I found the premise of this novel enjoyable and refreshing. Combining farming and the typical worries of crops, nosy neighbors, and the legacy of the Coffman name with the quirky artists in residence and the complications of a murder, makes for an interesting read. Add in apart-time sheriff as the main character's husband and you have a lot of action being carried out by a character (Carina) who wouldn't otherwise have much to do with a murder investigation. Tension, guessing--and second guessing--and questioning the motives of every character, makes this story a true delight to read.
Source: Windy City Reviews : A Bull by the HornsDeb Donahue delights readers with this fantastic first in a cozymystery series. Honestly I finished reading this days ago and haven'tstopped talking about it. I've mentioned it to friends and family andeven a stranger in a doctor's office. I found the characters andscenario refreshing and entertaining. In fact I was so taken with thestory that I'm seriously thinking of finding a retreat like this orstarting one of my own. The setting is lovely, the suspects areintriguing and the death, definitely unique and attention grabbing. ~Pauline Michael @ Night Owl Reviews
About the Author
Deb Donahue knows all about country living in the Midwest. She spent her early married years tending a huge garden and preserving the contents to keep them through winter. She and her husband raised and butchered their own beef, pork and chicken which she then prepared using delicious recipes from her Grandmother’s cookbooks. Her first son was born in the heat of summer, when the strawberries were ripe and needed picking. Her youngest arrived during the worst blizzard in years; during the drive to the hospital her husband had to watch the line of fence posts to make sure they remained on the road. Living in the country was never boring because she had books to keep her company. Romances and mysteries by authors like Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney. Is it any wonder that these are the themes she chose to write about when she finally decided to fulfill her childhood passion for writing?