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Farm Fresh Murder (Farmers' Market #1)

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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,031 ratings  ·  108 reviews
First in the Farmer's Market Mystery Series.

Becca Robins leads a simple life, making jams and preserves on her very own farm. But when there's a murder in her quaint little town, she puts herself in the line of fire to defend her friend's innocence-and goes from making jam to being in one.

ebook, 304 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published March 31st 2010)
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Sabrina Ogden
Well, I knew I was in for a good read when I noticed on the cover that this book came with recipes. You can't possibly write a book showcasing the talents of the vendors participating in a Farmer's Market and not give us some of their secrets. And for the family of vendors at Bailey's Farmer's Market, there are more than their fair share of secrets going on!

Becca Robins, the towns unofficial crime fighter, lives on a small farm with her dog, Hobbit. She sells jams and preserves at Bailey's, whic
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Jenn
Okay, so, the dialogue did somewhat read as though the author hadn't heard humans talk before, I don't want anyone's love interest to be described as possessing "magic spit", and the author seems to know about as much about farmer's markets as I do - i.e. it's a market where you can buy... farm things. Still, despite this bitching, I had a nice time reading this and the plot actually made sense, so, I will totes read more in this series if acquiring them involves absolutely no effort or money on ...more
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Farm Fresh Murder is a fun, fast read featuring Bailey's, a South Carolina farmers market, with a host of growers and crafters offering their goods. Becca Robins is the amateur sleuth, who makes jams and preservatives in a traditional, methodical and delicious manner. It's no surprise that she solves crimes the same way.

I loved the focus on food, the confusion of close, long standing protective relationships, the hard work of making a living off the land and the complexity of making a living in
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Elizabeth
This is the first book in a cozy mystery series called Farmers' Market Mystery. Becca is a jam and preserves maker who grows her own fruit on her farm, and sells her jams and preserves at a farmers' market where her twin sister Allison is the manager. Early one morning a new merchant is found murdered. When another long time seller at the market is arrested for the murder Becca refuses to believe the kind, old man she knows could be the murderer. She sets out to prove it and, in doing so, puts h ...more
Kimberly
Life at Bailey's Farmer's Market is about to change when a local peach grower is found murdered and one of the old-timers tops the list of suspects. But local berry farmer and jam maker, Becca Robinson is convinced that her friend and market mentor, Abner, may be a cranky old man at times and a bit secretive, but he is no murderer. Filled with captivating characters and plenty of red herrings throughout, this first installment of the Farmer's Market Mystery series is simply a very enjoyable read ...more
Danielle
While I finished the book and was sufficiently surprised with the killers reveal, I don't think I will read the next in the series. The main character, Becca, was extremely wooden. She was too perfect, I think. I can't really put my finger on why I disliked her so much. She is supposedly very close to Abner, yet you don't get the impression that she is very upset by the possibility of him being the killer. Yes, she seeks out the true killer, but it was more for the farmer's market's reputation.
RebeccaS
What a fun new series! I love the setting of the farmers market and love how all of the characters are some kind of farmer or make their own stuff. Becca is a great character and it was really fun to follow her investigating. The other characters (especially Allison and Ian) were good too and really made this novel interesting. Of course I'm interested in where the romance will go. I will definitely be continuing with this series.
Ann
Becca Robins makes preserves and jams which she sells every weekend at Bailey's Farmer's Market run by her twin sister Allison. One of the other sellers at the market is found murdered and the main suspect is her friend Abner Justen.

Becca, convinced of Abner's innocence, begins her own investigation. And there the author goes over my invisible line of ethics in writing. Becca breaks into places, trespasses onto private property and generally does everything possible to mess up the police investi
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Tim
& now I'm hooked on the farmers market...
Ella's Gran
Twin sisters Becca and Alison star in this story set in Bailey's Farmers' Market which Alison manages. Late arriving at the market to set up her preserves stall, Becca finds that it has turned into a crime scene with her best friend Abner as the prime suspect. With the market's continued existence in jeopardy, and so her sister's employment, Becca sets out to determine the identity of the murderer. In the process she uncovers secrets and deceit of the apparently friendly farmers' market communit ...more
Jenna
My DVR is always full. A variety of shows take up space on the virtual tapes -- reality and competition shows, a soap opera, serial dramas, and even a comedy or two. But there are also quite a lot of mystery and crime programs, too. When my mom and I watch any kind of competition shows or crime dramas, we have gotten into the habit of making guesses about who will be declared the winner,w ho will be sent home, and who the killer is. For the longest time, I would never guess correctly who-dun-it. ...more
Linda at Chatting About Cozies
5 Stars!! Becca makes jams & preserves from her own fresh-grown strawberries & pumpkins; & sells them at the local Bailey's Farmers' Market. Her fraternal twin sister, Allison, manages Bailey's. One morning, Becca arrives with her day's goods to find the farmers' market a crime scene---a peach vendor, Mr. Simonsen, was murdered with an axe. Another vendor, Abner Justen, is accused of the killing because they were seen arguing before the body was discovered. Becca knows Abner well eno ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: "What?" I yelled into my cell phone.

When Becca Robins' aunt and uncle were killed in a car accident, her twin sister Allison inherited enough money to pay off her college loans and save some for her children's educations, and Becca inherited the couple's farm. Allison manages Bailey's Farmers' Market in rural South Carolina, and the morning she calls her sister in a panic, Becca has to stop working on her latest batch of jam to head straight over there.

Becca is well acquainted with
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Heather
Title: Farm Fresh Murder (A Farmer's Market Mystery #1)
Author: Paige Shelton
Pages: 304
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425233870

Synopsis (from bookcover): Becca Robins leads a simple life, making jams and preserves on her very own farm. But when there's a murder in her quaint little town, she goes from making jam to being in one . . .

Becca is late for her stall time at Bailey's Farmers' Market. By the time she arrives, the normally lush and lively market has turned into a crime scene, with a murdere
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Penny McGill
Delightful idea - a murder mystery taking place in a busy farm market. So much opportunity for colourful characters in the 'family' of market vendors PLUS an extremely relaxing setting. What's not to like about filling a story with people who make and sell jam and pies, grown their own pumpkins and corn and solve murders while they do it? It goes without saying that the author includes some delightful recipes at the end of the book and a few have a nice connection to the story and I love that - ...more
Vickie
I especially like it when a mystery gets right to the action, the death happens within the first five pages...now THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout. The rest of the book is all about getting Becca involved (in a satisfying to me way....come on you know how I am) in solving the murder.
I enjoyed the whole process, watching Becca meet the hottie new guy, Ian, and the possible new guy, police Officer Brion. Becca admits she doesn't have a fab history with men, so she treads carefully with both.
The myst
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Pam
WHAT: Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton, library pb, 2010, 281 pgs

WHO: Becca Robins, jam & preserve maker (strawberry & pumpkin), farm owner, vendor at local Farmer's Market, twin sister Alison is married, mother of Mathis and manager of Bailey's Farmer's Market. Their parents were free spirits/hippies and now travel in RV around the country.
Becca has been twice married, both ex's named Scott, currently thinks Hobbit her dog is enough of a companion but is becoming interested in Ian, a
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Kaity
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 3 stars.

Becca Robins, preserve maker extraordinaire, arrives at Bailey's Farmers' Market to sell her goods one morning only to discover that customers might be a little put off by the atmosphere. A dead body and a bunch of police will do that though. Becca needs this murder solved quickly so that her sister doesn't lose her job, a close friend doesn't end up going to jail and she doesn't end up as the next victim.

It was very difficult for me to
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Suzanne
Aug 17, 2011 Suzanne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne by: August 3-2-1 Challenge; book crawl - SC
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I'm not sure I can put my finger on exactly why this book didn't appeal to me. I liked the sleuth, Becca, as well as Ian and Officer O'Brion (Sam). The mystery started with the death in the first 3 pages and gave a good amount of clues. The setting didn't do much for me. The book takes place in rural South Carolina, but nothing about the book seemed southern to me. I guess I expect quirkier/better/funnier characters in southern writing. The Farmer's Market could just as easily been anywhere; not ...more
Jonathan
I enjoyed this debut by Paige Shelton, but it'll be a long time before I read it again.

To start, the main character, Becca, is shallow, to put it bluntly. I didn't feel that the author spent much time developing her character. While at the same time other more minor characters, Abner, Ian, Allison, and even Mamma were a lot more developed and I felt that I could picture those characters in my head.

I could picture Bailey's and the other settings, the only thing lacking there was the fact that I s
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Melissa
I read this entire book in a day in part because it was a quick read, but also because I couldn't put it down. I am very passionate about farming/homesteading/etc., so the background that the story is set against was particularly enjoyable for me. I've never considered myself much of a murder mystery fan, but I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Kristen
If you great culinary cozies, you'll enjoy the first installment in the Farmers Market's series, Farm Fresh Murder. Becca Robins is a farmer who makes berry and pumpkin preserves at Bailey's Market. When word comes down that Matt Simonsen is murdered, everyone's a suspect, including herself and her twin Allison. She butts head with Sam Brion, the police officer on the scene, and has feelings for Ian Cartwright, an artist who's a decade younger and clad with tattoos. There's chemistry between the ...more
Amy
I would love to have a farm and grow things and be like most of the characters in this book. I kind of figured some things out but in the end the perpetrator was not who I thought. I liked everything about this book.
Jennifer
Fun mystery series

I really enjoy the book a good amount of mystery at the same time funny and some sweet moments. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Melissa Koczur-mitchell
This series started out great b/c the protagonist (Becca) was self-aware of making some foolish decisions that got her into some scrapes. However, as the series progressed, it became rather annoying that she would make backhanded comments to the audience about making these decisions purposefully even though it put her life in danger. It also got rather annoying when her cop friend, Sam, would continue to give her more information than a civilian would know and also accepted that she was going to ...more
Celia
It did have a couple of spots in the beginning where clearly something was cut in a revision and not caught--the MC is never actually told "Oh, don't call me Officer when I'm off duty, it's Sam." but she makes an obvious correction to calling him by his first name at one point.


Also, I'm pretty sure that a vendor description/scene was cut as a vendor is mentioned explicitly in a list of her friends/acquaintances, but had never been mentioned before.


Neither of these are actually show stoppers, i
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Mary Etta
Jan 29, 2011 Mary Etta rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Etta by: Polly
Polly recommended this mystery written by the mom of one of Christopher's teammates. When Polly delivered it to me at a game, Paige came over at half time, "I just have to tell you what a thrill it is to see someone with a copy of my book, this is a first." Perhaps our book group will be interested in reading it and having Paige come to chat with us.

I liked it and enjoyed Paige's story telling. Nice flow that maintained interest. Might even make some pumpkin preserves for our community garden p
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Darkand
This was my first taste of this author's work and I enjoyed every minute. There are so many cozy mysteries out there now with themes very similar to each other, so finding this one about a farmer's market was a breath of fresh air. The characters were warm and inviting, the story kept my interest,and I didn't figure out who-dun-it till the last quarter of the book which was also nice. I think what impressed me the most was the wrap up. Usually, the wrap up is so quick, sometimes it borders on di ...more
Kim
Not bad, but I felt that the reason for the murder was lame,but I understood the why the murderer felt that it was important. I felt some of it was telegraphed, but I will read book 2 before passing judgement on the series.
Kaye
This is the first book in this charming series. Becca Robins sells homemade (or farm made) jams and preserves at Bailey's Farmers Market. However, on a day she's late to work she finds that murder has been committed. It is the peach vendor, and one of Becca's favorite people, Abner Justen, who sells wildflowers, seems to be the prime suspect. With help from her sister Allison, the manager of the market, and some of her other friends, Becca tries to find evidence that Abner is innocent. I loved t ...more
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