Hey. I’m Ellie. Cam asked me to, like, come over here and tell you about my day. But maybe I ought to tell you how I met her, first, right? Last year I was so, so excited to graduate eighth grade and be able to enter Senior Scouting. That’s Girl Scouts, in case you don’t know. I’ve been a Scout since I was a Daisy, and I really wanted to keep going through high school. The first Senior badge I chose to work on was one of the new ones, the Locavore badge. Locavores are people who want to eat mostly locally grown food. Isn’t that awesome?
My dad told me about this organic farmer in our town of Westbury. You can’t get much more local than that, so I called her and asked if I could learn about farming and local foods from her. She said yeah, so he drove me over one day after school. It was so, so cool. I think maybe she wasn’t that comfortable around me at first – you know, she’s not a mom yet or anything. But then I kept volunteering and we got to be friends. She’s really nice, and wicked smart. She even told me she used to run cross country in high school, just like I do.
In the winter, of course, there’s not that much to do on the farm, plus we’ve had huge, huge snows this year. Cam said she was lucky the hoophouse didn’t collapse, the one where’s she’s growing greens. She even has worm boxes in there, which kind of creeps me out, even though they’re really good for the soil.
So I work over at the assisted living place where Cam’s great uncle lives, Mr. St. Pierre. He’s super nice. I help with the activities, and sometimes I pick up dishes from residents who eat in their rooms, and stuff like that. But last week a lady at the place died after eating Cam’s vegetables and they said she was poisoned. Ms. Montgomery was kind of not a very nice lady, but she sure didn’t deserve to die. And Cam had had arguments with her before, so the detective (who I think Cam likes, like, a lot) had to suspect her for a while. Which was just crazy, because Cam wouldn’t hurt anybody.
I think I might have seen the murderer, too. It’s so, so scary, and I didn’t want to tell anybody. But because of Girl Scout’s honor and stuff I promised Cam I’d tell her what I saw.
In the third Local Foods mystery, Farmed and Dangerous (May, 2015), snow is piling up in Westbury, Massachusetts. Unfortunately murder seems to be the crop in season. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at an assisted living facility seems like the least of Cam’s worries—until one of the elderly residents dies after eating some of her produce. 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.”
You can read more about Ellie in Farmed and Dangerous, the third book in the “Local Foods” mystery series, published by Kensington. The first two books in the series are A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die and ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part.
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About the author
Amazon-bestselling Amesbury author Edith Maxwell writes four murder mystery series, as well as award-winning short stories.
Farmed and Dangerous is the latest in Maxwell’s Local Foods Mysteries series (Kensington Publishing) with organic farmer Cam Flaherty and locally sourced murder set in a town much like West Newbury. The latest book in the Lauren Rousseau mysteries, under the pseudonym Tace Baker (Barking Rain Press), is Bluffing is Murder. Maxwell’s Country Store Mysteries, written as Maddie Day (also from Kensington), will debut with Flipped for Murder in November, 2015. Her Carriagetown Mysteries series features Quaker midwife Rose Carroll solving mysteries in 1888 Amesbury, with John Greenleaf Whittier’s help. Delivering the Truth will debut in March, 2016.
A fourth-generation Californian and former organic farmer, Maxwell lives in an antique house with her beau and three cats. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors (wickedcozyauthors.com), and you can find her at www.edithmaxwell.com, @edithmaxwell, on Pinterest, and on Facebook.