Farm Fresh and Fatal by Judy Hogan
Mainly Murder Press
$15.99, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9895804-0-3 (pb) / 978-0-9895804-1-0 (e-book)
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When Penny Weaver joins the new Riverdell Farmers’ Market, things go from bad to worse. The county’s poultry agent is poisoned, apparently after drinking fruit punch provided by the abrasive market manager, who claims innocence but is arrested. The state ag department threatens to close the market. Penny and her friend Sammie work to uncover the real poisoner. Kent is unpopular with the quirky farmers, with the exception of the genetically modified seeds man and the baker/jelly maker. Penny and Sammie discover that the poison was black nightshade, but which farmer grows it and who put it in the punch?
Judy Hogan helped found and was first president of the NC Writers’ Network (1983-7), as well as the founder of Carolina Wren Press (1976-91) and the co-editor of Hyperion Poetry Journal (1970-81). She has published five other poetry books and two prose works with small presses. She has taught creative writing since 1974. Her first mystery, Killer Frost, was a finalist in St. Martin’s Malice Domestic contest, appearing from Mainly Murder Press in 2012. Farm Fresh and Fatal is the second novel in her Penny Weaver series. She will be reading throughout the Triangle area from her two new books this fall. She farms and writes in Moncure, NC.