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Fruit of All Evil (Farmers' Market #2)

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Becca Robbins sells her farm-made jams and preserves at the local farmers' market to make a living. But when a local lovely decides to tie the knot at the same market, someone else decides to make a killing-and only Becca has the down-home know-how to shut the lid on a canny killer.
Paperback, 281 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Berkley (first published February 1st 2011)
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Apr 06, 2013 Alison rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this series. I am a huge fan of the cozy-mystery genre and find those with a culinary theme especially intriguing. The first book in this series was awkward, but that's not uncommon when a "cozy heroine" gets her start investigating mysteries, so I figured I'd give the rest of the series a shot. This second book, however, is an absolute trainwreck. I actually like the descriptive style used by the author, so it was especially frustrating for me to dislike the book so much ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
In Paige Shelton's Fruit of All Evil, the 2nd installment in the Farmer's Market Mystery series, this one would send you goosebumps and break you in a cold sweat. Becca Robins was back to solve another crime, when it hit close at home. As "Number One" for her fellow vendor friend Linda, she helped set up a surprise wedding for her, before her fiancé has to go overseas in the military. But stop the press, after Madeline Forsyth had arranged for everyone to meet in an impromptu dinner party, she w ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Jamie rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-feeling-it
I only made it as far as chapter 5 before setting it aside for the recycling. The characters are totally unbelievable, but I intended to give it a shot right up until the woman was murdered and the guests were separated for their interviews. In only two or three pages the main character has already stolen evidence from the scene of the crime (with no reason being given for this action) and withheld information from the police about the furtive behavior of the other guests. True she tells the off ...more
May 13, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
Fruit of All Evil
By Paige Shelton
Copyright March 2011
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

“Becca Robbins sells her farm–made jams and preserves at the local farmers’ market to make a living. But when a local lovely decides to tie the knot at the same market, someone ese decides to make a killng…”
Becca’s best friend Linda asks her to be her maid of honor for her wedding. So with a wedding to plan, her business to run, and oooops did I forget the dead Mother of the Groom? Becca who multitasks fairly well
Oct 17, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: bingo
This is the second book in the series but the first one I've resc and I don't plan on it being the last. I liked the characters and I felt that Becca balanced her nosiness with some common sense. The pace of the book was good and so was the mystery.
May 15, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this second installment of the Farmer's Market Mystery Series from Paige Shelton, Baily's Farmer's Market is buzzing with wedding plans....and murder! Becca's friend and fellow market vendor, Linda, plans to marry Drew Forsythe before he has to ship out on his next top secret military expedition but those plans are soon put on hold when Drew's mother is found murdered in her home. Becca, determined to fulfill her wedding role as Linda's Matron of Honor, suddenly finds herself in the midst of ...more
Mar 29, 2015 RebeccaS rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I love the setting and main characters of this series. Becca seems like a very genuine and smart person. She values her relationships and usually thinks before she does anything rash. She is nosy, but it's always out of concern for someone she cares about. I enjoyed that this book centers around a farmer's market wedding. It had a good mix of murder-mystery and human interest, especially the scenes when Becca is trying to plan (view spoiler) ...more
I am a lover of cozy mysteries, especially ones with recipes. While I had not read the first in the series before reading this, I found it an easy stand alone mystery with just a few minimal references to her previous crime solving. Nicely, it only hints at it and does not ruin wanting to read it after enjoying the second in the series, Fruit of All Evil.

The beginning is a little annoying in it keeps hinting the murder is coming. Of course, just reading the back of many mystery books tells you w
Jan 16, 2016 LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL rated it it was amazing
We were introduced to twin sisters Becca and Allison and Bailey's Farm Market in Farm Fresh Murder last April and "I LIKED" that debut so much I could hardly wait to get this new book in my hot little hands.

In this installment Becca agrees to be Maid of Honor for her friend Linda who sells scrumptious pies at Bailey's. Becca thinks helping Linda plan the Farm Market themed wedding "will be as easy as pie". That is until until the mother of groom is found murdered just days before the wedding da
Mar 02, 2011 Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
Becca and Linda are both vendors at Bailey's Farmer's Market in South Carolina. Becca sells her homemade jams and preserves while Linda sells her spectacular fruit pies. Since they both have a fondness for their careers and have many friends who also work at the market, Linda is determined to hold her upcoming nuptials to Navy Seal, Drew Forsythe, at the market. When Becca agrees to be matron-of-honor at the wedding, she had no idea she would be drawn into a murder investigation.

When Drew's mot
Mar 10, 2011 Kourtney rated it it was amazing
Ms. Shelton does it again with a deliciously good twist. There are enough possible suspects and a variety of clues that leave you uncertain over who the murderer is until the protagonist begins putting the pieces together in the last 40 pages.

The protagonist, Becca Robins is a quirky, true-to-life character. I wish I could set up a stall next to her at the farmers’ market.

I love how believably Becca becomes entangled in what should be police business. Her amateur sleuth foibles are hilarious. La
Cheryl Rhodes
Jul 26, 2012 Cheryl Rhodes rated it it was amazing
Fruit of All Evil is the second novel of the Farmers Market Mysteries by author Paige Shelton. When Becca Robbins isn’t selling her farm made jams and preserves at Baileys farmer’s market, she’s busy solving the murder of bank manager Madeline Forsyth, whose son Drew was engaged to marry Becca’s best friend Linda, the pie lady at Baileys. There are no shortage of suspects including Linda and Drew, his four slightly neurotic cousins, and a crew of secretive bank employees who are tight lipped abo ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
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Suspense Magazine
Mar 03, 2011 Suspense Magazine rated it it was amazing
Becca Robins makes her living selling her farm-made jams and preserves at the local farmers’ market. A two-times-up-at-bat-and-strike-out in the marriage department, Becca is gun shy about anything to do with wedded bliss. But what can she do when her best friend and fellow farmers’ market vendor, Linda McMahon, asks Becca to be her “Number One” (a title the bride-to-be-suggests rather than the traditional “Maid of Honor”)? She agrees—reluctantly. Linda is engaged to Drew Forsyth, a hunky guy wh ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Ladiibbug rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery Fans
#2 Farmers' Market cozy mystery series

*First Reads win & review*

Back Cover: "Becca Robins sells her farm-made jams and preserves at the local farmers' market to make a living. But when a local lovely decided to tie the knot at the same market, someone else decides to make a killing ..."

Becca is thrilled to be asked to be maid of honor at her friend Linda's wedding. Linda wants to wed Drew, a Navy SEAL, among their friends at the market. Linda asks Becca to arrange the wedding details ... in
Maggie Bryan
Mar 24, 2011 Maggie Bryan rated it really liked it
I am an occasional cozy mystery reader. That being said, I found that this book kept my attention and that I enjoyed the main character. These are two very important characteristics that I look for when reading a cozy mystery. The main character, Becca, runs a stall in a farmers market in South Carolina. She is surrounded by her twin sister, a devoted boyfriend, a local sheriff (with whom she worked with in an earlier book), and a bunch of unique friends. When her friend's future mother-in-law ...more
Sabrina Ogden
Mar 01, 2011 Sabrina Ogden rated it it was amazing
Fruit of All Evil is the second book in the Farmers' Market Mystery Series

"Becca Robbins sells her farm-made jams and preserves at the local farmers' market to make a living. But when a local lovely decides to tie the knot at the same market, someone else decides to make a killing - and only Becca has the down-home know-how to shut the lid on a canny killer."

When we last visited Bailey's Market, Becca had just finished helping Officer Sam Brion solve a local murder. And If Becca showed us anythi
Penny McGill
Aug 15, 2013 Penny McGill rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy
Well, the idea behind this cozy was wonderful and I thought that there was great potential in having all of the other farmer's market vendors in the mix. I think my hopes were too high for this one to be friendly and farm-like and it didn't end up being so. The murder was a little more grizzly than I'd like and the resolution was a bit gore-filled also. I think I am more of a simple gal who likes the murder to take up less than a paragraph and for the last chapters to be more joy-filled than a s ...more
May 08, 2011 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Susan Furlong-Bolliger
Dec 26, 2011 Susan Furlong-Bolliger rated it really liked it
This home-grown mystery is a treat for cozy-lovers. A local farmer's market provides a charming setting for a down-home set of characters and one devious murderer. The main character, Becca Robins--fruit jelly entrepreneur and amateur sleuth-- finds herself torn between planning her best friend's wedding and tracking down the murderer of local banker, Madeline Forsythe. Only problem is, Madeline is her best friend's future mother-in-law. Talk about a conflict of interest!

I found this mystery to
May 21, 2014 Nicky rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Where to start... I liked the first book a bit more, which isn't always the case for me when starting a new series. I just couldn't get into the cousins in this book. I found them annoying and/or uninteresting. The story line was good, but not enough twists or moments to make me gasp. The book kept my interest, but I wasn't rushing to get to the end. I found the whole military top secret stuff to be a bit overboard as my husband was in the Army. I will continue to read the series as I like the m ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Melody rated it really liked it
Becca's is her best friend's number one for her wedding and Becca's wants to make it a memorable occasion even if she has less than a week. When the grooms aunt is murdered the wedding is delayed until the murder is solved, but the groom deploys in a fe days. Becca knows she must help solve the murder if the wedding is to take place! A good read, realistic plot and nice characters.
Nathalie S
May 03, 2014 Nathalie S rated it it was ok
The funniest part of this book was the "Lassie moment" experienced by the main character Becca and involving a calf. "What is girl? You want me to follow you? You know what happened to the hunky sheriff? You want me to open these barn doors and look?"---well, I'm paraphrasing a bit. This was a pleasant little book but I'm not sure if I'll read anymore.
Bonnie Drummond
Feb 12, 2015 Bonnie Drummond rated it it was amazing
Can the series of A Farmer's Market Mystery get and better than what it is now; the answer is NO! Paige Shelton has done an outstanding job of pulling the Community and People together in a little piece of heaven called Bailey's Farmer's Market. If you hadn't read any of Paige Shelton's Series A Farmer's Market Mystery yet thin I recommend you pick up her series; it's a very outstanding series to read.
Oct 18, 2014 KarenF rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, kindle
This was a quick, fun read. It's been a while since I read the first in the series but I caught right back up with the cast at the farmer's market. As with many cozies, the murder victim wasn't very likable and has a strained relationship with her family. As an added mystery there are bank shenanigans involved and most of the victim's family seem "off" in some way. Even Drew, who's marrying Becca's best friend, is someone who is hard to get to know. I enjoyed the story and if the police involve ...more
First off, I want to say that this is NOT a bad series, it is just not for me. Again, it you have a well written story but I felt that the murder,while yet again making sense to the murderer, came off as lame and stupid to me. I will read other books by this author if there should be other series' that she writes as she is good, but this particular series is not to my taste.
Pretty interesting

I gave this 4 stars comparing it to similar books. I thought the mystery was good. I pegged the murderer but felt that there was enough of a plot to keep one guessing for a while.
Feb 27, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The only negative thing about this book was that I could not put it down. Paige Shelton delivers again with the second book in her Farmers Market Mystery series. I am particularly fond of the farmers market setting off the series, and I am growing very fond of the characters (despite the overly persistent nature of the heroine).
Aug 28, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
It was pretty interesting with enough misdirection to keep one guessing. I did peg the murderer about 2/3 through the book but it took longer to unravel motive. Enjoyed it enough to get the next in the series
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