Bogged Down by Murder

Title: Bogged Down by Murder (Nothing Shady Ever Happens in Shady Valley, Book 1)

Author: Kathy Cretsinger

Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense

Available: Amazon


Bogged Down by Murder (Nothing Shady Ever Happens in Shady Valley Book 1) by [Kathy Cretsinger]City girl, Daisy McQueen, inherits her grandmother’s farm in the mountains of East Tennessee, Shady Valley to be exact. Daisy owns a company, Smart Living, that teaches people how to live healthy, and she is used to city life. Shady Valley only has one small store and one restaurant.

Daisy finds a dead body in her cranberry bog, and she is the number one murder suspect. Harry Greer helps her with her investigation without realizing Daisy is one of the richest women in the world with her company, Smart Living.

Hunters are secretly entering her property from the Appalachian Trail at night. Harry wants to protect her, but Daisy wants to teach the people in Shady Valley how to eat and live healthy.

Someone wants her dead.

Positive Elements:

The need for quality friendships and faith in God are shown.

Negative Elements:



A character mentions a relationship with God is important; a character reflects on past church attendance; a character prays.


A body is found in a bog; it is insinuated a man was shot; animals are poached; a character is kidnapped and threatened; it is mentioned a character dies in war; a house is broken into; a character is injured.


Characters are accused of murder; characters kiss.


Four Stars.


Bogged Down by Murder is a cute, sassy, and quirky read. The questions of whodunit and why plague the main character as she deals with teaching others to eat healthily in a town where everything is fried, running her business, and romance. The answers are unexpected, and the faith element, while subtle, is woven in well. Clean, fun, and cute, those who like culinary and small-town mysteries and suspense will enjoy Bogged Down by Murder.

* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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