Harvest time in Cadyville, Washington, finds Sophie Mae Ambrose volunteering at the local organic farm—and trying to make a little sprout of her own with Barr, her police detective husband. A dead body found in the farm’s compost heap is enough to cast dark clouds over Sophie Mae’s sunny mood, and when Barr’s boss lets her know they need help identifying the body, a reluctant Sophie Mae presses her network of friends and neighbors into action. When a farmhand is found unconscious with a shovel-shaped bump on his head, Sophie Mae turns up the heat on their crop of suspects. If she and Barr don’t root out the killer, it’s only a matter of time before another victim is squashed.
"The pacing and setting are refreshing, and the craft details are well blended. Another strong volume in a series that will appeal to fans of farmer’s market series from Paige Shelton and B. B. Haywood." -- Booklist
"McRae, whose home-crafting mysteries always offer tips in mastering some new area of domestic expertise, spices her juicy mystery with some intriguing veggie lore." -- Kirkus
"...a good story that keeps the reader in suspense until the killer is finally revealed." -- New York Journal of Books