Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Muddied Murder

Happy first day of June and Flip a Coin Day!  Do you have a decision to make today?  Then flip a coin to get the answer.  This tradition (according to one site) dates back to Julius Caesar.  He would take a coin and toss it when the right decision was unclear. The correct side was "heads" that the image of Julius Caesar on it!  I installed our new phone system today. Our our old phone system lasted over ten years, but they slowly quit working (each phone quit charging).  Our new one has a video doorbell!  I was amazed at the different features available (I rarely go to an electronic store).

A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson is the first book in A Greenhouse Mystery series.  Megan Sawyer has returned to Winsome, Pennsylvania to stay with her grandmother, Bibi.  Megan did live in Chicago and worked as a lawyer but came home when Bibi needed her.  Megan is helping with the family farm, Washington Acres, and is opening a combination store and café in town.  Megan is also turning the Washington Acres into an organic farm.  But Megan has been encountering difficulties in opening the store/café.  She keeps getting denied the appropriate permits (methinks someone is against her new venture).  Simon Duvall is the person behind it (and he is one nasty man).  Then Simon Duvall ends up dead in her barn.  When Bibi ends up being a suspect, Megan sets out to clear her with help from the local vet, Dr. Daniel Finn (there is a romantic spark between them).  Then the sabotage starts.  Will Megan be able to find the culprit and open her new store/cafe? 

I enjoyed A Muddied Murder.  It has good characters, a lovely setting (sounds like a beautiful town and farm), and a good mystery.  The mystery was complicated (just the way I like them), but there are few clues provided (you can solve the mystery without them).  One thing I did not like was Megan’s impatience.  She wanted answers NOW (became frustrating).  The romance in the book was a little rushed.  It was too much for the first book.   I give A Muddied Murder 4.25 out of 5 stars (since I was able to solve it).  I think this is the beginning of a good series.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series next spring.

You can follow Wendy Tyson on Amazon to get notified when she releases a new book.  I received a complimentary copy of A Muddied Murder from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

I am currently reading Murder at the Mansion by Janet Finsilver.  I am off to spray paint (and cook my dinner on the grill).  I finally found the right color red.  The last one was too orange.  Thank you so much for visiting! Have a great evening.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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