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28 September 2010

FARM FRESH MURDER: A Farmers' Market Mystery - Paige Shelton

From the back of the book: Becca Robins leads a simple life, making jams and preserves on her very own farm. But when there's a murder in her quaint little town, she goes from making jam to being in one....

Becca is late for her stall time at Bailey's Farmers' Market. By the time she arrives, the normally lush and lively market has turned into a crime scene, with a murdered peach vendor as the featured item of the day.

Cranky old Abner Justen sells wildflowers and is like a father to Becca. It seems he's also the number one suspect, seen arguing with the victim just days before. As Becca seeks the truth, she comes to realize that life in the friendly farmers' market is filled with bushels of secrets and deceit. To preserve her own life, she'll have to sniff out the murderer before he spoils the market for everyone.....
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I especially like it when a mystery gets right to the action, the death happens within the first five pages...now THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout. The rest of the book is all about getting Becca involved (in a satisfying to me way....come on you know how I am) in solving the murder.
I enjoyed the whole process, watching Becca meet the hottie new guy, Ian, and the possible new guy, police Officer Brion. Becca admits she doesn't have a fab history with men, so she treads carefully with both.
The mystery is well written and I had my favorite "WTH?" moment when the killer was revealed. And the action didn't stop! Very cool.
I know I love a story, too, when I want to move to the town where the action is happening. I want to move to South Carolina, I want to have a stall at Baileys' Farmers' Market and I want to have a farm like Becca's and make jam all the live long day....and I want to find the MMMMM-Amazing lemon meringue pie that Mamma Maria creates...read the book and you'll see why on all counts...

Five enticing jam-filled beans.....



4 comments:

Paige Shelton said...

Thanks so much for the great review, Vickie! You even made me want to read it again.

Best,
Paige Shelton

Sherri said...

Vickie, thanks for the great review! I saw this book in B&N the other night and I was wondering how it would be. Have a good one!

Vickie said...

Paige: Thank you for stopping by my blog. I really enjoyed my time with your book and look forward to more from Becca and Ian. And Hobbit.

Sherri: I highly encourage you to pick this up. It's good.

Kris said...

Glad you liked this one too! Maybe we could buy neighboring farms and help each other out. This book made me want to find that area and move there and farm too.