I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.No Farm, No Foul (Farmer's Daughter Mystery #1) by Peg Cochran
Series: Farmer's Daughter Mystery #1
Published by Berkley on September 6th 2016
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
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. . . .
This looked interesting, but wasn’t one of my top pics from the batch I had been sent for review. And then I started reading it! I read the entire thing from cover to cover in one day, and loved it!
The blog entries are interesting, and make for a unique touch. I liked reading about Shelby and her kids, and the characters were really well fleshed out. I had an inkling of who the killer was by around the half-way point, but it turned out I was only half-right. I liked the way the clues were scattered through the book, as well as the little bits of info about gardening and cooking. None of it was over-done, there was just enough to make things feel real.
The only slight irk I had was how all the men in Shelby’s life seemed to want to date her. She had not one, not two, but three different possible love interests. Other than that, I can’t think of a single thing that bothered me about the book. Except for the fact that I almost didn’t read it! This has totally made my keepers shelf, and I can hardly wait to see what the next book has in store.
Recipes Included: Homemade Meat Loaf, Love Blossom Farm Beet Salad, Homemade Slow Cooker Yogurt, Yogurt Cheese Spread.