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A Killer Maize (Farmers' Market #4)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  456 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
"Becca Robbins is selling her farm-made jams and preserves at a county fair where business is not the only thing that's dead...
"The last person Becca expects to run into at the Swayton County Fall Festival is her ex-husband, Scott Triplett, who's operating a shooting gallery. Honesty was not always Scott's policy, and their unexpected reunion is further complicated when t
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Published December 1st 2012 by Berkley Books
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Rebecca McNutt
This is an odd mystery novel, but interesting nonetheless and sometimes even comedic (in case the title isn't enough already). Its descriptions of rural festivities come alive on the pages, which was a nice and original alternative to the usual deserted alleyways and seedy motels of most crime stories.
Nov 25, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
A few of the vendor's from Bailey's Farmer's Market are taking their products to the Swayton County Fall Festival. The festival director thinks their unique products will bring in new customers to the festival. After the first day the vendors think they have made a big mistake. This festival is dead, hardly any people there at all. That is until one of the carnival workers is founding hanging from his rickety Ferris wheel, dead from a gunshot wound.

Funny how murder brings out the people out to t
It's been quite a bit (October of last year, in fact) since I've read a book in this series, and lately I've been trying to not only attack my TBR shelves (which were about to burst) but also read some books in series that I started but stopped for one reason or another. This book fit the bill, so I decided to go ahead and give it a go. I honestly have to say, it disappointed me.

Becca is great, though I still feel like she's a little bit naive and shallow. She's a part of a love triangle and peo
Lisa Shafer
Dec 25, 2012 Lisa Shafer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the fourth book in the series (+ the one novella in between), and it's still good. I really do think Shelton may be my most favorite cozy writer ever.
Becca Robins, in Killer Maize, is slightly annoying as she obsesses over her attraction to two men (Ian, the younger hunk who is officially her boyfriend, and Sam, the cop she finds attractive and -- unfortunately -- kissed once) AND over the fact that her second ex-husband shows up at the local fair where she's working for this book. I wan
❂ Jennifer
Mar 29, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This series started out weak, but with each book it's gotten better and A Killer Maize is the best one so far. The characters have become so much more likeable, and the setting in South Carolina is well illustrated.

The mystery in this book is truly a mystery. I honestly had no idea at all what was going on with the murder, the town, the people - until the author revealed it to Becca. Ms. Shelton could have done a smoother job in bringing us to that point - sometimes it felt like she'd forgotten
Mar 26, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had it all; a fall theme, a spooky carnival, a murder, gypsy magic and superstition, a baby kitten and even some progress in Becca's love life. Some readers might miss the farm stand setting, as Becca was selling her wares at a town carnival, but I liked the change of pace. I'm looking forward to the next in this series which has a Christmas theme!
Jan 31, 2017 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun read, though I wasn't as drawn in as I was with Farm Fresh Murder, until later in the story.
Feb 15, 2013 Kourtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Paige Shelton’s 4th book in The Farmers’ Market Mystery series, A Killer Maize, jam-maker Becca Robbins heads to the Swayton County Fall Festival to sell her jams beside carnival rides and corn dog vendors.

The fair has less than stellar turn-out and rickety rides, but that’s not the worst of it. Becca’s second ex-husband is there, running the shooting gallery. That’s makes for some deliciously tasty backstory smeared across Becca’s already complicated love life.

But the worst happens when the
Jan 31, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becca Robbins and a few of the other vendors from Bailey’s Farmers’ Market agree to set up booths at the Swayton County Fair. Business starts out extremely slow and the vendors are grumbling. Unfortunately, it takes a murder to draw crowds to the fair, and Becca once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.

The murder investigation in this cozy mystery keeps my interest for most of the book, although it does stall a bit in the middle. The real story in this book is Becca’s lov
Linda Rawlins
Jun 29, 2015 Linda Rawlins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
A Killer Maize by Paige Shelton is about the Swayton County Fall Festival. Becca Robins and her friends from the Bailey's farmer market agree to sell their wares at the Festival. Unfortunately, there are no customers until the Ferris wheel operator is brutally murdered and hung from the top car. Suddenly, the Festival is packed with customers. Questions abound as the search for a killer begins. Some of the market vendors consider leaving their stalls but Becca has to stay as she is donating all ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Becca and a few of her fellow Bailey's Market vendors are moonlighting at a small county fair, but the fair seems to be a total dud -- until someone turns up dead.

Becca's ex-husband, Scott #2, appears out of no where and discovers the dead body of the ferris wheel operator, Virgil. Virgil was a recent acquaintance of Becca's, and she feels bad that she didn't get to know him better before his untimely demise. Her guilt drives her to investigate, and she quickly finds herself on the trail of "gy
Jun 15, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Killer Maize is the 4th book in the A Farmer's Market Mystery series. An informational and fun series for sure.

Becca Robbins and three other vendors from the Bailey's Farmers Market have asked to help the Swayton County Fall Fair and Festival by setting up there stalls at the fair. When Becca arrives the next day police cars are at the fair and she sees that the Ferris Wheel operator, Virgil, has been shot is hanging from the top chair. Becca had tried to befriend Virgil the day before, but he
Jul 28, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
I really like this series, but this one feels like the weakest of the lot. The last quarter of the book dragged for me. (view spoiler)

One thing I definitely liked about the book is that Becca finally resolves the annoying love triangle that she had been stringing along for way too long. the love triangle trope in cozy mysteri
Molly Cline
Apr 20, 2015 Molly Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, series-4, halloween
This book opens up at the fair and it doesn't let you go until the end. The mystery loops around and keeps the reader questioning in your mind 'who did it' without the main character acting corney to figure out the scene. In the middle of the book it kind of 'slowed' down a bit but didn't last very long and picked back up. It has a small town 'secrets' involved, and people believing in superstition wondering if it really is 'real'. I really enjoyed reading this book.

This is book 4 of 6 of "A Fa
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
Find the full review on my blog, Chick Lit Café:

I like cozies that are heavy on the mystery with a light dash of romance. I’m in it for the quaint setting, the quirky characters and the cute little furry sidekicks. And that’s exactly what I got with this atmospheric farmers market mystery. The fall festival setting swept me away to my favorite time of year when the air is crisp and apple pies are plentiful. The author did a fine job spinning a tight web o
Oct 14, 2014 RebeccaS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Another really enjoyable book in this series that I am liking more and more with each book. This one was a little different because it's main setting was a county fair in the next town and didn't center around Bailey's farmer's market. I enjoyed the change of scene and the new characters, but when Becca went back for a quick visit to the market to say hi to her friends, it was like returning to a cozy home. The mystery was interesting and I did NOT see the ending/explanation coming at all. Why w ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Paige Shelton, and I read and love both of her amazing series. This episode, however, left me just a tiny bit cold. The venue changed from friendly Bailey's Market to a strange little country fair in a creepy little nearby town. The plot, though full of red herrings, was rather predictable. But the main problem I had was with Becca's relationship woes. Her inability to figure it out and get it together drove me crazy.(A short drive, granted, on most days.) On the other hand, I loved the ...more
Dharia Scarab
Oct 04, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
I like to read seasonally-themed cozy mysteries around holidays, so I've been reading a bunch of Halloween-ish, autumnal books. There was a heavy focus on the main character's personal life (she's created a messy love triangle with incredibly patient men) and there was no urgency about solving the murder. Also, whenever books like this feature competent police officers, I find myself wondering why these nosy amateur sleuths can't just go through the training and become police officers. It is int ...more
I love a good Ferris wheel, so much so that even as I stared up at this one, I was willing to tell myself that it really didn't look like it might fall apart at any minute.

Becca and some of the farmer's market regulars agree to set up shop at the nearby Swayton County Fall Festival. Becca is fascinated by the Ferris wheel operator and is dismayed when he is murdered the first day of the fair. Her second ex-husband, Scott shows up to run the shooting gallery and seems to know more than he is lett
Oct 01, 2013 Lydia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Becca is a farmer, growing pumpkins and other produce she turns into to products she sells at the Farmer's Market her twin sister runs. When several of the Bailey Farmer's Market vendors are asked to participate in the Swayton County fair and corn maize, she hopes it will be fun. When her second ex-husband turns up on the scene, and the ferris wheel guy is murdered, things get a bit more complicated.

I was not terribly impressed with this cozy. As with most I have read, I have issues with the pro
Jan 24, 2016 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another in the farmers market series. Becca, along with 3 other colleagues is selling at a neighbouring counties fall fair as a trial run. Business is very poor until one of the fair workers is murdered. Then business goes crazy, but when the roller coaster falls apart and the fair is closed, only the corn maize is left to operate and perform the gypsy magic needed to keep the local town prosperous. But something is not right and Becca knows it. With the help of her ex, Scott 2, Ian and Sam, the ...more
May 30, 2014 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Becca Robbins has traveled to the Swayton County Fair to sell her jams and syrups. The fair is a precursor of the annual corn maze but the crowds are not coming and Becca and the other crafts persons have almost decided to quit. Then the ferris wheel operator is murdered and the crowds come in droves. Becca discovers that her second husband is operating the shooting gallery but he is acting suspicious and she has to find out what is happening. She is a nosy woman who rather gets on my nerves. Sh ...more
Rogue Reader
Becca Robbins develops a line of fresh fruit syrups and against her better judgment, joins a crew of farmer's market sellers to set up at the Swayton County Fall Festival. The fall corn maize evokes terror and the faulty ferris wheel does too. Becca's ex returns to the scene and confuses the mystery.

Love the intricacies and hard work of growing and preparing your own product and selling it at the market. There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day. Fun southern cozy series, will read them al
Apr 28, 2014 Nicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I really enjoy this series and I think the books get better as they go. I like Becca a little more with each one, although I liked her a lot in the first one. I always enjoy the farm and market setting, but a spooky carnival with gypsy magic in fall had a great feel to it. I had a little bit of a hard time keeping a couple of the characters straight, but I think I was preoccupied while reading this. Already onto the next book....
Oct 16, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adequate story. The heroine's main dilemma of Which Hunk do I Want More is a bit tiresome, tho it appears in further stories, she'll have made a choice. I'm not sure I would be friends with her IRL - she's a bit too impulsive and not-thinky-things-through for me. But overall, decent story. Love the setting and the communiy.
Deb Jarnagin
I really enjoyed the mystery. But I had a hard time to relate to the characters because I didn't read any of the other books in this series. I am rating this book 2 stars for that reason. It's not the author's fault, I know that when I eventually read the series from the beginning I will be able to follow along with the personal lives of each character and enjoy the book more.
Sep 14, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, mystery
I'm very familiar with the characters and voice of this book, being the fourth in an ongoing series. I like the main character quite a bit. This installment kept me guessing right to the very end, worked in some interesting twists, and ended with a decision by the main character that I liked very much. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Apr 17, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book of the series. This author hit it dead on. The main character was not annoying and nosey, she was curious but not in the way. The mystery was hard to figure out. The character development is perfect and gets better every book! I can not wait for the next book. AND THERE BETTER BE MORE!!
Dec 31, 2012 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this. Rather than at their normal farmer's market, Becca and some of her friends are working a fall festival. It was interesting reading about her ex-husband. I wasn't enthused with the way her relationship status continues to be in limbo. That is the only thing that held me back from saying I loved it. The mystery was good.
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