A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson is the first book in the NEW “Greenhouse” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, March 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?
Running a farm and cafe should be easy except for one reluctant local zoning agent with an agenda of his own and when he is found dead on Megan’s property, her family becomes the prime suspects and it will take a whole lot of vegetation to dig for the truth and the killer.
The author did a great job in spinning a fine tale in this fast-paced drama that pulled me in immediately quickly becoming a page turner that I could not put down until the last sentence was read. I love the comfortable tone and how easy the chapters flow from scene to scene giving me a glimpse into all the players in this well-executed mystery which had a bevy of suspects and it was fun watching how this all played out as each clue was skillfully delivered by the author and each time I thought I was on the right trail, the author changed direction to the betterment of this story and you could have knocked me over with a feather when the culprit was identified, one of which I didn’t see coming. The author expertly wrote a cozy that kept me engaged in all of the happenings from the discovery of the body, to the interaction with the townsfolk and to events leading up to the apprehension of the killer, while exposing secrets that I hope we get to delve into in the next book in this delightfully charming debut series.