Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series by Vikki Walton, blog tour, giveaway, recipe & spotlight

Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series
by Vikki Walton

About the Book

Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Colorado
Morewellson, LTD
Print Length: 251 pages
Digital ASIN: B079SS1C4S

Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.

Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.

Yet, before Anne’scompletely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.

However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community’s secrets, she’s also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town’s deputy coroner.

Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?



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Like The Best Ever Frittata 

[XXXO Kandi Jenkins]

 What You’ll Need:

  • Eggs 8-10 
  • Cast iron pan (8-10 inch) or oven-safe skillet
  • Bowl, Whisk and Spatula
  • Butter (If you, like, don’t want to use butter, then oil or fake butter).
  • Your favorite ingredients (spinach, mushrooms, peppers, etc.)
  • Salt and cracked pepper (and any other desired spices)
  • Milk or water (1/4 cup)
  • Fresh herbs (optional for including in frittata or on top)
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Meat (optional)


Heat oven to 350 degrees (177 degrees C or Gas Mark 4)

On top of the stove, sauté your veggies in butter or oil in your skillet*. 

After the vegetables are softened, transfer to a dish to add later.

If you’re adding meat or a starch, cook it at this stage. 

Crack your eggs in a bowl. 

Using a whisk, combine the eggs.  Add milk or water if desired.

Add salt and pepper and any desired herbs or spices.

Add more butter or oil to the pan and have the burner at a medium heat. 

Pour the eggs in the pan and cook until set (about 2-4 minutes). 

Using a spatula lift the sides to allow uncooked egg to move from the middle. 

Once the edges are set and the middle is not liquid, sprinkle your cooked 

veggies over the eggs. 

 Put the frittata into the oven for approximately 12-20 minutes. 

When a toothpick comes out clean, add cheese on top and cook for another minute or until melted. Conversely, you can add the cheese after done. 

Let sit five to ten minutes before cutting. Can serve warm or room temperature.

Chicken Culprit (A Backyard Farming Mystery) by Vikki Walton There’s so many frittata combinations you can try!

Like a bit of heat? 

Onions, poblano peppers, Roma tomatoes (discard interior). Top with Queso Fresco and Cilantro. Serve with flour tortillas or fried corn tortilla strips. 

Meat and Potatoes

Hearty American: Potatoes (cubed and cooked), bacon, ham or sausage. Serve with biscuits and white gravy. 

Veggie Lover

Spinach, mushroom, onion, bell peppers, tomato, etc. Top with Manur cheese and parsley. Serve with toast.

Girl’s Brunch

Asparagus, chives, tarragon. Top with Gruyere or Emmental. Serve with Croissants. 

Simple Supper

Salmon (poached or smoked), capers, dill. Top with Chevre or Havarti Dill. Serve with bagels. 


Tomato and basil. Top with Mozzarella and fresh basil. Serve with baguette. 

What’s your Favorite or Your Recipe?


Chicken Culprit (A Backyard Farming Mystery)

by Vikki Walton



About the Author

Vikki Walton is a suburban homesteader aka the Havensteader. She has chickens, gardens, and bees and is a certified permaculture designer. She’s also the author of nonfiction books. She loves to travel, is a global house and pet sitter and when not out in the garden or hiking in beautiful Colorado, is plotting her next mystery.

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Tour Participants

April 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

April 16 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

April 16 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE

April 17 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW

April 17 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

April 17 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

April 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

April 18 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

April 18 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

April 18 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

April 19 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW


April 19 – Jane Reads – REVIEW

April 19 – T’s Stuff – SPOTLIGHT

April 20 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW


April 20 – Varietats – REVIEW

April 21 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

April 21 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 21 – fundinmental – REVIEW

April 22 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

April 22 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

April 22 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER GUEST POST