After a festive dinner ends with a foul murder, a Massachusetts organic farmer must get hands dirty to find a killer in this cozy mystery.
Autumn has descended on Westbury, Massachusetts, but the mood at the Farm-to-Table Dinner in Cam’s newly built barn is unseasonably chilly. Local entrepreneur Irene Burr made a lot of enemies with her plan to buy Westbury’s Old Town Hall and replace it with a textile museum—enough enemies to fill out a list of suspects when the wealthy widow turns up dead in a neighboring farm.
Even an amateur detective like Cam can figure out that one of the resident locavores went loco—at least temporarily—and settled a score with Irene. But which one? With the Fall harvest upon her, Cam must sift through a bushelful of possible killers that includes Irene’s estranged stepson, her disgruntled auto mechanic, and a fellow CSA subscriber who seems suspiciously happy to have the dead woman out of the way.
The closer she gets to weeding out the culprit, the more Cam feels like someone is out to cut her harvest short. But to keep her own body out of the compost pile, she’ll have to wrap this case up quickly.
“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