Jul 17 2017

Book Spotlight & Review: Sowed To Death by Peg Cochran

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Book Spotlight, Cozy Mystery, Reviews / Leave a Comment

The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.


About the Author

Peg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City. After college, she moved to the city where she managed an art gallery owned by the son of the artist Henri Matisse. When her first daughter, Francesca, arrive, the new family moved back to the New Jersey suburbs where her second daughter, Annabelle, was born.

After her husband died, Peg remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they now live (on exile from New Jersey, she likes to joke). Peg managed to segue from the art world to marketing and is now the manager of marketing communications for a company that provides services to seniors.

Her greatest love though as always been writing – particularly mysteries! She has two cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime: The Gourmet De-Lite series set in Connecticut and featuring Gigi Fitzgerald, who provides gourmet diet meals to a select group of clients, and the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London, set in Paris, Tennessee with Emma Taylor who finds murder and mayhem in this quiet country town.

As for pets – she has a schizophrenic cat (really!) named Frazzle and a Westhighland White Terrier, Reggie, who is desperately in need of losing a few pounds. But you know what they say: If your dog is overweight, it means YOU aren’t getting enough exercise!

When she’s not writing, Peg can usually be found cooking, which she loves. When asked to bring a dish to a potluck she invariably opts to bring dessert – partly because she loves making sweet dishes and partly because she and her husband always manage to be late so there’s no point in putting them in charge of appetizers!

Peg loves connecting with readers and other writers so feel free to drop her an email via her contact page! And be sure to visit her other site at www.MegLondon.com.

Review of Sowed To Death

Review (4 Stars):  Sowed To Death was a charming mystery with delightful characters and scrumptious recipes to die for.  It is that time of year for the county fair and Shelby is excited to show off her jams and jellies to the rest of the community. When the local firehouse puts on a display demonstrating the Jaws of Life at the fair, no one is more surprised than Shelby when the dummy involved turns out to be an actual person.  Before she knows it, her friend, Jake, becomes the prime suspect in the murder and it is up to Shelby to find a killer before it is too late.

This is the second book in the Farmer’s Daughter mystery series and I have to say that this series is getting better with each new installment.  Shelby took a while to grow on me but I now love her personality and the way she comes up with all her great recipes.  Sowed to Death was well-written and fun, hooking me from the very first page to the last.  I’m excited to see where things go from here and can’t wait to see what happens next for Shelby in book number three.


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