Blanchard has been working to develop a variety of pecan tree
that is drought resistant and disease free. She has her own
grove and greenhouse on the family pecan farm, Rancho en el
Colorado, in Riverville, TX. She feels she is close to a break
through. Then her Uncle Amos comes back to town. Lindy’s
brother Justin still thinks he had something to do with their
father’s death – ruled as accidental.
Amos walks into the family store, called the Nut House, and
says he has something to say to his sister-in-law Emma. Before
he can cause a big commotion, Deputy Hunter Austen sends him
on his way. Lindy drives her grandmother Amelia home and then
goes to see her mother. After Lindy catches Emma up on the
latest goings on in the Blanchard family, Lindy goes to check
on her grove of trees and the greenhouse. The lock on the
gate has been cut. Lindy sees that her grove of trees has
calls the Sheriff’s office and speaks to Hunter. While
talking to him, she sees that her office is on fire. She is
able to put out the fire using the fire extinguisher that
is on hand. Lindy then goes to the greenhouse and finds the
plants have been destroyed. That is - the ones near the entrance.
The ones further inside seem ok. Lindy races to the other
end, but trips and falls - cutting her chin. Lindy has fallen
over the dead body of her Uncle Amos. He has been stabbed
with one of her plant stakes.
Sheriff Higsby thinks Lindy killed her Uncle Amos to stop
him from continuing his destruction. Even her childhood friend,
Deputy Hunter Austen thinks she did it. Lindy had better be
very careful finding the murderer or she could very well end
Things to ponder: Who was in Lindy’s apartment? What
does Amos want to give Emma? Who is spreading vicious rumors
I love finding a new to me author with a brand new series.
I love the cast of characters the author has provided. This
is a real page turner with many twists and turns. It kept
me reading well into the night. I had to find out whodunit.
This book does not disappoint. The author has thoughtfully
included some yummy recipes. So if you like your mystery on
the nutty side, then you should be reading A Tough Nut