Saturday, May 13, 2017

No Farm, No Foul




Author:  Peg Cochran
Series:  A Farmer's Daughter Mystery
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley
Published:  September 2016

Description:  On her blog, The Farmer’s Daughter, Shelby McDonald is growing her audience as she posts recipes, gardening tips, and her experiences raising two kids and running Love Blossom Farm in the small western Michigan town of Lovett.
 
Working the farm is demanding but peaceful—until that peace is shattered when the minister’s wife is murdered on Shelby’s property during a fund-raiser for a local church. But the manure really hits the fan when Shelby’s good friend veterinarian Kelly Thacker emerges as the prime suspect. Shelby decides to dig in and find the murderer by herself. As more suspects crop up, she’ll have to move fast—before someone else buys the farm.


My Review

This is another book that has been sitting on my TBR pile for way too long.  I am a huge fan of Peg Cochran so I can't say why it has taken me so long to read it but I was glad I finally go to it.

One of the things I love about this author and what I think she does so well, is she crafts these charming, quaint Midwest towns that draws readers into the story from the beginning. She creates places we long to get in our car an visit even though they are fictional.  To me, that is a sign of a good author.  Her stories and settings are so genuine and real that a reader automatically feels comfortable and welcomed into her stories.  Once she has created a place we all want to visit, she populates with strong, warm, quirky, fun, flawed, realistic characters that become our friends.  These are the people we want to say hi to when we go out to grab our mail or stop and talk to while taking a walk around our neighborhoods.

This new series is no exception.  I immediately found that I liked Shelby McDonald.  She is a single mom who struggles to run the farm she grew up on while raising her son and daughter.  She is warm, friendly and kind.  The cast of secondary characters are exactly what you would expect to see in a Peg Cochran novel.  They are fun, quirky and some are a bit gossipy.  But again, this is what you would expect to find in a small town.

The mystery was good.  The victim was the minister's wife so you would think that there wouldn't be that many suspects.  However, lets just say this minster's wife was not what you would expect.  As a result, there are plenty of people that she wrongfully accused that were upset with her.  This provides us with a nice pool of suspects to choose from.  I was a bit surprised with myself because I did suspect the killer. That said, I was way off on the motive for the crime.  The reveal was climatic and resolved the murder nicely.

As I said before, I am a big fan of this author.  I thought this was a very entertaining first book in a new series.  It has everything I look for in a cozy mystery from Peg Cochran- quaint, charming small town setting, with fun, interesting characters and a solid mystery.  I will be back for the next book in the series to see what is happening at Love Blossom Farms.

2 comments:

  1. I haven't read this one yet but it is on my TBR. Sounds like a great start to the series.

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  2. I really liked this book too. Thanks for sharing your great review.

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