Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fruit of All Evil-Paige Shelton

Fruit of All Evil
Paige Shelton
Berkley, Mar 1 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780425240229

In Monson, South Carolina the business of Bailey’s Farmer Market is thriving. Venders Becca Robbins and Linda McMahon are close friends. Linda asks and Becca agrees to be her Number One matron of honor.

Linda’s fiancé Drew Forsyth invites Becca to a family dinner. However, everyone wonders where his mother Madeline is as she fails to attend. They find her corpse in her bbedroom; she was obviously strangled. Becca believes the murder is linked to foreclosure letters from the bank to homeowners insisting they are in arrears on their mortgage payments. Fearing her BFF’s nuptials will be cancelled, Becca, hopes to preserve the ceremony by investigating the crimes landing in one jam after another.

Readers will enjoy this down home regional amateur sleuth mystery due to a quirky cast headed by the matron of jams. The story line is fast-paced fun though fans will have to accept Becca as an ace detective even with her previously solving the Farm Fresh Murder case. Still Fruit of All Evil is a very special Farmers’ Markey Mystery.

Harriet Klausner

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