Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SOWED TO DEATH by Peg Cochran

Book 2 in the Farmer's Daughter Mysteries
by Peg Cochran

In the latest Farmer’s Daughter Mystery from the national bestselling author of No Farm, No Foul, farm owner and blogger Shelby McDonald must field another murder mystery....

The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.   

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.



If there were more authors of Peg Cochran’s caliber, Amazon’s site would crash from people ordering books, and bookstores would be restocking their shelves every day!

As you can tell by my above statement, I am a mega fan of author Peg Cochran. I literally cried when I found out her Sweet Nothings mystery series written under the pen name of Meg London had been cancelled. It honestly felt like I had lost good friends. However, in life we do lose friends, and we make new ones. And I adore the friends I am making in the Farmer’s Daughter Mysteries!

NO FARM, NO FOUL, the first book in this wonderful series was so good, I not only read it in one setting, I went back and read my favorite parts! To say I had very high hopes for book two, SOWED TO DEATH would be an understatement. Well, Ms. Cochran, I just have to say . . . you did not let me down!!!

From the opening page, which starts off with an entry in protagonist, Shelby McDonald’s blog (each chapter starts off with a blog post. Love it!), until the last word on page 298 (which was part of a recipe), I never put this book down. Seriously. Not even once. Each and every chapter had my attention so focused, everything around me disappeared.

When you read, SOWED TO DEATH, you will find yourself engrossed in a fascinating tale presented with the same skill and precision that made Agatha Christie a household name. Now, I’m not saying this book reminded me of a Christie novel. The two are very different. With that being said, SOWED TO DEATH was written with the same dedication to exceptional story telling. A first class murder mystery that had me stumped and biting my nails until author Cochran was ready for all to be revealed, this was also a story with a fabulous cast of characters, a cozy town that has me ready to pack my bags and move there, fun and helpful tips, and recipes that made my mouth water!

You have got to add SOWED TO DEATH to your reading list. And if you haven’t read book one, NO FARM, NO FOUL, treat yourself to both!


Book 19 in the Needlecraft Mysteries
by Monica Ferris

In the USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries, Betsy Devonshire has her hands tied between running her needlework shop and turning her sharp eye for deduction to solving crimes…
The Monday Bunch and other local knitters are participating in a fund-raising auction to save a community center, creating a growing pile of stuffed animals and toys right in front of the auctioneers as the audience bids. Among those contributing the most knitted goods is temperamental businesswoman Maddy Hanover—who keels over halfway through the event.
After she is pronounced DOA, an autopsy reveals that Maddy had been poisoned. But how? And by whom? One of the prime suspects is her ruthless business rival Joe Mickels, who lost a bitterly contested property bid to Maddy.
When Mickels pleads his innocence to Betsy, she reluctantly believes him. But if Betsy is going to uncover the real murderer’s identity, she must first untangle the knots Maddy made in her relationships throughout her life…


My review is from 2016 based on the Hardcover edition

Another wonderfully crafted story in the Needlecraft Mystery series.

You would think after eighteen books in a series there would be no more stories to tell. Well, you, like me, would be wrong. Book nineteen in the Needlecraft Mystery series, KNIT YOUR OWN MUDRDER, is just as entertaining as all the books before it.

Author Monica Ferris has penned another magnificent installment in her Needlecraft series. Mystery, intrigue, and well developed and multilayered characters are all skillfully knitted together to create a can’t-put-it-down book that you’ll remember long after reading.

With a story like KNIT YOUR OWN MURDER, it’s truly no wonder this series has had such a loyal following.

Hats off to you Monica Ferris!

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Happy Tuesday, to you!

  2. Loved Sowed To Death. Thanks for sharing your post, Lisa.