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?
©2015 Karen MacInerney (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This was an enjoyable cozy mystery with well plotted and realistic characters and an interesting story line. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
This was a funny, easy listening and very entertaining story. I want more of these books on here! She captured my attention and kept me guessing until the end.
Killer in the Jam tent.
It took me a few days, who can sit for 5 or more hours to listen?
I really enjoyed this book and wish there were more based on this character. It was a well thought out and well written book. The characters were well developed and the plot was well rounded. I enjoyed the farm theme since I am so wanting one of my own!
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
I liked the way Lucy and her friend Quinn were portrayed as smart, strong and resourceful women in the thirties. Unfortunately, the rest of the Buttercup, Texas residents seemed rather flat, when I was hoping for warm, eccentric and funny.
The mystery was pretty well constructed, the descriptions of "homesteading" were interesting, and there was very little swearing or sexual content. The only graphic violence occurred in scenes when Quinn and Lucy had to protect themselves from violent men.
I'm glad the author choose to make Quinn's abusive ex-husband character realistic, rather than romantic, and not glamourizing domestic abuse. In far too many recent romances, the man who beats, rapes and tortures women is touted as the hero.
I listened to this book all day. It was exciting and it had more than one story line to follow. This writer is very good at combining story lines together and keeping you interested. I really enjoyed it and will read more from this author.
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