After weeks of being constantly on the go, I found a gap in my schedule and treated myself to a day of reading with A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson.
Book #1 in the Greenhouse Mysteries series centers on Megan Sawyer, who left life in the big city behind to return to her family homestead in Winsome, Pa., and live with her grandmother, Bibi.
Her plans for running an organic farm and store/cafe are plagued by a difficult code inspector, who soon winds up dead on her colonial-era property.
The book — No. 6 of the year for me — developed into a decent read. Especially with the addition of veterinarian Denver Finn, complete with a Scottish accent, and a few other colorful characters who bring the small town alive.
Other mysteries take shape when the dead code inspector’s mother, a historical society bigwig, comes into the story. She’s been researching old lore that George Washington once stayed on Megan’s property, which could complicate the former lawyer’s business plans. The deceased’s mother is viciously attacked as well, outside a farmer’s market of all places.
There’s enough murder suspects thrown into the mix that you can’t tell whodunnit. And an extra twist or two at the end that shows creativity.
Save this one for a rainy day or a long car ride. There’s too much going on to read it in chunks and keep up very well that way. It may also stir you into eating a few fresh vegetables, too.