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Murder Most Fowl

(A Local Foods Mystery #4)

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Spring may be just around the corner, but a cold-blooded killer has put the big chill on the residents of Westbury, Massachusetts. It looks like organic farmer-turned-sleuth Cam Flaherty will have to set aside her seedlings for the time being as she tills the soil for clues in the mysterious death of a local poultry maven.

With the weather getting warmer, Cam should be spen
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Kensington
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Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An easy yet intelligent read, author Edith Maxwell’s writing is as pure and organic as Cam’s food!

The farming way of life certainly isn’t for me. But every time I read a Local Foods Mystery, I’m ready to climb the pages and help protagonist Cam Flaherty do the chores.

Ms. Maxwell raises an interesting question at the beginning of MURDER MOST FOWL. If a large plot of land was donated to a town, what would be best for it . . . affordable housing, ball fields for the local children, or leave it as
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Betty
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy
It is Spring in Westbury, Massachusetts, Cam Flaherty is preparing her organic farm for spring and summer. She has baby chicks in the barn under heat lamps. Animal Right Activists are causing damage at the farms in the area. Their actions at a poultry farm leave red paint over all the buildings, the open doors allow cold temperatures to enter the buildings and lower the temperature for the chickens. Later that morning the owner is found dead in his home. Pete Pappas, the local homicide detective ...more
Delitealex
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, netgalley, farm
Cam is preparing for a busy spring season with planting and taking care of the chickens. But her farm work is interrupted when a neighbor is found dead. Of Course Cam is caught up in the middle of the investigation. She ends up uncovering a few secrets a few people would like to keep hidden.

I really enjoyed this book I definitely identify with Cam and love reading about happenings around her farm. She often gets herself into trouble but luckily finds a way out. I'm also enjoying Cam's relationsh
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Mark Baker
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016
One morning in March, Cam’s neighbor dies at his breakfast table, just hours after his chicken farm his hit by animal rights activists. Wayne was a very nice man, often offering Cam advice on her own heard of chickens. When the man’s daughter turns to Cam for help understanding what happened to him, Cam starts investigating. But can she find the killer?

I always enjoy my time on Cam’s farm, and this book was no exception. The pacing was a tad uneven, but that was only a minor issue. The mystery i
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Doward Wilson
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Organic vegetable and fruit farming meet murder, with a few chickens thrown in. Edith Maxwell's work just gets better and this is the best in the series! Cam Flaherty works hard keeping her small organic farm solvent. Adding a hoop house for year round growing and expanding into a small chicken operation help but then vandalism strikes her poultry mentor's operation and is followed up by his murder. Long held secrets, blackmail, a long ago disappearance, greed and jealousy make this a twisted st ...more
Deborah Almada
This was a new author for me, but I really enjoyed the book. I like the setting in New England, the organic farmer setting and the starting over vibe I got from the main character Cam. I didn't know if I would but I identified with her, her new life, her pets, animal and the farm. I liked that the murder seemed to flow in the context of the story and not be contrived. This is not the first book in the series but that did not stop me from following the story, the characters and their relationship ...more
Jill Tool
4 Stars. First off I’d like to thank NetGallery for giving me this opportunity to read this book and give my honest review.

This book was a new series and new author for me. I’m usually not disappointed when I read cozy’s but this one surprised me as how fast I was captured by it, and I was falling in love with this book, that I will now go back and read the first three that came before it.

I connected with the fact that it was an organic farmer setting, as I do grow my own organic vegetables, an
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Vbloemer
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Murder Most Fowl
At first, I had a hard time getting into the story. This was the first of the series that I have read, so the characters were all new to me. I kept reading though and soon was pleasantly surprised with all of the twists and turns presented in the story. This was a town with many secrets hidden just under the surface.

The main character, Cam Flaherty, a local farmer just can’t seem to stay out of the investigation. Cam even uncovers a mystery from the past that could be related to
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Jenndian
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a review. This is the fourth in a series. Normally I have to start a series from the beginning, but I had no problem figuring out the relationships between the characters. I'm looking forward to reading the previous and future books in this charming series. This book seems to be following the trend of linking an event from the past to the current crime, in this case, murder. I really enjoyed the twists and turns and the characters are cleverly written. The or ...more
Kim
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kim by: Cozy Mystery Review Crew
Murder Most Fowl
I received an advanced copy to read and fairly review.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!!
Great setting, and characters. Fun, fast-paced story-line.
It even managed to make me like chickens!!!
Not the first in the series, but you don't need to read the others to understand the characters or their relationships. I am looking forward to reading more of this series, and others from Edith Maxwell.
Karin
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The other day I sat in a most uncomfortable chair for over five hours at a meeting, so I understand Cam’s feelings. The ARF and groups like them need to start looking at all sides of a problem before they start defacing and destroying property. Oh, yes, the book!!! Other than the above mentioned pet peeves, I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it – even though I didn’t guess who dun it until almost the end.
Kath
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in this series and I admit to not having read the previous three but I don't think this had any effect on my enjoyment of this book. I will probably seek out the others and read them, although I will leave it a while cos then I will have forgotten any spoilers I may have gleaned from reading this one first!
I really do love books starring amateur sleuths. Big fan of the likes of Marple and Raisin so I did go into this book with high expectations and I was definitely not let d
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Katie
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Murder Most Fowl is the 4th book in the Local Foods Mystery Series. I hadn't previously read the other books in the series, but it didn't matter; I was able to follow along and not feel like I was missing something, and I went back and began to read the others I enjoyed this one so much!

Cam Flaherty is a local organic farmer who just can't seem to stay away from trouble! When one of her fellow chicken farmers is found dead, Cam
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K.A. Davis
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MURDER MOST FOWL, the fourth book in the Local Food Mystery series by Edith Maxwell, was a delightful read! While I have not read any of the previous books in the series (and I will be remedying that) I found it easy to follow the story and felt like I knew the realistic characters. The plot had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing and I enjoyed how there were strong sub-plots and a mini-mystery. The small-town location was quaint with extremely creative, fun names for the local roads ...more
Cyndy Bailes
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to receive an advance copy of Murder Most Fowl from the author in exchange for an honest review. Although it is the fourth in a series, it was stand alone and the first one that I had read.
The main character is Cam Flaherty of Westbury, Massachusetts. Cam is an organic farmer who offers CSA shares and is also raising chickens. She gets sidetracked from this endeavor when her neighbor is murdered. She makes a surprising discovery in the compost on her own farm at about the same tim
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Melina
May 30, 2016 added it
This was a highly entertaining book that kept my attention from the very beginning. Cam overhears Wayne Laitinen the local chicken farmer having words with his neighbor after a town meeting. Cam doesn’t think much of it until Wayne is found dead on Sunday morning. Of course, Cam can’t help but butt into the investigation, much to the chagrin of her state trooper boyfriend, Pete. Then Cam turns up a gold bracelet and a bone that could be an arm bone in her farms compost pile, of course she has to ...more
Sharamebeth79
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author and their team in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own. Edith Maxwell's lead character, Cam Flaherty, is very likable and relatable. I enjoyed visiting Westbury, Massachusetts while reading about Cam and her friends and neighbors. I enjoyed the way Maxwell included so many elements of organic farming and eating locally sourced foods. I felt that this book has the elements that I enjoy in a cozy mystery. I also like t ...more
Jeannie
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author for me, I loved the fact that the main character is an organic farmer. The setting is New England. I enjoyed following her on her chores gathering eggs and taking care of her animals and farm chores. The murder of a neighboring farmer finds her trying to find out who did it and it will keep you guessing until the very end. I look forward to going back and reading books #1 thru #3. This is book #4, you will not be lost if you begin with this title. The author gives enough bac ...more
Sarah
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
Book 4 in a series.

While this was book 4 in the series, I have to say that I never felt lost, having not read books 1-3. The main characters feel well developed, and most important, likable. The main character, Cam, is smart enough to save her own fanny as well, and I really like that.

The story was tight and fun, while still having some suspense about who is behind the vandalizing of local farmer's animal enclosures and who killed Cam's neighbor. I got so engrossed in this book that I read it s
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Sarah
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Huge thanks to Edith Maxwell, Kensington Books and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cosy, a good mystery with well written characters and some nasty ones too.

Even though it's the 4th in a series you don't have to have read the other 3 to enjoy it, you get bits of info about the back stories of the characters but nothing to leave you on the back foot about anything.

The story moves at a good pace and has a good mix of the mystery, Cam's life
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Lisa Morin
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a great addition to the Cam Flaherty series. I've read all the books in this series and this one is my favorite.

Spring is fast approaching on the organic farm and instead of doing her farm prep, cam is searching for clues to who killed kindhearted farmer, Wayne
As the clues stack up, Cam finds herself uncovering decades old secrets, a blackmailing scheme, an unhappy wife and much more.
This is a good, clean series, with just the right touch of romance.

I look forward to reading more in thi
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Kathy
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is number four in the series, and with alot of series they start to get a little stale by this point.(new murder but everything else is the same)Murder Most Fowl is not like that. Yes there is the murder that Cam is trying to solve and she has plenty of clues to work through. But she also has a farm to run, so there is also alot about Cam's day-to-day life. Ms. Maxwell manages to balance the two parts perfectly.
This was a very enjoyable book that can be read in a few hours.
I received t
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Ann
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the Local Foods Mystery and they keep getting better and better. It's spring in the small farming town in Massachusetts and Cam is starting her planting and collecting her eggs in between attending the town meetings and solving her neighbor's murder. Pete, her detective boyfriend is happy for the help until the killer decides Cam is sticking her nose into their business. I enjoy this series and learn a lot concerning organic foods and local co-ops. Edith Maxwell has a wid ...more
Jeri
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
I so enjoy "visiting" with Cam on her farm and hearing of her day to day life. Too bad her neighbor's farm and her own gets targeted by local animal rights activists and her neighbor turns up dead. When Cam starts looking into why her neighbor was killed, items from the past start getting uncovered and Cam finds herself in danger.

This was a great addition to the series and I look forward to more to come! I was given an advanced ecopy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest revie
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Tess
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Local Food Mysteries is organic farming at it's best. A delightful series, it keeps you guessing until the end. I would be happy to have the acquaintance of many of these characters.

FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Jason
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series gets better with each new installment. Cam tries to stay out of trouble, and doesn't always succeed, bless her. Animal activists, baby chicks, angry foxes, yummy food, vaping and those pesky dead bodies-a triumph of plotting and imagination. With the last phone call that Cam receives, fans of the series will be salivating for the arrival of book 5!
Janette M.
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed this read! This book was a fun story that left you trying to figure out who done it. Cam is a great character anda smart cookie to boot.I don't want to give any spoilers, because it is that fun a read.. Plus if you are not careful you may learn something!!
Wyshona D. Lawson
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love Cam and her friends and family. Another great mystery, Ms. Maxwell!
Ed
#4 in the Local Foods mystery series. This 2016 series entry by author Edith Maxwell does not match the series with the actual calendar as in a mystery per year for 4 years covers only a little more than a year in the life of protagonist organic farmer Cam Flaherty. Cam's agricultural problems and how she learns to solve them with the aid of a diverse cast of volunteer helpers is a very interesting story. What I don't find as interesting is the way the author melds the different parts of the nar ...more
Anne
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I like Murder Most Fowl as much as I liked the first book I read in the series, Farmed and Dangerous. I found the organic/locavor background information interesting and didn't feel it took away from the mystery. There is a lot of page time devoted to Cam's work on the farm which I can see annoying some readers.

It interests me that the author (based on the two books I've read and the third, Mulch Ado, I am starting to read) always seems to have her characters in less than ideal relationships exce
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Edith Maxwell is an Agatha- and Macavity-nominated mystery author who writes the Local Foods Foods Mysteries. Maxwell also writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries, featuring a Quaker midwife sleuth in 1888.

As Maddie Day, she writes the Country Store Mysteries set in southern Indiana, and the Cozy
Capers Book Group Mysteries.

Her short stories have appeared in more than a dozen juried antholo
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Other books in the series

A Local Foods Mystery (5 books)
  • A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die (Local Foods Mystery, #1)
  • 'Til Dirt Do Us Part (Local Foods Mystery, #2)
  • Farmed and Dangerous (Local Foods Mystery, #3)
  • Mulch Ado About Murder (Local Foods Mystery, #5)