Farmed and Dangerous by Edith Maxwell – Interview and Review

05 Jun

FTC Disclosure: I received a free net galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


It is my pleasure to welcome Edith Maxwell, author of the Local Foods Mysteries, to the blog today. Farmed and Dangerous is my first introduction to Edith and I am very glad to have been a part of her Great Escapes Blog Tour as it has added another wonderful author to my list of go to authors.

Edith was kind enough to answer some questions for me today.

1.  If you could have breakfast with any author (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go?
I’d love to take Louisa May Alcott (see question 3!) to a quiet back booth at a local restaurant, 17 State Street, and talk with her about her writing and her life. I’d take her down the block to the Market Square Bakehouse, but there aren’t any back corners, and everybody would see us and also want to talk with her.

2.  What type of writer are you? Do you plan or do you just let it flow?
By preference I write into the headlights. When I start out, I usually have an idea of the crime, the victim, and three or four suspects. But sometimes I’m not sure who the murderer is until well into the book. I’m positive if I had it all plotted out ahead of time, I’d get bored writing the story. And if I’m bored, the reader definitely will be.

3.  What was your favorite book as a child?
Just one? I loved Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys. I wanted to be Jo. But I also read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books multiple times. I wanted to be Laura, too.

4.  If you were not a writer, what would you be?
I was an organic farmer many years ago, and I also worked as a technical writer. Farming isn’t really an option these days, given my creaky joints. I was good at tech writing, but gave it up for full-time fiction writing two years ago. I guess I would be a college professor, which was my goal after I finished my doctorate in linguistics thirty-some years ago. Life took other turns, though, and I’m not complaining a bit.

5.  When you are not writing, how do you relax?
I have a small organic garden, and I love to cook. Reading a good mystery while sipping wine is pretty relaxing, too.

How wonderful! I love some of the same books. And I too wanted to Jo. I wanted to grow up to be a writer, but I took a different path and left the writing to great authors like Edith.  Thanks so much Edith, for sharing with us today.

Now for my thoughts on Farmed and Dangerous:  This was the first of Edith’s books that I had read. I’m always a little nervous when I sign up to review a book for an author for the first time, but once again I was lucky and the experience was a very positive one. I really enjoyed Farmed and Dangerous. I like the characters and I enjoyed learning about locavores and organic farming. And coincidently, I had just read about Cam’s hoop house when my husband told me he had been doing some research into doing that for the garden he wants to put in at our new house.

Farmed and Dangerous is the third book in the Local Foods Mystery series, but I didn’t feel as though I had to have read the first two to keep up with the story. I’d like to go back and read the first two simply because I enjoyed this story and the characters so much. This is a good solid mystery that kept me engaged to the very end. Which was both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because it was  such an enjoyable read, but a curse because it made it hard for me to concentrate on closing up the school library for the summer. I love it when a good book distracts me from getting the every day work. I especially liked Cam and her Uncle Albert. I’d like to read more about them.

If you enjoy mysteries and have an interest in the local food culture (or even if you just love mysteries), then I recommend that you add this to your reading list. If my library were a public library and not an elementary school library, I would certainly purchase this for the collection.

Thanks to the author, I have a Cozy Mystery Sewing Kit to giveaway. Just comment on today’s post by  midnight on June 14th for a chance to win. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact if you win.


There is also a rafflecopter giveaway on the Great Escapes Tour Page. Click here to enter to win a print copy of Farmed and Dangerous.  This like will also give you the list of other stops for the tour. Be sure to check them all out.

Farmed and Dangerous
by Edith Maxwell

From the start of this book you will be pulled into the story. The town and the charm will win you over and the cast of characters will keep you captivated and not wanting to leave.
~Shelley’s Book Case

What a fabulous book…There are so many twists to keep you guessing along with a little romance and some veggies ;). A great story I would read again and again.
~Bab’s Book Bistro 

farmed and dangerous
Farmed and Dangerous
(Local Foods Mystery)

• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2015)
• ISBN-13: 978-0758284679


Snow is piling up in Westbury, Massachusetts, and Cam Flaherty’s organic farm has managed to survive the harsh New England winter. Unfortunately murder seems to be the crop in season…

Cam is finding the New Year just as hectic as the old one. Her sometimes rocky relationship with Chef Jake Ericsson is in a deep freeze, she’s struggling to provide the promised amount of food to the subscribers in her first winter CSA, and her new greenhouse might just collapse from the weight of the snow. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at the local assisted living facility seems like the least of her worries—until one of the elderly residents dies after eating some of her produce.

Cantankerous Bev Montgomery had a lot of enemies, from an unscrupulous real estate developer who coveted her land to an aggrieved care provider fed up with her verbal abuse. But while the motives in this case may be plentiful, the trail of poisoned produce leads straight back to Cam. Not even her budding romance with police detective Pete Pappas will keep him from investigating her.

As the suspects gather, a blizzard buries the scene of the crime under a blanket of snow, leaving Cam stranded in the dark with a killer who gives new meaning to the phrase “dead of winter.”

MaxwellAbout This Author

  • EDITH MAXWELL is a former farmer of a certified organic farm, holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies Stone Cold, Fish Nets, Burning Bridges, Thin Ice, Riptide, and The Larcom Review. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts, where she’s currently working on her next Local Foods mystery when she isn’t out gardening. Readers can visit her website at

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4 responses to “Farmed and Dangerous by Edith Maxwell – Interview and Review

  1. Kathy Gonzales

    June 5, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I can’t wait to read this , and I really like the sewing kit too!

  2. kayekillgore

    June 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I would love to win

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot killgore

  3. Cecilia

    June 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Sounds like a great story,nthanks!


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