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Book 3 of 6 in the Farmers' Market Series

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About the Author

Paige Shelton spent lots of years in advertising but now writes novels full time. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and son. When she’s up early enough, one of her favorite things is to watch the sun rise over the Wasatch Mountains.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Farmers' Market Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244999
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers' Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She's lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at

Farmers' Market Mysteries, in order:
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1 -TO HELVETICA AND BACK (January 5, 2016)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on December 6, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Becca Robin's farm-made jams and jellies are "to die for" but that is because they are delicious not that they would actually kill anyone. Unless of course you are Joan Ashworth of the South Carolina Restaurant Association. Her group visited Bailey's Farm Market to set up contracts to purchase local produce and products. Becca couldn't wait until they tasted her preserves. With her family wedged tightly in her booth Joan takes a bite of the strawberry jam, they are all surprised by her reaction, her face sours and she openly rejects Becca's jam. Becca is heartbroken but knows she has a wonderful product and all her friends and family try to console her. She pulls herself together, completes her day and heads home. She gets there only to find Joan Ashworth dead and her mother with blood on her hands. Now she really needs to work fast to figure out what really happened and get her mom out an enormous jam.

Dollycas's Thoughts
I have loved this entire series and this one just continues to deliver farm fresh mystery for me to "escape" into within minutes. No matter the weather outside it is always a perfect time to visit Bailey's Farm Market and catch up with all the characters that have sprouted warmly in our hearts. The in depth peek into Becca and Allison's parent's life was truly a pleasure. Sticking together through thick and thin and barely even leaving each other's side even when one of them is behind bars is a great testament to a long happy marriage. Their positive attitude is really something to admire.

The bump in Becca's love life gives us something to look forward to as the series continues. It should be very interesting. Wonder who is going to get themselves into a pickle next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Schemanski on February 21, 2012
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With having recently moved off of a farm, I have to live vicariously through novels of farming! I was drawn to this book actually before we moved because I love the idea of Cozy Mysteries and wanted to start reading some of them. In Cozy I mean not all of the gore, thriller, mystery that comes in many of the

Who Dun Its. More of a 'clean', family friendly style of mystery.

What could be cleaner than a good ole Farmer's Market?

The Bailey's Farmer's Market in South Carolina is getting all set up to host the South Carolinia Restaurant Association as it comes to possibly select ingredients for the various resaurants in the area. Becca and her homemade jams and preserves realizes that there isn't often a need for her supplies in a restaurant, but she cleans up her shop to make it inviting for the Association.

When Joan Ashworth, head of the Association stops by her booth to test her preserves, it takes all she can to not spit it out! Much to Becca's horror! Her jams and preserves have been enjoyed by many in the community and raved about. Becca is offended, of course but trys to let it roll off her back, wishing her Mom and Dad hadn't witnessed the exchange.

Becca arrives at her home later to find the murder of Joan in her barn!! Mom is standing there with blood all over her hands.. her nice hippie mom who wouldn't kill a spider.

Who killed the president of the Association? Would they kill over jams and preserves?

Super story line! I have been to several Farmer's Markets, even showed my own jams and preserves for a season. Not quite as intense as this market, but exciting to be swept back to the days!

The story kept me reading as Paige adds love interests, qwirky characters, great recipes and mystery all in one story!!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kourtney Heintz on December 12, 2011
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Crops and Robbers, Paige Shelton's third book in the Farmers' Market Mystery series, is a rollicking return to my favorite town of Monson, South Carolina. By now, the vendors at Bailey's Farmers' Market are like old friends I love catching up with.

The first two books in the series had Becca Robins investigating murders that affected her friends. But when her hippie RV living parents come for a visit, this murder mystery hits home in the worst way.

After being snubbed by the Central South Carolina Restaurant Association President, Becca returns to her farm to find her barn broken into and a knife plunged into the chest of the very same very dead president. Worse still, her mom appears in the doorway with blood on her hands.

Sam, Becca's friend and a police officer, has to take her mother into custody. Bail is denied and things aren't looking good for Mama Robins.

Becca and her straight laced fraternal twin sister, Allison, refuse to sit around and wait for the police to clear their mom. Becca goes so far as to recruit her boyfriend, Ian, to help her sneak and snoop.

My laugh out loud moments?

When Becca is trying to help chase a rowdy rat out of the kitchen and ends up being called "the rat whisperer."

The Pee-Wee Herman-esque arrival of the defense attorney, Aldous.

The identity of the murderer and the motive for the murder remain a mystery for most of the book. It isn't until the end that a few clear suspects come to the forefront. And even then, the truth doesn't unravel until the absolute end. This is the kind of mystery I love, where I can't figure out the ending on my own.

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