A Biscuit, A Casket by Liz Mugavero is the second book in the “Pawsitively Organic” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, April 2014
The small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, has wholeheartedly embraced Kristan “Stan” Connor’s new business–preparing quality organic treats for dogs and cats. On a healthy diet, the animals may live longer. . .but one local farmer won’t be so lucky.
As Halloween approaches, Stan is asked to cater a doggie costume party hosted by the Happy Cow Dairy Farm. Part of a local co-op, Happy Cow specializes in organic dairy products, and farmers Hal and Emmalee Hoffman have started opening up the farm for parties, offering a “haunted” corn maze as an added attraction.
When Hal’s lifeless body is found in the maze, the police at first suspect his wife, but Stan soon learns the dairy farmer had plenty of enemies–from bitter family members to shady business associates. If Stan can’t extract a kernel of truth from the labyrinth of lies, she may be the next one to buy the farm.
This nicely done and charming whodunit was delightfully entertaining. The mystery was good and I liked how the author moved the story forward, which each scene, giving us hints to the identity of the killer. Stan is a great champion to furry friends and it shows in her everyday activities. Boasting a wonderful setting, likeable supporting cast and good conversations, this was a good read and I look forward to more books in this wonderful series.