A Muddied Murder
Book 1, A Greenhouse Mystery
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“Tyson grows a delicious debut mystery as smart farmer-sleuth Megan Sawyer tills the dirt on local secrets after a body turns up in her barn. You won’t want to put down this tasty harvest of a story.” – Edith Maxwell, Agatha-Nominated Author of Murder Most Fowl
When Megan Sawyer gives up her big-city law career to care for her grandmother and run the family’s organic farm and café, she expects to find peace and tranquility in her scenic hometown of Winsome, Pennsylvania. Instead, her goat goes missing, rain muddies her fields, the town denies her business permits, and her family’s Colonial-era farm sucks up the remains of her savings.
Just when she thinks she’s reached the bottom of the rain barrel, Megan and the town’s hunky veterinarian discover the local zoning commissioner’s battered body in her barn. Now Megan is thrust into the middle of a murder investigation—and she’s the chief suspect. Can Megan dig through small-town secrets, local politics, and old grievances in time to find a killer before that killer strikes again?
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Books in the Greenhouse Mystery Series:
• A MUDDIED MURDER (#1) • BITTER HARVEST (#2) Spring 2017
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…
Wendy Tyson’s background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Wendy has returned to her roots and lives there again on a micro-farm with her husband, three sons and three dogs. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and she’s a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins, International Thriller Writers’ online magazines. Wendy is the author of the Allison Campbell Mystery Series and the Greenhouse Mystery Series.
From Publishers Weekly
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Well written new cozy mystery series
A Muddied Murder is the first book in Wendy Tyson's new Greenhouse Mystery series. Environmental lawyer and widow of Afghanistan war soldier, Megan Sawyer, has returned to her small hometown to run the family's organic farm and store and be there for her eighty-something grandmother, Bibi.
Megan is sinking her own funds into many restoration projects and the hold ups from the zoning commissioner are sending her into the red. With opening day quickly approaching and repeated deluges, Megan is getting further away from her goals on a daily basis. Then one of her Pygmy goats escapes its pen and is injured, requiring stitches. When local vet Dr. Daniel "Denver" Finn comes one evening to check the goat's progress, they hear strange noises in the adjacent barn. They investigate only to find the lifeless body of her project nemesis.
In the days that follow, Megan becomes the main person of interest in the murder. But then, other crimes that seem to be connected begin to occur. While Megan may not be the prime suspect anymore, she just might be the main target.
Well written with endearing characters, this first book in a new series will leave you wanting to know more about the little hamlet of Winsome, PA, and it's assortment of residents. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series
I have loved Wendy's other books, and I had this one pre-ordered so I would be sure to get it as soon as it was released. I was not disappointed. It is a delightful combination of wonderful characters, romance and murder to investigate that I thoroughly enjoyed from the first page to the end. There are twists and turns that kept me reading to see what was going to happen next. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
First book in a new series!
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.
I received a complimentary copy of A Muddied Murder from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.