Sunday, September 3, 2017

Maple, Maple, Everywhere!

Robbie Jordan here, from Maddie Day's Country Store Mysteries. 

So, wow. Do any of you know a real live author? I must confess I don't, except for my author, Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell). She went kind of bananas when UPS delivered a box today. What was in it but a few dozen advance copies of her latest book - which happens to feature me: humble chef-carpenter, my darling country store restaurant, and...well, you probably know what I'm going to say, right? And murder.

Sheesh. You'd think the end of March in a bucolic Indiana county like ours would be pretty uneventful. You would be wrong. Man, when the Maple Festival coincided with a maple scientists' academic conference, fireworks resulted - and we were nowhere near the fourth of July. Unfortunately my new employee Turner was involved, as were both his parents, a regular customer, and a newbie chef in the area.

But don't worry. Justice prevailed in the end, as it does every time in South Lick, Indiana. Maddie says she's sad to report that the real-life Birdy, the model for my foundling kitty Birdy in the books, passed away a couple of months ago. She's even happier that he now has an extended life on the pages of our books.

Maddie also says the book will be out at the end of January, and you can preorder it wherever books are sold (she says that really helps the author). But take a gander at this box of ARCs! She wants to celebrate by giving one copy away to a commenter here today and she told me I had to come up with a couple of questions. So here goes.


Readers: I like to make a maple biscuit. What's your favorite maple-flavored treat? Do you have a source of real maple syrup? Bonus question: have you ever had maple syrup from Brown County, Indiana, or visited there?

Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning, Agatha-nominated short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries.

Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs here, with the other Wicked Cozy Authors, and with the Midnight Ink Writers. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.

66 comments:

  1. I think maple walnut ice cream might be my favorite, but we use real maple syrup in our baked beans and those are scrumptious. We use Bascom's maple syrup from NH.

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  2. Unfortunately, I don't have a favorite Maple treat but would be more than willing to try one. I know a lot of authors but have only met one, Paige Shelton. Looking forward to reading this book.
    Becky Prazak; rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  3. My husband used to work with a guy that makes maple syrup somewhere in NH and we would buy it from him. We moved to FL but will make a trip once a year as both of our families live in MA/NH to visit. We will stock up while there. I just love maple walnut ice cream. Edith, have you ever been to Parkers Maple Barn in I think Mason, NH? Breakfast anytime. Yum!!

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    1. It is and they make the maple syrup there and they get bus tours and have a nice gift shop. I used to live about 10 minutes away from there and it was my mom and dad's favorite place to go out to eat. Love their pumpking pancakes.

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  4. Have never had a maple flavored treat, but would love to try something! Love real maple syrup on pancakes or French toast.
    Have never been to Brown County, Indiana.

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  5. I truly love anything with maple in it. Ice cream, fudge, sausage, etc. I have never visited the series' location in IN, but I would enjoy any fresh maple.

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    1. I forget about sausage sometimes - a great pairing.

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  6. I don't really have a favorite maple treat that I can think of, but I do love real maple syrup. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  7. I like maple syrup on French toast.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  8. When I visited Vermont I had maple candy- it was a hard candy. Those were really nice.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  9. I would like to try a maple flavored cookie using Maple syrup. I have never been to Indiana. I love your Country store mysteries and I can't wait until this one comes out! I love Maple syrup on pancakes Too!

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  10. amy guillaume lindermanSeptember 3, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    never had syrup from there or been there. i love my maple french toast k-cups! drinking some right now. aelinderman@sbcglobal.net

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  11. Maple Walnut Fudge, maple cookies too. Vermont maple syrup. The syrup is great for basting ham, butternut squash and yams. Suzieqsb(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. I love everything maple. Being in NYC I can get all the organic syrup I can consume.

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  13. Howdy! I'm a Hoosier & have visited Brown County many times... I love when they do the maple syrup days both in Brown County and here in Northwest Indiana. Maple Pecan Scones would probably have to be my favorite Maple treat!
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun

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  14. I am an oddball, and don't really care for maple on anything but my pancakes. But I did read just this morning that sales of maple flavored things are poised to surpass those of pumpkin flavored everything this fall, and it made me laugh

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  15. Maple Biscuits and Maple fudge are delectable. Love the flavor. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Maple biscuits sound amazing -- I can just imagine them dripping with butter! My favorite maple item is maple syrup. I have several relatives in Indiana, but have never visited Brown County. I would love to visit a maple tree farm and sample all the goodies they have to offer! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  17. Maple is wonderful especially biscuits and syrup. Perfect for the fall treats. I have never visited Brown County but would love to. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. I absolutely love the Canadian Maple leaf cookies. My friend brought them each year but enjoy them year round thanks to Trader Joe's!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  19. I am sorry to hear about the real life Birdy. I am glad he gets to live on in the books! I think my favorite maple treat is a maple glazed donut with a chocolate drizzle that I had at a bakery. It was superb! The closest thing to a source of real maple syrup here is the grocery store! I have never been to Brown County, Indiana. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  20. Real maple syrup is the only kind of syrup in my pantry. I love the stuff. I like maple fudge---yum!
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  21. Maple nut ice cream is delicious. The book sounds great! Sorry to hear about real life Birdy. Good that he lives on in the books!donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  22. My favorite would be a maple donut. I have traveled along the CA coast many times, been to Florida but never anywhere they make real maple syrup. Will have to remedy that soon! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I'm sorry about Birdy. My old gal doesn't have much time left and its so hard!

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  23. I love the idea of immortalizing favorite pets, or people, in stories. One is not gone as long as people tell one's stories.
    I used to make baked beans with real maple syrup, and I love it on oatmeal. Now you have me wanting it on biscuits. ;-)

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  24. I don't have a favorite maple trade-off but willing to try many! Lol Haven't gotten real maple syrup. Don't know where to get it. Haven't been to your county in In. Just to Crawford where my in-laws lived. Your books sound good. I would love to win one, as I'm on limited income. Thanks for the chance.

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  25. We are able to get real maple syrup from our Amish friends. I like a lot of maple things but the first thing that came to mind was Maple Iced Buttermilk Cookies. My great grandmother would make them. I now can get them when I go to Amish County (Ohio).
    I have been to Brown County several times and enjoy it. My husband is from Southern Indiana.
    I love this series and am caught up, just waiting for Biscuits and Slashed Browns.
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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  26. Maple cookies just discovered them while looking for pumpkin recipes. I get maple anything from our Amish Communtiy . Never been to Indiana. sbrown@eodls.org

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  27. Maple Leaf Creme sandwich cookies from Stop&Shop; maple cotton candy and maple sugar candies from the state buildings at The Big E; maple frosted donuts from Dunkin Donuts...we used to get our maple syrup from friends-Cobble Mountain Maple Syrup, but they have recently passed the torch onwards. I've never been to Brown County nor tasted their syrup. :)

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  28. I love maple-flavored coffee and/or creamer! I personally haven't been to that part of Indiana, but my mom attended Indiana University! And, lastly I just read Flipped For Murder and LOVED it - definitely one of the best new series I've discovered lately. I would love to read the ARC of the new book in the series! Thank you!
    Anne - a Cozy Book Lover & Reviewer!
    akj3765@gmail.com

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  30. I love everything maple since I live in New England. I make delicious maple shortbread cookies. We get our syrup from a local farm. I have never been to Brown County Indiana nor ever tasted their maple syrup.

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  31. I guess I'm a "purist". I love my real maple syrup every Sat. morning on pancakes made from Teff flour, the combo is delicious. Then on Sun. morning it's on blueberry pancakes. YUMMY! And I do use it sometimes instead of sugar in a recipe. It's good in pumpkin pie! For Christmas we used to always put pure organic maple candies in our children's stockings.

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  32. No I have never had maple syrup from Indiana that I know of. I always like those sugary maple leaf shaped candies when I was little. Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Maple nut ice cream is delicious. We have maple syrup here in Wisconsin. Never tried any from Indiana
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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  34. I have never been to Brown County IN, but would like to visit one day. I love real maple syrup and my favorite treat are the maple cream cookies from Aldi's. They are also shaped like a maple leaf and they usually have them in the Fall.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Maple syrup is of God's great gifts to the planet!

    Maple biscuits? Mmm, that sound lovely! Are they a sweet treat? They might be a great idea for fruit shortcake.

    I buy only pure maple syrup. I don't think about the geographic source. How people eat fake syrup and think that is "maple" is beyond sad.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  37. I love maple syrup on anything like biscuits, pancakes, french toast, and I haven't tried the candy or ice cream but I would like to..the book sounds fabulous...maybe we can maple coat a scent from the pages ...lol...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  38. I have never made anything with maple syrup before - only put on pancakes and waffles. parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  39. Maple sugar cotton candy at the fair. I love it so much name my English cream. Golden retriever the same name. We call her Sugar for short

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  41. I love maple bacon and of course maple syrup on pancakes. I've not been to Brown county, IN, but have been around IN a lot and would love to return karamarks0463 at att dot net

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  42. Waffles with maple syrup are my favorite. And no, I do not have a source for real maple syrup, nor have I ever had syrup from Brown County, Indiana. If I'm ever in the area I'll be sure to look for it though! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  43. Favorite maple treat: Maple Fudge from Mackinac Island!!! Yummmm! (I'm from Michigan, and I will travel to the U.P. for their fudge whenever I get the chance!) The other day a friend who visited brought us some maple syrup from Canada, so I'm looking forward to trying it soon!

    Bonus Question: I have not been to Brown County, Indiana. (But I should because MI is close!) :-)

    Thank you so much for this giveaway opportunity! I'm in love with the title...I swear Cozy Mystery authors are the BEST! Hehee! tarafarah7@gmail.com

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  44. Really enjoying your first book, Robbie! So much so I commented on my FB page. I love maple salt water taffy. My mom used to make it from a tree in our barnyard. Have not been to or seen or used anything from Brown County to my knowledge, but your description makes me want to visit. mizzelliesmart at Yahoo dot com thanks for a pleasant read (and my favorite flower is alstroemeria, too)

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  45. My favorite maple flavored treat would be maple sugar candy. It reminds me of my childhood. One of my mom's friends husband makes us maple syrup. I have never had maple syrup from Indiana. My son says his favorite maple flavored treat is pancakes with lots of maple syrup. utaker555(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I don't have a chance for much maple flavored treats. I guess I like maple syrup, but have to make due with what I can get from the supermarket. I haven't had a chance to visit Indiana or get to eat delicious treats from there. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  47. I fell in love with maple fudge from Cripple Creek, CO. I will be getting some again in Oct. (my brother, his wife and my mom are flying out there). I do not have a source of real maple syrup. When I lived in Indy we visited Brown County quite a bit. I loved it there. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your next book. Will have it pre-ordered by tomorrow. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. I don't think I've ever had anything with maple syrup before.

      kvmatlock (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  49. I love maple nut ice cream & the old fashioned maple nut hard candies. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. I have never tried maple syrup, from Brown County, Indiana or anywhere else.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  51. Oh my goodness, anything maple! Maple bars are my favorite after maple syrup. This sounds like a great book, can't wait to read it. Thank you.
    konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I have never been to Indiana... someday.

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    2. Marci, you are the randomly selected winner from your comment at Killer Characters! Congratulations. Please check your email.

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  52. We buy our organic maple syrup from a couple different places. One is in Vermont & I don't remember the other. We love maple syrup on a variety of things. On pancakes, etc. I use it in place of vanilla flavorings often. Especially when making anything with apples. Have an applesauce spice cake with rum soaked raisins we are partial to. The original recipe called for buttercream, cream cheese frosting. Tried it with maple syrup instead of vanilla, never used vanilla again. A couple of times a year we will take a half gallon of the syrup, cook it down for maple candy. Bought a couple candy molds just for that. It has been so long since we been to Indiana. We toured several counties, but I do not remember any place specific. I am really looking forward to reading Biscuits &.... Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  53. Marci Konecny is the randomly selected winner! Congratulations, Marci. I wish I had an ARC for everyone!

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  54. Love pancakes! Havent been to the place!

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  55. I'm eating Cream of Rice with milk, butter, and maple syrup. bobwiesmann@gmail.com

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