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?
A Great start to a New mystery series from Karen MacInerney.
Loved the characters she has created, and the animals have personalities of their own (Blossom formally heifer #82 – the escape artist! And Chuck, a small bald apricot poodle).
Although Buttercup is a quaint town, waters run deep and there are plenty of skeletons in peoples closets!
5***** from me. Can’t wait for the next instalment!