Book Review: A TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE BY EDITH MAXWELL

Publisher: Kensington

Published: May 28, 2013

Format: Hardback (272 pages)

ISBN: 9780758284617  

Series: A Local Foods Mystery

Origin: Publisher 

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Cameron (Cam) Flaherty has left the big city and her software career behind, well for the most part.  She can’t seem to run too far from her self-confessed computer geekness, but she does well to incorporate that part of life with her new life.  

Cam took over Great-Uncle Albert’s farm in Massachusetts and has begun her own organic farming with a local group of volunteers and one farm hand, a left over from her granduncle’s ownership and a son of his friend. Due to a volunteer, Lucinda, Cam is connected with the Locavore Club and has gained more volunteer helpers and clients.

While keeping this farm hand, Mike Montgomery, on despite the difficulties she’s encountered with him, she hasn’t had it easy, but she didn’t want to be in the position to let him go. His dislike of her is growing too palpable, but she at least grows used that. This last issue could still cost her the organic certification and could still cause loss of customers, since he continued the argument in front of her customers.    

Finally, he was gone and she had caught him before he used the pesticide on her crop. Cam’s certification was still in process and she was able to save the day with her customers. 

Although, his termination puts an immediate larger problem right at Cam’s door. 

See, he is really gone—his body is found on her grounds, with her pitchfork through him, and she’s chief among suspects.  Living much of the time with her great-aunt and great-uncle, Cam’s love of farming grew, but her actually living the dream has turned into a nightmare. 

At local events, the mother of the deceased accuses Cam of murder, the suspicious police chief questions her and others, and some townsfolk believe she killed Mike and let that be known.  At home, a couple of volunteers leave the farm in fear of their own safety and a father questions Cam over the safety of his volunteer daughter.

Luckily, for Cam one of her old friends is on the police force, but Cam sees not only Ruthie’s strained marriage but also a strained job situation right in front of her.  Ruthie is not able to do much.  In fact, the chief is keeping Ruthie out of this investigation, and the strained marriage is keeping her away from the farm too.  

Can the software she designed to run a farm help her with murder?  Can another software predict a list of suspects?  Can anything keep her from getting arrested?

 

My Take:

A TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE by Edith Maxwell is a compelling story in the mystery market, touching many of today’s headlines, creatively! 

Cam Flaherty is a novice organic farmer who teaches us the rules along the way.  Her learning curve becomes ours and her life is something we worry about too.  I really liked Cam as she’s not afraid to ask for help and isn’t afraid to fail.  She’s strong and caring but also business savvy and practical; she’s  a woman who loves to get her hands dirty but realizes that she needs a profit to live.   Her love interest is someone who you’ll like but who also fits the suspect profile along with many other people in town.  You’ll find yourself rooting for this relationship but maybe running from this man too.   

Edith Maxwell’s A TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE is a great mystery that will have you eating local while you await the next book of her series! 

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