Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Fruit of All Evil - 2nd in the Farmers' Market Mystery series
Author: Paige Shelton
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Monson SC
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Paige's Website: www.paigeshelton.com
Becca Robbins, jam and preserves maker/seller, is a part of the close knit family of vendors at Bailey’s Farmers Market. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that she wants to jump in and solve a murder…Her best friend’s future mother-in-law is found dead during a family dinner.
Madeline was president of the Monson bank. She had a reputation for playing hard ball, and she wasn’t very well liked. Did someone she foreclosed on hold a grudge or was there something deeper at the core of her murder?
Becca intends to find all the answers she needs to bring a killer to justice so her friends can begin their new life fresh. But what about Becca? Is she willing to search for the answers she needs to commit fully to her boyfriend, Ian?
Some may say Becca is interfering, or even nosy. Others might think she leaps before she looks, that perhaps she’s just a bit of a dare devil when it comes to her investigating. Should you ask Becca she might agree to a point, but she’d most likely tell you that she’s helping the police (Sam) solve a heinous crime, seeing justice done.
Other characters such as Bud, Abner, and George add an extra layer to the story. They’re endearing. They may be up there in years but they can still contribute. I look forward to seeing more of them in the future.
Ian, yes he’s a nice guy, a good guy, but I’m just not feeling the chemistry that’s supposed to be between him and Becca. It’s just not there. Yet the air seems to sizzle between Becca and Sam. Poor Becca. Twice divorced and she desperately doesn’t want to make a third mistake. Is she playing it safe?
Ms. Shelton has a sly sense of humor and is able to give a phrase a unique turn. The mystery is quite a puzzle. Ms. Shelton drops the clues sparingly, keeping the reader’s mind churning for answers.
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