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A Killer Crop (Orchard #4)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  833 ratings  ·  63 reviews
After an English professor-and old friend of her mother-is found dead in a cider house, orchard owner Meg Corey starts to wonder: Could her own mother have committed murder?
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Berkley Books (first published October 28th 2010)
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These books are fun but don't really require much of a commitment. This is book 4 in the series and it just does enough to make me want to read book 5, but honestly I've pretty much forgotten the first three books.

Sheila Connolly doesn't do anything new but she doesn't do anything bad either. If you want to kill some time with a cosy mystery, these are pretty good.
Why do I continue to read this series when I find them just mediocre? I'll tell you why...I'm fascinated by the whole idea of inheriting an old house with an apple orchard. Every time I look at the book cover I think of fall. I give this only and "ok" rating because Meg is just so damn serious and boring all the time. Does she ever crack a smile? Would it hurt her to laugh once in awhile? She has zero sense of humor. This series has the potential to be outstanding, but there needs to be some maj ...more
I just wrote 2 paragraphs that got erased. Ugh, computers are our friends!

I love this series. The information about small town politics, small town over worked historians, apple orchard managing, Harvest Festivals and food co-ops; it is all spot on and Sheila Connolly has really done her research! I love Meg and her questioning her relationship with Seth. Bree is a handful and the Jamaican pickers are great. Meg's mom unexpectedly shows up on the door step of "Red Delicious Death" and "A Killer
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book, by far, was the best in the series yet. And, that is truly saying something. I've enjoyed learning about apple growing and restaurant openings, but, when the added dimension of genealogy was introduced the book picked up and ran with it.

I could not help but be involved with the plot and eagerly reading to see how the generations of Ms. Emily was relative to the case. I enjoyed learning more about Ms. Dickinson and the fact that the Author, Ms. Connolly is of the family in real life w
Meg in the midst of her first apple harvest season when she comes home to find her mother unexpectedly sitting on her doorstep. Then the greater surprise is that her mother was visiting an old friend who has since turned up murdered in an usual location.

What I liked most about this book in the series was Meg's interactions with her mother. Their relationship evolves as a result of what is happening. And they have some really interesting conversations and moments.

I also enjoyed Meg's adaptation
t's Meg's first harvest in the apple orchard. Having decided she's going to learn about the business from the bottom up, she's working as a picker. And because she's understaffed, she's working hard.

When her mother appears, unannounced, on her doorstep, Meg isn't terribly pleased, but decides to try to make the best of it. Then, they find out that the old friend Elizabeth Corey has been visiting was found dead on the floor of a cider house. When Meg tries to find out why she was visiting this ma
If you love culinary cozies, you'll enjoy this one from the Orchard Mysteries. When I've read Killer Crop, it's a good cozy. We're enveloped into a rustic world of living in Massachusetts, when a murder takes place. We're introduced to Meg Corey, who's now learning the ropes of apple picking for her orchard. There's so much goes into the process, whether by hand or by machine, even to make cider, for harvest season. It's a lot of hard work to learn about apple picking. It's educational and infor ...more
Melissa the Shelf Stalker
This is the 4th in the Orchard series and I am still not loving it. I can't stand the main character, Meg and if it weren't for the other characters charm, I'd suspect I'd of put this in the abandoned pile a while ago. Meg's parents had a large part in this, especially her mom, Elizabeth, and I really liked them. I didn't like how Seth was treated at all by Meg, nor did I like how little it focuses on the orchard when it is supposed to be an orchard series! Sort of boring if I am being honest an ...more
A local professor is killed and somehow Meg's mother becomes the prime suspect. Just what Meg doesn't need while she is in the middle of her first apple harvest.

There is a lot going one here, hints about apple harvest, tips on how to conduct genealogical research and a potential for finding new letters written by Emily Dickinson. Meg is torn in several directions, apple harvest, mystery of dead professor, parents visiting, Bree with a broken arm, and trying to find the time(courage) to tell her
Molly Weston
Meg Corey is right in the middle of harvesting her first apple crop when her mother arrives for an unannounced visit. By the time Meg has shaken off her initial surprise she gets another: Detective William Marcus knocks on the front door asking to talk with Elizabeth about a murder. Although Meg and Elizabeth aren't close, she knows her mother couldn't have anything to do with murder. Could she? And why on earth would an Emily Dickinson scholar be the victim?

If you're looking for a high-end tra
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Another great book about apples, the process, and picking. Each book is another step is how an apple orchard works. Only one thing, it said that each Honey Crisp tree bought has to have a license to sell the apples. That's not exactly true. Only certain types of Honey Crisp have that requirement, mostly the newer strains.
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Jun 15, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: cozies
A Killer Crop
By Sheila Connolly
Copyright December 2010
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

When Meg Corey’s mother arrives unannounced in Granford, Massachusetts, Meg’s sure it’s not just to pay a surprise visit to the apple of her eye. The timing is terrible – it’s harvest season and Meg is understaffed in the orchard. Plus Elizabeth Corey is clearly hiding the real purpose of her trip from her daughter.
After an English professor from Amherst, who is an old friend of her mother is found dead on the f
Linda Smatzny
This is the fourth book in the Orchard Mystery series featuring Meg Corey. In this book, Meg's mother arrives unexpectedly at the beginning of harvest season and seems to be involved in a murder. Meg is trying to figure out her relationship with her mother and her mother is being less than forthcoming with both Meg and the police. Turns out the murder involved a mystery surrounding Emily Dickinson. The book was a quick and easy read.
2.5. This was my first book in this series, and I have to admit that I had a really hard time liking the main character, Meg. Her mother visits an old college friend and when the man ends up murdered she comes to stay with Meg. From the very beginning Meg is mean and rude to her mother, complaining about what an inconvenience her visit is. She even wonders whether her own mother might be the murderer, and comtemplates whether she was cheating on her father with this person. WHO thinks about thei ...more
I have to say, I'm not "in love" with the characters yet. I think there's some potential, but Meg is not there yet. I keep reading to see the changes, which are there, but they're small. Meg is in a pretty stressful situation, but shouldn't she start seeing some of the positive of what she has and enjoy it? This series is a nice "read while you're relaxing in the sun for the afternoon" break. You get some nice recipes and insight into interesting aspects of life around the orchard. It's a fun re ...more
This is a quick and light read. It's harvest time in Granford, Massachusetts and Meg Corey just really wants to get her orchard of apples picked and brought to her customers. It promises to be a very good harvest. Her mother pays her surprise visit and though it's a very bad time, Elizabeth stays. Seems she has a secret agenda...a visit with an old "friend". Her husband, you see, is having a vacation of his own, and Meg is not too happy until she learns it really is just a friend her mother is s ...more
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Out of all the books in this series so far, this one was the best mystery. Loved how Emily Dickinson was woven into the story. And through it all, the story of apples and apple-picking was still there and told. Plus there was the genealogy search as well. Made for an enjoyable and gentle murder mystery. Loved it.
Denise Jimenez
Killer crop

Well the author has done it again. I had a hard time putting thin book down,but had to severAl times to take care of household stuff. I love this series and I have grown so fond of Meg and Bree. I'm now onto the next book 5.
Sheila Connolly writes a stylish mystery. I enjoyed her museum mystery series and the first installment of her Irish series, so I looked forward to trying this one, one of her older series. This one has a more literary bent as it deals with Emily Dickinson scholars in Amherst, MA. I haven't read the previous books in this series, but that didn't hamper me from figuring out who was who in this one. There are a few references to past plots, but this one can be read independently with no real loss ...more
Wendy Smith
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I just picked up this book the Barnes and Noble and can't wait to finish it. I've waited a year for it to come out, just loved the whole series so far. The apple/farm industry insights are interesting, the characters are easy to enjoy...I dream of moving to a small Massachusetts community every time I read from this series. I have vacationed in the area portrayed in the books, and the author is dead on. I'm trying to pace myself with this book, I know it will be another year...but I'll probably ...more
Cheryl Taylor garant
So far, I think I've enjoyed this book in the Orchard series the most.
Meg is rude to her mom. It is very off putting.
This series just keeps getting better.
The mystery itself was okay, I enjoyed more about Meg figuring out who she is and how she could have totally misunderstood her parents’ relationship. I could get it if her parents were the cold ones and she wasn't, because isn’t it usually that we learn our coping/relationship skills from what’s around us? (Or am I totally off base on that?) I can get her hesitation to hop into another relationship knowing how her last was, but perhaps its just that she is now relating to her parents as adult/ad ...more
Kristin L.
I maintain that the author's writing is getting better as this series goes along, especially the dialogue! That being said, I have to admit that I was getting a little irrated with Meg's character in this story. Really, really did NOT like how she treated Seth, or handled her parents. I did enjoy all the references to Emily Dickinson, as she is a favorite of mine also. Overall, a good "who-done-it" and I am anxious to read the fifth in this series.
Meg is deeply involved in helping with her first apple crop, especially after her orchard manager breaks a wrist. The last thing she needs is a visit from her always distant mother, but that's what she gets anyway. Then she learns that the old friend her mother came to Amherst to visit is mysteriously dead, and mother is a suspect. Now Meg has to juggle a murder investigation, her relationship with her mother, and the harvest, all at once.
Darlene Ferland
I love Emily Dickinson. I have to begin with this statement because this storyline revolves around her. Apple harvasting is the main theme of the book and I learned a lot about the process and made me appreciate the apples I love. When an Amherst expert on Emily Dickinson is found dead at an apple stand, the detecting begins. The book is an interesting and enjoyable read especially during the autumn season.
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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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