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Red Delicious Death (Orchard #3)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,343 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
In this latest Orchard mystery, amateur sleuth Meg Corey takes a bite out of crime...

Some baby-faced chefs, fresh out of cooking school, are looking to open a restaurant in Granford. They plan on using local foods-great news for city girl banker-turned orchard owner Meg Corey. Yet when one of the chefs is found dead, face-down in a farmer's pig wallow, plans come to a s
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Berkley (first published 2010)
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Oct 06, 2014 Ian rated it liked it
"They're all dead."
"What?" Meg Corey dragged her gaze from the orderly rows of apple trees that marched over the hill. Almost all were in bloom now, and some of them had what even a novice farmer like Meg could identify as apples. Small, maybe, but it was a start. She turned her attention to Carl Fredrickson, her beekeeper. Until this morning, Meg hadn't even known she had a beekeeper, but it seemed like every day since she'd inherited the orchard, something - or someone - new she hadn't known
Jun 26, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy
This should really be a one and a half star, but they don't have to select. I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it much, either.

I find the books in this series to be harder and harder to read as they go along. There's so much repetition and padding. Plus, Meg isn't really easy to warm up to. There's just something missing in the mix and it's hard to describe what that is. It should all work, nice setting, small town, an orchard, but it doesn't at least not for me.

Mar 01, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it
Red Delicious Death is book three in the "An Orchard Mystery" novels staring Meg Corey.

For those we are deciding to pick up this novel, I suggest they read "One Bad Apple" and "Rotten to the Core" since they will help lay the groundwork for the series.

Meg is now preparing for her first harvest of the orchard in Granford, Massachusetts. Though Meg is busy from sun-up to sundown with the orchard she still manages to help three chefs from Boston pick a site for a new restaurant in Granford. Thoug
May 14, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
I can certainly say that this book is where the author is beginning to hit her stride as far as the characters developing. I do find that it doesn't draw me in as much as other series that I have read in the past. The stories are well-written, just maybe I would like to feel that a bit more humor was injected into them. Sometimes it is hard to put one's finger on what is lacking and for me I think it is that the characters are though better developed are still uptight and maybe that would be ok ...more
Penny McGill
Apr 01, 2013 Penny McGill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy
Ooooh. This one was so good. The romance is heating up and they begin to provide support to two very naive chefs who want to open a Whole Foods inspired-restaurant in a town where it might be a tough sell. The tension and pacing of this book is perfect and it just makes me want to read more about these characters. Very near the perfect cozy mystery.

Oh, I read some other reviews of this book after I posted mine and I think that there is something wrong with those people. Not able to warm up to Me
Christine Jensen
Sep 10, 2011 Christine Jensen rated it really liked it
A fun cozy series. If you are a cozy mystery lover, then you are likely the Orchard Mystery series. The main character is a bit of a fish out of water in small town New England (having spent most of her life in the city). Her attempts at running an apple orchard with the help of a few locals are enjoyable to read and sets a great background for a mystery.
Jun 19, 2017 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, picnic-bingo
Meg is continuing to learn more about her orchard everyday. She is also learning that living on her farm makes her happy. A phone call from her friend is about to impact not only Meg, but the small town of Granford. A trio of cooking-school graduates are set on opening a farm to table restaurant. Meg is able to lead them to local realtor Frances and the search for a location is on. The small town is about to be home to a new business. Plans move along quickly until one of the partners is found d ...more
Jun 05, 2017 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
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Deborah Almada
Feb 19, 2017 Deborah Almada rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I think this series gets better with each book. This time the murder takes place not at Meg's orchard but it is a young chef she put in touch with her friend the realtor, who was set to open a restaurant on the town green with another young couple, who would want him dead? he knew no one in town except his fellow chefs and partners, most people in town are happy at the prospect of new business and especially a restaurant. While Meg is trying to get the hang of the orchard, having her orchard man ...more
Jun 15, 2017 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red Delicious Death

I enjoyed the book, but it was a little slow at times. It needed a little more action and mystery to make you want to keep reading.
May 15, 2017 Circle15 rated it it was amazing
Have loved every book in this series!
Jul 01, 2013 Effy rated it liked it
Meg Corey's apple orchard in Granford will be ready to harvest in a matter of months. But she has a lot to do before then, like finding out where the acres of apples will go after they've been picked. So when Lauren, her friend and old co-worker from Boston, calls about three naive chefs wanting to open a restaurant and can't find a spot within their budget, Meg calls up a local real estate agent to help them out. After all, Meg is extremely busy to help them. She's getting ready for her first h ...more
Feb 20, 2017 Anna rated it liked it
Okay. So I liked the new characters, but Meg. Come on. All up in everyone's business, and not even in a sleuthing kind of way... She and Seth just can't seem to move forward with their own projects--they only want to work toward other people's successes. Such a strange way to move the plot forward. I'm into the cliffhanger though--let's see if she can maintain any of this tension in the 4th book.
Cathy Cramer
My husband wanted to give up on this series after reading this one (book 3), and said he'd save me the trouble of reading it. But, I read it and enjoyed it more than the last one. The main character, Meg, didn't seem so over-confident in her sleuthing and she wasn't trying to use people like she had in the prior books.

Instead of the mystery, the book focused mainly on running an orchard and getting ready to run a restaurant. There was a little bit of mystery here and there.

In the town meeting, o
Feb 14, 2017 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I really enjoyed this story. This is a good series and I can't wait to read the next one. On to #4.
Dec 01, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this title as much as the first two and hope to read all the titles (eventually) in the series.
The characters are down-to-earth; they develop and grow; and their personalities and situations are believable. I like the references to apples, orchard management, local history and small town life.
Meg Corey is settling in and still restoring her mother’s inherited farmhouse. Meg is about to see her first apple harve
Dec 12, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-read-2014
Another good story by Connolly introducing readers to options within modern agriculture and showing that not all food production needs to be or even should be giant corporate business Inc. The locavore movement is featured in reference to restaurants, co-ops, and farmer markets - where seasonal food is obtained (usually) within 100-150 miles of the retail or serving point. Another point of education is integrated pest management where the first choice is not chemicals and pesticides but also the ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
I'm a third of the way through this book, and I see another reviewer pretty much summed up what I'm running into with this series:

"I find the books in this series to be harder and harder to read as they go along. There's so much repetition and padding. Plus, Meg isn't really easy to warm up to. There's just something missing in the mix and it's hard to describe what that is. It should all work, nice setting, small town, an orchard, but it doesn't at least not for me."

Agree. This will likely be t
Jun 30, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
“Red Delicious Death” follows fortunes of ex-Big City residents as they escape to country life
“Red Delicious Death” by Sheila Connolly is one of a series of mysteries set in the western Massachusetts countryside where Meg has returned to her family roots. Meg inherits an apple grove and winds up taking a crash course in growing modern and heirloom varieties. She also finds time to help out a young couple who escape Boston and buy a local mansion to convert into a “locavore” restaurant.
Along the
Mar 06, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
I read this out of order from the rest of the series and haven't made it back to get the 1st book. There are references to the previous books, but that doesn't deter from the plot here.
Meg's orchard experience seems real enough, and it's interesting to say the least. Some of the book seemed like it was filler, but I thought the book was readable, certainly not something I'd put down and not finish. The character development seems a little strained at some points,and I'm not sure if I'm missing
Aug 15, 2011 Cris rated it liked it
You can definitely start with this mystery, but you'll lose some of the character development and miss out on some of the continuing plot lines.

I think Connolly handled the murder better here. (Although the resolution was, again, a bit of a cop out. (view spoiler)) At leas
Kristin L.
Jul 02, 2012 Kristin L. rated it liked it
This is the third of the Orchard Mystery series featuring reluctant sleuth Meg Corey. I love the idea of mysteries surrounding an apple orchard, and I have learned more about apples and small farming than I ever thought I would. This installment ventures into the "locavore movement" which I was not familiar with. And in the middle of it all is the refurbishing of an old house into a new restaurant and of course, a mysterious death.

I think that the author is getting much better at the flow of dia
Oct 17, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I am excited to have stumbled up Sheila Connolly's apple orchard series. This was a well-written, easy to read cozy mystery. So often, I will stumble upon a series, only to pick up a book that falls smack-dab in the middle, which I did with this series. It was such a great book, though, that I'm going to go back and read the first two installments.

Connolly does a great job of capturing the characters, weaving an intricate story that is easy to follow. She does an excellent job of describing eac
Apr 18, 2010 Mare rated it really liked it
In the third installment of her Orchard series Meg Corey connects a trio of young people to a local realtor to help them in their search for a local for a new restaurant. They are young, ambitious, and would like to utilize locally grown products in their business which would be a boon to Granford. When one of the trio is found dead at a local farm events begin to unfold to show different aspects of each of the characters involved from the Select Board to Lauren, an old friend of Meg's from the ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I really enjoyed this addition to the series, it was a gentle, easy read but I have a hard time calling this a mystery as the mystery is pretty much incidental to the overall story.
This book continues to look more at Meg's experiences as an apple orchard grower and her joining and finding her own place in her new community. and as that it does a wonderful job. What little time that is spent focusing on the murder actually feels fairly natural vs. forced the way many cozy's can and again that is
Jun 06, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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Aug 09, 2010 Vickie rated it really liked it
This one was the most delicate of cozies. There was a murder, but it wasn't mentioned as much nor did the main character, Meg Corey, spend as much time trying to figure out who the killer was as much as concentrate on her orchard and helping out the new restaurant trying to get established. I found that I enjoyed this kind of cozy and look forward to reading more in the series.
Living in a small town and what it takes to have an agricultural business and the behind the scenes of the startup of a
Paul Lunger
May 21, 2013 Paul Lunger rated it liked it
The 3rd Orchard Mystery, "Red Delicious Death", finds us back at the orchard of Meg Corey & the deceased this time is a local chef who is amongst a group in town trying to open a new restaurant in Granford. Connolly in this story continues the love story of Meg & Seth as well as setting up what is becoming an almost average fare mystery for this series with relatively normal set-up, plot line & resolution with nothing really to distinguish itself from the series itself. Just an avera ...more
Debbie Maskus
Oct 07, 2012 Debbie Maskus rated it it was ok
like the exploration of history for the Massachusetts vicinity and the description of the various types of apples, but the mystery proved to be mushy. The ending was bland and not what was expected. I felt out of the loop since I had not read the first book of the series set in a small, picturesque town of Massachusetts. The characters are so-so. Meg's friend, Lauren, seems not too friendly. I will probably read the rest of the series because I enjoy reading of different areas and learning more ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Orchard (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • One Bad Apple (Orchard, #1)
  • Rotten to the Core (Orchard, #2)
  • A Killer Crop (Orchard, #4)
  • Bitter Harvest (Orchard, #5)
  • Sour Apples (Orchard, #6)
  • Golden Malicious (Orchard, #7)
  • Picked to Die (Orchard, #8)
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