Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Review: A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson (Greenhouse Mysteries #1)



Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Wonderful characters, good mystery, great atmosphere
Cons: All cons organically destroyed
The Bottom Line:
The corpse in the barn
Megan uncovers secrets
Can’t wait for next book




Pages Turn as the Muddied Becomes Clear

Since one of my non-book related hobbies is mud runs, the title of A Muddied Murder caught my interest.  I quickly realized that this is a series set on a farm, but I also started to hear great things about it, so I knew I had to give it a try.

Megan Sawyer has returned to her home town of Winsome, Pennsylvania, to run the family farm.  It’s actually been neglected for years, so it has taken some work to get things going again.  She’s also hoping to open a combined store and restaurant in town that features produce from the farm.

Of course, before any of that opens, she needs to have the store pass the building inspection, and Simon Duvall, the local zoning commissioner, continues to find reasons to deny her the permits she needs to open.  The night after the store has failed the latest inspection, Megan finds Simon dead in her barn.  Naturally, the police think she is the best suspect.  Megan sets out to clear her name, but she keeps coming back to one question – why was Simon killed in her barn?

While the mystery of who done it is strong, this book has the added twist of secrets in Megan’s past coming to light.  I really enjoyed this because it added some depth to the plot.  While the author resolved the bit of that family history introduced here, it leaves the door open for many further stories, and I am very hooked.  I need to know what happens next to Megan.

Which obviously means the characters are strong.  There were a couple of the supporting cast that felt a little weak to me, but that’s a minor issue since the rest of the characters were great, and I’m sure they will be further developed in future books.  I sympathized with Megan, I love her grandmother, the love interest is a great guy, and the suspects are viable.

None of this distracts from the mystery, however.  There are enough clues and red herrings to keep us interested and guessing until the climax, when everything is successfully tied up.

For much of the book, it is cloudy or raining, which makes for a very atmospheric read.  Despite the sun we were having here in Southern California while I was reading, it really helped pull me into this book.  Of course, that does create some of the mud in the title of the book as well.

Since growing or selling food plays such a large part in the book, it’s no surprise that there is a recipe at the end.  It’s a vegetable rich pasta primavera that sounds wonderful.

These characters are great, and I can hardly wait to see what grows out of this rich debut.  If you haven’t read A Muddied Murder yet, pick it up today and enjoy.

12 comments:

  1. This sounds good I'm looking forward to reading it, thanks for the reviews
    Penney

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    1. You are very welcome. I'm sure you'll enjoy.

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  2. I love when family secrets become part of a murder mystery! This one has been on my radar since I loved another book by Wendy Tyson and this one sounds even better! I'm definitely adding this one to my TBR though I'll let you have my share of mud runs!

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    1. This is the first book by Wendy that I've read. I'd love to read her earlier books, but I have so many books on my radar right now, I'm not sure when that will happen.

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    2. Don't miss The Allison Campbell Mystery series. Reading a book by Wendy Tyson is having your own private movie in your mind. The characters are fully alive and so far I haven't guessed the murderer, till Wendy surprises you with them.

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    3. Don't miss The Allison Campbell Mystery series. Reading a book by Wendy Tyson is having your own private movie in your mind. The characters are fully alive and so far I haven't guessed the murderer, till Wendy surprises you with them.

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  3. I love Pasta Primavera! :-)
    Sounds like a delicious start to the series!

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  4. another new series to check out.

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    1. I seem to be starting a lot of new series this month. Not that I need more series to read.

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  5. I haven't even seen this one. I will have to look for it. Sounds great!

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    1. It really was good. Hope you enjoy.

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