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on December 25, 2012
This is the fourth book in the series (+ the one novella in between), and it's still good. I really do think Shelton may be my most favorite cozy writer ever.
Becca Robins, in Killer Maize, is slightly annoying as she obsesses over her attraction to two men (Ian, the younger hunk who is officially her boyfriend, and Sam, the cop she finds attractive and -- unfortunately -- kissed once) AND over the fact that her second ex-husband shows up at the local fair where she's working for this book. I wanted to smack her more than once and tell her to accept her attractions and decide what to do about them! However, this is good; it means that Shelton has made Becca seem just that real.
I also found this mystery to be ... well, more mysterious than the previous tales in the Farmers' Market series. There's a murder, and Scott, Becca's ex-husband, is acting very suspiciously. But then, so's half the tiny town of Orderville. Other than Scott, there seem to be no really obvious candidates for killers, and even the cops (yes, Sam, too) are acting strangely.
I liked all that. The killer, the motive for murder, and the reason for the odd behavior of so many people don't become clear until the end, which means the book is quite fun to read.
My only disappointment is that the end feels too much like an end. I hope Shelton isn't finished with this series, as I've really liked it!
If you're a cozy fan, The Farmers' Market series is excellent. But you could enjoy Killer Maize just on its own as well.