Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I messed up this week and did not schedule a special guest 🙁
but that doesn’t mean I can’t share a fantastic cozy with you!!
(Apple Orchard Mystery)
7th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 1, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book File Size: 1365 KB
Remember last summer when the country went through such a terrible drought. Well Granford, Massachusetts suffers through one just like that in this installment of the Apply Orchard Mysteries. To add insult to injury a mysterious beetle has appeared in the wooded areas around town and that could mean a lot of trees coming down.
Meg learns a lot more about her Granford when she tags along with her boyfriend Seth. He is doing some repairs to an historic home and he needs some supplies he can’t just find at Home Depot. Repairing a house built in the 1700’s and staying true to the period is extremely complicated when today’s building codes need to be followed as well.
She visits a local sawmill and the forest reserve where they get their lumber. While taking a short break from hiking in the woods she not only finds the corpse of the strange insect but she finds a decomposing body too. Not again! Now she feels obligated to find out if these two dead things are connected by more than their deadly location.
One of the reasons I love these books is because one picks up right where the last one leaves off. The reader feels like they have never left or our fictional friends have awaited patiently for our return to them.
In this story we also learn something. Connolly has done a great deal of research to not only explain the origin of this mysterious insect and the devastation it could cause, she blends it into the story in such an entertaining way that it is just part of the evolving mystery. She also brings us many details about restoration of historic homes.
There is a lot packed into these pages. An intriguing mystery or two mysteries? Fabulous characters, a bit of romance, and we get a little wiser about some unusual topics. Plus Meg and Bree toil to keep the apples trees properly watered, Seth and Meg hit a bump in their relationship, Seth’s sister has exciting news, and don’t forget the yummy recipes Sheila Connolly always includes.
She also leaves us begging for more as I didn’t want this book to end. So next year you will find me here again talking apples, Seth and Meg, and everything new happening in Granville!! I can’t wait!!
This is not the only mystery series Sheila writes. Check out her webpage here to stay up to date on all of them.
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