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One Bad Apple (Orchard #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  2,127 ratings  ·  138 reviews
There's a killer in the orchard, and he's rotten to the core.


Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land, and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her pr
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Published August 5th 2008 by Berkley Prime Crime
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After Meg loses her job in Boston, she moves to the small rural New England town of Granford with plans to fix up an old house she owns with her mother to sell. But she quickly discovers the house is in need of some serious attention and a big city bank has eyes on the land the house sits on to make way for a mall.

And then her ex-boyfriend who worked for the bank turns up dead in her septic tank and she's the number one suspect. With the State Police not really interested in looking further tha
Nicole Romine
A satisfying and well-written cozy mystery. Meg Corey relocates to rural Massachusetts from Boston to remodel the family’s colonial home. The setting was ideal for a cozy mystery: a beautiful old home set on a great tract of land with an apple orchard. Needless to say, a murder occurs and Meg gets involved in the mess. Meg was extremely likable and her involvement in the mystery didn’t seem too forced (which is sometimes a problem in these kinds of books). The novel had everything I want in a co ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Marilyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves mystery stories
Sheila Connolly has done it again-good characters, excellent mystery story with a lot of research regarding small town government in Massachusetts and growing apples. Informative and very well written. Meg has been dumped by her boyfriend, lost her big bucks job in Boston due to downsizing. She decides to go to a small town to fix up a house that her mother had inherited from maiden aunts. The more she does in the house the more problems she faces, including finding a body in her new septic tank ...more
One Bad Apple was my first read from Sheila Connolly. This cozy mystery is set in a small rural Massachusetts town. The cast of characters are likable, and the plot is entertaining. Overall I enjoyed the book. My only complaint is that I found some of the parts to be redundant. Besides murder, this book has a little something for any cozy fan -- taking care of an orchard, renovating a house, antiquing, and cooking. The apple recipes sound yummy! I would read more from this author. 3 stars

I certa
This book seems about 20 pages too long, not because it drags, but because it is very repetitive. The same points of self-reflection were gone over and over and over... It was also not edited very well, as there were unintentionally repeated phrases, giving the prose a stilted feeling. The descriptive narrative was lacking. I don't even remember the color of the main character's hair, and I'm not certain her age was ever discussed. We are let assume she is an attractive, white twenty-something.

Meg Corey has fallen on hard times. In the past few months, she’s been downsized out of her job at a Boston banking firm, forced to leave her apartment, and dumped by her boyfriend, Chandler Hale. When Meg’s mother decides to sell a rental property she inherited, Meg jumps at the chance for a new start. She moves into the historical home in the small town of Granford, Massachusetts, intending to renovate the home for a quick sale.

Meg soon finds that she’s in over her head. She’s a city girl, not
Meg loses her job as a Banker in Boston and decides to fix up her mom's house for resale in a small town and clear her head and figure out what she wants to do. Of course the work is much more than she expected and things are complicated when her ex shows up on her doorsteps and later dead in her septic tank.

I really enjoyed Meg and the setting for this book. I started out with 3 suspects and was not surprised at the guilty party, just saddened. I look forward to more in the series and mroe wodn
While I did enjoy this book, I did not like that it took so long to get to the murder. It’s almost fifty pages into the book before a body shows up. Maybe I just like my books a little more fast-paced, but I felt like all of that could have been explained in the story after the murder had taken place. That being said, I certainly had no hard feelings after Chandler Hale met his demise considering his actions leading up to it.

I enjoyed the setting of the story. I love New England and the whole id
It is winter in Massachusetts. "One Bad Apple"has invaded the picturesque serenity of the town of Granford and it falls to newcomer Meg Corey to find the bad apple and settle down to work.

Meg has recently been made redundant from her banking job in Boston. Her mother thinks that her century home in Granford would be the perfect setting for Meg to gather her thoughts and plan her future. Meg's mission: to renovate the old farmhouse to get it ready to sell.

Meg's inexperience in home repair and rem
Meg Corey, out of a job and with no real home, has come to the town of Granford, Massachusetts to start renovations on an old home that her mother inherited from distant relatives. She intends to fix up the home and sell it quickly but immediately things don't go her way. The septic system backs up and there are a lot of repairs that need done. Then an old flame shows up and he is in charge of a project to bring businesses into town. Meg finds out that part of the project will mean that she will ...more
I liked the relationships between the characters. the mystery part seemed rushed and not very thought out to me. This book didn't make me want to pick it up, it made me want to do anything but.
If you love something different for your cozy, you'll enjoy this one featuring an apple orchard. In Sheila Connolly's One Bad Apple, we're introduced to Meg Corey, who has no job, no boyfriend, and moved to Granford from Boston. She uncovered the twists and turns of a small-knit town and how they came together to support one another. First she moved into a family home from her ancestors that needs a whole lot of work, before she wants to sell it. And then she learned about the orchard attached t ...more
Loved this! Fun and entertaining read! The characters are delightful with great interactions and Meg is a hoot.
What an amazing beginning to a cozy mystery series. I cannot wait to continue reading this series.
One Bad Apple
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Made redundant from her position at a Boston bank, Meg Corey relocates to Granford, Massachusetts to prepare the house her mother inherited for sale. Meg soon realizes that she has bitten off more than she can chew when her plumbing packs it in and a body is found in her newly installed septic tank. Unfortunately, the corpse is none other than Meg's ex-boyfriend and now she is the prime suspect in his murder …

Although the story is quite readable and the heroine is engaging,
Great Start to a new series.

While the main character is younger than me, I could identify with her and the things that happen along life's journey. Losing one's job, certainly sticks out! As well as men who are jerks.

Anyway, I always wonder about these series where new folks appear and die. You would think in many of the small towns that no one would want to be around them for fear of being next.

Still, it doesn't stop me from reading...and it is only (good) fiction to enjoy.

p.s. first book read
This was a terrific premise for a cozy, but a very bad execution.
OMgosh, I thought I wrote a review of One Bad Apple, but I guess I was mistaken..BUT I LOVED IT, absolutely loved it, the plot, the location and the character development. I held on on starting this series, but after running out of books in Sheila Connolly's West Cork series, I had to explore my options...and so glad I did. Things always seem to work out for a reason, and when one door closes(even temporarily) another opens, or so it seems. Meg Corly has lost her job and relationship with a cad ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this first in the Orchard mystery series. Meg, a once successful Finance/Banking single gal discovers that moving from a big city to a small town is a big challenge. She is merely in town to fix up an old rental house of her mothers and that is it. However, everyone keeps complimenting the house's bones, "it’s a great house” which makes her wonder what they see that she doesn’t. Hmmm, all Meg sees is what she needs to do to get it sold, and her task list includes fun items l ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
When Boston investment banker Meg Corey moves to Granford, Massachusetts, things don't go exactly smoothly. She has left behind a Boston job that was swallowed up in a bank merger, and ex boyfriend Chandler Hale, in exchange for a crumbling colonial house and an orchard. She figures she'll spend a little time fixing up the house to sell while she looks for a new job and licks her wounds. Things take a turn for the worse when Chandler shows up in town to manage a proposed commercial development p ...more
Aug 07, 2008 Lesa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of cozy mysteries
Some people snidely refer to a book as a cozy mystery. Sheila Connolly's One Bad Apple is an example of everything that is right with the cozy mystery. Her book has a likable heroine, an attractive small town setting, a slimy victim, and fascinating side elements. I hope Connolly returns readers to Granford, Massachusetts again.

Meg Corey lost her banking job in Boston in a downsize. She took on the joint ownership of an old house in Granford, and moved to that small community to get the house re
When Meg Corey loses her job in banking finance, she heads to the small town of Granford to work on getting an Old Victorian house and orchard that belongs to her mother fixed up to sell. Things are in worse shape than she anticipated, but she is hoping to get the place on the market in a few months. Then, surprisingly, her old Boston boyfriend, Chandler, shows up in town, working on a development project for the bank. Things take a turn for worse when Chandler is found dead in her brand new sep ...more
It took way too long to really start the mystery part and dealt a lot more with local politics, that ended up not being as relevant as they were made out to be in the plot, than with the actual mystery. I guessed who the murderer was right off. The main character did hardly any sleuthing, and the writing style was painfully repetetive. You could tell she was a beginning author. Almost none of the characters were likeable, too, but none of them seemed like the murderous type. One of the most anno ...more
An Interesting Puzzle

I really enjoyed reading this book. Meg Corey comes to the small New England town of Granford, Massachusetts to renovate and sell the colonial home her mother inherited. This was an easy book to read.... the storyline moved right along. The mystery was believable and kept you guessing. It was fun getting to know Meg. I learned about apples, apple orchards and the history of Meg's home. The romance that starts to blossom between Meg and Seth added depth to the myster
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My Thoughts: I realize that this is meant to be a light mystery but it was a little too 'light' for me. Honestly, there was no excitement or build-up; no suspense that you'd expect from a murder mystery.
I don't mind if the pace of a book is slow if I have a feeling that the story is leading somewhere. I started to have my reservations when, at about half way through this book, no one had even
I think I already return this book to the library so I am writing this from memory... sigh... not good.

Meg Corey is a banker from Boston that recently lost her job due to down sizing. Her mother inherited a house in the Granford, Ma. that has been rented that last decade or so and suggests to Meg that she can go and rehab it to sell it. It is a 200 year old colonial on an apple orchard in a very small town. Meg is quite the trooper. At every turn there is some major project popping up, but she k
There is something about a cozy set in New England. It seems perfect to me...or it's maybe too much Murder, She's a perfect setting for a cozy. Crisp weather and apple orchards, gazillion year old colonial houses and hard to get to know towns peeps.
Meg is handed an opportunity she can't refuse, taking on a partnership with her mother on the house Mom has inherited. How long can it take, slap a little paint on it and clean it up and flip that puppy.
Yeah, not so much....plumb
I've read many of this author's mysteries, and enjoyed them all. But this is the first Orchard mystery I've read. And the first in that series. While parts of the book seemed a bit slow to me, the plot was truly realistic, as anyone who lives in a small town and has attended town meetings can attest to. And I liked the characters, too. I hope many of them continue to show up in subsequent Orchard mysteries.
Read it in the original english, fun read. Reviewed on FB.
Meg Corey has moved to the small town of Grafton to renovate a house she and her mother own. She's just lost her job, apartment and her boyfriend. Meg thinks moving and renovating the house will take her mind off of her problems. Obviously, she did not know what she was getting into : she fell into a money pit and was not aware there is an apple orchard on the property. One January day, her ex-boyfiend Chandler Hale comes up to the house.
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Sheila Connolly has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company providing genealogical research services. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her p ...more
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  • Sour Apples (Orchard, #6)
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