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Farm to Trouble

(Farm to Table Mysteries #1)

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First in a new series!

Shiloh Bellamy cashed in her big city job and 401K to return home to Michigan to save the family farm, but turning Bellamy Farms into a sustainable, organic operation is no small feat. Especially when her new investor is found dead at the farmers market not long after the contract is signed, a contract that the whole town knows her father was wholehea
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Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published February 23rd 2021
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Tina
This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in the Farm to Table Mystery. I have to say I really loved the mystery in this book. The characters where developed, and I loved getting to know them. I did not want to put this book down. I also love the farm parts of this book, but I live in the country and gardening a lot. There was twists and turns, and I did not see all of them coming. I cannot wait for book 2 in this series. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Po ...more
Jen
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, netgalley
What happens when an LA television producer returns home to save the family farm in Michigan? Well, for Shiloh, a lot of not great things, every one of them unexpected and I was impressed that she didn’t pack it in!

Shiloh hasn’t been home in 15 years, not once, but has cashed in all of her savings and quit her job to return to her childhood home and turn the farm around. One thing I noticed quickly was that everyone is mean to her, even her Dad, and like unreasonably mean. I know that the townsp
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Chatting About
Being a country girl at heart, I embraced the opportunity to read this new farm-to-table cozy series from Amanda Flower.

I appreciated several key ideas in FARM TO TROUBLE. I enjoy the idea of organic farm living and the laid back surroundings a country setting provides. Protagonist, Shiloh Bellamy has her hands full with her dad ailing and acting like a sourpuss, and dealing with the headaches of his severely neglected 200 acre farm. But, Shiloh’s not a quitter, and I admired her for that qualit
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Gloria
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Farm to Trouble is a nice start to the new Farm to Table series set in Cherry Glen, Michigan near Traverse City. Shiloh Bellamy's father requested she return home to help him with the family farm after she had been gone for fifteen years working as a successful television producer in Los Angeles.
So sold her home, packed up and moved back along with her pug. She has ideas to make the farm a success again and even has an investor, one her father and cousin Stacey are not happy about. Her return r
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Tina
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved the theme of farm to table, a organic farm and cafe in Farm to Trouble. It started out slow but soon picked up the pace. Shiloh was a delightful protagonist. Her family on the other hand were very mean towards Shiloh but it worked out in the end. Shiloh's relationship with her grandmother had me missing my own. The mystery kept me guessing. Hope there will be more foodie themes in future books. ...more
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
Dollycas’s Thoughts

After a traumatic event, Shiloh Bellamy hit the road for California landing herself a dream job. A job that enabled her to send money home to keep the family farm afloat. But her father’s health is failing and so is the farm so she heads home to Michigan with high hopes of making Bellamy Farms a totally organic operation. She also plans to add a farm-to-table café to increase the farm’s bottom line. She knows to enact her plans she is going to need an influx of cash so she ma
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Kristina
Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower is the first book in A Farm to Table Mystery series. It contains Amanda Flower’s engaging writing style that makes the story easy to read. The author took the time to develop the characters and establish the setting. Shiloh Bellamy left Cherry Glen, Michigan fifteen years ago after the death of her fiancé, Logan. Her father, Sully injured his back and has asked Shiloh to return to help with the family farm. She quits her job, sells her home, and cashes in her 401 ...more
Annu
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Shiloh leaves her Hollywood career and comes home after her father asks her to help him with their failing farm. Shiloh left home because of a traumatic event, and coming back home also was not pleasant. For starters, her family was so rude to her. And when Shiloh stumbles upon the dead body, she is pegged as the murder suspect. And everyone in the book kept referring to her as the killer or murderess. There was not a lot going on in the first half of the book, mystery wise. I suppose, this book ...more
Leslie M.
I've read many cozy mysteries by this author, and I always find them enjoyable.

This is the start of a new series. The pace started out a bit slow, but it evened out as the story unfolded. The heroine seemed to spend a lot of time mowing the grass and doing other mundane tasks, which created a bit of a lull to the storyline. Things weren't quite as cheery and cozy as I have come to expect (especially the first part of the book), but it's still an enjoyable mystery overall. I do prefer the author
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Daniele
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
FARM TO TROUBLE is the endearing debut in the Farm to Table Mystery series by the ever prolific and entertaining Amanda Flower. Full of small town color and gossip, and a compelling mystery to solve, it is a fun read.

Shiloh Bellamy essentially ran away from home after her fiancé’s death fifteen years ago to become a successful Hollywood producer. She cashes in her savings and quits her job to literally save the family farm, but she arrives to find her father’s health failing and the farm in even
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Anastasia
Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower is the first book in the Farm to Table Mystery series. Shiloh Bellamy leaves her job as a television producer to help save her family farm,only to have her new investor murdered and her father suspected. I enjoyed this new cozy mystery and loved getting to know the characters. Shiloh seems quite capable and smart and adept at getting what she needs despite the unfriendly reception to her return. I can see a few future murder candidates there. A nice start and I l ...more
Deborah Almada
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting start to a new series. There is a lot going on in this first book, we have tons of backstory, which is necessary, and I think will set up a wonderful series. I did find it a little lacking in details of now. We get the mystery and some good red herrings but sometimes I could not figure out where our heroine was going, what was she going to actually do to save the farm, why not try to figure out what the actual situation was. We did some conclusions in the end but there we ...more
Mary Brown
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farm To Trouble
Farm To Table Mysteries, Book #1
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

Synopsis:

First in a new series!

Shiloh Bellamy cashed in her big city job and 401K to return home to Michigan to save the family farm, but turning Bellamy Farms into a sustainable, organic operation is no small feat. Especially when her new investor is found dead at the farmers market not long after the contract is signed, a contract that the whole town knows her father was wholeheartedly against.

Now, Shiloh must clear her family'
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Fred
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farm To Trouble is the first book in the Farm To Table Mysteries series by Amanda Flower.

After her boyfriend dies in an automobile accident, Shiloh Bellamy left Cherry Glen, Michigan, fifteen years ago for Los Angles to pursue her dream of becoming a television show producer. She has been a very successful career as a producer, which has allowed her to help her father with the farm’s expenses. But when her father sends her a tax bill that is due, she decides to move back to Cherry Glen to help h
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Kim
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Farm to Trouble is the first in the new Farm to Table cozy mystery series by Amanda Flower, and I always enjoy finding the first in a new series! I hate to admit though, this one didn’t have me reading as fast as other cozies. I think the biggest thing that kept putting me off was so many grumpy or down right mean characters… and not just side characters, but Shiloh’s dad and cousin.

The flow of the book was a bit off for me too. Shiloh has so much to do around the farm that her father has neglec
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Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Amanda Flower has another great start to a new series with Farm to Trouble, the first book in her Farm to Table Mystery series....and she ends it in such a way that readers will have to return to see what happens....but I'm getting ahead of myself.

In Farm to Trouble Shiloh Bellamy is returning to her hometown Cherry Glen Michigan to help her father on the farm. Little does she know that the farm is in worse shape that her father let on and it is going to take a miracle to save it. But Shiloh has
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Katreader
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FARM TO TROUBLE by Amanda Flower
The First Farm to Table Mystery

Shiloh Bellamy has left life as a Hollywood producer to try to help her ailing father and save her family farm in Cherry Glen, Michigan. With a plan she's sure her father won't like, Shiloh finds an investor and agrees to a cutthroat agreement-if she doesn't turn a profit in two years she could lose the farm. What she doesn't know is that the investor is one of the most despised men in town. Buying up property left and right and almo
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Annie
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Farm to Trouble is the first book in a new series by prolific author Amanda Flower. Released 23rd Feb 2021 by Poisoned Pen Press, it's 288 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

I'm a huge sucker for cozies. Bonus points f
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Tanya E
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read very many cozy mysteries before. When I saw this title, Farm to Trouble, it really caught my eye.

I love farms! Love the idea of owning and operating a farm, of course without all the back-breaking work! So I was completely intrigued to pick up this book.

To begin with, the main character Shiloh Bellamy is returning to her family farm after being away for 15 years. Her father can no longer run the farm due to his health. Shiloh has decided that she will turn the farm into an Organi
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Dawn Michelle
I need to preface this review with this; I love Amanda Flower as an author. I currently read three of her other series [with one more on deck] and I L O V E those books/series. So when I was approved for this book in her new series, I was one excited girl.

Sigh.

All I can think is that even really good author's can have a dud once in awhile right?

THIS was not what I was expecting from the author that I love so much. This was a lame, "use every trope available [and use most of them poorly] to a
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Maria
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am a huge Amanda Flower fan so I was excited to start this new series and this didn't disappoint. I loved the farm-to-table concept and the setting of Michigan farmland was a new one for me (I've always wanted to visit - haven't quite made it yet). I read an ARC so there were some missing words in sentences and typos but I knew what she was trying to say so it was a distraction but didn't ruin the story. There was also quite a bit of repetition but that should be cleaned up before the final co ...more
Maria
Feb 15, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Amanda Flower fan so I was excited to start this new series and this didn't disappoint. I loved the farm-to-table concept and the setting of Michigan farmland was a new one for me (I've always wanted to visit - haven't quite made it yet). I read an ARC so there were some missing words in sentences and typos but I knew what she was trying to say so it was a distraction but didn't ruin the story. There was also quite a bit of repetition but that should be cleaned up before the final co ...more
Jen
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Farm to Trouble through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Farm to Trouble is the first mystery in the new Farm to Table Mystery series. Shiloh Bellamy has just returned to Cherry Glen, Michigan after spending fifteen years in LA to save her family’s farm. When murder strikes and Shiloh finds the body, making her a prime suspect, she finds herself on a search for a killer.

I really enjoyed this new mystery and am looking forward to following this series. The mystery w
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Joy
This one starts off pretty slowly, but that is not unusual for the first book in a new cozy series. The premise of an organic farm is certainly timely, and how can anyone dislike a pug named Huckleberry? The rest of the tropes used are very recognizable. Nothing seems to come together until about halfway through with the introduction of a fresh young character and some genuine emotional connection. I wasn’t surprised at all by the reveal; nevertheless, there are enough promising aspects to encou ...more
Samantha
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A fantastic little cozy mystery! I think I'm going to just love this series! The characters are very well developed, they jibe well with each other, and they all grew throughout the story. Having read her Amish and Candy shop series', I was expecting it to be a bit heavier on the cheesy side and was so pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't at all. Well worth picking up! I'm looking forward to the next one. Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All op ...more
Rima Aiello
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delicious book you just want to sink your teeth into! Trying to save the family farm, an investor found dead before the ink is dry, and a character trying to clear her family’s name before the wrong person is caught as the killer. Twists and turns with the author weaving the story in a way the reader can totally immerse themselves. A great read!
Bobbie Kirkland
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of FARM TO TROUBLE (Book 1 of the Farm to Table Mysteries) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. It’s time to go home for Shiloh Bellamy; her father and her family farm need her. However, Shiloh’s arrives home to hostility. There’s the speeding ticket, the lecture by the officer about her failings as a daughter, her father and cousin’s barely civil greeting, the confrontation with her childhood frenemy, and the fight over and with the farm’s ...more
Clare O'Beara
A lady drives home to the farm she thinks she can convert to a profitable organic cherry farm with just a little outside investment. Turns out her father is less well than he's been saying and their farm is more run down. The investment lined up is likely to be a trap. And nobody likes the developer who's putting up the money.
Cue a murder at the farmer's market and nobody in town seems to trust the heroine. She's got to work out what happened all by herself.
Given the house and land need so muc
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Mary
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in the new Farm to Table mystery series. Shiloh Bellamy has driven back to Cherry Glen Michigan in her red convertible with her pet pug Huckleberry. As she is driving into town she gets a speeding ticket. She arrives at the family farm (which over the last 15 years she has been sending money to pay off the mortgages and cashed out her 401k to pay back taxes) finds it in total disrepair and then learns the only investor she was able to get to invest in the farm is the sworn enem ...more
Leslie
Apr 14, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. In addition to being an author, ...more

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