a seasonal event called the Swayton County Fall Festival and
Becca Robbins is there to sell her preserves and jams. It’s
a change of venue for her, but not a change of pace when it
comes to a murder occurring in Becca’s vicinity.
With Halloween around the corner, the festival features a
spooky corn maze, rides for the family, a plethora of baked
goods, and an assortment of animals.
have brought Becca’s ex-husband Scott Triplet to the
festival too. He’s running a shooting gallery and acting
mightily suspicious. Virgil, the Ferris wheel operator, is
the murder victim. He’s been shot and left swinging
from the ride. Is it possible that Scott had something to
do with it? Does Becca even want to know? Between the murder,
the scary corn maze and rumors of a curse, the hair on the
back of Becca’s neck is standing up constantly.
I live in happens to be the one in which a couple got lost
in a corn maze in October of 2011, and it made national news.
I decided to take a walk through that corn maze myself to
see how this could be possible. What I came away thinking
was that a corn maze would be an interesting place to hide
something you didn’t want anyone to find.
I found in the “maze” of this book was a darn
good murder mystery in which the heroine is not stupid and
harbors a healthy fear of the unknown. The characters are
small-town quirky, and the atmosphere appropriately edgy.
of Paige Shelton will enjoy this book, although it does help
to have read the others in the series so you can follow the
character development. Kudos to Shelton for continuing to
come up with fresh ideas for her Farmers’ Market Mystery