Book Notes Review: Crime and Cherry Pits by Amanda Flower

Crime and Cherry Pits
Farm to Table Mysteries #4
by Amanda Flower

 

Shiloh Bellamy has her hands full. She’s a vendor at the prestigious Cherry Farm Market in Traverse City, Michigan, and she’s determined to clear her cousin Stacey of a murder charge.

In this fourth installment of Flower’s Farm to Table Mysteries series, Shiloh continues to seek ways to expand Bellamy Farm’s financial footing. In Crime and Cherry Pits, she’s landed a coveted spot at the Cherry Farm Market in Traverse City, Michigan, thirty miles from her hometown of Cherry Glen. She continues to grow as an entrepreneur, constantly challenged by the demands of running a family farm. Her personal life grows as well as she makes decisions about long-term love. She still has a rocky relationship with her father, Sully, and things have gone south in her relationship with her cousin Stacey. This small family of three is threatened with disintegration because of fighting over her grandmother’s estate.
The mystery is a solid one. Someone killed Professor Dane Fullbright in front of a crowd. The suspects are numerous, all with viable motives. Against Sheriff Milan Penbroke’s wishes, Shiloh keeps asking questions, and puts herself in the crosshairs of a killer.

4/5 stars

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Cozy mystery
Pages: 312
ISBN: 978-1728273051
Pub date: 02/20/24

Disclaimer: I own the book

Book Notes-In Farm’s Way by Amanda Flower

Book cover for Amanda Flower's book In Farm's WayIn Farm’s Way
A Farm to Table Mystery
by Amanda Flower

When the husband of Shiloh’s best friend becomes a murder suspect, Shiloh starts investigating to clear his name.

Wallace Field is the owner of Field’s Brewing Company, located in Shiloh’s hometown of Cherry Glen, Michigan. Even though the brewery is relatively new, it’s grown quickly and Wallace has plans to go national. But before he can do that, he needs to find a new brewmaster for the brewery. The purpose of tonight’s event is to name a new brewmaster. Shiloh was invited to the reveal party by her best friend, Kristy Garcia Brown. Kristy’s husband, Kent, is one of the bartenders at the Field’s Brewing Company and one of two finalists for the brewmaster’s job.

Other attendees at tonight’s event are members of MOBA, Michigan Organic Beer Association. Wallace is a member, but there is no love lost between Wallace and fellow MOBA members, as Shiloh learns when she overhears a conversation between two members. Wallace is suspected of cheating—stealing others’ recipes for home brewed beers and passing them off as his own.
The brewmaster position is up for a vote. The voters sampled two cherry flavored beers-one developed by Kent and the other developed by Jason Brennan. Wallace declared Jason the winner, to the shock of nearly everyone there.
The next day, Shiloh discovers Wallace’s body at an ice fishing competition. She’s determined to stay out of the investigation, but when Kent becomes a strong suspect in the murder—because he was the last one to see Wallace alive—she needs to get involved.

Thoughts on In Farm’s Way

In Farm’s Way is the 3rd book in the Flower’s Farm to Table series. Shiloh Bellamy is still struggling to get the farm on firm financial footing. She’s in the process of certifying the farm as organic, but her father doesn’t encourage her efforts. Shiloh must also contend with her rocky past. I’ve enjoyed watching her confront her obstacles and move past them as she reinvents herself and the family farm. The series as a whole is a fun one, and one I’ve enjoyed reading.

Other books in the series:
Farm to Trouble
Put Out To Pasture

Other books by Amanda

Thanks to #NetGalley for providing a copy of #InFarmsWay

 

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