When the Grits Hit the Fan : Country Store Mysteries

  • by Maddie Day
  • Narrated by Laural Merlington
  • Series: Country Store Mysteries
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University's Sociology Department at Pans 'N' Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It's all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie's friend, graduate student Lou.
So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect that Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend's innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton's past and developing her own thesis on the homicide - even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way.


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This is a typical mystery that follows the cozy mystery formula. The narrator didn't help. She makes the lead character sound like she's 57 instead of 27. It's not bad, it's just mediocre.
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- Beatrice

Enjoyable read despite the odd choice of Narrator.

The characters are interesting and well thought out in this series. The mystery of who the bad guy was lasted to the end in all three books for me, though I usually peg them early on. I enjoyed everything about this series except one important thing---the narrator. Sure she did a fine job and each character was uniquely portrayed. Her occasional mispronunciation didn't bother me either. Unfortunately her voice comes across as a much older person, quite elderly in fact, than the heroine is supposed to be. The first time she went out for a long ride on her bicycle I kept having to brush away the elderly woman I had been picturing out of the way and conjure up someone totally different. It was struggle for me throughout the series to maintain a visual of a 27 year old woman when the narrator sounds more like a seventy year old. I almost dismissed the first book because of it, it really bothered me. But, I wasn't able at the time to get a replacement. I stuck with it, joked with my hubby about it and stuck with it. I'm glad I did as all three were very good stories. If you can get beyond the voice as well, you will likely enjoy it. I do recommend it.
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- D. Libby

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio