Fatal Frost: A Dewberry Farm Mystery

Fatal Frost: A Dewberry Farm Mystery

by Karen MacInerney


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ISBN-13: 9781503940345
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Dewberry Farm Mysteries Series , #2
Pages: 257
Sales rank: 278,543
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen MacInerney is the author of numerous popular mystery novels, including the Agatha Award–nominated series The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries and the trilogy Tales of an Urban Werewolf, which was nominated for a P.E.A.R.L award by her readers. When she’s not working on her novels, she teaches writing workshops in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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Fatal Frost: A Dewberry Farm Mystery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was a fun listen. I listened to the first book in this series a little over a year ago and I have been wanting to get back to it ever since. This is the second book in the Dewberry Farm Mysteries series but I think that it would work perfectly fine. It was really nice to spend a bit of time with Lucy and the other characters from Buttercup. I didn't even realize that this was a Christmas story until I got started listening. My eyes are not great anymore so I did not notice the Christmas lights on the cover and I rarely read blurbs very closely so I was pretty clueless. If you are not a fan of Christmas stories, this really only had a touch of the holiday worked into the story. There were quite a few things going on in this book and it was great watching Lucy try to figure everything out. She happens to be around when a body is pulled from a fire and quickly notices that there might be something strange about the situation. Her best friend's teenage daughter has runaway to get married causing quite a bit of drama. Her best friend ends up in jail but Lucy knows she is innocent so she works to find the information that lead to the real criminal. To top everything off, someone is busy looking for treasure in town and is even digging around on Lucy's farm. I liked the characters quite a bit. Lucy is great and has a lot of spunk. She really is happy in the little town of Buttercup and can handle difficult situations very well. Her boyfriend wasn't around a whole lot in this book and I did miss him a little but their relationship did have some progress which I was happy with. Lucy's friends played an important role and the goats she adopts at the beginning of the story added a few interesting moments. I thought that the mystery was really well done. I liked how some things connected to other things going on in the book while others were really unrelated. I had a few suspicions but I couldn't get everything figured out until it was revealed in most cases which added to the fun. There were some pretty exciting moments where I wasn't really sure how things would work out. This was one of those books that I kept wanting to listen to just a bit more because I had to know what was going to happen next. Teri Clark Linden does a great job with the narration. I really felt like I was right there with Lucy as she was making her way through the story. I think she handled all of the character voices very well and really brought the story to life. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work in the future. I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this story had a great cast of characters and a compelling mystery. I really have enjoyed the audiobooks for the first two books and must admit that I was disappointed to find that no audiobook is currently available for the remainder of the series but I would still like to finish the series soon.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
I just finished Fatal Frost, Karen MacInerney's second Dewberry Farm Mystery, and it was just as charmingly told as the the first book in the series, Killer Jam. It's Christmas in Buttercup, Texas and Lucy's doing well at the farm - her relationship with handsome veterinarian Tobias is progressing nicely, she's the proud owner of two new goats, her cow Blossom is expecting, and she's working on a variety of handmade Christmas gifts. All is right with the world until Krystal, a young waitress at the Blue Onion is found murdered by Lucy, someone starts writing and mailing poisoned pen letters, Tobias' beautiful ex-wife arrives in town looking for weekend property, and the new church in town starts picketing the Christmas market! Add lost Confederate gold, Molly's missing teenage daughter, and a second murder that follows the first and you've got the story of Buttercup's Fatal Frost. Fast-paced and kept me guessing - loved it! :-) 1 like
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Dewberry Farm Mystery series and although not as good as the first one, was still an interesting and amusing read. This book had many subplots that did not necessarily have to do with the murder in the story, but did tie together at the end. A new-fangled church, someone digging on property by Dewberry Creek, a 17 year old that leaves home to elope, poison pen letters, the Christmas Market as well as two murders. Once again we find Lucy struggling to make a go of Dewberry Farms. When she finds out that someone is digging up her land near the creek, she investigates and gets hit on the head with a shovel. Her Dewberry patch has been dug up and two of her peach trees upended as well as her truck is giving out. She is continuing her relationship with the local vet, but his ex-wife is in town. When the waitress, Krystal, from her best friend's cafe is found murdered, Rooster Kocurek, the incompetent sheriff arrests her friend Molly. Molly's daughter runs off with the son of the new pastor of the upstart church and she is frantic. Wanda and Ethel, two crusty women that belong to the new church seem to have it out for Molly and Lucy. When Lucy receives a poison pen letter about her relationship, she finds out that a lot of others have as well. Of course Lucy can't let Molly remain in jail so she sets off to investigate. I like Karen MacInerney's writing style and read this book very quickly. She added some humour to the mystery along with a hint of a romance. The return to town of the ex-wife had Lucy on her heals, but it all turns out. Bringing in the delightful setting makes for a very well rounded story. It also has recipes at the end of the book that look yummy. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy Cozy Mysteries, especially if you love the food and the chance to make it at home. With many thanks to Thomas and Mercer and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Lucy Resnick is busy getting everything together before her parents come to visit for the holidays. Unfortunately, she becomes involved in a suspicious fire while picking up her new goats. Lucy is haunted by what she witnessed at the house fire but is shocked when one of her best friends is accused of the murder. Lucy has no choice but to get involved because the sheriff isn't even trying to figure out who really committed the crime. I love this series. The characters are fun and interesting but also believable. I enjoy feeling like I know them as I read along with their antics. Can't wait for the next book in this series.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Fatal Frost - Dewberry Farm Mysteries - Book 2 Author: Karen MacInerney Published: 10-18-2016 Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Pages: 282 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths; Animals ISBN: 13: 9781503940345 ASIN: B01F1Z67ZU Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5tars . I received a copy of Fatl Frost from NetGalley and the publishers in exhange for my honest review. Description from publisher: Lucy Resnick’s nerves are as tight as a tea cozy. Her new goats, Hot Lips and Gidget, keep making a break for the town square, her truck is dying, and her boyfriend’s gorgeous ex-wife is in town for the holidays. Worse, someone’s digging holes on her land…and uprooting her peach orchard and dewberry patch in the process. Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blow to the head—which she receives one night, courtesy of the mystery digger. When the dim-witted sheriff arrests one of Lucy’s best friends, the former reporter puts her own problems on the back burner and starts investigating. What she finds is a patchwork of clues—an injured puppy, a sapphire necklace gone missing, and a string of poison-pen letters—that draws her deep into a web of small-town secrets. Word travels fast in Buttercup. When the killer learns Lucy’s on the trail, Lucy finds she needs more than her reporting skills to save her friend—she needs a Christmas miracle. Humor is threaded through out this light cozy Mystery. Lucy is a strong character who is a loyal friend and as curious as any cat. The plot is well laid out and moves quickly scene to scene. I not sure about the sheriff, who makes Barney Fife look like Einstein. The town might be better off without any law enforcement. Then again if he were more capable Lucy would not have to look for the killer herself. That was my only problem with the story. My rating of Fatal Frost is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Somebody is Going to Have a Frosty Christmas It’s funny how trends come even in cozy mysteries. After years of reading mysteries set in every dessert business you can think of, I’m now reading three series set on farms. I guess I have to offset all that virtual junk food somehow, right? Fatal Frost takes us to a small farm in a small town in Texas for the second Dewberry Farm Mystery, and it’s a winner. Christmas is fast approaching in the small town of Buttercup, but things aren’t quite as smooth as Lucy Resnick is hoping for. For starters, she awakes in the middle of the night to find someone digging up her dewberry bushes and peach trees. The new mega church outside of town is boycotting the Christmas market as being too commercial even though the funds are going to help a local resident in need. Even Lucy’s love life has hit a snag with her boyfriend’s ex-wife in town looking for property to buy. Things take a deadly turn when Lucy spots a fire. Inside the burning home is the body of Krystal. It might look like an accident except for one thing – the body is cold. Someone killed Krystal and then set the house on fire. The local sheriff latches on to the first suspect, Lucy’s friend Molly. While Molly was certainly angry with Krystal, she never would have killed her. Can Lucy find the real killer and clear Molly before Christmas? As I’m sure you can already tell, there are plenty of storylines to keep you invested in the book. Something is always moving forward, which kept me wanting to turn the pages. Author Karen MacInerny juggles the various plots and sub-plots perfectly and brings everything together for a logical and suspenseful climax. And the characters are wonderful, too. This is only the second book in the series, but there are several regulars we are definitely getting to know, and we get to know them even better here. Lucy really grows with what she goes through here, and I appreciated that growth. And I wouldn’t complain if some of the characters introduced here came back in future books. Now, I talked about healthier food and being set on a farm. But this is a Christmas set book, and you can’t have Christmas without goodies, can you? In the back, you’ll find mouthwatering recipes for Brown Sugar Fudge Balls, Czech Christmas Bread, and Lebkuchen Bars. These might not be traditional American Christmas treats, but they will make your mouth water. Fatal Frost is a wonderful second novel. It brings back characters we love and gives them a fun new puzzle to solve. Sit back and let this book put you in the murderous Christmas spirit. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
Fun, fast-paced mystery in a charming setting. What could be worse than arson, your boyfriend's ex coming for an (extended) visit, and a yard full of treasure hunters? Your parents dropping by for the holidays with no warning! Christmas in the adorable town of Buttercup, Texas is filled with humor, murder, and mayhem. When Lucy Resnick expands Dewberry Farm by adding two mischievous goats to her operation, she might have bitten off more than she can handle. Then her best friend is arrested for murder, and Lucy takes matters into her own hands, investigating a trail of danger to save her friend and reveal the real killer. Fatal Frost, the sequel to the hilarious Killer Jam, does not disappoint. The residents of Buttercup are fun to visit with and the action never stops. I couldn't put Fatal Frost down!
Tarri More than 1 year ago
Fatal Frost by Karen MacInerney is the latest in the Dewberry Farm cozy mystery series. In Fatal Frost, Lucy is dealing with two new goats, two visiting parents, one boyfriend's ex-wife, the impending Christmas holiday, and a dead body. She's also dealing with a sheriff deputy who doesn't like her one bit and a best friend who is under arrest for the abovementioned murder. The author knows how to keep the interest of her reader and doesn't let on who the guilty party is until the very end of the book. This is true in all of the books in all three of her series. I recommend all three to anyone who likes great characters in unique situations. She really knows how to keep the reader interested. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley in return for an honest review.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic from the very beginning. Fatal Frost is the second book in the Dewberry Farms series by the talented and witty Karen MacInerney. Lucy Resnick has her hands full in Buttercup, the holidays are approaching and she is adding two goats to her farm. Gidget and Hot Lips are quite a mischievous pair and Lucy doesn't have the time to keep up with them. When she spots someone on her property late at night, she heads out to investigate and all she gets in return is a wallop on the head and some holes in the ground. Lucy can't figure out why someone found it necessary to dig holes on her property, so as she asks questions, she is told the story of hidden gold. All of this is enough to drive Lucy crazy, especially when her current beau's ex-wife arrives in town. Seeing the beautiful ex-wife and not seeing so much as Tobias, Lucy can't help but wonder what is going on. Everything seems to be going wrong for Lucy and when her ancient truck starts making loud noises and she finds the body of a local woman, Lucy wonders if she made the right choice in moving to Buttercup. This is a great cozy mystery series. I am a huge fan of the author and as always, she weaved a wonderful tale full of money, murder, lies and deceit. Set in the quaint town of Buttercup, cozy mystery fans will devour this story as well as the mouth watering recipes at the end. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley