A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die

Edith Maxwell. Kensington, $24 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7582-8461-7
Maxwell (Speaking of Murder under the pen name Tace Baker) brings her expertise as a former organic farmer to her absorbing first Local Foods mystery. Cam Flaherty, who has taken over her great-uncle’s organic farm in Millsbury, Mass., feels obliged to fire farmhand Mike Montgomery after he admits he was going to use pesticide on the beetles he was tired of handpicking off asparagus and potato leaves. That evening, Cam finds Mike lying dead, her pitchfork stuck in his throat. Suspected of the farmhand’s murder, Cam must contend with Mike’s angry mother and an unfriendly police detective. Lending support in her hunt for the real killer are her fellow organic farmers and childhood friend Ruth Dodge, who’s now a police officer. Issues involving immigrants and a local militia group add weight to a plot that builds to an exciting climax. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/01/2013
Release date: 05/01/2013
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 411 pages - 978-1-4104-5827-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 324 pages - 978-0-7582-8462-4
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-0-7582-8463-1
Open Ebook - 304 pages - 978-1-61773-288-1
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