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Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day

Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Indiana
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 292 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496711212
E-Book ASIN: B071DZ1K5W

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?

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve been writing all my life, and wrote fiction as a child. I took a break from it for a few decades, instead writing news articles, academic tomes, memoir, creative nonfiction, and technical manuals. I love working with words and language, and am delighted to be back creating made-up characters and worlds.


What genres do you write in?

I write exclusively mysteries, in the cozy, historical, and traditional subgenres.


What drew you to writing these specific genres?

It’s what I like to read! I mostly read books written by women with female protagonists, because I got tired of reading books with male sleuths always commenting on women’s legs and other body parts. And the outside world is grim enough – I don’t need to read noir or dark thrillers. So I write the kinds of books I love to read.


How did you break into the field?

I wrote a mystery novel and short crime fiction. Along the way I joined a critique group, took courses, and became a member of Sisters in Crime. As I was finally finding a small press for my first novel back in 2011, an agent contacted our Sisters in Crime chapter looking for authors for cozy mystery proposals. I was ready, and worked with him on my Local Foods Mysteries series proposal, which we sold to Kensington Publishing. Now I have thirteen books in print with another four in production and one more almost ready to send in, and I still have three more under contract.


What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I want my readers to love my characters (well, most of them) in a community they’d like to live in. I want them to become so engrossed in the book they don’t want to put it down for things like sleep or the day job. I want them to finish the book and go hunt down the next one immediately.  I want them to delight in the language and puzzle out the mystery right alongside my protagonist. And if they learn a few things about cooking, carpentry, or an issue that might be a subtheme along the way, that’s good, too.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?

When a reader tells me my book got her through hours waiting for a loved one in surgery, gave her an escape from hair-raising politics, or brought up a laugh and a memory of a Midwestern childhood, those are my rewards.


What do you find most challenging about writing?

Most challenging for me is the middle of each book. I have now written eighteen novels and the middle doesn’t get any easier! At least by now I know that slogging through toward the end is the only way to get there, and I can always go back and fix what doesn’t work – or what puts both me and the reader to sleep.


What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Keep your butt in the chair and your fingers on the keyboard. Write the best book you can, and then find your tribe. Learn from them, network with them, and keep writing.


What type of books do you enjoy reading?

See answer above!


Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? I like to quilt, even though I don’t find much time for it. I hold a long-dusty black belt in karate, and an even dustier PhD in linguistics. And I’m a fourth-generation Californian who has now lived in Massachusetts longer than I lived in the Golden State.


What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?


My web site, edithmaxwell.com, includes information about all my writing, including my historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries, my other contemporary series, and my award-winning short stories. Please stop by, and sign up for my newsletter, too. You can also find me at the following links:

Facebook: Maddie Day and Edith Maxwell

Twitter: @edithmaxwell and @MaddieDayAuthor

Pinterest: EdithMaxwell

Instagram: EdithMaxwellAuthor

Blog: Wicked Cozy Authors

Goodreads: Edith Maxwell

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.

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