Biscuits and Slashed Browns, her next book in the series to a lucky commenter here today.
Here's the blurb:
For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?
When you live on a family maple farm in southern Indiana like I do, you're used to March being super busy. Add to that a father immersed in tree science - specifically the science of sugar maples - and it gets even more intense.
When my dad, Sajit, who was born in India, pushed a man further than he should have, I learned what intense really was. But wait. You don't know who I am at all. Let me introduce myself.
Robbie Jordan was awesome enough to hire me to help her and Danna out at Pans 'N Pancakes, Robbie's Country Store restaurant. I was a recent graduate of Indiana University, and all I've ever wanted to do was be a chef. Dad? He thought I should become a lawyer or a doctor, like my sister is studying to be. My mom's a Hoosier from around here, though, and she kind of talked my father down so I could take this job.
But when this, like, obnoxious researcher dude got himself killed, Dad disappeared. It looked really bad for him. And then...
My bad. Maddie Day says I can't tell you any more about the story! But I'm supposed to ask you a question or three. Okay. What's your favorite kind of cat (mine is obviously tuxedo cat Birdy)? What's your favorite food to put under maple syrup? And what do you think of curried food? I make a mean curried chick pea dish, but not everybody likes those spices.
Make sure you code in your email address with your comment - and then check back tomorrow to see if you won a copy of Biscuits and Slashed Browns. And if you didn't, you can always pre-order it. Me, I have some secret-ingredient biscuit dough to mix up.
Macavity- and Agatha-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning 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.