Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Red Delicious Death - 3rd in the Orchard Mystery series
Author: Sheila Connolly
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Sheila's Website/Blog: www.sheilaconnolly.com
Another great paperback mystery from Berkley Prime Crime with a little extra: A menu and recipes from the author at the end of the story.
A group of brand new chefs just out of culinary school in Rhode Island and are interested in opening up a restaurant in Granford, a very pleasant New England village. They are planning to use home-grown foods, which will be wonderful news for the townspeople and especially for orchard owner Meg Corey. Meg was a city girl, who worked in a bank and is now the new owner of an apple orchard. Meg is anxious to provide apples from her orchard to the new venture while continuing with a romantic relationship with the town plumber, Seth.
Sadly, one of the chefs is found murdered in a farmer's pig sty making the opening of the new restaurant come to a halt. It is unbelievable to the townspeople that this nice young chef has been killed. Meg decides to investigate and her investigations dig up some unsavory secrets about the old town. Meg and her friends soon find out that they may have a native of Granford in trouble for the killing.
This book is full of surprises with a main character who is very strong. This is the third book in a new mystery series and it is a very positive premise for a good mystery story. I think that this series has a rosy future. As I grew up in a small town in New England, it is very familiar territory as, in a small area, everybody usually knows everybody else and sometimes that's not always good but most of the time it is. Looking forward to reading the others and spending some quality time with the citizens of Granford.
I'll talk to you soon,
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