This week, I finished up September Fair, part of the Murder-by-Month series of cozy mysteries by Jess Lourie. Set at the Minnesota State Fair, it’s a cozy mystery. The newly-crowned Milkfed Mary, Queen of the Dairy is murdered while having her head sculpted in butter in a rotating, refrigerated booth. Battle Lake librarian and part-time reporter Mira James decides to get to the bottom of who killed the hometown girl, and why.
I related well to the book’s heroine, a small town Midwestern girl who returns to put down roots in a different small town after living in the big city. The descriptions of the state fair were evocative and there was enough lighthearted humor to balance out the grislier elements of the murder. There’s a definite “message” about modern farming and food safety, but it’s woven so naturally into the plot that it doesn’t feel heavy-handed or preachy.
When I picked it up, it was temporarily free for download in the Kindle store. It’s currently back up to regular price, but on a side note, this is one of the ways that Amazon works really well for readers of genre fiction. When authors make one installment of a series available for free as a promotion, it’s a good opportunity to check out that series. Especially if you’re on the fence, these freebies can be a great chance to try out new authors with no risk.
I also picked up Grounds for Suspicion, an anthology of stories from the Southern Indiana Writers Group, at Arlston’s Booksellers in Corydon. I’m about halfway through that, and will review it once I’m done.