Review: Sour Apples by Sheila Connolly

Sour Apples
(An Orchard Mystery)

6th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Company
Published by The Penguin Group (August 7, 2012)
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages ISBN-13: 978-0425251508
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex

Meg Corey has settled in nicely in Granford and her future looks bright with her orchard a success and even expanding. She has made many new friends and her relationship with Seth Chapin is growing as well as her apples.

Then Meg’s friend Lauren blows into town. She has left the bank and is now running the congressional campaign for a former football star from Granford. Seth has some reservations about the candidate and his campaign but there is no time to delve into those details as a local dairy farmer, Joyce Truesdell is found dead. It is first ruled accidental as she was thought to have been kicked my one of her cows, but the autopsy shows that fatal blow came not from a hoof but from a weapon of some sort.

The husband is pegged as the prime suspect but Meg thinks someone else may have had a beef with the dairy farmer. She intends to milk everyone she can think of for clues to finding the real culprit without churning too much attention her way.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This book is a bestseller for a reason. The entire series in extraordinary. Each book picks up almost where the last one left off so you feel as if you never left Granford or missed any detail.

The plot of the story is clever and timely as the entire nation is a hotbed of politics right now and environmental issues have been in the news for years.

The characters have become friends and and you just want to see them succeed and grow. Meg is a feisty protagonist that can admit when she is wrong and fight for what she knows is right. Her life took a very unexpected turn when she came to town to take over the orchard but her life has bloomed in Granford. With Bree by her side helping to managing the orchard and Seth at the ready for anything Meg needs, her life is and will continue to be very fruitful.

Connolly plants the seeds allowing the clues to unfold at a perfect pace. The readers are treated to a juicy and appealing mystery. The recipes, apple and orchard tips are the ala-mode to a tart and tasty pie of a story. I cannot wait to bite into the next orchard mystery.

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About This Author

Sheila writes the Orchard Mysteries and the Museum Mysteries and Buried In a Bog (A County Cork Mystery)comes out February 5, 2013. To find out more about Sheila visit her webpage at

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2 thoughts on “Review: Sour Apples by Sheila Connolly

  1. This sounds really good! I love a good mystery novel. I’ll have to check this series out.

  2. Cute book cover. Thanks for the review. I have not read her books yet. Will have to add them to my reading.

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