This is the first book in the Farm-to-Fork series by Lynn Cahoon that came out earlier this year. She’s also the author of the Cat Latimer and Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. The new series is a lot of fun since it involves farmers and a small rural community.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I just love this first book in the newest series by Lynn Cahoon! Even though I had pegged the killer, the twist was great and I had no idea that was coming. I have the second book and will be reading it very soon, I’m sure!
Angie Turner and her best friend/business partner, Felicia Williams, were getting ready to open the first farm-to-table type restaurant in the River Vista, ID area. Everything was going to be great: they had their employees lined up, their restaurant was just about ready for guests and Angie had even managed to make friends with the farmers’ market manager, Ian, who had not seemed too friendly to begin with. She even managed to talk to Gerald Moss, the town curmudgeon goat farmer, and since he knew her grandma, from whom she’d inherited her place, he was agreeable to selling her goat cheese for her various dishes. When the old man was murdered, Angie felt a personal draw to investigate this murder since she thought everyone needed someone on their side–and Gerald didn’t have an abundance of friends. She ended up with an adorable baby goat that she adopted that had belonged to Gerald. Dom, her St. Bernard puppy, would just have to get used to it.
When the killer realized Angie was looking into the case, things heated up a bit during the showdown but it all turned out great, along with the County Seat restaurant grand opening. I can’t wait to see what future books hold for Ian and Angie because it looks very promising!
Just as with the other two series of Lynn Cahoon’s that I’ve read/am in the process of reading, she’s introduced a very fun and likable group of characters in this series as well. Felicia is a best friend like no other and Angie’s neighbor, Mrs. Potter, is like having her grandma back since they were best friends. I liked the sheriff too. He didn’t get mean and reprimand her for investigating, only pointed out the dangers and said when you tell someone they can’t do something, they just want to do it all the more, so that was why he wasn’t going to tell her not to look into the case. Ian started out slightly rude but he definitely became a sweet guy and clearly would be my choice for Angie! 😉 I liked how her new kitchen staff worked so well together just on the first practice run day.
I just loved little Precious, the baby goat that Angie adopted when Gerald was killed. I just hope she doesn’t get all destructive like the goats in another series I’ve read lol. For now she’s sweet and Dom, the St. Bernard is a big fuzzball that I would just like to hug! I’m sure before the summer is over, I’ll be reading the next book in the series which just came out this week.