Mulch Ado About Murder by Edith Maxwell

Mulch Ado About Murder

It’s been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to gather. Once again, it’s time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing cap when a fellow farmer is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry—clutching a set of rosary beads. Showers may be scarce this spring, but there’s...

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ISBN:1496700295
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Number of Pages:273 pages

Mulch Ado About Murder Reviews

  • Betty

    A feel good cozy who-done-it set in Westbury, Massachusetts. It is an unusual spring, got and dry. Cam's crops are in damage of wilting and she is worried about not having enough produce for shareholders. Her parents are by sitting at this busy time of the year. Cam is delivering a couple of flats to a follow farmer. She finds Nicole Kingsbury dead in Nicole's greenhouse. Nicole is clutching her rosary beads, a few of the beads are missing. Cam's Mother had visited Nicole early in the morning an

    A feel good cozy who-done-it set in Westbury, Massachusetts. It is an unusual spring, got and dry. Cam's crops are in damage of wilting and she is worried about not having enough produce for shareholders. Her parents are by sitting at this busy time of the year. Cam is delivering a couple of flats to a follow farmer. She finds Nicole Kingsbury dead in Nicole's greenhouse. Nicole is clutching her rosary beads, a few of the beads are missing. Cam's Mother had visited Nicole early in the morning and becomes a person of interest. Her Father is enjoying the visit and becomes a big help in the farm. He especially liked the chickens. Can feels her Mother would not kill someone but thinks her Mother is not telling everything. Homicide Detective, Pete Pappas, Cam's, boyfriend has to revise himself from the death investigation. Cam and her Father explore the problem of her Mother's silence. They need to find answers before her Mother loses her life. I recommend this book.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • The Cozy Review

    Mulch Ado About Murder: A Local Foods Mystery

    Author: Edith Maxwell

    Publisher: Kensington Mystery

    Spring in Westbury, Massachusetts has been unusual, hot, muggy and hard to take. Organic farmer Cam Flaherty needs rain desperately, but instead of rain storms, she gets murder.

    Spring has not been great for Cam, and her parent's sudden unexpected visit throws her for a loop. When her mother joins a group of locals to protest the newest business owners methods of soilless hydroponic growing, it is almos

    Mulch Ado About Murder: A Local Foods Mystery

    Author: Edith Maxwell

    Publisher: Kensington Mystery

    Spring in Westbury, Massachusetts has been unusual, hot, muggy and hard to take. Organic farmer Cam Flaherty needs rain desperately, but instead of rain storms, she gets murder.

    Spring has not been great for Cam, and her parent's sudden unexpected visit throws her for a loop. When her mother joins a group of locals to protest the newest business owners methods of soilless hydroponic growing, it is almost too much for Cam to handle. When Cam finds Nicole dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry—clutching a set of rosary beads—her boyfriend Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve, and Cam’s mother is a prime suspect. Clearing her mother of any suspicion is Cam’s primary focus, and with the help of her father she sets out to find the killer.

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    Cam’s dad is a joy to read about. He is unassuming, calm and restrained. Even when his wife is accused of murder, he remains a calming presence. For the first time in her adult life, Cam realizes that she truly loves her father and mother and doesn’t want to lose them.

    All of the characters in this story are hard working, happy people that you might meet in any small farming community. They are for the most part regular, average citizens, who enjoy small town life where entertainment is home grown.

    Cam is a troubled hard working young woman who doesn’t think her parents care about her or want her in their life, so she stays away from them. However, their unexpected visit helps her understand them better, and love them more. She can see them in a different light than when she was younger and is making headway getting them to be a bit more affectionate with her and talking to her. The scene when her mother finally opens up and tells Cam about her fears and the past brings pure joy and makes the reader love Cam’s mother.

    This book is written in a delightfully simple manner; it has some twists and turns that keep you guessing as to the identity of the killer. It is well-written and a quick read. The characters are believable and interesting. Westbury, Massachusetts is the type of town you can find almost anywhere in America and will love reading about the cultural life. Ms. Maxwell has crafted a wonderfully delightful mystery that any cozy reader will enjoy. This series is highly recommended.

  • RO G'ma

    Mulch Ado about Murder is the fifth book in Edith Maxwell’s Local Foods Mystery series. Even if you haven’t read the previous books in this series, Ms. Maxwell provides enough character background that you won’t feel lost jumping in so late in the series. The storyline is well thought out and the characters well developed. I enjoyed reading this book; it’s a quick, clean read, with an interesting mystery, relatable characters, and some twists and turns that keep you guessing as to the killer’s i

    Mulch Ado about Murder is the fifth book in Edith Maxwell’s Local Foods Mystery series. Even if you haven’t read the previous books in this series, Ms. Maxwell provides enough character background that you won’t feel lost jumping in so late in the series. The storyline is well thought out and the characters well developed. I enjoyed reading this book; it’s a quick, clean read, with an interesting mystery, relatable characters, and some twists and turns that keep you guessing as to the killer’s identity. There is no adult language, graphic violence, or sexually explicit situations. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading clean mysteries.

    Cam Flaherty owns Attic Hill Organic Farm, an organic farm in Westbury, Massachusetts and her parents have shocked her with a surprise visit. Cam is a classic introvert and relishes her alone time and this visit makes that close to impossible. While delivering organic seedlings to Nicole Kingsbury who owns Seacoast Fresh, a soil-free hydroponic greenhouse, there’s a group of demonstrators outside and Cam is dismayed to see Deb Flaherty, her mother, among the small group of protesters. The problem the group has with the hydroponic process is that chemicals are used and they feel that renders the final product as non-organic. When Cam enters the greenhouse, she doesn’t see Nicole or receive a response when she calls out to her, so she sends a text message to let her know she left the flats. She hears Nicole’s cell phone chirp as the text is received and when she walks around to see if she can find her, she finds Nicole leaning over a vat of hydroponic slurry and when she checked, there was no pulse. Deb becomes a person of interest because she was involved in the protest and had spent time alone with Nicole in her greenhouse and since Cam found the body, she isn’t able to spend time with her boyfriend, Homicide Detective Pete Pappas. Cam is determined to clear her mother’s name and in the process, learns there’s no shortage of suspects. Cam’s dad is an easy going, agreeable, and thoughtful person while her mother is quiet and somewhat secretive. Cam grew up knowing her parents were committed to her but their relationship lacked any signs of affection and she felt there were times when they all tended to keep each other at arm’s length but they make some real breakthroughs during this visit.

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  • Amary Chapman

    Cam Flaherty does not have the luck of the Irish.

    An organic farmer, Cam makes a delivery to the new hydroponic/organic farmer in town...only to find Nicole's body in the greenhouse.

    Twists and turns in the murder investigation have the police looking at Cam, her mother, the deceased's ex-husband, her ex-boyfriend, and the competition. The ex-boyfriend is arrested for trespassing on Cam's farm.

    Then the ex-boyfriend turns up dead in a similar fashion to Nicole's.

    Determined to clear her mom fro

    Cam Flaherty does not have the luck of the Irish.

    An organic farmer, Cam makes a delivery to the new hydroponic/organic farmer in town...only to find Nicole's body in the greenhouse.

    Twists and turns in the murder investigation have the police looking at Cam, her mother, the deceased's ex-husband, her ex-boyfriend, and the competition. The ex-boyfriend is arrested for trespassing on Cam's farm.

    Then the ex-boyfriend turns up dead in a similar fashion to Nicole's.

    Determined to clear her mom from suspicion the pair embark on what could their last trip together.

    This is a great addition to the Local Foods Mystery series.

    I requested, received and enjoyed an ARC of this book.

  • Jennifer Woodward

    I received Edith Maxwell’s “Mulch Ado About Murder” for free in exchange for an honest review. I generally rate books as 3 stars, as I have this one, and for me a 3 star book is one worth reading.

    This is the 5th book in the Local Foods mystery series and the 1st I have read. There was no problem coming into the series late in understanding the story.

    The strength of the book is author’s ability to describe settings. That said, I have am very familiar with small towns in agricultural areas of Ma

    I received Edith Maxwell’s “Mulch Ado About Murder” for free in exchange for an honest review. I generally rate books as 3 stars, as I have this one, and for me a 3 star book is one worth reading.

    This is the 5th book in the Local Foods mystery series and the 1st I have read. There was no problem coming into the series late in understanding the story.

    The strength of the book is author’s ability to describe settings. That said, I have am very familiar with small towns in agricultural areas of Massachusetts, although less familiar with those north of Boston where this book is set, and may have an easy time imagining the setting. The book makes me want to go check out Rye NH, a minor location in the story. I read my 1st Edith Maxwell book the day before this one (Delivering the Truth) and the author’s gift for setting description was evident there too.

    A second strength is the main character – Cam Flaherty, single & independent organic farmer, now working a long-held family farm after taking her life in a new direction. Cam is a modern cozy heroine, with many, apparently brief relationships in her past, who is likable but not lovable. I will read the rest of the books to find out if she enters the realm for lovable.

    The storylines are also modern, involving current immigration patterns and drugs as small elements in the story. However, secondary characters are much too numerous and not well defined. If Cam is intended to have a primary sidekick, it was unclear which character fit this role. And every book in a series does not need to mention every character already introduced in earlier books.

    I also would have liked to learn more about organic farming or hydroponic farming, of which I know nothing, but perhaps the earlier books supplied more information.

    The book moves along quickly, with several mention of modes of transportation (driving, riding, biking, walking) that help this along. I read the book in a few hours and my attention did not waver. Definitely a book worth a try for cozy readers and anyone who lives in the area where the fictitious Westbury MA is located (possibly real-life West Newbury?)

  • Mark Baker

    Cam Flaherty is helping new hydroponics farmer, Nicole, by starting a few plants for her. She’s dropping off a few of those plants when she finds Nicole dead in her greenhouse. The police question those protesting Nicole’s hydroponic methods, including Cam’s visiting mother, Deb. Deb is clearly hiding something from the police. Will it get her arrested for murder?

    I hadn’t realized how much I had come to love these characters until I was visiting them again. They are wonderful, and I enjoyed gett

    Cam Flaherty is helping new hydroponics farmer, Nicole, by starting a few plants for her. She’s dropping off a few of those plants when she finds Nicole dead in her greenhouse. The police question those protesting Nicole’s hydroponic methods, including Cam’s visiting mother, Deb. Deb is clearly hiding something from the police. Will it get her arrested for murder?

    I hadn’t realized how much I had come to love these characters until I was visiting them again. They are wonderful, and I enjoyed getting to catch up on their lives. We’ve gotten to see a lot of growth in Cam over the course of the series, and watching her interact with her parents provides an opportunity for more. And the mystery? It starts quickly and moves along at a brisk pace with plenty of secrets and suspects before we reach the climax.

    NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.

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  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Spring is such a busy time for a farmer. The last thing Cam needs is a surprise visit from her parents. O.K. that’s not the last thing she needs, the last thing she needs is to get wrapped up in another murder. But that is just what she does. When she arrives at the new hydroponic greenhouse to drop off some seedlings she finds the owner Nicole Kingsbury dead in a vat of slurry. Because of the group protesting outside the greenhouse she has plenty of witnesses to provide an al

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Spring is such a busy time for a farmer. The last thing Cam needs is a surprise visit from her parents. O.K. that’s not the last thing she needs, the last thing she needs is to get wrapped up in another murder. But that is just what she does. When she arrives at the new hydroponic greenhouse to drop off some seedlings she finds the owner Nicole Kingsbury dead in a vat of slurry. Because of the group protesting outside the greenhouse she has plenty of witnesses to provide an alibi for the time she arrives. Unfortunately that doesn’t work for her mom, who happens to be one of the protesters. There are plenty of other suspects too but her mom is hiding something. To keep her mom out of jail she is going to be assisting the local police including her boyfriend Detective Pete Pappas.

    What I really like about these stories is that Cam does the her sleuthing but she quickly tells the police anything she finds even if they don’t always appreciate her help. This time her dad even lends a hand.

    Edith Maxwell has created such a vibrant cast of characters. Cam has really grown into her role as a farmer. I love that she has a group of volunteers that help with the chores and receive produce for their labors. They span all ages from teenagers to senior citizens.

    Of course, I have heard of organic farming but hydroponic farming is brand new to me. The author educates the reader in the course of the story. I found the process very interesting.

    The story is well written with important seeds sprinkled throughout getting us closer and closer to finding the killer. The family dynamic that grows between Cam and her parents was just as engaging as the murder mystery. The author gives us suspense and drama peppered with humor and also gives us several heartwarming moments too. Cam and Pete’s relationship has to take a little break because of the investigation but its strength shines in the way they handle the separation.

    This is a strong addition for this series. A perfect summer read. And there are recipes in the back of the book too. Yes, it can be read as a stand alone. PICK yours up today!

  • Janet Robel

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    The fifth book in the series is a definite page-turner. I had no trouble following along even though I did not know there were others in this series. Cam Flaherty is a well-developed protagonist, and the plot draws you in immediately with a murder. Cam's parents are visiting, and they are just as much a part of this book as Cam and just as pertinent. These characters are so memorable that I'm giving this five sta

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    The fifth book in the series is a definite page-turner. I had no trouble following along even though I did not know there were others in this series. Cam Flaherty is a well-developed protagonist, and the plot draws you in immediately with a murder. Cam's parents are visiting, and they are just as much a part of this book as Cam and just as pertinent. These characters are so memorable that I'm giving this five stars. Cozy mystery fans need to grab their copy.


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