Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Killer Crop - 4th in the Orchard Mystery series
Author: Sheila Connolly
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: December 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Granford MA
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sheila's Website/Blog: www.sheilaconnolly.com
A good series about a former business woman taking over an apple orchard and making a success of it.
Meg Corey is a girl who lost her job in the financial world and came to Granford, MA to live in a house that was left to her mother and to fix it up for sale. The property holds an apple orchard that Meg becomes very interested in running and in the process becomes enamored with the house the orchard and the people of the town. Meg and her mother were never really close and she is surprised when her mother shows up unannounced at her home in the middle of the night without any explanation of why she is there. This upsets Meg as she is in the midst of harvest season and she is understaffed in the orchard but, Mom doesn't seem to be concerned at all and is not forthcoming about the reason for her visit.
The day after Meg's mom arrives so do the local police with questions for her. It seems that a Professor of English at Amherst College has turned up dead on the floor of a fruit stand. Said professor is a friend of Meg's mother. After a thorough grilling by the police and her daughter, Meg's mom is definitely harboring a secret but, does not want to share. Obviously, someone wanted to get rid of the professor but, could it be Meg's mom or someone from the college. Either way, there is a mystery afoot and, believe it or not, the key may be in the words of Emily Dickinson, long dead Belle of Amherst.
All of the characters in the book are charming but, not without a little larceny in their hearts. As most cozy mysteries I've read it is full of inspirations and entertainments from the first to last chapter. I really enjoyed reading A Killer Crop and look forward to the next, supposedly out in August 2011. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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