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Product Details

  • Series: A Farmers' Market Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425233871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233870
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Paige Shelton is the national bestselling author of the Farmers' Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She grew up in the Midwest but moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, after college. Paige enjoys reading, listening to music from the 80s, and watching way too many zombie movies with her husband and son.

Farmers' Market Mysteries, in order:
1 - FARM FRESH MURDER
2 - FRUIT OF ALL EVIL
3 - CROPS AND ROBBERS
E-book only, short story special - RED HOT DEADLY PEPPERS
4 - A KILLER MAIZE
5 - MERRY MARKET MURDER
6 - BUSHEL FULL OF MURDER (June 2, 2015)

Country Cooking School Mysteries, in order:
1 - IF FRIED CHICKEN COULD FLY
2 - IF MASHED POTATOES COULD DANCE
3 - IF BREAD COULD RISE TO THE OCCASION
4 - IF CATFISH HAD NINE LIVES
5 - Working title IF ONIONS COULD SPRING LEEKS (August 2015)

Debuting in 2016
The Rescued Word Mystery Series
The Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series

Young Adult
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Customer Reviews

It has great characters and the storyline is very good.
Jill's Line
The writing in these parts became very repetitive too, to the point where it was distracting from the story.
Kaity
All in all a great, fun read - looking forward to the next additions to the series.
Mysterygirl63

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Kvidt on May 3, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's a lot to love about this book. It's a new cozy with small town charm and enough farm fresh goodness to delight all fans of the genre. The jam lady, Becca, proves to be a strong female sleuth. She finds herself in sticky situations trying to solve the murder of the peach vendor. Secrets from the past have to be outed and someone wants to stop Becca before the jam thickens on the stove. In the end she lives to make preserves another day and preserve the market before it's too late. It's a strong story line, with well developed characters, and includes recipes from the farmers' market vendors. I highly recommend.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mary H. Lesser on June 23, 2010
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Terrific, fun read. Becca is a great character with a fascinating backstory. I hope the author continues this as a series; I'd love to learn more about the ex-husbands and get to meet the hippie parents!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AW Reader on May 30, 2010
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This is such a good book! The characters, the plot, and the mystery are all well crafted. I couldn't put it down, and I wish more mysteries had this kind of suspense. The writer's style is appealing and reminded me a little of Sue Grafton. I can't wait to read more about these characters. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. M Young VINE VOICE on May 24, 2010
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Becca Robins lives on a small farm with her dog Hobbit, raising berries and other vegetables for preserves and jams which she sells every weekend at Bailey's Farmer's Market, which is run by her twin sister Allison. One Saturday morning Becca arrives late, only to discover there has been a murder--one of the other sellers has been killed with an axe--and the main suspect is her friend and fellow seller Abner Justen, a cantankerous old coot who, despite his personality, treats Becca like a daughter.

As always happens in cozies, Becca, convinced of Abner's innocence, gets involved in the investigation. There are several suspects, mostly people she works with, including a sexy guy Becca would like to get to know better, and the straitlaced police officer investigating the crime also provides a spark of romance within the investigation. Despite all this, I didn't feel as if the characters were ever fully fleshed. Becca's likable enough, but she never crossed the line to "real person" to me, and her relationships with sexy Ian and sober Sam reminds me eerily of the Maggie/Marcus/Tom triangle in Madelyn Alt's Bewitching series. The ending, in which Becca confronts the murderer, is quite suspenseful and adds to my rating a bit, but I'm not sure if I will read any more of these. Becca's dog is cute, though. :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tori A. on August 9, 2012
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I have now read every one of her books. And I love her and her style of writing. These books are so easy to get into and so hard to put down. Please keep them coming. I can't wait to read more!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Scott on July 9, 2013
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Life at Bailey's Farmer's Market is about to change when a local peach grower is found murdered and one of the old-timers tops the list of suspects. But local berry farmer and jam maker, Becca Robinson is convinced that her friend and market mentor, Abner, may be a cranky old man at times and a bit secretive, but he is no murderer. Filled with captivating characters and plenty of red herrings throughout, this first installment of the Farmer's Market Mystery series is simply a very enjoyable read! I absolutely love the setting and concept for this series, and of course the inclusion of recipes makes for a sweet added bonus. Paige Shelton has created an outstanding cozy mystery with so many twists and turns that I was left guessing until the very end. Becca's character is very well-developed and although a bit tenacious and bold, she comes across the pages as very real... and very likable. Of course, as an avid jam maker and home canning enthusiast myself, I may be a bit biased but I found this to be a perfect summer read...a country setting, farmers, fresh fruits and vegetables, canning recipes, and of course a murder..what more could you ask for? Certainly one of the best cozy mysteries that I have read yet and I can't wait to read the next installment in this wonderfully fresh series and once again meet up with the farmers at Bailey's. FIVE stars.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 10, 2010
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Becca Robins is making blackberry jam at her farm she shares with Hobbit the dog when her sister calls. Allison manages Bailey's Farmers Market where Becca sells her jams and jellies. She asks her sibling to come over immediately so Allison does. The police are there as is the corpse of Matt Simonson, who to the shock of the vendors was murdered.

Becca fails to recognize Matt because as Allison explains to her he just started working there. Allison further says that her best friend Abner is the prime suspect because they had a loud public argument, a bouquet made from his flowers is on the dead body and he has vanished. Later Abner calls Becca pleading with her not to investigate, but she refuses to abide by his request. Becca interviews other vendors, which leads to her putting the puzzle pieces together and placing herself in danger from a killer observing her every move.

The first farmer's Market Mystery is a fine and riveting amateur sleuth mystery with more suspects than Abner has flowers in a bouquet. Besides a strong heroine who refuse to believe her friend is a killer, the support cast is superb as they bring out what goes on behind the scenes of a Farmer's Market environ while enhancing the investigation. Putting aside the sub-genre's recipe of placing the amateur sleuth who is already questionable as a detective in deadly peril, fans will enjoy Farm Fresh Murder as Becca determined and intrepid seeks the killer.

Harriet Klausner
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