Review of No Farm, No Foul


No Farm, No Foul

Farmer’s Daughter Mystery, Book #1

Peg Cochran

5 stars


First in the Farmer’s Daughter mystery series set on a picturesque farm in Michigan, where Shelby McDonald runs a popular lifestyle and cooking blog, from the national bestselling author of the Cranberry Cove Mysteries.

On her blog, The Farmer’s Daughter, Shelby McDonald is growing her audience as she posts recipes, gardening tips, and her experiences raising two kids and running Love Blossom Farm in the small western Michigan town of Lovett.

Working the farm is demanding but peaceful—until that peace is shattered when the minister’s wife is murdered on Shelby’s property during a fund-raiser for a local church. But the manure really hits the fan when Shelby’s good friend veterinarian Kelly Thacker emerges as the prime suspect. Shelby decides to dig in and find the murderer by herself. As more suspects crop up, she’ll have to move fast—before someone else buys the farm. . . (Goodreads)


Shelby is one tough woman who has a lot on her plate.  She is a single mom (after the death of her husband) raising two children and running the Love Blossom Farm by herself. She is also the creator of a lifestyle and cooking blog.  When a dead body is found in her mudroom/gardening room, she decides she has to help with the investigation because she takes it personally that the victim was found on her farm.  She knows her brother-in-law will not be happy with her interfering, since he is the detective on the case, but that does not stop her from snooping.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  I feel like I have really gotten to know Shelby, her children, her friend Kelly, and her brother-in-law, Frank, very well.  I really enjoyed reading about the interaction between all of them.  I like the fact that Shelby is an older woman with two children, I felt like she was easy to relate to.  She has problems with her children like every other mother has had and I thought this made the book seem more realistic.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching the action and festivities going on all around me.  That is another thing I really enjoyed about the book.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and twists and turns to keep even the most experienced arm chair detective guessing.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  I enjoyed the blog entries that were interspersed throughout the book and thought this was a clever way to allow the reader to know what Shelby was thinking.  At the end of the book there are recipes to try and some of them sound really delicious.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is a great start to a new series, and I am looking forward to reading more books as they are published.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in Exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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