Pros: Good mystery filled with real characters
Cons: One sub-plot slows things down early on
The Bottom Line:
These strong characters
Keep mystery intriguing
As the veggies grow
Get the Dirt on a Local Murder
I'm a city boy through a through (despite the fact that I like mud runs). I'd never make it as a farmer - too much manual labor. But that doesn't mean I can't enjoy reading about a farmer, and I certainly enjoyed 'Til Dirt Do Us Part, the second in a series that stars a farmer.
Fall is descending on
which signals that Cameron Flaherty's first season as a farmer is coming to an
end. To thank her shareholders for their
support, Cam hosts a Farm-to-Table dinner
featuring items from her farm and neighboring farms.
The event goes reasonably well despite the presence of Irene Burr. Irene is a local business woman who has made lots of enemies, many of whom confront her at the dinner. However, when she turns up murdered at a neighboring farm the next morning, the police zero in on Irene's step-son as their chief suspect. Bobby is a friend of
Cam's, and she doesn't think he could have
killed anyone. With a harvest to finish
bringing in, can Cam find time to dig up the
Normally, I like to read series in order, but I've been making exceptions recently for books I've been asked to review. While there were references to the events of the previous book, I didn't feel that there were any spoilers, so I hope to go back and read it soon.
The murder happens fairly early in the book, and I was settling in for a great mystery, and then things slowed down a little for a sub-plot. Actually, this sub-plot was tied in to characters from the first book, and I think I might have appreciated it better if I had read the series in order. However, it wasn't long before this new murder took center stage and I was once again full engaged.
There are plenty of suspects, so trying to figure out the killer was fun. My top suspect changed a time or two before everything was resolved. Ultimately, the killer was a logical choice, and it left us with a satisfying ending.
The characters were wonderful. As the book unfolded, I felt like I got to know many of them well - flaws and all. I was especially impressed with how one sub-plot was handled. It showed a side of
that made her very human. The rest of
the locals are just as great. Since this
was my first visit with Cam, I wasn't sure who
might be series regulars and who were just suspects for this book (although I
do have a few ideas), but I felt that all the characters were equally well
developed for their place in the story.
And you can't have a food themed mystery without some recipes, right? At the back there are two recipes from the dinner that starts out the book. These are definitely healthier than you often see in mysteries since they feature vegetables instead of desserts, but they both sound delicious.
Be sure to read the rest of the Local Foods Mysteries in order.
NOTE: I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.