Seeds of Deception (An Orchard Mystery)
by Sheila Connolly
10th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts/New Jersey
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (October 4, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKXJF0
The New York Times bestselling author of A Gala Event returns with newlyweds Meg and Seth Chapin who should be worried about writing thank you notes, not taking a juicy bite out of crime…
With the bushels of time they spent organizing their wedding, Meg and Seth didn’t have a chance to plan a honeymoon. But now that winter has arrived, there’s not much to do at the orchard. So with their shared love of history and all things apple, they pick Thomas Jefferson’s orchards at Monticello as the perfect getaway.
While they enjoy the beautiful sights, there’s a rotten addition to the agenda when Meg’s parents discover their handyman dead in the backyard. With a bitter police chief eyeing Meg’s father as a suspect, Meg and Seth have to cut their honeymoon short to find the root of the problem.
Includes Delicious Recipes
It’s honeymoon time for Meg and Seth and they set off on a road trip. The trip gets a huge detour when they get a call from Meg’s mom saying when they returned home to New Jersey there was a dead body in their backyard. Seems the police chief and her dad have a bit of a conflict so Meg and Seth head to Jersey to aid in the investigation, who am I kidding, Meg butts her way into the investigation to follow the seeds of deception as only she can.
We really don’t know too much about Meg and her parents or her life before coming to Granford. Her parents married right after her dad received his law degree. He eventually went to work for the New York firm, Blackwell, Hyzy and Cates 🙂 (Love this cozy author tie in.) He commuted on the train every day. Her mother kept house and volunteered. When Meg left for college he opened his own firm and moved to the home where they now reside. Much too large for just 2 people but it sounds like a fabulous home. I really enjoyed getting to know her folks and I think they saw a whole different side to their daughter.
This has been a strong series from book 1 , One Bad Apple, because the author has not only created fantastic characters that have continued to grow throughout the series, but she always plots a fabulous mystery around those characters. This time she takes the story out of Granford and the mystery really focuses on Meg, Seth and Meg’s parents, Elizabeth and Phillip. We learn a lot about all four characters. Seth hangs back a little in this story as he lets Meg lead the way and deal with her parents. That is not to say he is not involved. Staying quiet and listening helps him to ask the right questions at the right times to move closer to finding out whodunit and why.
I have enjoyed every book in this series. Winter in the orchard has a lot of downtime so this was the perfect time for Seth and Meg’s wedding and honeymoon and taking them on a trip. They get some news when they get home that means some changes are ahead and leaves me excited to see what Sheila Connolly has planned next.
I recommend you pick this one up and take a nice juicy bite. But why stop there, if this is a new series for you then you are going to want to read the whole bushel.
About The Author
Sheila is the author of many fantastic reads. She not only writes County Cork Mysteries, but the Orchard Mysteries and the Museum Mysteries too. Find out all about Sheila and her books on her webpage here.
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