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Sour Apples by Sheila Connolly
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Aug 12, 2012

it was amazing
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Read on August 12, 2012

Meg Corey has settled in nicely in Granford and her future looks bright with her orchard a success and even expanding. She has made many new friends and her relationship with Seth Chapin is growing as well as her apples.

Then Meg's friend Lauren blows into town. She has left the bank and is now running the congressional campaign for a former football star from Granford. Seth has some reservations about the candidate and his campaign but there is no time to delve into those details as a local dairy farmer, Joyce Truesdell is found dead. It is first ruled accidental as she was thought to have been kicked my one of her cows, but the autopsy shows that fatal blow came not from a hoof but from a weapon of some sort.

The husband is pegged as the prime suspect but Meg thinks someone else may have had a beef with the dairy farmer. She intends to milk everyone she can think of for clues to finding the real culprit without churning too much attention her way.

Dollycas's Thoughts
This book is a bestseller for a reason. The entire series in extraordinary. Each book picks up almost where the last one left off so you feel as if you never left Granford or missed any detail.

The plot of the story is clever and timely as the entire nation is a hotbed of politics right now and environmental issues have been in the news for years.

The characters have become friends and and you just want to see them succeed and grow. Meg is a feisty protagonist that can admit when she is wrong and fight for what she knows is right. Her life took a very unexpected turn when she came to town to take over the orchard but her life has bloomed in Granford. With Bree by her side helping to managing the orchard and Seth at the ready for anything Meg needs, her life is and will continue to be very fruitful.

Connolly plants the seeds allowing the clues to unfold at a perfect pace. The readers are treated to a juicy and appealing mystery. The recipes, apple and orchard tips are the ala-mode to a tart and tasty pie of a story. I cannot wait to bite into the next orchard mystery.
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