Series: A Local Foods Mystery #4
Author: Edith Maxwell
Publish Date: May 31, 2016
About the Book:
Spring may be just around the corner, but a cold-blooded killer has put the big chill on the residents of Westbury, Massachusetts. It looks like organic farmer-turned-sleuth Cam Flaherty will have to set aside her seedlings for the time being as she tills the soil for clues in the mysterious death of a local poultry maven.
With the weather getting warmer, Cam should be spending her days pruning blueberry bushes and taking care of the new batch of chicks that just hatched. But murder knows no season. So when her fellow fowl-raiser Wayne Laitinen is found dead at his breakfast table one morning, Cam must put down her trimming shears and put on her crime-solving hat.
The kind-hearted chicken farmer didn't have any enemies--or did he? A wealthy financier has been working hard to convince him to sell her his land, while a group of animal rights activists recently vandalized his property. Money troubles were threatening to sink his marriage. And a thirty-year-old scandal was driving a wedge between him and one of his oldest friends.
Murder, blackmail, cover-ups. There's a fox in the hen house. But where? With some help from her off-again, on-again flame, police detective Pete Pappas, Cam will have to crack this case before Wayne's killer flies the coop forever.
This was my first book in this series. I liked Cam as a farmer and sleuth. How she was able to get tied up with the investigation even though she tried hard, well maybe not that hard, to stay away because she didn’t want to jeopardize Pete’s job and Pete has some higher ups breathing down his neck. She’s also very likable by most of the citizens in town and seemed to talk easily with people which to their dismay was not always in their best interest. Cam was also able to uncover a mystery from the past, that was also interesting with the current mystery going on.
I enjoyed the organics tidbits here and there, and was worried at times about the little chicks. I also thought the incident with Ruffles was interesting and made for a few worrisome moments.
This cozy was one of those to hold and maintain a steady speed. Some exciting things happened, but I never felt like it got my blood rushing or my excitement going. The mystery for me was not simple to solve, even though there were a few times I thought I had figured it out. This was a good solid story, but I just didn’t seem to connect with the whole picture, even though I enjoyed Cam quite a bit.