Local Foods Mysteries

The Local Foods Mysteries feature novice organic farmer Cameron Flaherty.

mulch-ado-about-murder-hcMulch Ado About Murder, book five in this popular series, releases in May, 2017. When a local farmer is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry, there’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman’s embittered ex‑husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage, and farmer Cam’s own mother.

Murder Most Fowl came out in 2015. When a cold-blooded Murder Most Fowlkiller puts the big chill on the residents of Westbury, Massachusetts, organic farmer-turned-sleuth Cam Flaherty has to set aside her seedlings for the time being as she tills the soil for clues in the mysterious death of a local poultry maven.


In book thrFARMEDANDDANGEROUSee, Farmed and Dangerous, snow is piling up in Westbury, Massachusetts, but murder seems to be the crop in season. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at an assisted living facility seems like the least of Cam’s worries—until one of the elderly residents dies after eating some of her produce. 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.”



Til Dirt do us Part Cover

In the second book in the series, ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part, the produce is local–and so is the crime–when long-simmering tensions lead to murder following a festive dinner on Cam Flaherty’s organic farm. It’ll take a sleuth who knows the lay of the land to catch this killer. But no one ever said Cam wasn’t willing to get her hands dirty…

A Tine To Live A Tine To Die PB COVER

In A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die, geek-turned-novice farmer Cameron Flaherty hopes to make a killing selling organic produce. But when a killer strikes on Cam’s property, her first foray into the world of organic farming yields a bumper crop of locally sourced murder. To clear her name, Cam has to dig up secrets buried deep beneath the soil of her farm. And when the police don’t make progress in the case, she has to catch a murderer whose motto seems to be, “Eat Local. Kill Local.”

Catch the podcast interview about the series on CrimeFiction.Fm.


“Expertly written, the author does a great job in setting up the main plot as well as the minor plots that capitalize on the pivotal roles portrayed by the characters.” Dru’s Book Musings

“Things build toward a logical murderer and a fantastic climax.” Carstairs Considers

“Cozy fans will still enjoy spending time with Cam and friends.” Publishers Weekly

Quirky characters, lots of organic farming tips, and a well-developed mystery make this Cam’s best outing yet.“- Kirkus Reviews

“Enticing” “Cozy fans will be able to relate to this spunky…heroine.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Organic farmer Cameron Flaherty and her colorful Locavore Club once again face problems in the third series entry… For all cozy readers, especially fans of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson.” – Library Journal

“Maxwell’s feisty heroine and the interesting background detail on the realities of organic farming blend to deliver a clever, twisting mystery…Fans of other mysteries involving organic farming, or of foodie mysteries in general, will find plenty to enjoy here.”– Booklist

“5 out of 5 stars.  Farmed and Dangerous had great characters, a good mystery with twists, interesting information about growing vegetables and herbs in winter, and a little romance.  What more can a reader ask for in a cozy mystery!The Avid Reader

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

This is a good solid mystery that kept me engaged to the very end. ~Booklady’s Booknotes

Once you start reading you won’t want to put it down. ~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

I really enjoyed this book…will keep you guessing till the end and there are a lot of twists and turns. ~Melina’s Book Blog

…good suspense… I liked the characters. There was a sense of community. ~readalot

…a fun read that I completely enjoyed. If you take the time to dig into this book, you’ll be richly rewarded. ~Carstairs Considers….

It’s a cozy mystery really amazing and engaging: the plot is well constructed, the characters are realistic and likeable, with funny animals and an inevitable and turbulent love story between the protagonist and the detective. The setting is perfect: a quiet rural community. ~LibriAmoriMiei

Great cozy read! Well written and a good mystery. ~MysteriesEtc

Filled with delightful friendships and people of all ages willing to help each other out, forming a wonderful sense of community, there are enough clues and suspects here to keep you wondering who-dunnit until the very last pages. ~Laura’s Interests

This cozy offers enjoyable characters, suspense, and a value of information on organic farming. Beware, it will create a rumbling, hungry tummy, and … an uncontrollable desire for more of Edith Maxwell’s work. ~Le Couer de l’Artiste, D.J. Adamson

12 thoughts on “Local Foods Mysteries

  1. Kathy

    Love this series! I have fun trying to figure out locations since I live in Andover and am familiar with the towns mentioned.

  2. Ann Parker

    just finished reading “till dirt do us part” and enjoyed it. I hope in your new book that we find out who she chose, Jake or Pete. LOL
    the only problem i had with your book was your reference to Hillary Clinton as being a strong and independent woman. I use to believe that too until recently. I don’t like liars and when i stopped and thought about the independent part of her personality i don’t believe she would be where she is here today if it wasn’t for her husband bill clinton. by the way i’m not a rep. but a Ind.
    Again, loved your book and can’t wait to see who Cam picks in the 3rd book.


  3. Annette

    I’ve read all three of the Local Foods Mystery books. Loved, loved them! Can’t wait for the next.
    Please tell me there will be a #4!!! – hopefully, soon.

    1. Edith Maxwell Post author

      Annette – Murder Most Fowl will be out at the end of May next year. Sorry to make you wait! But I’m so pleased you liked the first three. In the meantime, you could take a stab at my Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (written as Tace Baker) and my Country Store Mysteries written as Maddie Day), the first of which debuts on October 27.



  4. Francisca Villa

    I really love this series, but sadly, unless my local library picks up this newest book I will have to pass. While I appreciate all the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into writing a book, at $21.25 for the Kindle version, it’s just beyond my budget for a mystery novel. I wish you much success with the series.
    Best Regards

    1. Edith Maxwell Post author

      Francisca – please hold off judgement. I let my editor know about that crazy price point. This is surely a mistake! The ebooks usually sell for around eleven dollars. I’m SO glad you love the series. Let’s stay in touch about it.

      1. Francisca Villa

        I’m so happy to hear it might be a mistake. I’ll make a note to check back closer to the release date. I hesitated to say anything because I didn’t want to seem like I was making a judgement on the value of your work – I think your books are always enjoyable.

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