Book Review: Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton

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I am a frequent cozy mystery reader and often search out new series. 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. 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’ll leave it at that so the suspense grabs you enough to check it out. I give this debut caper 3.5 out of 5 stars and will gladly continue reading the series.


Walton notes a sort of tongue-in-cheek approach to the story, which I definitely see in the style and humor. At first, it threw me off a little but I settled into the tone eventually welcoming the approach as an easy and enjoyable read. The main character has a strong personality and doesn’t hide her concern over some of the interesting / wacky neighbors she meets, including a potential chicken killer, then a real killer, and a girl who says ‘like’ as often as any Valley Girl I’ve met before. (And that’s quite a few!) I like to learn when I read a cozy mystery, hence why it needs a catchy theme. This is my first farming book where I can gain some useful information if I ever move to the country (a distinct possibility!).

I can’t speak too much about the characters without giving away critical information, but there are several fun twists which I didn’t expect. There’s a bit of culture and life-experience more than I’ve seen before in a cozy, but I liked it a lot. I found the banter between the sheriff and the main character, Anne, amusing. Sometimes I think he’s a meanie, other times, he has potential. All-in-all, there’s a good level of diversity and range in the characters. Walton has a few things to work out with the setting and relationships in the book, but it’s off to a promising start.

Kudos to a new series. I look forward to checking out more.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


14 thoughts on “Book Review: Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton

    The Cozy Pages said:
    April 2, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Farming guidelines and a mystery. Two for one 😉

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    Books,BooksAndMoreBooks said:
    April 2, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    It was different, wasn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

    Martie said:
    April 2, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    I never pick books by the cover since I don’t pay much attention to them. But this cover caught mt eye.

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    Carrie said:
    April 3, 2018 at 1:18 AM

    Sounds cute and quirky which I like, nice review. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    April 4, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Nice review. I like the cover as well. I do not need to start anymore series, but you have tempted me to add this one.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 4, 2018 at 10:51 AM

      Hehe… the author is kind. She reached out to me recently and is starting the second already.


    Colline said:
    April 4, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Good review. I enjoyed reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

    Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ said:
    April 5, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Great Review!❤ I like the sound of it!

    Liked by 1 person

    Nice review Jay. This sounds quirky.😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 6, 2018 at 9:50 AM

      thanks, yes… not typical/traditional… needs to work out a few kinks, but overall a good read

      Liked by 1 person

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