reading about Robbie’s daily life and her restaurant and how she interacts with other characters. Another awesome read and I look forward to the next one!

4 Stars


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4 responses to “Review: Deep Fried Death by Maddie Day

  1. Love that the books are still highly anticipated this far into the series. I like what you’re saying about her progressing with her life and taking care as she investigates.

    • I am really happy this series is still going strong, it’s so fun to see her how life progresses throughout the series and I appreciate she is careful as she investigates.

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