Book Review – Death Over Easy (A Country Store Mystery Book 5)

4 out of 5 stars

I would like to thank Kensington Books for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley. The decision to read this book is my choice and any reviews given are obligation free.

Hello, yes, I’m back… reviews are still not as regular as I’d like them to be, but let’s get going with another fantastic book by one of my favourite authors. And yes, this is another book I read in the last year or so and am only just leaving a review for now. Slack of me I know… Especially as it’s just become 2021!

Don’t worry, one of my Neuro Divergent superpowers is to be able to remember books I’ve enjoyed for years to come as if I’d just read them. Don’t believe me, challenge me some time. 😉

Okay, let’s get to it!

‘Death Over Easy’ is book 5 in Maddie Day’s ‘A Country Store Mystery’ series. In it we get to know Robbie’s father and his wife, get to immerse ourselves in more local culture and music of South Lick and, of course, get some rather yummy recipes at the end of the book. 😉 On top of that we get shown a little Bluegrass music, thrown a few red herrings and, of course, get lumped with a murder or two.

As with the other books in the ‘A Country Store Mystery’ series, all these things were mixed together and balanced perfectly. Just the right amount of this and a touch of that. We get to learn more about not just Robbie, but her estranged father, life in Brown County, music, and love. Seriously, all the right things to balance out murder and crime to make a cosy mystery just that: cosy.

As to the book nerd side of things? Well, I did receive an ARC and so didn’t expect a perfectly polished piece. All the same, the usual high quality I’ve come to expect from Kensington Books was there. Perfect formatting for Kindle on my various devices, barely a glitch or typo missed by the editor. Good formatting and editing, even for an ARC, always makes me like a book just that little bit more, as it means the publisher is offering quality work, not just churning things out to try and make a profit.

Would I recommend this book to others?

Yes I would, but I’m sure you’ve already guessed that. I would, however, not recommend it as a standalone. It’s a great addition to an already enjoyable series and to do the book, the author, and the reader justice, I feel it should be read as part of the series and not just on its own. But I say that about all books in a series. I’m not a fan of reading them as standalone books. You miss out on so much!

Would I buy this book for myself?

Yes I would, in fact I have bought other books in the ‘A Country Store Mystery’ series to ensure I read them all in order. ‘Death over easy’ is definitely one I would buy if I’d not been able to get the ARC. As an eBook (my preferred format) they are well priced and definitely something my budget can afford. No overpriced eBooks here!

In summary: ‘Death over easy’ is a fantastic addition to the ‘A Country Store Mystery’ series, and also an enjoyable window into South Lick, Brown County, and Robbie Jordan’s life. Highly recommended.

Until next time,

Janis.

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