A Tough Nut to Kill

A Tough Nut to Kill

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by Elizabeth Lee

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Lindy Blanchard has devoted five years of her life to saving the pecan trees on her family’s farm—but someone is going to deadly lengths to see that she fails…

Riverville, Texas, is pecan country, and the Blanchard family farm is famous for its acres of tall pecan trees and the delicious pies and cookies sold at the Nut House, the aptly

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Lindy Blanchard has devoted five years of her life to saving the pecan trees on her family’s farm—but someone is going to deadly lengths to see that she fails…

Riverville, Texas, is pecan country, and the Blanchard family farm is famous for its acres of tall pecan trees and the delicious pies and cookies sold at the Nut House, the aptly named family store. Miss Amelia, Lindy’s feisty grandmother, makes the best pecan pies for several counties and the farm is attracting visitors from far and wide to sample the wares.

Until the day Lindy walks into the greenhouse to find her uncle Amos murdered and her new stock of trees destroyed, with the best of the bunch stolen. Who is out to ruin the Blanchard family? And who wanted Uncle Amos dead? With the sheriff stumped, it’s up to Lindy and Miss Amelia to save the ranch and tree a killer.


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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Nut House Mystery Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“Warm, witty, and full of Texas charm and feisty characters. Clear a space on your keeper-shelf for the Nut House series.”—Duffy Brown, national bestselling author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries

“A family nut tree with some branches missing, sly old ladies, and a tall, dark stranger come to town. Or is he? Chomp into this engaging new mystery series, and it just might Bite-U-Back!” —Mardi Link, author of Isadore's Secret

“Elizabeth Lee delivers a delectable mystery that’s pure Southern comfort. Readers will go nuts over A Tough Nut to Kill.” —Riley Adams, author of the Memphis Barbeque Mysteries

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A Tough Nut to Kill 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A TRUE COZY IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. I like the uniqueness of a Nut Farm. I had the killer figured out sometime before the end so it probably deserved a 3 and a half stars. It is so nice to read a book that is truly a cozy. No sex, no real graphic violence, no vulgarity. I would have liked the story to move along a little faster - that is my only complaint.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Riverville, Texas, the heart of PECAN country. The Blanchard family farm is well known for its acres of pecan trees and also for their store, The Nut House, where they sell all kinds of yummy pecan treats including special pecan pies made daily by Miss Amelia. Miss Amelia’s granddaughter, Lindy, has been using her college education as a plant biologist to try to cultivate a pecan tree that is more resistant to drought to not only help her family but all pecan ranchers. But someone doesn’t want her to succeed and has even committed murder to try to put the Blanchard family out of business. The local sheriff is stumped and Lindy and Miss Amelia find themselves trekking all over the countryside trying to catch a killer. Dollycas’s Thoughts This is a fine debut to this new nutty series. The author has given us the most important ingredient of a cozy mystery – Quirky Characters! She has created some real treasures. In addition to the Blanchard family we have the Chauncey twins and Miss Ethelred Tomroy. There is also Deputy Hunter Austen, more hunky than quirky, he has been friends with Lindy since they were kids and its hard for them to keep secrets from each other. This comes in handy while trying to solve a murder but there is also room for this to grow into a more romantic relationship. Lee has also put together a well thought out whodunit. Plenty of suspects and red herrings to keep the readers guessing. There is also a great deal of humor and Southern charm spread throughout the entire story. The reader is also treated to a look behind the scenes of a pecan ranch and several recipes. I really liked this story and am looking forward to more adventures with Lindy and Miss Amelia.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
A Tough Nut to Kill is the first book in the comically named, Nut House Mystery series by author Elizabeth Lee. Readers will get more than one chuckle in with this book. Lee shows her talent and humor with every turn of the page. With some interesting characters like Miss Amelia and the Chauncey twins, Lee is sure to readers wanting to come back to Riverville, Texas on a normal basis. A great first book in a new series! What I liked: First of all I really like it when an author surprises me and Elizabeth Lee certainly did. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a book with nut in the title, LOL, but it was a very comical and endearing read. I loved the fact that Lee used a lot of humor and comic relief to lighten the theme of murder in this novel. Most of the laughter comes in the form of the antics of the Chauncey twins. I really enjoyed them and hope that they will be a continual part of this new series.  I also thought the long standing feud between Lindy's family and Uncle Amos was interesting and the fact that Lindy's brother is accused of the murder tied in well. I like it when a mystery has enough plausibility to make it possible in real life and this was one of those that felt realistic. Lee gives Lindy a reason to investigate and the means to accomplish it with her friend on the police force. It didn't feel like Lindy was looking for trouble, only trying to get someone else out of it.  I liked all of the information that Lee adds to the book about Pecans and how they are raised and what it means to the farmers and people around them when they have a bad year. I had no idea it could be that devastating to have a bad crop. I was raised on a working farm but I suppose we had several different crops to count on instead of just one. It was a very entertaining and interesting aspect of the story. What I didn't like: There were a few moments in the story where I was very close to figuring it out early on. Sometimes that is a good thing and then the reader can just sit back and enjoy the ride. But I think that most of us want to lead along with bread crumbs until the end. Bottom Line: There were a lot of things I liked about this one. I definitely think there is a lot of potential for a very good series here. Lee's first book does have a few earmarks of a first in a series book, but nothing too far out of the ordinary. Looking forward to seeing where Lee takes us from here.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Tough Nut To Kill is the first book in the A Nut House Mystery series. I think this will be a fun new series. Lindy Blanchard has earned her degrees as a plant biologist and a bioengineer and has returned to Riverville, TX, in the heart of Pecan country, to help her Grandmother, Miss Amelia, manage the Nut House. At the Nut House you can get just about anything imaginable Pecan. Lindy, using her education is also trying to develop drought resistant Pecan trees. One beautiful morning, Lindy heads out to her greenhouse to check on her trees. She soon discovers a fire in her office, which has been ransacked, and enters the greenhouse only to find most of her seedlings have been destroyed and then trips over her dead Uncle Amos, who has one of her plant stakes in his chest. There was bad blood between the Blanchard family and Uncle Amos, and soon Lindy's brother, Justin, is charged with his murder. The sheriff seems to feel that this case has been solved. But Lindy knows that Amos had other people that are not sorry that he is gone. So it is up to Lindy and Miss Amelia to set the sheriff straight and get Justin released. Helping Lindy is Deputy Hunter Austen, a childhood friend. This book has a wonderful cast of characters. Lindy is really into developing a drought resistant tree to not only help her family, but to help all the ranchers in the area. Miss Amelia is a 70 something firecracker. She loves to bake her "secret" Pecan Pies and doesn't take any guff from anyone. My favorite were the Chauncey twins. They are 8o some years old, ride there horses while a .22 rifle and are crack shots with it, too. Their bickering with each other will have you chuckling. And of course Hunter Austen, who straddles the fence between law enforcement and his friendship with Lindy. Definitely looking forward to the next book.
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