Flipped for Murder is a cozy culinary mystery set in Southern Indiana. The whole association with pancakes made me want to read it. And I hit a snag almost as soon as I started.
One of the characters, Jim, is termed vegetarian. Then he goes orders fish. A few pages later, he is called a vegetarian who eats fish. As any vegetarian or vegan worth their salt will tell you, there is no such thing. I wonder why the author has portrayed it such. Does she mean to show that folks in Indiana are unaware of the difference? So anyway, this kind of put a damper on the book for me.
The story itself depicts a typical small town crime. A new café opens. There is a new mayor, and her assistant is a vile woman. It seems she has some dirt on everyone. She is soon found shot dead. So there is a killer in town, and the speculation begins. Robbie continues baking her cheese biscuits and busting her back to feed a hungry town and tourists. She stumbles upon some old mysteries that surprisingly involve her dead mother.
So there are secrets unraveled, and the past is dragged out in the open. Meanwhile, Robbie’s success is not taken well by her competition. We find that she wants to de stress by taking her bike out for a 10-20 mile ride. And this point is drilled into the reader many a time. Robbie tries to stay sane, while solving mysteries old and new.
One of the main characters is Robbie’s aunt Adele. Adele has lived in the town all her life. She currently enjoys an active social life as a senior. She supposedly knows everything about Robbie’s past or her mother’s past. But she is never roped in to provide information. Instead, Robbie goes digging in the library, and takes the help of strangers.
A few shaky premises aside, cozy mystery lovers will enjoy reading Flipped for Murder. There is enough talk of scrumptious food to make your mouth water. There are two handsome men vying for our girl, and there is a friendly sidekick. Overall, this story could have been meatier, I think.