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.
Praise For The Mysteries Of Edith Maxwell
Farmed And Dangerous
"Quirky characters, lots of organic farming tips, and a well-developed mystery make this Cam's best outing yet."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Enticing Cozy fans will be able to relate to this spunky heroine." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Maxwell's feisty heroine and the interesting background detail on the realities of organic farming blend to deliver a clever, twisting mystery Fans of other mysteries involving organic farming, or of foodie mysteries in general, will find plenty to enjoy here." --"Booklist "
"For all cozy readers, especially fans of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson." --"Library Journal"
'Til Dirt Do Us Part
"There are plenty of farming-based cozies on the market today, but this one stands out." --"Booklist"
"Engaging On top of the intriguing whodunit plot, Maxwell vividly portrays life on a small contemporary farm." --"Publishers Weekly"
"A most enjoyable look at organic farming with some charming characters and cooking suggestions thrown in." --"Kirkus Reviews"
A Tine To Live, A Tine To Die
"Another topically relevant cozy debut." --"Library Journal"
"With an insider's look at organic farming and a loyal, persistent heroine, Maxwell offers a series that cozy mystery fans will root for." --Lucy Burdette, author of "Fatal Reservations""
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-04-04
- Reviewer: Staff
A contentious town hall meeting in Westbury, Mass., about the projected use of a particular piece of land kicks off Maxwell’s entertaining fourth Local Foods mystery (after 2015’s Farmed and Dangerous). Some want affordable housing, others would prefer sports fields, and a third contingent seeks to have the land remain undeveloped. Chicken farmer Wayne Laitinen speaks in favor of housing. Organic farmer Cam Flaherty tables the discussion for another day after observing that opinions are divided. When Wayne is found dead at his breakfast table the next morning, Cam and her boyfriend, State Police Det. Pete Pappas, investigate. Wayne had his share of enemies, including members of a local animal rights activist group who vandalized his chicken house. Wayne also was on bad terms with neighbor Judith Patterson and with a former high school friend, Paul Underwood, so there’s no shortage of suspects in what turns into a murder case. Though a rushed ending detracts somewhat, cozy fans will still enjoy spending time with Cam and friends. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (June)