cover image Put Out to Pasture: A Farm to Table Mystery

Put Out to Pasture: A Farm to Table Mystery

Amanda Flower. Poisoned Pen, $8.99 mass market (288p) ISBN 978-1-4926-9994-1

Flower’s entertaining sequel to 2021’s From Farm to Trouble opens on a beautiful October day in Cherry Glen, Mich., where the Fall Daze festival is in full swing. Former Hollywood producer turned organic farmer Shiloh Bellamy devised the event to bring visitors to the farm and to test new recipes for baked goods. Shiloh’s father, however, isn’t pleased by the hundreds of strangers milling around, and Shiloh, too, begins to doubt the wisdom of the festival once she starts running out of food for the hungry tourists. Finding more muffins turns out to be the least of her worries when an unpopular local is found dead at the foot of one of the decorative scarecrows set up in a nearby field. Worse still, the body has been strangled with the eye-catching scarf belonging to Shiloh’s best friend, the manager of the popular Cherry Glen Farmers Market. Shiloh must once again turn sleuth to catch the real culprit. Flower efficiently establishes the who, what, where, and how right at the beginning. Cozy fans will hope to see a lot more of the earnest, quick-witted Shiloh. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Feb.)