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Dead On The Vine
Finn Family Farm #1
BY Elle Brooke White

Crooked Lane Books
April 7, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-64385-296-6
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Charlotte Finn inherits her great uncle Tobias’ produce farm and heads west to California leaving the craziness of her advertising career in Chicago behind. She thinks that the return to nature will be good for her soul and that running a 50-acre produce farm of strawberries won’t be too hard.

Reality hits though when she is faced with the fact that the farm is a money pit. There’s nothing to be done but cut her losses and sell it. Her childhood best friends, Diane and Beau have driven from Santa Monica to meet her and provide moral support.

As the realtor, Mr. Lurvy, tours the fields with Charlotte, Diane, caretaker Joe Wong, and farm expert Samuel Brown, he falls and lands next to the corpse of a young man who’s got a pitchfork through his neck! Since the farm won’t sell during a murder investigation, Charlotte has to run the farm, figure out whom she can and cannot trust, and find the killer before he or she strikes again.

It only took until page four for me to realize what a delight this book is. Charlotte’s relationship with animals and insects is charming. It was nice to meet the characters and learn about them bit by bit as this first book lays the groundwork for the series. The author did a great job with setting the scene, drawing the reader’s interest in the characters’ long-term relationships, and giving insight as new friendships and other relationships are forged.

As I read this book in March of 2020, the world is in turmoil. Reading “Dead on the Vine” allowed me to put that aside and step into the world of Finn’s Family Farm.

Well done, Elle Brooke White, well done!

I highly recommend this mystery to one and all.

Reviewed 2020