In Paige Shelton’s 4th book in The Farmers’ Market Mystery series, A Killer Maize, jam-maker Becca Robbins heads to the Swayton County Fall Festival to sell her jams beside carnival rides and corn dog vendors.
The fair has less than stellar turn-out and rickety rides, but that’s not the worst of it. Becca’s second ex-husband is there, running the shooting gallery. That’s makes for some deliciously tasty backstory smeared across Becca’s already complicated love life.
But the worst happens when the ferris wheel operator, Virgil is found dead. Whispers of gypsy magic surround the festival and the murder.
Becca begins to wonder if her ex-husband might be keeping more secrets than he did during their marriage.
Ms. Shelton does a fantastic job re-creating the sights, smells, and sounds of a local county fair. Made me long for my town’s fair next summer.
Each new character was introduced with such telling details, they came to life in my mind.
I must confess I wasn’t quite sure who the killer was or why until the very end. Thanks, Paige. I love a good, well-plotted mystery.
Paige’s writing is very clean and makes for a very quick, smooth read. Reminded me of a nice sake. You forget you’re drinking it and just enjoy its effects.
I loved learning more about Becca and watching her love life evolve further. This is my favorite part of a series: coming back to characters I love.
After this book, let’s just say I will never ever set foot in a corn maize. 🙂
And for everyone that participated in Wednesday’s poll–a big thank you!!! Excellent advice! Special thanks to Marc and JM for their terrific insight into how #1 & #2 could be melded together.
And drumroll please….(humor me–tap on your desk)
When Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control, her husband Oliver brings her to the quiet hometown he abandoned a decade ago, where he must confront the secrets of his past to save their future.