The Fall Festival is in full swing. Civil War reenactors from three counties are partaking in Blossom Valley’s tribute to John Brown. Blue Ridge Mountain foliage is in full bloom. And best of all is Jacob Potter’s pumpkin farm where his hay rides, piglet races, pumpkin picking and corn maze are time-honored draws for locals and tourists alike. That’s why it’s such a shock when Mr. Potter is found dead, hidden under a tarp in the back of Winnie’s pickup truck. This certainly betrays Potter’s reputation as one of the town’s most popular citizens. Fortunately, when it comes to solving a murder, no one has a patch on Winnie. Now, all eyes are on her to do it. Unfortunately, that includes those of the killer who’ll do anything to keep an orchard full of secrets buried.
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The Bottom Line: The Blue Ridge Mountain region is never more beautiful than in the fall when all the leaves change, there’s a nip in the air, and the residents of Blossom Valley are bringing their best to the Fall Festival. The atmosphere is crackling with excitement as the Civil War reenactors gear up for their annual tribute to John Brown. The valley is filled to the brim with residents and visitors alike which means it is also the perfect time for a new mystery for Winnie to solve. When Winnie (and half the town) discovers the body of old Mr. Potter in the bed of Winnie’s truck, it becomes a race to find the guilty party before more bodies begin appearing. As if one crime weren’t enough, Winnie also discovers the fugitive who has threatened she and the sheriff is back in town and looking to settle old scores. Helping Winnie is her usual cast of characters and one special guest, the sheriff’s hot as sin brother who is in town for the Fall Festival. Winnie’s sleuthing skills, her patience, and her crush on the sheriff are all put to the test in this read and it is a delightful ride from beginning to end. Oh, and the goat faints . . . again 😊