ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MURDER by Judy Dailey

ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MURDER

KIRKUS REVIEW

A newly-widowed urban farmer tries to reconcile her memories of her husband with the discovery she makes at the hands of a dead man.

Urban farmer and aptly named Sunny Day Burnett is an optimist who met and married her husband, Ken, after a whirlwind courtship, then settled down to what she thought would be a lifetime of happiness. Now, just months later, Sunny is a widow struggling to make ends meet by starting a farm in the backyard of her home, located in the upscale gated community of Laurelmere, outside Seattle. She’s getting ready to slaughter her chickens when she finds that a man facedown in her vegetable patch has already met that fate. Though she doesn’t even know the deceased, Sunny soon finds herself hiring her friendly neighborhood lawyer, Horace “call me Ace” Pennington III, to stop the cops, led by DS Stanislaus, from trampling all over her livelihood. Sunny, so used to being straightforward, can’t bring herself to tell Stanislaus that she’s hiding something: The murdered man was holding a photo of Ken in stilettos and a boa. Sunny doesn’t know what to do with this information, but she’s sure she has to do something, and quickly. So, on Ace’s recommendation, she solicits neighbor and former cop Angus “Mac” MacDougall’s help to get to the bottom of whatever it was Ken was involved in, all the while hoping there’s no more information to find.

Though it’s filled with interesting characters, Dailey’s debut mystery ultimately doesn’t fulfill the promise of its premise.

Pub Date: April 19th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4328-2691-8
Page count: 252pp
Publisher: Five Star
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2013




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