We’re so happy to welcome back Edith Maxwell, she of the numerous award nominations and books too numerous to count. Read on for a fun post about her latest entertaining Country Store Mystery…
Robbie Jordan: A Chick on the Case
Recently, there was a discussion on an author list about the term “chick.” When I was thirty, I would have been offended at a man calling me a chick. Actually, I still would. But I love the moniker of this blog. It’s fine for strong women to reclaim the term for our own and wear the badge proudly. And in Strangled Eggs and Ham, the sixth book in the Country Store Mysteries, Robbie Jordan is a real Chick on the Case.
I lived in southern Indiana some decades ago, and I knew I wanted to set a book during a steamy Midwestern August. The humidity and temperatures both soar, right along with discomfort and tempers.
Here’s the blurb:
While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders South Lick, Indiana, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat. A developer’s plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County infuriates opponents, who concoct protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .
South Lick Hill – pretty!
When Robbie’s dear aunt Adele plans to lead the protest against the development, Robbie is terribly worried she’ll be hurt, or worse. Robbie checks out the developer – a female power weightlifter – as well as a local who stands to profit by selling her land to the resort. Also involved are a security guard and heavy-machinery operator who desperately need the jobs the project will provide.
The protestors, led by Adele, decided to close down traffic on the state route near South Lick and the hilltop. I was delighted to draw on my memories of being one of a small but stalwart band of anti-war protestors in my college days at UC Irvine in conservative Orange County, California. All thirty of us walked out to MacArthur Boulevard (a high-speed main thoroughfare between inland the coast) with our signs and our chants in 1973. We shut down traffic for, oh, a full fifteen minutes, then walked back to campus. Small potatoes, but a highly visible action.
In the end, Adele manages to rescue herself with the help of her friend Vera. Robbie does, too, then points the police to where the villain has escaped. Three strong chicks! As with all cozies, justice is done, and harmony restored to the village. Until the next book, that is…
And I’m delighted to announce that my novella, Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse – which includes a black lab puppy named Cocoa – will be the next adventure in book time – and real time! It releases in a three-book collection called Christmas Cocoa Murder on September 24.
Readers, how do you do in hot weather? Prefer super dry or less warm but humid? How do you cope?
Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Maxwell, with eighteen novels in print and five more completed, has been nominated for an Agatha Award six times. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two elderly cats, and gardens and cooks when she isn’t killing people on the page or wasting time on Facebook. Please find her at edithmaxwell.com, on Instagram, and at the Wicked Authors blog.