A Muddied Murder (Greenhouse Mystery Series #1)

A Muddied Murder (Greenhouse Mystery Series #1)

by Wendy Tyson

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BN ID: 2940158068898
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Series: Greenhouse Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 18,548
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Wendy Tyson’s background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Wendy has returned to her roots and lives there again on a micro-farm with her husband, three sons and three dogs. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and she’s a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins, International Thriller Writers’ online magazines. Wendy is the author of the Allison Campbell Mystery Series and the Greenhouse Mystery Series.

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A MUDDIED MURDER 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
A new mystery series set in rural Pennsylvania, and very enjoyable. Megan Sawyer, a corporate lawyer, has left Chicago, to grow organic vegetables on her family's farm. Megan, a widow, lives on the historic farm with her grandmother, Bibi, and a motley group of animals. Simon Duvall, a disagreeable zoning commissioner, is found murdered on the farm and all fingers point to Megan and Bibi as the most likely to kill Simon. Megan does not let murder slow her down as she races to open an organic café and jump start her organic grocery. In spite of the grueling hours of hard labor on the farm, Megan has time for a little romance with the local veterinarian. The novel displays interesting and real characters, and the story moves briskly to the conclusion.
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
Megan Sawyer left her job as a lawyer in the city to go back to her family home to help her grandmother, Bibi. Her plan was to get the farm going again and open a store and café where she'd use things grown on her family's organic farm. The Zoning Commissioner, Simon Duvall kept failing every inspection and holding up her permits preventing her from opening. Lots of other things went wrong for her like too much rain and her goats getting out. Those things she could handle but the permits she couldn't. When Simon was found dead in her barn she's the prime suspect. Megan took on the job of finding out who really killed him. This cozy mystery was easy to read and a very enjoyable story to get lost in. Even with the detailed descriptions of Megan's farm and business slowing it down a bit, I liked this story. The characters in this small town were very likeable and several had unusual backgrounds. Then there were the dogs and pygmy goats keeping things lively. Megan had a big but welcome change in both her profession and accommodation but she handled everything well. Even when she was suspected of murder she kept going. The only time I found her annoying was when she went out - to the barn or check something outside - when there was a murderer on the loose. That seemed pretty foolish to me. And she was wonderful to her grandmother. I loved Bibi! It did have a pretty exciting ending and I was surprised when I found out who the bad guys were. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is a solid beginning to the Greenhouse Mystery series. There was a mystery, some quirky characters, a love interest, healthy eating and animals, what more could you want. I really enjoyed the realistic storyline and how it meshed with history. Megan Sawyer was a successful lawyer in Chicago who had recently lost her husband in Afghanistan. Her grandmother, Bonnie Birch to everyone but Megan who calls her Bibi, is in her mid-eighties and when her son leaves to go to Paris with his new love she either has to sell the farm or find someone to move in to help her. As it turns out that was just what Megan needed. She returns to her roots in Winsome Pennsylvania to turn the family farm, Washington Acres, into a successful organic business. With the organic farm and the empty family store being converted into a cafe and grocery she should be able to make a go of it, but someone in town is sabotaging her everytime she turns around. Her help at both the cafe and farm are a wonderful brother/sister team who used to live in a commune. Megan was expecting to sell her organic vegetables at a local farmer's market and open her restaurant in a few days until she is told by the local zoning commissioner that neither her barn renovations or the cafe is up to code. Unfortunately, this resulted in a heated discussion with him. When he is found murdered in her barn that night, Megan is the main suspect. The story has many wonderful characters. Even though Megan is the main character in the story, there are many intriguing secondary characters. Their stories were very entertaining and enlightening (PTSD, veteranarian who lived with an abusive father, members of the now defunct commune and more) I must mention the budding romance with the local veterinarian. Dr. Denver Finn was born in Scotland but had travelled the world before settling in Winsome. He and Megan had many encounters due to the miniature goats, dogs, chickens etc. I really enjoyed their storyline as well. And I loved reading about the baby goats, chickens, horses and dogs. I must say that I did not figure out who the murderer was until the end of the story and the mystery of why the Historical Society wanted her farm so badly was also interesting right up until the end. I definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves cozies, animals and a little romance. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
asuwish229 More than 1 year ago
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Wendy Tyson. It is also the start of a new Greenhouse Mystery series. In the book, Megan has returned home to the family farm after a stint as a high powered lawyer. She is there to get back to her roots and to take care of her grandmother, Bibi. Megan goes through a lot of trials and tribulation getting the farm up and running and setting up a diner/farmer's market store in town. Not the least of these is getting the town's approval on the various stages of construction and sales. When a murder occurs, Megan is briefly considered a suspect. She then gets involved in trying to solve the crime. The plot was well thought out and the characters were believable. I liked that the answer to whodunnit could be figured out by clues rather than a surprise ending. I'm looking forward to new books in this series. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
KristinSchadler More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Very interesting cast of characters. Mystery kept me guessing until the end. Looking forward to the next one.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Pages Turn as the Muddied Becomes Clear Since one of my non-book related hobbies is mud runs, the title of A Muddied Murder caught my interest. I quickly realized that this is a series set on a farm, but I also started to hear great things about it, so I knew I had to give it a try. Megan Sawyer has returned to her home town of Winsome, Pennsylvania, to run the family farm. It’s actually been neglected for years, so it has taken some work to get things going again. She’s also hoping to open a combined store and restaurant in town that features produce from the farm. Of course, before any of that opens, she needs to have the store pass the building inspection, and Simon Duvall, the local zoning commissioner, continues to find reasons to deny her the permits she needs to open. The night after the store has failed the latest inspection, Megan finds Simon dead in her barn. Naturally, the police think she is the best suspect. Megan sets out to clear her name, but she keeps coming back to one question – why was Simon killed in her barn? While the mystery of who done it is strong, this book has the added twist of secrets in Megan’s past coming to light. I really enjoyed this because it added some depth to the plot. While the author resolved the bit of that family history introduced here, it leaves the door open for many further stories, and I am very hooked. I need to know what happens next to Megan. Which obviously means the characters are strong. There were a couple of the supporting cast that felt a little weak to me, but that’s a minor issue since the rest of the characters were great, and I’m sure they will be further developed in future books. I sympathized with Megan, I love her grandmother, the love interest is a great guy, and the suspects are viable. None of this distracts from the mystery, however. There are enough clues and red herrings to keep us interested and guessing until the climax, when everything is successfully tied up. For much of the book, it is cloudy or raining, which makes for a very atmospheric read. Despite the sun we were having here in Southern California while I was reading, it really helped pull me into this book. Of course, that does create some of the mud in the title of the book as well. Since growing or selling food plays such a large part in the book, it’s no surprise that there is a recipe at the end. It’s a vegetable rich pasta primavera that sounds wonderful. These characters are great, and I can hardly wait to see what grows out of this rich debut. If you haven’t read A Muddied Murder yet, pick it up today and enjoy.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson is the first book in A Greenhouse Mystery series. Megan Sawyer has returned to Winsome, Pennsylvania to stay with her grandmother, Bibi. Megan did live in Chicago and worked as a lawyer but came home when Bibi needed her. Megan is helping with the family farm, Washington Acres, and is opening a combination store and café in town. Megan is also turning the Washington Acres into an organic farm. But Megan has been encountering difficulties in opening the store/café. She keeps getting denied the appropriate permits (methinks someone is against her new venture). Simon Duvall is the person behind it (and he is one nasty man). Then Simon Duvall ends up dead in her barn. When Bibi ends up being a suspect, Megan sets out to clear her with help from the local vet, Dr. Daniel Finn (there is a romantic spark between them). Then the sabotage starts. Will Megan be able to find the culprit and open her new store/cafe? I enjoyed A Muddied Murder. It has good characters, a lovely setting (sounds like a beautiful town and farm), and a good mystery. The mystery was complicated (just the way I like them), but there are few clues provided (you can solve the mystery without them). One thing I did not like was Megan’s impatience. She wanted answers NOW (became frustrating). The romance in the book was a little rushed. It was too much for the first book. I give A Muddied Murder 4.25 out of 5 stars (since I was able to solve it). I think this is the beginning of a good series. I look forward to reading the next book in the series next spring. I received a complimentary copy of A Muddied Murder from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Toodles4 More than 1 year ago
This well-written mystery makes me want to read more by this author. Great literature it is not, nor does it pretend to be more than a good story well told. The heroine Megan Sawyer, newly widowed, retires from an urban environment as an attorney to a start-up organic farm and café in rural Pennsylvania. Here we meet a collection of well-developed characters involved both in small town life and the lives of small towners. From Bibi, her indestructible grandmother/mother figure to the Scottish veterinarian, the intense police chief King and her ex-hippie friends, Megan finds herself taking on the town of Winsome’s historical society as well as a team of re-enactors bent and determined to turn her farm (where once George Washington reputedly slept) into an historical site. When the body of the town’s chief planner is found in Megan’s barn, a mystery involving almost everyone in he town evolves. The author cleverly casts doubt on almost each person when old secrets, resentments and even long-buried romances emerge as Megan attempts to earn her place in the town and establish a viable business. Every so often it’s a relief to get involved in such a story: like a good comedian, it holds one’s interest and is entertaining without the need for gratuitous off-color language or insulting comments. Sufficient interest to keep the pages turning and yet not so contrived that one guesses the ending from the beginning. The town of Winsome is as much as character as the people, and one can learn a lot about organic gardening and recipes as well. These comments are based on a copy of the book supplied to me by the publisher, in return for an honest review.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
There is so much to love about this new cozy series. It was the perfect time for me to read this, since Spring is trying to let itself be known here in Wisconsin. I am looking forward to the farmer’s markets in the area, as well as the pizza farm we try to go to at least once a month in the summer. And I was super excited when it was mentioned in the book that they might try to make their farm into a pizza farm in the future. I know they are just characters in a book, but I quickly fell in love with the community, and want the farm/shop to succeed! While the mystery was done very well, and part of it even had me guessing until the end, it was the characters that make this book so amazing. Megan has the perfect amount of tenaciousness about her, and the way she loves/cares for her farm, friends, and family is wonderful. Then the romantic lead, who is hot, Scottish, and a veterinarian…. What more could a woman (or man) ask for! I really appreciated that although Megan is a widow, she isn’t full of angst when meeting and falling for Denver. There was barely any will they/won’t they, which was so refreshing. I’ve had to stop reading books/series because I couldn’t handle all the guilt that one or both of the romantic leads were feeling. There is also Megan’s grandma, Bibi, who is a farmer through and through. Her body may be slowing down a bit, but her mind is still sharp, and she is full of useful knowledge. We also get to meet various townspeople, which Wendy Tyson does great character development in a short amount of time. I’m looking forward to getting to know the characters even more, and seeing if Tyson can write more mysteries that have me guessing until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good mystery enjoyable reading
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Like our author, Megan Sawyer is a lawyer. Megan feels like she is leaving the rat race behind when she returns to Winsome to help her grandmother and open a store and café featuring things grown on her family’s organic farm. But Winsome has its own share of rats, namely Zoning Commissioner, Simon Duvall. He is holding up her permits and keeping her from her grand opening. She can handle the rain and her goats wandering but she can’t let one man keep her from her livelihood. With the goats getting loose a lot, she has the veterinarian on speed dial. Dr. Denver Finn, is easy on the eyes and has a delicious accent and he would like to get to know Megan even better. Romance takes a back seat when she and the good doctor find Simon Duvall dead in her barn. Her grievance with the man was public knowledge making her the prime suspect in his murder. She may live in Winsome but she could lose some if she doesn’t dig deep and figure out who really killed the rat, I mean Mr. Duvall. I was already a fan of this author and her Allison Campbell Mysteries so I was anxious to read this story. She has started off this series wonderfully. First she gives us great realistic characters with depth. Megan is a strong woman with a dream. I think it will be a great success and she is definitely going to need more help. Especially if she keeps tracking down murders. Her grandmother, Bibi, will find her way right into your heart. Another strong woman who hates to slow down. She is excited about the new family venture and will do anything she can to help. Dr. Denver Finn is an interesting man and has a way with both people and animals. He is watching over a veteran with some issues due to his time overseas. He also rescues animals. He had me in his corner immediately. We also have a few 4 legged characters as well to add to the fun. Wendy Tyson wraps these characters in a story that meshes history, politics, and general small time life. She also blends in a murder mystery with more twists than a tornado. Each time I thought I had it figured out there was another clue that wrecked my theory. She added an element I never even thought about that turned the story on its ear. The ending was just fabulous! I hope this series lasts a good long time. I will tramp through the mud, the rain, the snow with Megan anytime. I want to get to know all the characters better. I can hardly wait for the second book.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: A Muddied Murder - Greenhouse Mystery 1 Author: Wendy Tyson Published: 3-29-2016 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 288 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Crafts & Hobbies; Women Sleuths; ISBN: 9781635110050 ASIN: B01A1I8J6W Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . Following the death of her husband Mitch, Maggie Sawyer left her big city law career and stress filled life to returned to her hometown of Winsome, Pennsylvania. With plans for a quieter life taking care of her grandmother Bibi Birch, help run the family's organic farm, Washington Acres and start up the Washington Acres Farm Café and Larder in town. Instead of the inner peace and tranquility she was looking forward to even more stress with denied permits and waterlogged fields and the drain on her finances. When she is ready to admit defeat and give up she and the gorgeous local vet, Denver find the battered dead body of Simon Duvall, the zoning commissioner in her barn. Now to clear her name she must find the real killer before she is arrested and convicted of the crime. This is a great start to Wendy Tyson's new series. With interesting characters both human and animals a town full of supporting cast lay the groundwork for the characters to charm and captivate the reader. With a fast paced plot and twist and turns to keep you involved until the end and humor thrown in to spice things up. You will fall in love with Winsome, Pennsylvania as well as Maggie and her family. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book, Bitter Harvest due out in the Spring of 2017. My rating is 5 stars out of 5. If you do not want to wait until next year to read more of Wendy Tyson's humorous style check out her Allison Campbell Mystery series.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
I have loved Wendy's other books, and I had this one pre-ordered so I would be sure to get it as soon as it was released. I was not disappointed. It is a delightful combination of wonderful characters, romance and murder to investigate that I thoroughly enjoyed from the first page to the end. There are twists and turns that kept me reading to see what was going to happen next. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Wendy Tyson's new the Greenhouse Series is sure to be another of Wendy's wins. Megan Sawyer has moved back to the town and house where she had grown up. The family business and the old homestead is in danger of collapsing, thanks to Megan's fathers grandiose plans. Megan tries to juggle the greenhouse, the farm, the cafe in town, the farm animals and the farm market stand. Quite a responsibility for one young lady to handle. With her grandmother and handsome vet Dr. Finn by her side she just might pull it off. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In A Muddied Murder, the first book in the Greenhouse Mystery series, author Wendy Tyson weaves a riveting cozy mystery that follows the trials and tribulations of ex-corporate attorney turned organic farmer / cafe owner Megan Sawyer. Set in the small rural town of Winsome, Pennsylvania, this fast paced tale follows Megan Sawyer as she returns to her hometown to help her Grandmother Bonnie "Bibi" Birch run their family owned organic farm and cafe. Megan's struggles to restore the farm and run the cafe takes a turn for the worse when she finds the body of Simon Duvall, the town zoning commissioner in her barn. Megan and Commissioner Duvall had an argument over the denial of her business permits, and suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation as the primary suspect! Determined to clear her name and save her family's property, Megan decides to investigate the murder on her own with the help of handsome local veterinarian Dr. Daniel "Denver" Fin, and her two employees, brother and sister Clay and Clover Hand. Can Megan and friends solve the murder mystery before the killer strikes again? A Muddied Murder is a wonderful cozy mystery that has an intriguing cast of characters who all have skeletons in their closets and long held past secrets, plenty of town gossip and family drama, a subtle romance, and enough suspenseful twists and turns that will easily keep the reader engaged and guessing how Megan and her friends will solve the murder mystery. A Muddied Murder is an entertaining cozy mystery that is hard to put down, and will leave the reader wanting to follow Megan's next adventure. A Muddied Murder is the first book in the Greenhouse Mystery Series. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher / author in exchange for my honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the first book in the A Greenhouse Mystery series by Wendy Tyson. Megan Sawyer has given up her big city law career to care for her grandmother and run the family’s organic farm and café. Megan can’t catch a break since she has been back, between her fields getting soaked from the rain, her goat goes missing and now the town denies her business permits. When the local zoning commissioner’s body is found in her barn, she becomes the primary suspect. Megan is determined to find the real killer before she gets arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. If you are looking for a great mystery, that will keep you guessing until the end. Then you need to read this one. I am looking forward to the next book by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really like this new series. The characters were personable, well most of them, and there was a good mix of quirky thrown in. This story was not short of suspects as well. I had absolutely no idea who "did it". I was astonished when I found out why there had been so many strange things going on. I look forward to the next book in the series when, I presume, the author will tell us about the part Megan left out of the letter. Don't understand that last part? Pick up the book and see what I'm talking about. It's a great cozy mystery that I'm sure you will definitely enjoy. Thanks Henery Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. 3 likes ·
Jarina More than 1 year ago
A Muddied Murder is the first book in Wendy Tyson's new Greenhouse Mystery series. Environmental lawyer and widow of Afghanistan war soldier, Megan Sawyer, has returned to her small hometown to run the family's organic farm and store and be there for her eighty-something grandmother, Bibi. Megan is sinking her own funds into many restoration projects and the hold ups from the zoning commissioner are sending her into the red. With opening day quickly approaching and repeated deluges, Megan is getting further away from her goals on a daily basis. Then one of her Pygmy goats escapes its pen and is injured, requiring stitches. When local vet Dr. Daniel "Denver" Finn comes one evening to check the goat's progress, they hear strange noises in the adjacent barn. They investigate only to find the lifeless body of her project nemesis. In the days that follow, Megan becomes the main person of interest in the murder. But then, other crimes that seem to be connected begin to occur. While Megan may not be the prime suspect anymore, she just might be the main target. Well written with endearing characters, this first book in a new series will leave you wanting to know more about the little hamlet of Winsome, PA, and it's assortment of residents. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson is the first book in her new cozy mystery series. Megan Sawyer has returned to her home town of Winsome to help her grandmother, Bibi. She has a strong and loving relationship with her grandmother so she is determined to do whatever is necessary to make the organic farm a success. I liked and admired Megan. She was a successful attorney in Chicago and has already experienced the grief and sorrow of losing her husband. This added depth to her character that I appreciated. Ms. Tyson provided a story that was fast paced and richly detailed. Her characters are well developed and I really enjoyed getting to know all of them. The history of Bibi's home was an integral part of the story and I enjoyed reading about this history. Ms. Tyson's vivid descriptions of the town and countryside made Winsome come alive while I was reading. There are a lot of twists to the story that encouraged me to keep turning the pages. Murder, returning home to start a new life,a little romance, and a few distinctive and quirky secondary characters that enriched this story all made a perfect blend for a story that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I received an ARC from Henery Press via NetGally in exchange for an honest review.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Great start to a new series. I was lucky enough to have gotten a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review which I am happy to provide. I really enjoyed this cozy Murder Mystery, it had interesting characters that I could relate to, plenty of mystery a great storyline, a budding romance, all sorts of animal and it held my interest right from the beginning. As usual I read way passed my bedtime because I just needed to find out what would happen next. I can't wait what will happen next, great start to a new series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A fabulous start to what I hope will be a long running series! This first book in the Greenhouse Mysteries by author Wendy Tyson had everything I look for in a great mystery. A perfect setting, an interesting profession for the protagonist, and characters I would love to know in real life. By the end of chapter one of A MUDDIED MURDER I was besotted with character Megan Sawyer, an attorney turned farmer/café owner, her grandmother Bibi, and local vet Dr. Finn. As I read more of the story I was laughing hysterically thanks to Megan’s store manager Clover Hand, and her boyfriend Police Chief Bob King. Quick witted and intelligent writing drew me into this book from the beginning, and held me captive through the thrilling reveal, and delightful ending. Wonderful storytelling at its best. Wendy Tyson has a sure bet of a hit series on her hands. I’m looking forward to book two, BITTER HARVEST. Come on 2017!