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Crops and Robbers (Farmer's Market Mystery Series #3)

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

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    You'll be ready to visit your Farmer's Market after a visit to Bailey's.

    This is the third installment in the Farmers' Market Mystery series and the best so far. The characters are now personable and seem like old friends. I also loved 'meeting' her parents during this read. (They seem like a lot of fun.) Becca is just one of the many vendors of Bailey's Farmer's Market waiting for the Central South Carolina Restaurant Association to visit. The association's recommendations could mean more business for each of them. Adding to the excitement is that Becca and Allison's parents are visiting. However, Becca is surprised when the president of the association dislikes her strawberry preserves. She is also a bit humiliated because her parents witnessed the exchange. As she heads home to find some solace after the snub, she realizes that things don't seem quite right on her farm. Once she locates her dog in a closed barn, she also locates the association president's body... and then her mother covered in blood walking from behind the barn. Becca feels that she must help the local law enforcement not because she doesn't trust them but that she must keep her mom out of jail. Also complicating matters is that she realizes that she possibly has feelings for someone other than her boyfriend, Ian. I enjoyed this book greatly and appreciate the opportunity to review. Thank you, Paige Shelton, for another wonderful installment to the series. I can't wait to try the recipes.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Rollicking Return to the Farmers' Market

    Crops and Robbers, Paige Shelton¿s third book in the Farmers¿ Market Mystery series, is a rollicking return to my favorite town of Monson, South Carolina. By now, the vendors at Bailey¿s Farmers¿ Market are like old friends I love catching up with.

    The first two books in the series had Becca Robins investigating murders that affected her friends. But when her hippie RV living parents come for a visit, this murder mystery hits home in the worst way.

    After being snubbed by the Central South Carolina Restaurant Association President, Becca returns to her farm to find her barn broken into and a knife plunged into the chest of the very same very dead president. Worse still, her mom appears in the doorway with blood on her hands.

    Sam, Becca¿s friend and a police officer, has to take her mother into custody. Bail is denied and things aren¿t looking good for Mama Robins.

    Becca and her straight laced fraternal twin sister, Allison, refuse to sit around and wait for the police to clear their mom. Becca goes so far as to recruit her boyfriend, Ian, to help her sneak and snoop.

    My laugh out loud moments?

    When Becca is trying to help chase a rowdy rat out of the kitchen and ends up being called ¿the rat whisperer.¿

    The Pee-Wee Herman-esque arrival of the defense attorney, Aldous.

    The identity of the murderer and the motive for the murder remain a mystery for most of the book. It isn¿t until the end that a few clear suspects come to the forefront. And even then, the truth doesn¿t unravel until the absolute end. This is the kind of mystery I love, where I can¿t figure out the ending on my own.

    Ms. Shelton does a phenomenal job with setting, weaving in Becca¿s strawberry and pumpkin patches and Ian¿s soon to be lavender fields. I love how she sets the scene and immerses the reader in it so that I can feel the prickly pumpkin leaves and see which onions are ready for harvesting. Fabulous writing!

    I enjoyed each and every character in Ms. Shelton¿s book. All were well drawn and quirky enough to be memorable but still remained three-dimensional characters.

    Hobbit is my favorite canine character ever. I wish I could hang out with her for a week.

    The recipes included at the end of the book are mouth-watering good. I¿m really interested in trying out Bo¿s Snickerdoodles.

    I love love love the triangle coalescing between Becca, her boyfriend Ian, and her good friend Sam. What a cliffhanger ending there.

    I¿ll be counting the days until the fourth book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Jam of a Mystery

    The Bailey¿s Farmers¿ Market gang is back. The Farmers¿ Market are being visited by members of the local Restaurant Association. The association is looking for new vendors to provide items for their restaurants. While the association is touring the market Becca and Allison's parents are visiting. The president of the association has had nice things to say about almost everyone's product except she does not care for Becca¿s preserves and this starts the mystery. The president of this association is later found dead in Becca¿s barn and Becca¿s Mom is the prime suspect in the murder. So it is up to Becca, Allison and friends to figure out the real killer. This book has a lot of twist and turns and will leave you guessing until the end. This is the third book in a series and I would recommend if you haven¿t read the first two I highly recommend you give this one a try.

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