Saturday, May 31, 2014

‘Til Dirt Do Us Part-Edith Maxwell

‘Til Dirt Do Us Part Edith Maxwell Kensington, May 27 2014, $24.00 ISBN: 9780758284648 In Millsbury, Massachusetts, Cameron Flaherty caters her first organic dinner party on her farm where she grows the products being served. The kitchen is in her barn and the dining facility placed outdoors under a tent. Her eighty guests enjoy the meal. Cam feels euphoric over her successful venture until the next morning when the body of irritable diner Irene Burr is found in a sty on her neighbor’s pig farm. The evidence proves the deceased was a murder victim and the police suspects Irene’s stepson Bobby. Fearing the impact on her business and also believing Bobby, who she knows from his work on her barn, did not kill his cranky stepmom, Cam and the suspect’s friend Simone Koyama the mechanic investigate. The second Local Foods whodunit (see A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die) is an enjoyable amateur sleuth anchored by a strong look at the organic and local foods farm industry. Although Cam’s rationalizations for sleuthing seem unlikely, readers will appreciate this fun cozy (including the recipes especially tasty is the Sweet Potatoes Empanadas). Harriet Klausner

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