Put Out to Pasture: An Organic Cozy Mystery
(Farm to Table Mysteries)
2nd in Series
Setting – Michigan
Poisoned Pen Press (February 22, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback : 312 pages
ISBN-10 : 1492699942
ISBN-13 : 978-1492699941
Kindle ASIN : B094X83RXY
There’s fowl play afoot on the farm
Shiloh Bellamy has saved her family’s farm from financial ruin—but now what? She’s barely scraping by on the farm’s new organic business model and the fall festival she organized to drum up business comes to a screeching halt when the body of a prominent townswoman is discovered underneath a scarecrow in a nearby field. Worst of all, the evidence points to Shiloh’s childhood best friend, Kristy, as the prime suspect.
Between cooking up delicious treats made with her farm’s produce, convincing her cantankerous father to let her do things her own way, and dealing with a newcomer in town who could be serious competition for her customers, Shiloh doesn’t have time to wade into a murder investigation. But with a killer on the loose and suspicious activity circling closer and closer to Shiloh and the people she loves, she realizes there’s nothing to do but roll up her sleeves and get down to the dirty work of finding the killer and clearing Kristy’s name once and for all.
Shiloh Bellamy has many ideas to save her family’s farm and while her dad may not be totally on board with them she plows ahead with them. She is hosting a weekend event with food and activities for all ages. Fall Daze is so well attended on the first day she has to call in reinforcements to bring more food.
As the day is drawing to a close a scream rings out and Shiloh runs to find the body of Minnie Devani near the parking area beneath a scarecrow. Minnie was a force to be reckoned with and may have had some shady dealings that Shiloh’s best friend Kristy called her on in private. Minnie later showed up to cause a ruckus at Shiloh’s event confronting Kristi in front of a bunch of witnesses. That loud little conversation and a key piece of evidence make Kristy the police’s number 1 suspect.
When a U.S. Marshall shows up on the scene Shi knows she is going to start digging up her own clues and suspects before her bestie ends up behind bars. She also has to figure out if her new next-door neighbor is a friend or a foe and follow up a riddle left for her by her grandmother. She has a lot of seeds to sow and not much time.
I was so happy to return to Cherry Glen and the wonderful characters that reside there. Stacy has sold her half of the farm so Shiloh has a new neighbor. He has plenty of ideas and appears to have the money to see them through which scares Shiloh quite a bit as her dreams for her part of the farm may not come to fruition. He also had some dealings with Minnie Devani. Speaking of Minnie, she is quite a character with a surprising history. We also meet U.S. Marshall Lynn Chuff who brings her own unique twist to the story and really pushes Police Chief Randy’s buttons. Amanda Flower always creates such interesting characters and allows them to flourish in her stories.
This time I must say the story took a really interesting turn when the victim’s history was revealed. It let the story go in several different directions pinning more people as potential suspects in her death. I was totally blindsided though when the killer was revealed. I definitely was so caught up in the story that I must have missed a vital clue or two or three. I love when that happens though, it means I truly escaped into the protagonist’s world and traveled all around with her. Ms. Flower’s descriptive writing style gets credit for that. Her words really bring every setting to life whether it Shiloh’s cabin, a cornfield, the farmer’s market, and every place in between, and makes each character so real.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters, the mystery, the setting, everything about Put Out To Pasture made it A Perfect Escape. The only thing that could make it better was if it came with actual deep-fried Twinkies for us to enjoy while reading it.
Shiloh still has a lot of work ahead of her and a riddle to solve. I can’t wait to return to Cherry Glen for another fun whodunit.
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About the Author
Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author of over twenty-five cozy mystery novels, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth-grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a former librarian with fifteen years of experience in Northeast Ohio.
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