Killer Jam

Killer Jam

by Karen MacInerney


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Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney

When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother’s farm in Buttercup, Texas, she’s looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. But Lucy has barely finished putting up her first batch of Killer Dewberry Jam when an oil exploration truck rolls up to the farm and announces plans to replace her broccoli patch with an oil derrick. Two days later, Nettie Kocurek, the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead at the Founders’ Day Festival with a bratwurst skewer through her heart and one of Lucy’s jam jars beside her…and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect.

Horrified, Lucy begins to talk to Nettie’s neighbors, but the more she gets to know the townspeople, the more she realizes she’s not the only one who had a beef with Nettie. Can she clear her name, or will her dream life turn into a nightmare?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503945463
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 422,447
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(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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Killer Jam 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Killer Jam by author Karen MacInerney is the first book in the Dewberry Farm Mystery Series featuring Houston reporter turned farmer Lucy Resnick. Lucy has purchased the farm previously owned by her grandparents in Buttercup, Texas, and is determined to make a life for herself in her new town - milking (sometimes runaway) cow Blossom, picking jam-making dewberries, making soap and candles. Imagine her surprise when she discovers that she did not purchase the mineral rights to her land, and the former owner has made plans to drill for oil! When that owner turns up dead at Buttercup's Founders' Day Festival (right next to a jar of Lucy's Killer Dewberry Jam), Lucy is the number one suspect and must clear her name, with the unfriendly sheriff her biggest opponent. Nicely written and very engaging, Killer Jam is a great start to this new series from Ms. MacInerney. 5 stars! A+
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I was in the mood for a cozy mystery and really wasn't sure which one I wanted to read when I spotted this book in Amazon's Prime Reading. I actually had no idea that there were audiobooks included in the program but that is a whole other story. I decided to borrow this book and take a chance on it since it was the first in a series. It turned out to be a whole lot of fun in the end. Lucy has just bought her grandmother's old farm in Buttercup, Texas. She really wants to make a go of it and is busy making jams and trying to contain her wandering cow. She runs into problems right away when a truck shows up on her property to look for oil. She learns that when she bought her farm the previous owner, Nettie, retained the mineral rights and there isn't much that she can do to stop her from looking for oil. I guessed pretty early on that Nettie was probably not going to be around for very long. I couldn't stand her character and kind of wanted her to come to a quick end myself. The sheriff is convinced right away that Lucy must be responsible and really doesn't work to hard to actually look for any evidence so it is up to Lucy to prove that she is innocent. The mystery kept me guessing and I was really never quite sure who the villain would be in this story. There was actually a lot to this story in addition to the mystery. Lucy's best friend is dealing with a difficult situation and Lucy does her best to help. There is even a bit of romance with the local vet who seems to be a pro at catching wandering cows. I loved that there was a touch of humor spread throughout the book. I enjoyed the narration in the end. This is the first time that I have listened to Teri Clark Linden and it did take me a little bit to get used to her style of narration but that is actually pretty normal for me. Once I really got into the story, I really enjoyed the narration. I think she did a great job with all of the different voices in the story and her pacing was perfect. I would definitely listen to her narration again in the future. I would recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries. I thought that this was a fun story filled with some really great characters. This was the first time that I have read any of Karen MacInerney's work and look forward to reading more of this series in the future.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Killer Jam - Dewberry Farms Mystery 1 Author: Karen McInerney Published: 7-28-15 Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Pages: 274 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Humorous; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781503945463 ASIN: B00U0N5GJM Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . . Lucy Resnick has purchased the farm formerly owned by her grandparents from Nettie Kocurek following being laid off her reporter job back in Houston. Lucy has plans to return to a less stressful life of growing her own produce and selling her jams and candles. Unfortunately stress is overflowing in Lucy's life when a drilling crew shows up on her property right in one of her fields. It seems Ms. Kocurek failed to mention she was keeping the mineral rights to the land with plans to put up a few oil rigs. To say Lucy is upset to put it mildly. At the local Founder's Day celebration Nettie is found murdered and all eyes turn to Lucy, the newcomer to Buttercup. The most vocal is the sheriff who points accusing fingers and loudly proclaims Lucy as the killer of his aunt. Knowing she can't trust the law to find the real killer Lucy begins asking questions herself trying to find the real killer. The more she questions neighbors and townspeople the more she learns that Nettie was one of the least liked in the community. Few are sorry that Nettie is dead. A great start to a new series. Wonderful characters that seem so real with a detailed plot with plenty of twist and turns to keep readers involved in the story. The writing style is smooth and flows quickly from scene to scene with a touch of humor to keep it light. I gave Killer Jam a 5 out of 5 rating and I cannot wait to see where Karen McInerney will go to next with the Dewberry Farms Mystery series.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful cozy mystery set in a small town. Buttercup Texas. This is the first book in the series and I will definitely look out for the next one. Lucy Resnick buys her grandparent’s farm, Dewberry Farm. Shortly after she is settled in, she finds out that she does not own the mineral rights and the person who does, Nettie Kocurek, who hated her grandparents, has authorized a company to drill for oil. The farm life appeals to her and she is devastated. When Nettie turns up dead, murdered, at the Founder's Day celebrations, she ends up as the main suspect as Nettie has recently accused her of threatening her to her nephew, the sherrif. Lucy discovers that her neighbour had many enemies and realizes that if she does not discover the guilty party and clear her own name, she may end up in jail. She was a journalist in her previous life so knows how to investigate. The supporting characters in the book are interesting, her best friend who was a battered wife and has left her husband, the veteranarian who looks like he may become her love interest, Flora Nettie's emotionally stunted daughter and others in the small town. I loved the writing style and read this book very quickly. She added a humourous touch to the mystery along with a hint of a romance. Bringing in the delightful setting makes for a very well rounded story. It also has recipes at the end of the book that seem to be so popular now. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy Cozy Mysteries. With many thanks to Thomas and Mercer and Net Galley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, I have been wanting to try one of Ms. MacInerney's books and am so happy that I did with this one. Lucy is a very likeable character trying to start a new life after buying her grandmother's farm. Unfortunately Ms. Nettie has turned to be a thorn in her side and ends up dead leaving her as the suspect. I love the interactions of characters in this book, her friendships and asking questions to get a better understanding of how to take care of her farm. The murder is the tip of the iceberg leading into more mysteries. I have to say that I love Lucy's "Houdini" cow, a great touch of humor. I will definitely continue on with this series. Oh, and there is the bonus of some yummy sounding recipes in the back.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
Most enjoyable cozy debut!
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
A great new series by Karen MacInerney. Lucy Resnick purchases her grandparents old farm and relocates to Buttercup Texas to live off the land and live a simpler life. She soon finds out the woman who sold her the farm is hated by most of the town for many varied reasons. This hated woman is killed at the Founders Day festival and the sheriff, who happens to be her nephew, is not willing to look past Lucy as the murderer. This book has several story lines running through it at once and MacInerney does a great job of tying them all up before the books ending. I loved the multiple stories, they kept my mind buzzing in all directions leaving me surprised at the end to find out who the murderer was.
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
Killer Jam is a killer read! Curling up with a Karen MacInerney mystery is a little bit like pulling a pan of warm brownies out of the oven - even before you open the first page, you know you're going to enjoy it. Killer Jam is certainly no exception! The first (of hopefully many!) in the Dewberry Farm mysteries series, Killer Jam's heroine, Lucy is reinventing herself as a farmer in a quiet little Texas town. But things don't stay quiet for long as Lucy soon finds herself a murder suspect. Like all of MacInerney's mysteries, Killer Jam is a delightful read with strong characters that leap off the page. It has a little bit of everything - murder, intrigue, romance, timely social issues, and of course, delicious recipes! Whether you're already a MacInerney fan or you love cozy mysteries and you're looking for a new favorite author, you'll love Killer Jam!
BasingstoneBook More than 1 year ago
I knew when I selected this book it was not in my normal type of murder mystery with a name like "Killer Jam" and a cover that gave the feel of the WI. I was not disappointed, it did feel like a WI baking / cooking journal with murder and fraud only as the sideline. That aside the actual storyline was okay with with standard murder induced by greed. This style is definitely going to appeal to an older female readership or Great British Bake Off fans. Lucy Resnick has retired from her job as a journalist in Houston, Texas to buy and run her grandmother's farm in Buttercup ( one of the many quaint names which tell me WI ). As she struggles to get set up in her new role of homesteader Lucy is drawn into being a suspect for the murder of a local VIP. This turns her back to her journalistic instincts and she starts to track down the killer to avoid her own incarceration. Not to spoil the book, but you do get the recipes for all the mention jams, cakes and pies at the end.
Siriusfan9 More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series. Lucy is surrounded by eccentric townspeople and a very handsome veterinarian. Her cohort in crime, Quinn, is supportive and strong. The storyline combines cozy mystery elements with social issues (fracking, oil drilling and domestic violence) in a very non-threatening way. There is enough comedy relief to bring my pulse back to normal. The plot twists and turns kept me guessing right up until the end. The landscape descriptions are so realistic that I had no problem picturing Lucy's idyllic farm. I can't wait for the next installment to see how Flora joins Lucy and Quinn in solving mysteries and Tobias and Lucy's chemistry grows. Fair warning---be sure to allow yourself time to finish once you reach Chapter 23. You won't be able to put it down. I'm not sure why Barnes & Noble does not have Nook version. You are missing out...
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Lucy Finds Herself in a Killer Jam Investigative reporter Lucy Resnick has changed the trajectory of her life. The former investigative reporter has bought the farm – literally. In this case, it was the farm her grandparents owned outside the small town of Buttercup, Texas. While the property has been owned by Nettie Kocurek the last few years, the farmhouse and barn were left untouched. After the summers Lucy spent there, the land holds warm memories for her. She’s been there a few months when she gets a surprise visitor, a man who claims he is there to investigate the possibility of oil on her farm. It seems that when Nettie sold the land, she retained the mineral rights. When Lucy confronts Nettie about this, Nettie seems proud of herself and the trouble she is causing for Lucy. But Lucy isn’t the only one who has issues with Nettie. At the annual Founder’s Day Festival, someone stabs Nettie inside the tent erected for the jam judging. The local sheriff, the victim’s nephew, doesn’t think he has to look any further than the outsider – Lucy. Can Lucy resurrect her investigative reporter skills to find the killer? One of the things I have always loved about the Gray Whale Inn mysteries is the island setting. Then again, I love islands, so I connected with that setting right away. It did take me a little longer to warm up to this small Texas town, but by the end I loved it as well. The people and the location were charming, and I would love to go for a visit. Speaking of people, the characters were great. Lucy is a strong woman, which is good considering what she faces over the course of the book. Her friends in town and the suspects are equally well drawn. Honestly, they are a huge appeal of the book, and I can’t wait to see them again. I really do hope that a potential new friendship being formed near the end is explored further in later books as well. The plot is the only place the book stumbles. Overall, it is very good with twists and surprises along the way. In fact, I wasn’t completely sure how it was going to end or even what the motive might have been as we were closing in on the climax. However, I did feel like it bogged down without much forward progress in the second quarter. Once it got going again, however, it kept moving toward a wonderful climax. A quick couple of notes. A sub-plot in the book involves Lucy’s friend Quinn and her abusive ex who is not paying any attention to the restraining order against him. Personally, I felt this added some great depth to the book. Additionally, there are questions about some supernatural elements that are left to the reader’s imagination. As you can tell by the number of supernatural books I read (or don’t read), that’s not my favorite thing in a mystery, but here it didn’t bother me at all. The one note that bothered me the most is a scene that where Lucy and Tobias, her potential love interest, completely forgot their reasons for their “date” and just had the date. Of course, there are recipes, and they sound delicious. Now that I’ve gotten to know the residence of Buttercup, I can’t wait to visit them again. Killer Jam is filled with a good mystery, delightful characters, and a fun setting that will bring cozy readers back for many more visits. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished the first book in a new series called Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney. The series is called Dewberry Farm Mystery series. Lucy Resnick has bought Dewberry Farm which used to belong to her grandparents (they had to sell it fifteen years ago). Lucy was a report in Houston until the paper had to downsize. Lucy is going to earn money with making candles, jam, making cheese, and selling produce. She has acquired one cow that she named Blossom. Blossom is less than cooperative. She likes to dump full buckets of milk and has turned out to be an escape artist (the seller failed to mention this to Lucy). Lucy is using her Grandmother Vogel’s recipe book for making the jam and other delights from her garden (and orchards). Lucy can swear she smells violets on occasion (which was her grandmother’s scent) but that cannot be possible. One day Butch Simmons from Lone Star Explorations show up at Dewberry Farms. Evidently, Lucy does not own the mineral rights to the land (only surface rights). The real estate agent failed to disclose this to Lucy upon purchase. The owner is asserting her rights to land (even though she has owned it for fifteen years) and they are going to start digging up Lucy’s new vegetable beds. The owner of the mineral rights is Nettie Kocurek. Nettie is a woman who always gets her own way no matter what she has to do. She has ruled the town and her daughter, Flora with an iron fist. They are getting ready to announce the winner of the Founders Day Festival Jam Off when a scream rings out. Nettie Kocurek is dead in the jam tent with a bratwurst skewer to the heart (you knew she was going to be killed). Sheriff Rooster Kocurek (he is a relation to Nettie) has decided that Lucy is the killer (without any evidence). Lucy will have to investigate to prove herself innocent. Then Lucy stumbles upon another body which provides just the right clue she needs to solve the murders. If she can just prove it before the sheriff arrests her for both murders. Lucy would really like to stay out of jail since she has just started dating Dr. Tobias Brandt, the local vet. Lucy’s friend, Quinn Sloane is experiencing some troubles from her ex-husband. Jed, the ex-husband, is extremely violent especially when he is drunk. Can Lucy keep Quinn safe from Jed (you know the sheriff is not going to help)? Then there is the mystery of an old murder from the 1940’s. A newspaper blew down from the loft in the barn (there were no open windows and no breeze blowing). It tells about a murder that was never solved. Lucy works on finding out what really happened back in 1940 and how it impacts the life of a certain town member. Lucy is up to her next in trouble! She will have to work hard to keep herself out of jail and on Dewberry Farm. Can Grandma Vogel really be haunting Dewberry Farm or is it someone else? Check out Killer Jam to find out! I enjoyed Killer Jam. The murders (all three of them) were simple to solve (maybe I have read too many mysteries), but I enjoyed following the clues. I give Killer Jam 5 out of 5 stars. I liked the characters and the humor in the book. I also loved the paranormal element (or the possibility of a ghost)! I look forward to the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy of Killer Jam from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.