Edith Maxwell is one of the Amazon bestselling and Agatha Award nominated American author who likes to write her novels based on the mystery and thriller genres. She is particularly popular for writing down the successful books in the Local Foods Mysteries as well as the Quaker Midwife Mysteries. Author Maxwell also writes a few other mystery series such as the Country Store Mysteries and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries. But, she writes these two mystery series under different pen names of Maddie Day and Tace Baker respectively. Other than the mystery novels, author Maxwell has written a few award winning short stories about crime fiction. As of today, she lives in the northern region of Boston along with her husband and 3 cats. She is often seen blogging along with other prominent authors, all of whom together form the group called as the Wicked Cozy Authors. Author Maxwell was born in Pasadena, The United States. She says that she wanted to be a writer ever since she was a small child. Before going to become a full time writer, author Maxwell used to earn her living by working as a technical documentation writer for a software company. She was also indulged in writing essays and features as a freelance journalist. Some other works in which author Maxwell was busy before being a novelist included editing medical texts, producing a few published articles as well as doctoring dissertation in the linguistics field.
When Maxwell made up her mind to write something on her own as a writer, she started off with news and fiction articles. The first paid published article written by author Maxwell came out when she was 9 years old. She believes that the only thing that makes her extremely happy is writing long and short novels. Being one of the established authors, Maxwell actively participates in the happenings of the Sisters in Crime group of writers. She has even served as the vice president of the New England chapter of the group. Author Maxwell is also an active member of the MWA as well as a long time member of the Friends Society. A few art stories written by her have appeared in the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Endowment. Apart from being a prolific writer of mystery novels, author Maxwell is also a well known organic farmer. This is the reason why she was able to describe the character of Cam Flaherty in the Local Foods Mystery series. She has given the description of language and tensions of the farming profession of Flaherty. Author Maxwell has lived in southern Indiana for a period of 5 years. She was very much impressed by the language and slow pace of the natives of that place. Therefore, she made the decision to set the novels of the Country Store Mystery series there. In her free time, author Maxwell used to deliver independent classes on childbirth and even worked for a few years as a doula. With the help of these activities she was able to give a perfect insight into the struggling life of the historical midwife that she has depicted in the Quaker Midwife mystery series. Currently, author Maxwell lives in Amesbury, Massachusetts, The United States. However, she is actually a 4th generation citizen of California. Maxwell is blessed with a couple of fully grown sons and a beloved husband. The whole family lives in an antique house, which comprises of three pet cats and a few specimens fine gardens statuary.
The Local Foods Mystery series written by author Edith Maxwell consists of 4 books in total, which were published between the years 20143 and 2016. The debut book of this series is titled as ‘A Time to Live, A Time to Die’. This book is set in Westbury, Massachusetts, and features the lead character in the form of Cameron Flaherty, who is described by the author as an organic farmer. As the novel starts, Cameron Flaherty is depicted as hoping to make an excellent selling during the harvest time. But, her hopes are destroyed when a killer commits a murder on her property. Due to this, her first produce of organic farming yields murder instead of crops. However, in spite of having a slow start to her first growing season, she gets a flourishing CSA because of the excellent marketing strategy of an enthusiastic volunteer from Brazil named Lucinda DaSilva. She has made a vow to eat nothing else other than the local farm produce for a year. Therefore, she helps Cameron Flaherty get a number of subscribers for her CSA. On one occasion, Cam finds that one of her employees named Mike Montgomery does not follow the practices of organic farming. Hence, she fires him. The day end like a normal day at the office except that Mike is found stabbed with a pitchfork in his neck. Cam gets suspected as the murderer, but she joins hands with Lucinda to find out who the real killer is. Her investigation shows that the locality was full of people with possible intentions of making things difficult for her. There was a competitive neighboring farmer, a Swedish chef who has turned to odd means after she rejected his love proposal, and a militia group which had some nonlocal agendas. In order to clear her name, Cam is required to dig up the secrets buried beneath the farm lands of the her organic produce.
The second book in the series is titled as ‘Till Dirt Do Us Part’. It was published in the year 2014 by the Kensington publishers. At the beginning of the novel, it is shown that Autumn has descended on the village where organic farmer Cameron Flaherty lives and she has set up a new chilly diner. Another character named Irene Burr seems to have made a number of enemies because of her wish to purchase the Town Hall of Westbury and turn it into a textile museum. Soon, she ends up being dead and a long list of suspects is prepared from the nearby farms. Even Cameron Flaherty suspects that one of the local farms might up settled an old score with Irene Burr, but she is not sure which one among them is the murderer. As the harvest of the Fall approaches, Cameron is required to sift through a number of possible killers, including the estranged son of Irene, her auto mechanic, as well as a fellow subscriber of CSA. After spending some time investigating about the murder of Irene Burr, Cameron Flaherty realizes that the closer she is getting to solve the case, the more someone is trying to cut short her harvest of the Fall season. Now, she is required to solve the murder case as soon as possible in order to prevent herself from becoming the latest victim of the deadly killer.Book Series In Order » Authors » Edith Maxwell