Mulch Ado about Murder (Local Foods Mystery #5) (Hardcover)

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It’s been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to gather. Once again, it’s time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing cap . . .

May has been anything but merry for Cam so far. Her parents have arrived unexpectedly and her crops are in danger of withering away. But all of that’s nothing compared to the grim fate that lies in store for one of her neighbors. Nicole Kingsbury is the proud owner of the town’s new hydroponic greenhouse. She claims the process will be 100% organic, but she uses chemicals to feed her crops. To Cam’s surprise, her mother embarrasses her by organizing a series of loud public protests against Nicole’s operation.

When Nicole is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry—clutching another set of rosary beads—Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve. Showers may be scarce this spring, but there’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman’s embittered ex‑husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage, and Cam’s own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing—not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear Mrs. Flaherty’s name before the killer strikes again?



“Another intelligent installment in this unusual cozy series. Maxwell keeps the dialogue as fresh as Cam’s produce in this nice mix of cozy ambience and a realistic story of greed and hidden secrets.” —Booklist

“Entertaining . . . cozy fans will enjoy spending time with Cam and friends.” —Publishers Weekly


“Quirky characters, lots of organic farming tips, and a well-developed mystery make this Cam’s best outing yet.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Maxwell’s feisty heroine and the interesting background detail on the realities of organic farming blend to deliver a clever, twisting mystery . . . Fans of other mysteries involving organic farming, or of foodie mysteries in general, will find plenty to enjoy here.” —Booklist

“For all cozy readers, especially fans of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson.” —Library Journal


“There are plenty of farming-based cozies on the market today, but this one stands out.” —Booklist

“A most enjoyable look at organic farming with some charming characters and cooking suggestions thrown in.” —Kirkus Reviews


“With an insider’s look at organic farming and a loyal, persistent heroine, Maxwell offers a series that cozy mystery fans will root for.” —Lucy Burdette, author of Fatal Reservations

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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496700292
ISBN-10: 1496700295
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Local Foods Mystery