A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die (Local Foods Mystery Series #1)

A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die (Local Foods Mystery Series #1)

by Edith Maxwell

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"Absorbing. . . Builds to an exciting climax." —Publishers Weekly

It's harvest time in Westbury, Massachusetts. Unfortunately Cameron Flaherty's first foray into the world of organic farming is yielding a bumper crop of locally sourced murder. . .

Just when Cam's CSA is beginning to flourish, thanks to a colorful group of subscribers led by Lucinda DaSilva, an enthusiastic volunteer who's vowed to eat nothing but locally produced food for one year, murder threatens to spoil her success. Especially since the victim is the man she just fired, handyman Mike Montgomery, stabbed to death by a pitchfork. To clear her name, Cam will have to weed out some suspects and dig up secrets buried deep beneath the soil of Produce Plus Plus Farm. And she'll have to catch a murderer whose motto seems to be "Eat local. Kill local."

"Maxwell serves up a tasty plot and a bumper crop of colorful characters. Fans of Sheila Connolly and Dorothy St. James will be happy to discover a smart, new sleuth who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty." —Rosemary Harris

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758284624
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Local Foods Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 157,589
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Agatha-nominated author Edith Maxwell is a former farmer of a certified organic farm, holds Ph.D. in Linguistics, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Her short stories have appeared in a number of juried award-winning anthologies, and as Maddie Day she also writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Mysteries series. Maxwell lives with her beau and three cats in northeastern Massachusetts, where she works on one of her mystery series when she isn't out gardening or cooking up recipes for the books. Readers can visit her website at www.edithmaxwell.com.

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Tine to Live, a Tine to Die 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Cam Flaherty left her job in the corporate world to take over her uncle's farm after his lost his leg.  She's determined to go all organic and has a group of friendly volunteers who are excited to help her out.  But one leftover farm worker from her uncle, is found in her barn with a pitchfork in his neck.  Now all her plans seem to come up against someone who doesn't want her to succeed.  Worse yet, her good friend, Lucinda, is caught up in all the trouble.  If Cam wants her farm to work, she'll have to find the murderer. I really enjoyed the characters and the focus on all organic, locally grown foods, perhaps more than the mystery.  I was a bit disturbed by the addition of the three " great" illegal immigrants from Brazil, Poland and Sweden,  no less.  It felt a bit like a political viewpoint was being forced into this cozy mystery.  But the fledgling romance with the local chef felt very real. And her fun Uncle, and all his Assisted Living buddies, feel like they'll play into future books.   Since this is the first in a series, I'm looking forward to reading more about locally grown and organic in mysteries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really wanted to like this book - big fan of locally grown food and CSAs. May too much extraneous descriptions and character thoughts. Cute story but got bogged down.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Fresh Crop of Murder   Cam Flaherty has made a huge change in her life.  After being laid off from her computer programming job, she’s agreed to take over the farm owned by her great-uncle.  She’s converting it to an organic farm and she’s even set up a farm share where people will buy in to her farm before the season begins for a share of the crops as they come in.  Thanks to people in her area committed to buying local foods, it’s looking like she might be able to pull the career change off.   And then Cam finds her one hired hand in the door to the hoop house with a pitchfork in his neck.  She’d actually just had to fire Mike Montgomery for wanting to introduce chemicals on her farm.  With the police looking at her and some of her new friends for the murder, Cam must figure out who killed Mike and why.   I really had intended to get back to this book sooner (I read the second in the series last May), and I’m glad I finally made the time to read it.  While the book starts out a little slowly, once the plot really gets going, the pace never lets up until we reach the suspenseful climax.  I really like Cam.  She’s an introvert and sometimes too blunt.  Sadly, I can relate to both of those.  Yet the rest of the cast is slowly drawing her out, and I look forward to watching the change in future books.   Part of the plot involves an anti-illegal immigrant group, and it fell into the standard stereotypical lines.  This bugged me, and I wish more of the nuances of the issue had been presented.   Still, I enjoyed finally getting to read about Cam’s case.  Now I’m all set to read the third book when it comes out in just a few months.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this mystery!
Clamo88 More than 1 year ago
Cam Flaherty leaves her nine-to-five software programming grind, takes over her great-uncle's farm, and "inherits" an employee who is promptly killed in the first chapter. From there, Edith Maxwell takes us into the world of organic farming, locavores (don't worry, I had to look it up, too), and anti-immigrant militants who strike fear into the hearts of local immigrants. As a novice farmer navigating the tough world of organic farming, Cam shows that she can stand up to trial after trial - and she faces many trials throughout the book. Fearing for her immigrant friend's life and future, and worried that the police aren't doing anything more than go after the most handy murder suspect, including herself, then her friend, Cam knows she must solve the murder herself. There are no false steps in this first novel in Maxwell's Local Foods Mystery series. She brings her own experience as an organic farmer into focus unobtrusively. A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die has likeable characters who feel real, settings that New Englanders will recognize, a potential love interest for Cam, and a murder mystery with twists and turns that keep you guessing - everything you want in a cozy mystery.
avid-mystery-reader More than 1 year ago
A wonderful first with lots of interesting information about CSA's. Well written and looking forward to more in the series. The great New England location is an added bonus.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
An excellent debut!! Cam Flaherty is a protagonist that is easy to identify with. She has come back to Westbury to take over the farm where she spent so many summers growing up. Just when her ideas starts to bear fruit a man is murdered. Maxwell has surrounded Cam with more than a few suspects and friends that keep her strong as she fights to clear her name. These characters are really well fleshed out for the first book in a series. We learn a lot about their backgrounds which always makes the reader invested in their lives and the story. It also makes the book extremely hard to put down. With issues like a local militia, some residents with immigration problems, and the localore way of eating many Westbury area residents are adapting makes this a very interesting story in addition to a well plotted mystery. Edith Maxwell has firmly planted a great foundation for what I know is going to be a very tasty series!