Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review: Leave Tomorrow Behind by Judy Clemens

Title: Leave Tomorrow Behind
Author: Judy Clemens
Series: A Stella Crown Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Source: Received for Review
Reviewed by: Tess

Summary from Amazon:
She’s back! Tattooed, hardworking, and often crabby dairy farmer and biker Stella Crown is hot—because it’s summer and because she has plenty of things to raise her temperature, including a nagging sister-in-law, her fiancĂ© Nick’s illness, and a bank account in the red. But when a local country star turns up dead at the county fair where Stella’s teenage employee Zach is an exhibitor things turn from hot to ugly.

Stella wasn’t friends with the victim. In fact, she’d only seen her from a distance. But seeing how Stella was the one to dig her out from her deathbed in the calf barn’s manure pile, the cops are on her like flies on…well…honey. Why on earth would Stella want to kill a young singer she’d never spoken to? She’d much rather kill the annoying helicopter dad in the fair’s dairy barn. Or the fifty percent fake girl in the Lovely Miss Pennsylvania Pageant. Or her banker.

Sick to death of annoying cops and entertainment folks, Stella figures the only way to get her life back is to aim law enforcement in the right direction. If that means having to endure a manicure with her soon-to-besister-in-law at the dead singer’s favorite salon or stopping by the recording studio to check out the talent Stella figures there could be worse things.

Can’t a simple farm girl just get married in peace?

At the county fair, things aren't going exactly as planned. The kids from 4-H are here, showing their animals, as usual, but everyone is put on high alert when cows begin getting sick. Not just 1 animal, but three cows are sick and all belong to the same family. Which in itself is the beginning of a mystery. But when a young country music star is killed at the fair, everything and everyone start to go from bad to worse.

I enjoyed this book, and I loved the setting of it. There is nothing like a fair. I don't think I have ever read anything by Judy Clemons, but you can be sure that I will in the future. I found the characters very believable, and the background of the farm didn't take away from the fair setting at all. I give this book a solid five star rating.

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