Review of Bought The Farm


Bought The Farm

A Rainy Day Mystery, Book #1

Jeff Shelby

5 Stars


Rainy Day is headed to greener pastures.

Divorced, and with kids out on their own, she uses a recent inheritance to make big changes to her life. She quits her job and, on a whim, buys a hobby farm in rural Virginia, a hundred miles from her long-time home near Washington, DC. Despite the fact that she has no idea what she’s doing, she’s buoyed by the prospect of living in a small town and adjusting to country life.

Until she finds a body in her bungalow.

A handsome neighbor, a charming pastor, a grumpy bartender, and a bumbling sheriff all manage to complicate the situation, especially when Rainy herself becomes a suspect in the crime.

When things take a turn for the worse, Rainy has to wonder – did she make a mistake buying the farm? (Goodreads)


Bought The Farm is the first book in a new series by Jeff Shelby and I really enjoyed it.  It had all the elements that I look for when reading a cozy mystery: great characters, humor, mystery and suspense.  What more could you ask for when you read a story?  

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Rainy is a hard working woman who is not afraid to take chances.  She knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after her dreams.  I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between her and her daughter, the worrier. It was a bit of a role reversal and I liked that fact.  The other members of the community added a lot to the story and a couple of them even provided a possible love interest.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in his descriptive writing and I felt like I was part of the action taking place.  The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book and it was not an easy one to solve.  There were enough suspects, clues, twists and turns to keep this reader guessing.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series so I can get to know all the characters better and spend more time with them.


Book Two in the series is also now available:

32600786Small towns like big stories.

And Rainy Day is right in the middle of one.

Rainy is settling into her new life in the small town of Latney, but when a young woman goes missing, she finds herself thrown in the spotlight again. Because the townspeople turn to her for help.

Rainy reluctantly lets herself be drawn into searching for the woman. Soon enough, she is surrounded by people who are sneaking around and struggling with telling her the truth. As new suspects come to light, Rainy worries that the woman might never be found and that an innocent person will stand accused.

Can she find the missing woman before it’s too late? (Goodreads)


About The Author:

Jeff ShelbyJeff Shelby grew up around the beaches of Southern California and graduated from the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of the bestselling Noah Braddock series (Killer Swell, Wicked Break, Liquid Smoke), the stand alone thriller Thread of Hope, and the Deuce Winters series (Stay At Home Dead), written under the name Jeffrey Allen. He lives in Dallas, TX.


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