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Cam is finding the New Year just as hectic as the old one. Her sometimes rocky relationship with Chef Jake Ericsson is in a deep freeze, she s struggling to provide the promised amount of food to the subscribers in her first winter CSA, and her new greenhouse might just collapse from the weight of the snow. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at the local assisted living facility seems like the least of her worries until one of the elderly residents dies after eating some of her produce.
Cantankerous Bev Montgomery had a lot of enemies, from an unscrupulous real estate developer who coveted her land to an aggrieved care provider fed up with her verbal abuse. But while the motives in this case may be plentiful, the trail of poisoned produce leads straight back to Cam. Not even her budding romance with police detective Pete Pappas will keep him from investigating her.
As the suspects gather, a blizzard buries the scene of the crime under a blanket of snow, leaving Cam stranded in the dark with a killer who gives new meaning to the phrase "dead of winter."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-13
- Reviewer: Staff
In Maxwell’s enticing third Local Foods mystery (after 2014’s ’Til Dirt Do Us Part), farmer Cam Flaherty hopes to persuade an assisted living facility, Moran Manor, to buy vegetables from next summer’s crop. Cam’s great-uncle Albert St. Pierre, the former owner of her farm in Westbury, Mass., lives at Moran Manor, as does cranky Bev Montgomery, a member of an anti-immigrant militia group. When Bev dies after eating some of Cam’s produce, Cam falls under suspicion, and her romance with state police detective Pete Pappas suffers as a result. Meanwhile, Bev’s daughter is linked to some shoddy construction, Moran Manor’s cook is leading a secret life, and Cam’s opera singer neighbor is raising apples. Somewhere in this complex stew is a murderer, and—despite police warnings—Cam can’t stop asking questions. Cozy fans will be able to relate to this spunky but sometimes foolishly unwary heroine, who at one point gets locked in a root cellar by an unseen assailant. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (June)