Saturday, February 3, 2018

Who is Robbie Jordan?

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

My author's alter-ego, Edith Maxwell, wanted to interview me today. I said, "Okay, but can we make it snappy? Because I have breakfast prep to do." She's all excited because Biscuits and Slashed Browns just came out on Tuesday and has been doing super well.

Oh, and she's running a special contest. Details at the end of the post!

Edith: How did you get to southern Indiana from California? And don't you miss the ocean?

Robbie: I had a pretty rotten ex-husband who I married right out of college. I really needed a change of scenery after he left me, and when my mom suggested I go visit aunt Adele and see if I could find a job cooking, I jumped all over it. Sure I miss the Pacific, but Brown County is a sweet spot to live in. And it's not like the ocean went anywhere. I can always go back for a swim and lungfuls of salt air.

Edith: How did you get to be a puzzle master?

Robbie:  Man, I've been doing puzzles since before I can remember. Words, their meanings, their shapes, it's always seemed like magic to me. I was a really early reader, and I've never seen a crossword grid I didn't want to solve.

Edith:  What's one thing I, I mean Maddie Day, does that bugs you?

Robbie:  Sometimes she asks me to go into a dark basement alone - when a killer is at large! I'm like, no way, girlfriend.

Edith: What about biking? You are such a cycling enthusiast. How did that start?

Robbie: Hello, I'm from Santa Barbara? It's biking weather all year round, and even in the hottest days of summer and early fall you get a sea breeze. Everybody rides their bikes. Plus, environmentally it's a no-brainer - save the atmosphere and get your exercise at the same time.

Edith: Congratulations on the new book coming out this week. What's your next adventure we'll hear about?

Robbie: I'm so excited my father and his wife are coming to visit from Italy. Their visit coincides with the big bluegrass festival in Beanblossom, so I'm going to take them, and show them around the area, too. I hope it all goes well. Maddie named the book Death Over Easy, which is kind of bad karma, don't you think?

Edith: The bluegrass festival sounds fun. I should try to go some year.

Robbie: It's awesome. They have several stages, impromptu jam sessions, clogging, the works. A week's worth of bluegrass. Plus a beer tent!

Readers: What do you have in common with Robbie? Biking? Puzzles? A love of a tasty breakfast? Do you live on a coast or in the middle of the country?

Edith: Readers, send a picture of yourself with the book (paper or ebook) to and I'll enter you in a drawing for a special author apron! You can also send a picture of your cat or dog with the book, or the book next to one of the recipes you've prepared. Please put Apron Contest in the subject line. Contest closes February 9 at midnight.

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

Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two 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,


  1. Looks to be a fantastic read. Love puzzles. Love bluegrass. One of my favorites is Tennessee Hound Dog. and tasty meals is always preferred. We are experimenting with quick and easy muffin tin type of breakfasts. Della

  2. Brown County Indiana is beautiful. I lived in Lafayettem IN for a while - college and a teaching job. I also like doing puzzles. Looking forward to reading this book.

  3. Love all of your books and I love puzzles crossword and word search they are the best. I used to teach and when the weekend homework came up I loved to give them puzzles to work and they would let out a sigh they are high school age or more so I hope they still do them.

  4. sorry can't send pics as disabled but my facebook page pic is a puppy who is smaller than a cat as all of the stray cats that we get are bigger than her and we feed 5 strays morning and night love them!

  5. Love the fact you're writing about Brown County. I'm a Corydon, IN (Southern Indiana) native and a huge IU Hoosiers fan. Can't wait to read! Being a new cozy mystery author, I've discovered so many great cozy books and writers! Congrats on the series!