Maxwell’s Country Store Mysteries, written as Maddie Day (Kensington Publishing), debuts with Flipped for Murder in October, 2015. Farmed and Dangerous is the latest in her Local Foods Mysteries series (Kensington Publishing, 2015). The first in Maxwell’s historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries series, Delivering the Truth, will debut in April, 2016 (Midnight Ink). The most recent Lauren Rousseau mystery, written under the pseudonym Tace Baker (Barking Rain Press), is Bluffing is Murder.
Maxwell lives in an antique house north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors (wickedcozyauthors.com), and you can find her at http://www.edithmaxwell.com, @edithmaxwell, on Pinterest, and at http://www.facebook.com/EdithMaxwellAuthor.
Maddie Day here – also known as Edith Maxwell. Robbie Jordan is my chef-carpenter in the new Country Store Mysteries. She’s a Californian transplanted to hilly scenic southern Indiana, and she’s still discovering new and delightful things about her new home, the town of South Lick. She’s worked hard renovating an old country store full of antique cookware into Pans ‘N Pancakes, her breakfast-and-lunch restaurant. Too bad one of her customers dies the day the store reopens – with one of Robbie’s cheesey biscuits in her mouth.
When Robbie needs to clear her head, she heads out on her bicycle. Cycling on the open road is how she gets her exercise, figures out problems, and finds some peace and quiet even as her muscles are pumping.
Brown County, Indiana, where I plopped fictional South Lick, is indeed scenic. After I moved to New England, I realized Brown County looks a lot like areas of New Hampshire or Vermont. That is, hilly! Which makes it a challenging area for a cyclist.
Me, I don’t like riding on hills. I have a bicycle and could ride forever on the flat, but I now live in a fairly hilly town, so my bike mostly gathers dust in the shed. However, I have a son who is a serious cyclist. JD has several times participated in hundred-mile fundraising rides, and after working hard as a farmer all day last year, would take his bike out on the hilly roads around here and ride for a few hours to relax.
So he was my consultant for Robbie Jordan’s bike and cycling habits. She rides a Cannondale like his and also finds a hard fast ride relaxing after standing and cooking breakfast and lunch all day. Too bad she also runs into a murderer on one of her rides.
I’m so delighted that Flipped for Murder releases today, and hope you’ll enjoy it. I’ll give away a copy of the book to one commenter here! What do you do for exercise and clearing the mind? Are you a hills biker or do you prefer a flat ride?