Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest

by Wendy Tyson

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BN ID: 2940157083724
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Greenhouse Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 71,566
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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Bitter Harvest 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This new series is off to a good start if second book as good then looks like a found a must read author
GratefulGrandma 6 months ago
The rural town of Winsome PA depends on tourists to book their economy. Megan Sawyer, lawyer turned organic farmer, and her Grandma Bibi, continue to operate Washington Acres farm and carfe and are becoming well known and profitable. When the town decides to have an Oktoberfest to showcase small farms and other operations, Megan applies to be a sponsor. When the committee brings in PR professional Ophelia Dilworth, she takes over the planning and the smaller operations are overlooked for a couple of larger ones, not the most popular decision. Things take a deadly turn when one of the local business owners and sponsors, is killed in a freak accident. Only Megan doesn’t think it was an accident. When the police are quick to rule out the possibility of murder, it’s up to Megan to figure out what is really happening. Tyson’s Greenhouse mystery series showcases protagonist Megan Sawyer, a big-city lawyer turned small-town organic farmer. I like Megan, she is a kind, intelligent, and spirited woman with integrity. This book is populated with several other wonderful characters such as a smug-but-attractive PR consultant, a temperamental-but-gifted chef, a shrewd and sexy Scottish vet, and assorted townspeople, whose motives are complex and believable. I loved the first book in the series and was anxious to return to Winsome and the characters. This book didn’t disappoint in the least. Megan’s personal life provided a nice sub-plot while leaving plenty of time for the murder investigation, which included some great twists and turns. As the relationship between Megan and Dr. Denver Finn develops, it is nice to see Megan working her way through her insecurities and doubts. There are also her interactions with her aunt that add a personal tone as she tries to find out more about her father's and mother's relationship. This is not just your easy breezy cozy, there is a bit more substance to it, that make it just a bit more enjoyable to me. I recommend this book and series to cozy mystery lovers everywhere.
asuwish229 More than 1 year ago
I love this series! Characters and story lines are incredibly engaging, and Ms. Tyson's descriptive style of writing paints a lovely image of the town.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
I've read both books in the this series and, while I enjoyed the first, the second, “Bitter Harvest” takes the series storyline and elevates it. The first book spent a lot of time introducing the characters and now that the reader of the series should be familiar with them, the plot is the focus in this book. I kept guessing the whodunnit but the ending was a surprise to me though there were certainly some clues left. Once again, we are back in Winsome, PA and the town is preparing for their first Oktoberfest celebration. When a death occurs, the authorities aren't sure if it was an accident or if something more dastardly is afoot. Megan Sawyer, the lawyer turned organic farmer, has her own opinions. That there are some mysterious and sinister happenings at her farm feed into her suspicions. She is pulled into investigating and keeps coming up with more and more that the authorities continue to downplay. Is it because the clues are false leads or is it because the town wants their image pristine for the tourists who will visit during Oktoberfest? The relationships continue to grow in the story. Existing ones go to new levels and potentially new ones seem to be appearing on the horizon. I really enjoyed this book, characters and plot. I especially liked being kept on the edge of my seat trying to figure it out. I will look forward to new books in this series in the future. I highly suggest reading the books in order so you can understand the character development. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Bitter Harvest - Greenhouse Mystery Book 2 Author: Wendy Tyson Publisher: Henery Press Published 3-7-2017 Pages: 272 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Culinary Mystery; Crafts & Hobbies ISBN: 9781635111736 ASIN: B01NAH6U8Y Reviewed For NetGalley and Henery Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 stars When Otto Vance is found dead, there us a question if it was an accidental death or murder. Was his Pub being selected as the beer distributor for Oktoberfest be a motive or perhaps it is the underhanded mismanagement of the competition for the vegetable farm or meat. Megan Sawyer seems to be the only one who believes it was murder. With a wealth of interesting characters and a well thought out plot Bitter Harvest is a fast paced story that captivates your interest and won't let you go. The Greenhouse Mysteries are a wonderful source of enjoyment and I look forward to seeing where it will go next. My rating of Bitter Harvest is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Megan Sawyer has settled in as an organic farmer. The town of Winsome is gearing up for Oktoberfest and the free publicity the farm will receive rankles some. I even had a few chills at the beginning, when Tyson wrote of Megan finding an Adirondack chair, sitting atop a hill near the farm, facing her very own home. The characters are well written and intelligent, just what I am looking for in a good mystery.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This is our second visit to Winsome, Pennsylvania and we are just in time the Oktoberfest celebration. The whole town wants their farm, store, pub or restaurant to be a main sponsor for the celebration and some feathers get ruffled when the select spots go to unsuspected places. In fact, when a pub owner is killed Megan doesn’t think it was truly an accident, but would someone actually kill because they weren’t chosen? So while getting the family farm and store ready for the celebration she is also trying to pick the killer and it isn’t as easy as picking a pepper or a pumpkin. This was a pretty complex mystery with several suspects, means, and motives. Megan has gotten through her first year and both the café and the farm are doing very well. She has even found time to spend with a certain veterinarian. That is until she gets wrapped up in this investigation. I knew she was a strong woman in the first story but she seems much more confident now as she has settled in. Her grandmother, another strong woman reminds me a lot of my mother. Determined, respected and not afraid to speak her mind. Dr. Denver Finn was extremely busy throughout the story taking care of a sick horse and other emergencies but he was still able to carve out time for Megan. All the characters a very believable and appealing. Their dialogue rings true, including Denver’s Scottish accent. As I said the mystery is complex, in fact there are two mysteries to solve. Ms. Tyson entangles the plots together so well, weaving them together with deception, secrets, and untruths. I enjoyed doing my best to figure it all out before Megan but the ending was a complete surprise. This one will grab you from the start and you will have a very hard time putting down.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the series of Wendy Tyson's greenhouse series and the mysteries of Megan's background is till unfolding as one plot. A lot of suspense and secrets involved in this one. The main plot of the book is that it's October and the town of Winsome is holding an Octoberfest. There is major contention in that most of the townsfolk are not happy with the farm picked to be the major sponsor for the event. The farm picked gets a lot of free publicity. Seeing as this is an event that is supposed to be helping out the little farmers and the biggest farmer becomes the sponsor. The whole town is seeing red. Not only that, several people on the committee are turning up either dead or missing. What's going on in Winsome? A fun, entertaining and enjoyable read. This one becomes pretty sinister just for a little advertising or is that all that's going on in the little town of Winsome? Thanks to Henery Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this second in the Greenhouse series by Wendy Tyson. Meghan is proud that her farm has survived a year but she is greatly disappointed in the decisions regarding the Oktoberfest celebration. Feeling slighted that a local small farm wasn't chosen to represent the festival, Megan is even more curious when a dead body turns up. Megan can't help but ask questions regarding the festival and this leaves a sour taste in some mouths. This story was well written and well thought out. I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading more in this series I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Wendy Tyson has created a series that is absolutely wonderful in every way! It has felt like such a long wait for this second installment in the Greenhouse Mysteries to come out. But after reading A MUDDIED MURDER, the first book in this series, a day would have felt like too long! I was so excited when I finally got my hands on BITTER HARVEST. Once it was in my grasp, and I started reading, I couldn’t set it down! I was finally back in Winsome, PA with Megan, Bibi, Finn, Clover, King, and all the townspeople. It felt liking going home. As I write this, I’m actually sad that I had to say goodbye.  (No worries though. The next book is due out this fall!) BITTER HARVEST is a brilliantly clever book in every way. Wendy Tyson brought to us in this story, not just one mystery, but two! There is of course one heck of a whodunit murder to be solved. But there is a secondary mystery involving someone close to Megan that made this a real bushel full of mystery, and an even more exciting read. I want to say more, but I’d risk giving things away. Ms. Tyson is an exciting voice in the cozy mystery genre, and nothing proves that better than this amazing book, or I should say, this amazing series! Fans, prepare to be thrilled. New readers, pick up A MUDDIED MURDER and BITTER HARVEST and you’ll have the fun of getting to read them back to back!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Murderous Oktoberfest Last year, I was completely taken with the first Greenhouse Mystery, and I’ve been counting down until I could revisit the characters. That day has finally arrived as Bitter Harvest is ready, and it’s wonderfully fun. It’s October in the town of Winsome, Pennsylvania, and for small farmer Megan Sawyer, not only does it mean harvest time but also Oktoberfest. This is the first year that the town has celebrated it, an idea of Otto Vance, a local brewer with German roots. It’s going to be a week-long celebration highlighting the local small farms and businesses. In fact, Megan’s café and store, featuring foods grown on her farm, is one of the sponsors of the event. However, not everyone is happy. Megan witnesses a fight between Otto and another brewer over who should be the major brewery sponsor. Later that day, Otto’s body is found in the middle of the local solar power field. It looks like an accident – Otto hit his head on the corner of one of the panels. But Megan isn’t so sure since that explanation leaves her with too many questions, like what was Otto doing in the field in the first place. With the police busy with the added security needed for the upcoming event, it’s up to Megan to learn the truth. Is she reading too much into what happened? Or is there a killer in town? I fell in love with the first book because of the characters. It was wonderful to revisit them, and fans of the first book will find they are just as strong here. It’s been six months between books, and that has allowed the characters some time to grow. It is there is subtle things, and I really liked seeing it as it continues the character depth I loved in the first book. The characters introduced in this book are just as strong as the series regulars. Another thing I liked about the first book is how the mystery feed into Megan learning about some family history. The family history portion was kept to a sub-plot this time, but it was another satisfying chapter in her life. That means there is plenty of time for the main mystery. That’s a good thing because it seems like there is always something happening to confuse us. People are not always what they appear, and they work hard to keep their secrets from coming out, which is perfect for a page turning story. As Megan untangles the many branches of the book, things slowly become clear to her and to us, although I was still surprised by the climax. With all the food talk in the book, it’s no surprise that the book includes a recipe. This time around, it is for Rustic Potatoes au Gratin. With strong characters and an engaging plot, Bitter Harvest is hard to put down. I was finished all too quickly, and I’m looking forward to visiting these friends again very soon. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Bitter Harvest is the second book in Wendy Tyson's Greenhouse Mystery series. Megan Sawyer, environmental lawyer turned organic farmer, is working hard to prepare for small town Winsome, PA's Oktoberfest. Proposed by small town brewer and restauranteur Otto Vance with the idea of promoting the small farms and businesses of Winsome, the planning seems to have taken over and changed the theme of the event. Instead of small organic farms being highlighted, the large Sauer farm known for animal cruelty and lack of organic methods has taken center stage. And instead of small award winning Road Master Brewery being chosen as the face of the festival, it is Vance Brewery with its mediocre brews that is chosen. This makes Megan question the proceedings, coming toe to toe with event PR planner Ophelia Dilworth. If that were not enough to weigh upon Megan, it appears that someone has been spying on her and her farm from atop Potter's Hill. When the owner of Vance Brewery dies under questionable circumstances and the owner of Road Master Brewery goes missing, Megan is caught up in a web of lies, deceit, and the mysterious plot to capture more than just the limelight in a country festival. Fast-paced and nail biting, Wendy Tyson has again spun a page turning mystery that pulls you in until the very end. And even then, there is another mystery afoot for Megan to untangle. I do recommend this book.
UpstateNYReader More than 1 year ago
The return trip to Winsome, PA, was as fun as my first visit (see A Muddied Murder) - the land is colorful, the people friendly, and the county deadly. Megan, a somewhat discouraged lawyer, has inherited the family farm. In order to help it thrive, she has opened a small farm stand near the farm and a small diner in town - both serving home grown vegetables and meats. Now harvest season has arrived and the town is proposing the first ever Oktoberfest to showcase the town's small businesses. It only takes a couple of murders and one large farm to make a hornet’s nest out of the small community’s plans. Megan, her family, her farm hands, her chef, Alvaro, and the local veterinarian, Dr. Daniel “Denver” Finn, would work with the Bobby King, the local police chief, to find the motive, culprit, and save Oktoberfest from the trash heap. Having lived in small towns and having good friends with a local farm stand, I have an appreciation for the environment in which Megan finds herself. Oktoberfest does come off - with only a few hitches along the way. And the nasty schemes of unscrupulous behavior of community members will come to light. This book will hold the interest of the farmer, the small town dweller, and the cozy mystery reader. And though being published in the Spring of 2017, it would serve as wonderful entertainment during the cooler days of Fall. Thank you Wendy Tyson for another great book. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.