Mulch Ado About Murder Local Foods Mystery #5 (KINDLE)
Mulch Ado about Murder by Edith Maxwell is the fifth book in A Local Foods Mystery series Cam Flaherty owns Attic Hill Organic Farm in Westbury Massachusetts It is the end of May and a busy time for Cam on the farm Cam heads into town to drop off some basil and lettuce seedlings to Nicole Kingsbury Nicole is starting Seacoast Fresh a hydroponic organic greenhouse Cam arrives at Seacoast Fresh and discovers protestors outside the building One of the demonstrators is her mother Deb Flaherty Her parents decided to surprise Cam with a visit Cam skirts around the protestors and enters the greenhouse calling out for Nicole Cam discovers Nicole deceased by the slurry vat clutching a rosary Once again Cam is embroiled in a murder investigation with her mother on the suspect list Cam wants to get her mother cleared of th I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe fifth book in the series is a definite page turner I had no trouble following along even though I did not now there were others in this series Cam Flaherty is a well developed protagonist and the plot draws you in immediately with a murder Cam s parents are visiting and they are just as much a part of this book as Cam and just as pertinent These characters are so memorable that I m giving this five stars Cozy mystery fans need to grab their copy Mulch Ado About Murder A Local Foods MysteryAuthor Edith MaxwellPublisher Kensington MysterySpring in Westbury Massachusetts has been unusual hot muggy and hard to take Organic farmer Cam Flaherty needs rain desperately but instead of rain storms she gets murderSpring has not been great for Cam and her parent s sudden unexpected visit throws her for a loop When her mother joins a group of locals to protest the newest business owners methods of soilless hydroponic growing it is almost too much for Cam to handle When Cam finds Nicole dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry clutching a set of rosary beads her boyfriend Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve and Cam s mother is a prime suspect Clearing her mother of any suspicion is Cam s primary focus and with the help of her father she sets out to find the The Good and Beautiful God killer Cam s dad is a joy to read about He is unassuming calm and restrained Even when his wife is accused of murder he remains a calming presence For the first time in her adult life Cam realizes that she truly loves her father and mother and doesn t want to lose themAll of the characters in this story are hard working happy people that you might meet in any small farming community They are for the most part regular average citizens who enjoy small town life where entertainment is home grownCam is a troubled hard working young woman who doesn t think her parents care about her or want her in their life so she stays away from them However their unexpected visit helps her understand them better and love them She can see them in a different light than when she was younger and is making headway getting them to be a bit affectionate with her and talking to her The scene when her mother finally opens up and tells Cam about her fears and the past brings pure joy and makes the reader love Cam s motherThis book is written in a delightfully simple manner it has some twists and turns thateep you guessing as to the identity of the iller It is well written and a uick read The characters are believable and interesting Westbury Massachusetts is the type of town you can find almost anywhere in America and will love reading about the cultural life Ms Maxwell has crafted a wonderfully delightful mystery that any cozy reader will enjoy This series is highly recommendedhttpsthecozyreviewcom20170416 Dollycas s ThoughtsSpring is such a busy time for a farmer The last thing Cam needs is a surprise visit from her parents OK that s not the last thing she needs the last thing she needs is to get wrapped up in another murder But that is just what she does When she arrives at the new hydroponic greenhouse to drop off some seedlings she finds the owner Nicole Kingsbury dead in a vat of slurry Because of the group protesting outside the greenhouse she has plenty of witnesses to provide an alibi for the time she arrives Unfortunately that doesn t work for her mom who happens to be one of the protesters There are plenty of other suspects too but her mom is hiding something To eep her mom out of jail she is going to be assisting the local police including her boyfriend Detective Pete PappasWhat I really like about these stories is that Cam does the her sleuthing but she uickly tells the police anything she finds even if they don t always appreciate her help This time her dad even lends a handEdith Maxwell has created such a vibrant cast of characters Cam has really grown into her role as a farmer I love that she has a group of volunteers that help with the chores and receive produce for their labors They span all ages from teenagers to senior citizensOf cour. It’s been a hot dry spring in Westbury Massachusetts As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much needed rain storm clouds of mystery begin to gather Once again it’s time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing.
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Mulch Ado About Murder Local Foods Mystery #5 (KINDLE)
Hey all tended to eep each other at arm s length but they make some real breakthroughs during this visitI received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it A feel good cozy who done it set in Westbury Massachusetts It is an unusual spring got and dry Cam s crops are in damage of wilting and she is worried about not having enough produce for shareholders Her parents are by sitting at this busy time of the year Cam is delivering a couple of flats to a follow farmer She finds Nicole Kingsbury dead in Nicole s greenhouse Nicole is clutching her rosary beads a few of the beads are missing Cam s Mother had visited Nicole early in the morning and becomes a person of interest Her Father is enjoying the visit and becomes a big help in the farm He especially liked the chickens Can feels her Mother would not ill someone but thinks her Mother is not telling everything Homicide Detective Pete Pappas Cam s boyfriend has to revise himself from the death investigation Cam and her Father explore the problem of her Mother s silence They need to find answers before her Mother loses her life I recommend this bookDisclosure I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book The opinions expressed are my own Cam Flaherty does not have the luck of the Irish An organic farmer Cam makes a delivery to the new hydroponicorganic farmer in townonly to find Nicole s body in the greenhouse Twists and turns in the murder investigation have the police looking at Cam her mother the deceased s ex husband her ex boyfriend and the competition The ex boyfriend is arrested for trespassing on Cam s farm Then the ex boyfriend turns up dead in a similar fashion to Nicole s Determined to clear her mom from suspicion the pair embark on what could their last trip together This is a great addition to the Local Foods Mystery series I reuested received and enjoyed an ARC of this book I received Edith Maxwell s Mulch Ado About Murder for free in exchange for an honest review I generally rate books as 3 stars as I have this one and for me a 3 star book is one worth reading This is the 5th book in the Local Foods mystery series and the 1st I have read There was no problem coming into the series late in understanding the story The strength of the book is author s ability to describe settings That said I have am very familiar with small towns in agricultural areas of Massachusetts although less familiar with those north of Boston where this book is set and may have an easy time imagining the setting The book makes me want to go check out Rye NH a minor location in the story I read my 1st Edith Maxwell book the day before this one Delivering the Truth and the author s gift for setting description was evident there tooA second strength is the main character Cam Flaherty single independent organic farmer now working a long held family farm after taking her life in a new direction Cam is a modern cozy heroine with many apparently brief relationships in her past who is likable but not lovable I will read the rest of the books to find out if she enters the realm for lovable The storylines are also modern involving current immigration patterns and drugs as small elements in the story However secondary characters are much too numerous and not well defined If Cam is intended to have a primary sidekick it was unclear which character fit this role And every book in a series does not need to mention every character already introduced in earlier booksI also would have liked to learn about organic farming or hydroponic farming of which I The Horse in Celtic Culture know nothing but perhaps the earlier books supplied information The book moves along uickly with several mention of modes of transportation driving riding biking walking that help this along I read the book in a few hours and my attention did not waver Definitely a book worth a try for cozy readers and anyone who lives in the area where the fictitious Westbury MA is located possibly real life West Newbury Cam Flaherty is helping new hydroponics farmer Nicole by starting a few plants for her She s dropping off a few of those plants when she finds Nicole dead in her greenhouse The police uestion those protesting Nicole s hydroponic methods including Cam s visiting mother Deb Deb is clearly hiding something from the police Will it get her arrested for murderI hadn t realized how much I had come to love these characters until I was visiting them again They are wonderful and I enjoyed getting to catch up on their lives We ve gotten to see a lot of growth in Cam over the course of the series and watching her interact with her parents provides an opportunity for And the mystery It starts uickly and moves along at a brisk pace with plenty of secrets and suspects before we reach the climaxNOTE I received an ARC of this bookRead my full review at Carstairs Considers. Nd the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage and Cam’s own visiting mother Lucky for Cam her father turns out to have anack for sleuthing Will he and Cam be able to clear Mom’s name before the iller strikes aga.
Se I have heard of organic farming but hydroponic farming is brand new to me The author educates the reader in the course of the story I found the process very interestingThe story is well written with important seeds sprinkled throughout getting us closer and closer to finding the iller The family dynamic that grows between Cam and her parents was just as engaging as the murder mystery The author gives us suspense and drama peppered with humor and also gives us several heartwarming moments too Cam and Pete s relationship has to take a little break because of the investigation but its strength shines in the way they handle the separationThis is a strong addition for this series A perfect summer read And there are recipes in the back of the book too Yes it can be read as a stand alone PICK yours up today Murder mystery mayhem with an engaging plot plenty of twists and turns are the ingredients for their story that you will definitely want to readWe are going to visit Attic Hill Organic Farm It is located in Westbury Massachusetts Thefarm is owned and run by Cam Flaherty Camlives there with her Norwegian Forest catPreston and a henhouse full of egg layingchickens She has a group of local volunteers who help her with gardening chores in turnfor vegetables herbs eggsanything shegrowsHer parents are visiting her which is a veryunusual occurrence Cam was never close to them as they were traveling ProfessorsWill Cam and her parents be able to beginrelating to each other sincerelyCam is delivering several flats of basil lettuce to Seacoast Fresh This is a newhydroponic organic greenhouse When shearrives there is an anti hydroponic protestin front of the greenhouse One of the protesters is her mother Why is she thereUpon entering Cam calls out to let the owner Every Boys Dream know she is there with her delivery No one answersThis is very unusual Cam goes toleave her flats when she discovers a bodya dead body It is the owner dead clutching a rosary What happened Was the death anatural one or something elseThe variety of characters are well definedvery creatively described vivid colorfulwith a few uirky ones Some will bringa smile to the reader s face some will makethe reader cringe but the myriad of character types rounds out the puzzling plotThere is an interesting trail of clues lies and secrets uncovered Plenty of suspense with many unexpected twists that rounds out the storyA well written cozy murder mysteryThis is book 5 in the Local Food Market series It can be read as a stand alone as thewriter weaves the past and present characters together effortlesslyI volunteered to read the Advanced ReaderCopy Thanks to the author and publisher via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity My opinion is my own Mulch Ado about Murder is the fifth book in Edith Maxwell s Local Foods Mystery series Even if you haven t read the previous books in this series Ms Maxwell provides enough character background that you won t feel lost jumping in so late in the series The storyline is well thought out and the characters well developed I enjoyed reading this book it s a uick clean read with an interesting mystery relatable characters and some twists and turns thateep you guessing as to the iller s identity There is no adult language graphic violence or sexually explicit situations I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading clean mysteriesCam Flaherty owns Attic Hill Organic Farm an organic farm in Westbury Massachusetts and her parents have shocked her with a surprise visit Cam is a classic introvert and relishes her alone time and this visit makes that close to impossible While delivering organic seedlings to Nicole Kingsbury who owns Seacoast Fresh a soil free hydroponic greenhouse there s a group of demonstrators outside and Cam is dismayed to see Deb Flaherty her mother among the small group of protesters The problem the group has with the hydroponic process is that chemicals are used and they feel that renders the final product as non organic When Cam enters the greenhouse she doesn t see Nicole or receive a response when she calls out to her so she sends a text message to let her now she left the flats She hears Nicole s cell phone chirp as the text is received and when she walks around to see if she can find her she finds Nicole leaning over a vat of hydroponic slurry and when she checked there was no pulse Deb becomes a person of interest because she was involved in the protest and had spent time alone with Nicole in her greenhouse and since Cam found the body she isn t able to spend time with her boyfriend Homicide Detective Pete Pappas Cam is determined to clear her mother s name and in the process learns there s no shortage of suspects Cam s dad is an easy going agreeable and thoughtful person while her mother is uiet and somewhat secretive Cam grew up nowing her parents were committed to her but their relationship lacked any signs of affection and she felt there were times when Cap when a fellow farmer is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry clutching a set of rosary beads Showers may be scarce this spring but there’s no shortage of suspects including the dead woman’s embittered ex‑husba.
Edith Maxwell is an Agatha and Macavity nominated mystery author who writes the Local Foods Foods Mysteries Maxwell also writes the historical uaker Midwife Mysteries featuring a uaker midwife sleuth in 1888As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries set in southern Indiana and the Cozy Capers Book Group MysteriesHer short stories have appeared in than a dozen juried antholo