Chicken Culprit

Chicken Culprit is the first book introducing you to the residents of Carolan Springs, Colorado. 


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This one is now on my gift list to all my reading buddies.

Reading for pleasure can’t get much better than this. I fell in love with the characters, and having lived in Denver, I could just picture the setting of the fictional town Carolan Springs. I’m also a backyard farmer (sans chickens) and laughed until my sides hurt at the descriptions of the compost patch. Just when I thought I had it figured out, Walton hit me with another twist; so masterful is her ability to weave a tale. And the humor is appropriate, even when talking about murder. There are so many curves and corners in the story it reminds me of driving in the Colorado mountains. I was blown away at the ending – not at all what I had expected. I can’t wait to read the next in this series. These characters are just too good to be lost to one book only. This one is now on my gift list to all my reading buddies.

LINDA THOMPSON  //  Host of The Authors Show

Be ready to immerse yourself in small town living...

Welcome to Carolan Springs where neighbors bake each other bread, raise chickens - and occasionally one suffers an untimely demise. If you're a fan of curling up with a quick, readable mystery, then you'll love The Chicken Culprit. And if other books in this new Backyard Farming series are as entertaining as this debut novel, they will prove to be utterly enjoyable. Be ready to immerse yourself in small town living, complete with a few wayward and badly behaved chickens!



A smart and satisfying page-turning puzzler.

A page-turning puzzler filled with colorful, well-drawn characters and Vikki Walton's clever plotting.

A smart and satisfying page-turning puzzler. A great sleuth!

ELIZABETH SPANN CRAIG  // author of  The Body in the Trunk, Volume 12 of the bestselling Myrtle Clover Mysteries 

Easy to follow and connect with. I liked the characters.

 When Vikki Walton‘s new ‘Backyard Farming’ mystery series fell into my lap, I jumped on the chance to read the first book, Chicken Culprit: (Backyard Farming Mystery Series) (Cozy Mystery). Walton is a new author for me, but one I enjoyed getting to know. [The story] was easy to follow and connect with. I liked the characters. In this caper, a ~40ish woman moves to a small Colorado town known for homesteading. As the story evolves, we learn she has a lot more connections to it than we originally thought — always makes for a good mystery. I liked the twist at the end where we learned her real identity. That was a nice surprise. I’ll leave it at that so the suspense grabs you enough to check it out.  I look forward to reading more.

JAMES J. CUDNEY  //  Author of Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure