Farmed and Dangerous by Edith Maxwell is the third book in the “Local Foods” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, May 2015
Snow is piling up in Westbury, Massachusetts, and Cam Flaherty’s organic farm has managed to survive the harsh New England winter. Unfortunately murder seems to be the crop in season.
Cam is finding the New Year just as hectic as the old one. Her sometimes rocky relationship with Chef Jake Ericsson is in a deep freeze, she’s struggling to provide the promised amount of food to the subscribers in her first winter CSA, and her new greenhouse might just collapse from the weight of the snow. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at the local assisted living facility seems like the least of her worries—until one of the elderly residents dies after eating some of her produce.
Cantankerous Bev Montgomery had a lot of enemies, from an unscrupulous real estate developer who coveted her land to an aggrieved care provider fed up with her verbal abuse. But while the motives in this case may be plentiful, the trail of poisoned produce leads straight back to Cam. Not even her budding romance with police detective Pete Pappas will keep him from investigating her.
As the suspects gather, a blizzard buries the scene of the crime under a blanket of snow, leaving Cam stranded in the dark with a killer who gives new meaning to the phrase “dead of winter.”
I enjoyed the latest book in the Local Foods series. Cam becomes a prime suspect when a resident dies after consuming produce from her farm and Cam set out to investigate in order to clear her name. This was a well-written and fast-paced drama that gave me insights on farming that was woven into a good mystery that had plenty of suspects to teasingly keep me enjoying this story The author did a great job in setting up this finely tuned plot with great characters, good conversation and a nice setting. I also enjoyed seeing more of Ellie.