by Cynthia Chow
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It looks like it’s going to be a rocky Christmas for Pans ‘N Pancakes Country Store and Café owner Robbie Jordan. A fire at the home of Dr. William Geller has uncovered the remains of a body, and it doesn’t take long before they are discovered to be that of his missing wife Kristina. The abrasive anesthesiologist claimed that “Tina” ran out on him over a decade ago, although her twin sister Antonia had her doubts. “Toni” has her own muddled history with a past spouse, and her resentful stepson isn’t shy about making his own accusations about the death that cost him his inheritance.
The questionable family relationships among the twins and their spouses aren’t the only surprises popping up in South Lick, Indiana, as the Country Store’s assistant Danna Beedle has her own unexpected family discovery. The baby that Mayor Corrine Beedle gave up as an infant has returned to meet his birth family, and Marcus Vandemere is anxious to meet his half-sister. Less welcoming is the aforementioned Dr. Geller, whose white supremacist ties to the K.K.K. have him targeting the young man whose Quaker upbringing eventually led to becoming a Muslim. Since Pans ‘N Pancakes is the gathering place for sharing news and gossip, Robbie uses her time between slinging pancakes and serving her customers to make her own inquiries into the secrets of the twins and their families.
The Christmas setting serves as the perfect setting for this eighth in the series that delivers as many homespun meals as it does heart-warming moments of humor. While the murder mystery plays out in the background, the more compelling action occurs between Danna and her newfound brother. The holiday season that brings together loved ones also allows them to share different cultures and beliefs, making this a novel that brings together readers instead of pushing them apart. Robbie’s romantic life continues on the upswing as she gets to spend more time with Abe O’Neill and his son, and her Aunt Adele has her own sizzling senior relationship speeding merrily along. After the recent reunion with her father and meeting his family in Italy, Robbie is content to settle back in her new life full of comfort food, southern colloquialisms, and genially nosy neighbors. Recipes to warm the soul during the Christmas holiday ensure that this is a satisfying and rewarding read designed to cheer up any mystery-loving Scrooge needing an escape.
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