There is so much to like about this debut story in author Wendy Tyson’s new cozy series. From the setting on a Pennsylvania small town farm, to the antics of two young goats, and the ministrations of a handsome and dedicated (and Scottish!) local veterinarian, readers can easily settle in to enjoy the craftsmanship of the story. But all is not quite as it seems in the idyllic countryside. Wendy Tyson introduces a puzzling murder mystery and manages to cast suspicion on a wide swath of suspects, keeping her readers guessing until the final chapters.
As A Muddied Murder opens, big time lawyer Megan Sawyer has recently returned home to her small town Pennsylvania farm roots and is working hard to open an organic farm and cafe/larder in town. I delighted in all the descriptions of plantings and pickings, knowing full well that, while I may dream of gardening, I lack the dedication and time to really do the job justice. But Megan certainly doesn’t! She’s an admirable farmer with passion for the work and plenty of gumption to get things going. The thorn in her side? The local zoning commissioner who is setting up more hoops for her to jump through than a three ring circus, constantly delaying her plans of getting all of the needed permits in order. When he turns up dead in Megan’s barn, she’s immediately a suspect. Luckily, the former lawyer knows how to keep her cool; that is, until it looks as though her grandmother may have been involved. But whoever killed the zoning commissioner doesn’t stop there. As the attacks continue, suspicion widens to several suspects. No one wants to believe that the residents of this small town are capable of murder, but the bodies are beginning to pile up – and Megan could be next.
I really liked this book. Having visited Pennsylvania just last year, I could picture some of the setting and, a history buff, especially of the Revolutionary War, the touches of historical significance that are part of the story and the mystery were fun to ponder. The pairing of Megan and Denver is a great one – they have wonderful chemistry on the page; something that isn’t always well crafted by authors, but is certainly mastered by Wendy Tyson. Especially fun for me was learning that I was at least partially correct in my suspicions! I may not have uncovered the whole plot, but I sniffed out at least one player – and was very relieved to cross some folks off my list, too. Can’t wait to read more from this series!
A Muddied Murder (A Greenhouse Mystery)
First in Series
Series: A Greenhouse Mystery
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (March 29, 2016)
When Megan Sawyer gives up her big-city law career to care for her grandmother and run the family’s organic farm and café, she expects to find peace and tranquility in her scenic hometown of Winsome, Pennsylvania. Instead, her goat goes missing, rain muddies her fields, the town denies her business permits, and her family’s Colonial-era farm sucks up the remains of her savings.
Just when she thinks she’s reached the bottom of the rain barrel, Megan and the town’s hunky veterinarian discover the local zoning commissioner’s battered body in her barn. Now Megan is thrust into the middle of a murder investigation—and she’s the chief suspect. Can Megan dig through small-town secrets, local politics, and old grievances in time to find a killer before that killer strikes again?
About the Author
Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. Wendy’s latest novel, DYING BRAND, the third Allison Campbell mystery, was released in May 2015. The first Campbell novel, KILLER IMAGE, was named a best mystery for book clubs in 2014 by Examiner.com. Wendy is also the author of The Greenhouse Mystery Series. The first Greenhouse Mystery, A MUDDIED MURDER, is due out March 29, 2016. Wendy and her husband are passionate organic gardeners. They live with their three boys on a micro-farm outside of Philadelphia. Visit Wendy at: www.watyson.com.
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