Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review: Farm Fresh Murder By Paige Shelton

Series:  A Farmer's Market Mystery Book #1
Length:  304 pages
Publisher:  Berkley; First Edition edition
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
ISBN-10 0425233871
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Farm Fresh Murder (A Farmers' Market Mystery, #1)
Book Description:
First in the Farmer's Market Mystery Series.

Becca Robins leads a simple life, making jams and preserves on her very own farm. But when there's a murder in her quaint little town, she puts herself in the line of fire to defend her friend's innocence-and goes from making jam to being in one.

My Review:
Life at Bailey's Farmer's Market is about to change when a local peach grower is found murdered and one of the old-timers tops the list of suspects.  But local berry farmer and jam maker, Becca Robinson is convinced that her friend and market mentor, Abner, may be a cranky old man at times and a bit secretive, but he is no murderer.  Filled with captivating characters and plenty of red herrings throughout, this first installment of the Farmer's Market Mystery series is simply a very enjoyable read!  I absolutely love the setting and concept for this series, and of course the inclusion of recipes makes for a sweet added bonus.  Paige Shelton has created an outstanding cozy mystery with so many twists and turns that I was left guessing until the very end.  Becca's character is very well-developed and although a bit tenacious and bold, she comes across the pages as very real... and very likable.  Of course, as an avid jam maker and home canning enthusiast myself, I may be a bit biased but I found this to be a perfect summer read...a country setting, farmers, fresh fruits and vegetables, canning recipes, and of course a murder..what more could you ask for?  Certainly one of the best cozy mysteries that I have read yet and I can't wait to read the next installment in this wonderfully fresh series and once again meet up with the farmers at Bailey's.  FIVE stars.

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