A small farm, a vegetable stand, a small town local grocer, and an organic cafe, make for the perfect location for a murder. When located in southeastern Pennsylvania, it seems almost like home. In fact, for Megan Sawyer, it was too close to home.
Megan was on the verge of becoming a big time Chicago lawyer, but she had the opportunity to return to her roots in rural Pennsylvania after the death of her husband. But to do so, she had to hang up her law education and grab the small farmer label that came with the old family farm she would run. She found it energizing - working among the vegetables and farm animals that defined her new life. The property had a history - a legend really - that somebody knew more about than she did. A legend that somebody was willing to kill for.
Megan was the first suspect (really? come on now?); Bibi Birch, her grandmother, was the second (not likely, being in her 80’s). But somebody had murdered Simon Duvall, the local zoning commissioner. It would take Megan, Bibi, Clay (the farmhand), Bob King (the town Police Chief), and Denver Finn (the local veterinarian), along with a few others to find the truth. The characters were well developed and fun to follow. This reader felt like he knew them - having lived in small towns and known a few individuals that returned to their rural roots by choice.
As in the past, Wendy Tyson and her publisher, Henery Press, have put together a fun, readable book - a book that sets the stage for future books involving some of the same characters. I can hardly wait for Spring 2017, when the next book is scheduled for release.
For the reader looking for a cozy mystery written for those spring days that never are quite ready for summer, “Muddied Murder” might just fill the bill. Sit back, relax, and get to know the people of Winsome, PA, as you discover the history of Washington Acres and its ties to an unnecessary murder.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.