Don’t be fooled by the luscious tomatoes on the book cover. A Muddied Murder is as muddy as it gets. Maybe more.
Megan has tasted big city life and left it behind to manage her grandma’s farm. She wants to run an organic farm and cafe operation and has invested her savings in it. Now she finds she faces hurdles at almost every point. The local historical society is being very selective with granting her permits. Megan is sure it is only to make her life miserable.
Up to her elbows in sweat and mud, Megan’s life becomes more difficult when a man is found dead on her farm. He was one of the people opposing her venture, so naturally Megan becomes the top suspect. Her farm is raided but it still becomes popular. Small town gossip threatens to overwhelm her. Her grandmother is quite frail and Megan’s get a rude shock when grandmother is threatened.
The local vet behaves suspiciously but is sweet on Megan. I did not like this character much, I don’t know why. I really hope Megan manages to get some other love interests. Mid way through, the story takes an interesting turn.
Overall, A Muddied Murder has plenty of characters and red herrings, and there is sufficient action going on to keep the reader hooked. Violence and malicious intent is a tad more than what I like in a cozy.