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Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery) by Maddie Day is on virtual book tour. The cozy mystery stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the book tour (for other dates see the bottom of the post).






Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

My intended audience is anyone who loves a good story! I tell the tale of small town characters who become involved in the unraveling of a mystery. There’s some romance along the way, and plenty of conflict, but never any bad language or gratuitous violence, and the bedroom door always shuts before the romance heats up too much. Most important, justice is restored to the community in the end.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

The Country Store Mysteries is a cozy mystery series set in a country store (thus the series name), and punny titles are almost a requirement for the genre. I came up with Biscuits and Slashed Browns myself, but sometimes I get help from pun-loving friends.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

Ben Perini did the cover art for Kensington and I love it. The first three covers in the series all show the inside of Robbie Jordan’s country store, Pans ‘N Pancakes. My editor suggested this cover could be outside, which fit perfectly with the story, since the body is found near a maple sugar shack. I give my editor a rough description of the season and some ideas I have for the cover, and I set up a Pinterest board for each book, but the Kensington art department takes it from there. I’m grateful that Robbie’s cat Birdy is on every cover so far. He was my very real tuxedo cat by the same name, and he passed away last summer. Now he lives on in the books.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I’m particularly fond of Lieutenant Buck Bird. He’s tall and skinny with a huge appetite. His speech is full of colorful southernisms, and he doesn’t sound that educated, but he’s on top of his game and has become a good friend to Robbie.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
Robbie Jordan is a carpenter in addition to being a chef, which she learned from her late mother, who was a cabinetmaker. In the books I’ve used carpentry skills and experiences that I’ve picked up from the man in my life, who renovates antique houses.
What other books are similar to your own?  What makes them alike?

Other books similar to mine would include the Maine Clambake Mysteries by Barbara Ross, the Pawsitively Organic Pet Food series from Liz Mugavero, the Clock Shop Mysteries by Julianne Holmes, and the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries from Sherry Harris. All are cozies and take place in small towns, and several of them also include recipes, as mine do. I blog with these talented ladies, plus Jessie Crockett, over at the Wicked Cozy Authors blog. We hope you’ll drop by for a visit!

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

All my writing is at edithmaxwell.com. Please also find me in the following places:
Facebook: Maddie Day and Edith Maxwell
Goodreads: Edith Maxwell
Pinterest: EdithMaxwell
Instagram: EdithMaxwellAuthor

What can we expect from you in the future?

Death Over Easy will be out in late July, 2018, and Strangled Eggs and Ham sometime in 2019. As Maddie Day I will debut a new series, the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, in January, 2019. I also write as Edith Maxwell. Turning the Tide, my third historical Quaker Midwife Mystery, will be out April 8, and my latest Local Foods Mystery is Mulch Ado About Murder.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Reviews are super helpful. Post a review on Goodreads before the release date and Amazon and Barnes and Noble after a book is out.  And tell your friends! Ask your library to acquire the book. Take a picture of yourself with the book and post it on social media. All of that helps tremendously to let others know you loved my story.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thanks for having me! I’m delighted to share with new readers and make new friends.



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?





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.


Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | kobo






TOUR PARTICIPANTS: 
  January 29 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW, GUEST POST 
  January 29 – The Power of Words – REVIEW 
  January 30 – A Holland Reads - CHARACTER GUEST POST 
  January 30 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW 
  January 31 – Sapphyria's Books – REVIEW 
  February 1 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW 
  February 1 –Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT 
  February 2 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW 
  February 2 – Book Babble – REVIEW 
  February 3 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW 
  February 3 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW 
  February 4 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW 
  February 5 – My Reading Journeys - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST 
  February 5 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews - REVIEW, GUEST POST 
  February 6 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT 
  February 6 – A Blue Million Books - CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
  February 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews - REVIEW, INTERVIEW 
  February 7 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW 
  February 8 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW 
  February 8 – Carstairs Considers – REVIEW 
  February 9 – Varietats - REVIEW, GUEST POST 
  February 9 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW 
  February 10 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW 
  February 10 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST 
  February 11 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
  February 11 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW


   
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