Friday, May 14, 2010

Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton

Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Berkley Prime crime
Genre:  Mystery
Pages:  281
Challenges:  Cozy Mystery, New Author
New-to-me Author:  yes
Author's Website 

Simple Description:
Becca is running late, as usual, for the local farmer's market where she sells jelly.  When she arrives she finds more activity than usual, the type of activity involving the police.   A new seller to this farmer's market was found dead, murdered.   Becca's friend, Abner, found the body and is currently mia and the police's top suspect.  Becca doesn't think Abner is the murderer, but he is acting funny.  Becca decides that she'll do some investigating on her own, even though everyone warns her not to.

Now what you really want to thoughts:
I thought this was a good start to a new series.  You can't help liking Becca, even though she is very blunt about asking questions and not very smooth at it.  You know she has the best intentions, even though sometimes you question her choices.

I couldn't help but love the setting.  The story mostly takes place at different farms and farmer's markets. I think I'm not alone when I say that I can't help wish I worked on a farm (even though I know that in real life I would probably go nuts) and therefore reading about it appeals to me.

I think there's a lot of room for Becca to grow and for the series to turn into a great one.  I definitely plan to read the 2nd in the series, whenever it's published.

Thanks to Meghan with Penguin for providing this book for review.


bermudaonion said...

It's so much fun to discover a new series!

Kris said...

I couldn't agree more.

Paige said...

Thanks for the kind review, Kris! I love the St. Louis area. My parents are both from Rolla, so I'm very familiar with I-44.

Have a great weekend, and thanks again.


Kris said...

Paige - You're welcome! St Louis might not have a lot that other cities do...we really don't have much of a downtown, but I love it all the same. Glad you get to visit sometimes.