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A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die

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It's harvest time in Westbury, Massachusetts, and novice farmer Cameron Flaherty hopes to make a killing selling organic produce. But when a killer strikes on her property, her first foray into the world of organic farming yields a bumper crop of locally sourced murder...

Cam's first growing season has gotten off to a slow start, but her CSA is flourishing thanks to a colorful group of subscribers led by Lucinda DaSilva, an enthusiastic Brazilian volunteer who's vowed to eat ...

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Overview

It's harvest time in Westbury, Massachusetts, and novice farmer Cameron Flaherty hopes to make a killing selling organic produce. But when a killer strikes on her property, her first foray into the world of organic farming yields a bumper crop of locally sourced murder...

Cam's first growing season has gotten off to a slow start, but her CSA is flourishing thanks to a colorful group of subscribers led by Lucinda DaSilva, an enthusiastic Brazilian volunteer who's vowed to eat nothing but locally produced food for one year. When Cam fires her only employee, local handyman Mike Montgomery, because he won't follow organic growing practices, it seems like just another day at the office—until she finds him with a pitchfork sticking out of his neck.

The police suspect Cam of Mike's murder, but when their investigation goes nowhere, Lucinda joins Cam in the hunt for the real killer. In a small New England town full of eccentric locavores, there's no shortage of possibilities—from a neighboring farmer who competes with Cam for customers to a Swedish chef whose romantic designs on her have recently taken a turn for the odd. And then there's the local militia group with its decidedly nonlocal agenda...

To clear her name, Cam will have to dig up secrets buried deep beneath the soil of Produce Plus Plus Farm. And she'll have to catch a murderer whose motto seems to be "Eat local. Kill local."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Maxwell (Speaking of Murder under the pen name Tace Baker) brings her expertise as a former organic farmer to her absorbing first Local Foods mystery. Cam Flaherty, who has taken over her great-uncle’s organic farm in Millsbury, Mass., feels obliged to fire farmhand Mike Montgomery after he admits he was going to use pesticide on the beetles he was tired of handpicking off asparagus and potato leaves. That evening, Cam finds Mike lying dead, her pitchfork stuck in his throat. Suspected of the farmhand’s murder, Cam must contend with Mike’s angry mother and an unfriendly police detective. Lending support in her hunt for the real killer are her fellow organic farmers and childhood friend Ruth Dodge, who’s now a police officer. Issues involving immigrants and a local militia group add weight to a plot that builds to an exciting climax. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (June)
Library Journal
Computer scientist Cameron (Cam) Flaherty turns her back on the corporate world to manage her great-uncle's small Massachusetts farm. As a self-described geek-turned-farmer with rusty social skills, Cam finds the whole "getting to know you" process of small-town life tedious. Still, she plugs into the locavore community and does her best to make friends. But things go topsy when her recently fired farmhand is killed with a pitchfork in her greenhouse. Cam is now a prime suspect, while she thinks everyone else is acting suspiciously. At the same time, someone is systematically sabotaging Cam's fields and crops, upping her unease. The killer astutely figures out Cam's greatest fear and uses that weapon next. VERDICT Another topically relevant cozy debut introduces a fledgling organic farmer keying into the local foods movement and encountering some whack jobs along the way. This would partner well with Chrystle Fiedler's "Natural Remedies" series.
Kirkus Reviews
An organic farmer has a lot more than crop failure to worry about. Cam Flaherty took over her uncle's farm after losing her job. Now that she's switched to organic produce, she's off to a good start, with quite a few people signed up for weekly produce shares, a stand at a local farmer's market and a chef eager to buy her food. Even though she's overwhelmed with work, Cam is forced to fire Mike Montgomery, the sullen son of a local farmer, when she finds him bringing pesticides onto her property. Her shareholders and members of the locavore group that buy her products pitch in to help, but things go from bad to worse when Mike is found dead with Cam's pitchfork through his neck. The police arrest Lucinda DaSilva, one of her helpers, but Cam, unable to believe that she's guilty, decides to do some sleuthing on her own. Her former childhood friend is a police officer whose husband is involved in a local group of bigots who are trying to discover undocumented foreigners living in the area. Besides Lucinda, whose status is in doubt, several other people, some of them longtime residents, may be undocumented, including Cam's new love interest, Jake Ericsson, a Swedish chef, and a Polish businessman whose daughter helps Cam at the farm while earning a Girl Scout badge. Will Cam find the killer before her business vanishes? The first in a planned series offers plenty of organic gardening lore, characters too nice to kill anyone and a mystery guaranteed not to keep you up at night.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758284617
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,410,709
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Cam Flaherty left her job in the corporate world to take over he

    Cam Flaherty left her job in the corporate world to take over her uncle's farm after his lost his leg.  She's determined to go all organic and has a group of friendly volunteers who are excited to help her out.  But one leftover farm worker from her uncle, is found in her barn with a pitchfork in his neck.  Now all her plans seem to come up against someone who doesn't want her to succeed.  Worse yet, her good friend, Lucinda, is caught up in all the trouble.  If Cam wants her farm to work, she'll have to find the murderer.




    I really enjoyed the characters and the focus on all organic, locally grown foods, perhaps more than the mystery.  I was a bit disturbed by the addition of the three " great" illegal immigrants from Brazil, Poland and Sweden,  no less.  It felt a bit like a political viewpoint was being forced into this cozy mystery.  But the fledgling romance with the local chef felt very real. And her fun Uncle, and all his Assisted Living buddies, feel like they'll play into future books.   Since this is the first in a series, I'm looking forward to reading more about locally grown and organic in mysteries!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Gardeners delight

    I really enjoyed this mystery!

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    A wonderful first with lots of interesting information about CSA

    A wonderful first with lots of interesting information about CSA's. Well written and looking forward to more in the series. The great New England location is an added bonus.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    Cam Flaherty leaves her nine-to-five software programming grind,

    Cam Flaherty leaves her nine-to-five software programming grind, takes over her great-uncle's farm, and "inherits" an employee who is promptly killed in the first chapter. From there, Edith Maxwell takes us into the world of organic farming, locavores (don't worry, I had to look it up, too), and anti-immigrant militants who strike fear into the hearts of local immigrants.

    As a novice farmer navigating the tough world of organic farming, Cam shows that she can stand up to trial after trial - and she faces many trials throughout the book. Fearing for her immigrant friend's life and future, and worried that the police aren't doing anything more than go after the most handy murder suspect, including herself, then her friend, Cam knows she must solve the murder herself.

    There are no false steps in this first novel in Maxwell's Local Foods Mystery series. She brings her own experience as an organic farmer into focus unobtrusively. A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die has likeable characters who feel real, settings that New Englanders will recognize, a potential love interest for Cam, and a murder mystery with twists and turns that keep you guessing - everything you want in a cozy mystery.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

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    An excellent debut!! Cam Flaherty is a protagonist that is e

    An excellent debut!!




    Cam Flaherty is a protagonist that is easy to identify with. She has come back to Westbury to take over the farm where she spent so many summers growing up. Just when her ideas starts to bear fruit a man is murdered.




    Maxwell has surrounded Cam with more than a few suspects and friends that keep her strong as she fights to clear her name. These characters are really well fleshed out for the first book in a series. We learn a lot about their backgrounds which always makes the reader invested in their lives and the story. It also makes the book extremely hard to put down.




    With issues like a local militia, some residents with immigration problems, and the localore way of eating many Westbury area residents are adapting makes this a very interesting story in addition to a well plotted mystery.




    Edith Maxwell has firmly planted a great foundation for what I know is going to be a very tasty series!

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