"I might just have to move to Michigan. FARM TO TROUBLE will have that effect on you, so the next best thing will be to watch for the second in this series." - Fresh Fiction
Shiloh Bellamy cashed in her big city job and 401K to return home to Michigan to save the family farm, but turning Bellamy Farms into a sustainable, organic operation is no small feat. Especially when her new investor is found dead at the farmers market not long after the contract is signed, a contract that the whole town knows her father was wholeheartedly against.
Now, Shiloh must clear her family's name and track down the real killer before her farm dreams wilt before her very eyes. But with her father trying to stop any progress on his land, her cousin belittling her every effort, and the whole town believing her family at fault, Shiloh has to carry the investigation on her shoulders or risk all her dreams drying up before they begin.
Flower turns from Amish matchmaker Millie Fisher, last seen in Courting Can Be Killer (2020), to budding organic farmer Shiloh Bellamy in this exciting series debut.
Following the death of her fiancé in an accident, Shiloh fled her family farm in Michigan for a successful career in California. Now she’s sold everything to return home and help her father rescue the farm he’s long neglected. Because it’s taken almost all her money to pay off the farm's debts, she’s taken an investment from Jefferson Crocker to help her turn the farm organic. When she and her pug, Huckleberry, arrive home, her father flies into a rage over her interference. Things get even worse once she finds Crocker shot to death at the farmers market and she and her father becomes immediate suspects, even though Crocker was the town’s most hated citizen due to his scheme to buy up a lot of property, including the courthouse, for a wind farm he had planned. On the plus side, sparks fly between Shiloh and Quinn Killian even though he still blames her for the death of her fiance, who was his best friend. The daughter he’s raising alone takes a shine to Shiloh and Huckleberry. Shiloh’s cousin Stacey, who inherited half the original farm, is eager to develop the local theater and take advantage of the town’s new life as a tourist mecca. With some help from her high school buddies, Shiloh desperately investigates other suspects only to discover a morass of lies and deceit that make her next on the killer’s list.
Intriguing characters and local color help compensate for an obvious culprit.