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Nipped in the Bud

(Orchard Mystery #12)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Winter still has a firm stranglehold on the small town of Granford, and newly married orchard owner Meg Chapin is restless to begin her spring pruning and planting, while Seth busies himself with a new project of his own. But their relative peace is shattered when a gunshot breaks the winter silence and they discover the body of a dead woman on their land. What’s just as t ...more
Published October 29th 2018 by Beyond the Page Publishing
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Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It is always good to catch up with Meg and Seth. The newly married couple is trying to fill their days as they anxiously await Spring to come to Granford, Massachusetts. Meg has a new orchard manager and he and Seth are building him a “tiny house” to give him and the couple their privacy.

Seth and Meg are out for a walk with their dog Max when they hear a gunshot and Max takes off to investigate. Seth is not far behind. He is stunned when he finds Max standing near a woman’s bo
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nipped in the Bud by Shelia Connolly is the 12th book in the Orchard Mystery series and my 2nd book in the series. I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to going back and reading the rest. In this book Meg and Seth are happy newly weds, anxious for spring to come to begin work in the orchard for Meg and construction projects for Seth. One evening while taking a walk they over hear a gun shot, than Seth and his dog find a women's body. When the couple are concerned about the police finding ...more
Lisa Morin
Nipped in the Bud is an exciting addition to this series by Sheila Connolly.
Meg Chapin is embracing married life, but is itching to get her apple orchard ready for the next season.
When a dead body is found on her property, Meg can't resist the temptation to investigate. What she discovers shatters her image of small town living.
This story is full of twists and turns and will leave the reader on the edge of their seat.
I would highly recommend this book to all cozy mystery fans.

I volunteered to r
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in this series that I have read, but I will pick up others to see what has already happened. I know that I have missed a lot of character development along the way and they may have diminished my enjoyment of the story somewhat. The main characters, Seth and Meg are newly married and trying to keep busy waiting for Spring to come. They have a new orchard manager, Larry, and he and Seth are building a tiny house for him to live in. He is currently renting a room in Seth's h ...more
Nipped in the Bud is part of the delightful An Orchard Mystery series. I was happy to see the series find a new publisher so it could continue. However, Nipped in the Bud is not on the same level as the other books in An Orchard Mystery (lots of fluff). Granford is a charming small town with a variety of residents (many of whom were not in the book). I am happy to see Seth and Meg settling into married life (plenty of internal dialogue from Meg on this point). But I did not like how Meg came acr ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this twelfth book of the series it is winter time so it's the off season for both Meg and Seth. With not much for either of them to do when it comes to their work they are both looking for projects to fill their time. Seth has decided to turn an old chicken coop into a tiny house and Meg is looking forward getting some stuff done around the house. While out for a walk one evening the two hear a gunshot which isn't to unusual with it being hunting season. Things turn on there head though when ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In an interesting twist, this Orchard Mystery deals with the murder of an unknown woman and frustrating turf issues among the law enforcement groups.

Newlywed Meg and Seth hear a gunshot while walking Max, their golden retriever. Before they can stop him, Max takes off in the direction of the gunshot and Seth follows to find a dead woman, shot in the back, on their land.

Local police chief Art Preston begins investigating only to be shut down by homicide detective Marcus who in turn is told to bac
Leith Devine
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 12th book in the Orchard Mystery series. Newly married Meg and Seth are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring in the orchard. They are taking a walk and hear a gunshot and find a dead woman on their land, which leads them to take an interest in the murder.

I didn't like this book as much as I have enjoyed other books in the series, This one felt slower to me, and I had trouble getting through it. I do recommend reading the series, however.

Thanks to Beyond the Page Publishing and Ne
Melissa Cochrill
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This is one of my favorite series. However, I felt like this book fell short. From the beginning, it is very obvious who the murderer is and why. However it takes until the end of the book for any resolution. Meg, the main character, spent most of the book serving coffee because she didn't really need to investigate. I love the characters and the premise of this series. This book just fell short.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nipped In The Bud is the twelfth book in the Orchard Mystery series. I was very happy that the series found a new publisher, as I really enjoy reading about Meg Corey Chapin’s endeavors on her apple farm.

Warmer weather is around the corner and Meg and Seth are looking forward to getting back to their work. Soon Meg will be huddling with Larry, her new orchard manager and discussing the plans for the orchard for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Seth had earlier posed making a “small house” for Lar
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
NIPPED IN THE BUD by Shelia Connolly is the 12th installment of her Orchard Mystery series.
This is a cozy mystery series. One can spend a ‘cozy’ afternoon reading and it is very pleasant, like catching up with old friends.
I don’t read many cozy mysteries, but this is one I have kept up with. I like the characters (most of the time), the locations, the ‘localness’ of the place, and the apple orchard.
This title, however, fell flat on its face for me. The plot points were very sparse; many of the
Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
I have enjoyed this series up until this point but I didn’t like this one. I felt like nothing happens. There is the a murder but once that happens there is just so much talking that I got bored. I kept putting the book down and then coming back just to figure out who the killer was. The book was so slow that I just couldn’t enjoy the book and it was often very repetitive. For example the characters sit down to go over everything in the case, which is basically a rehash of everything that has ha ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Borderline boring installment

I have really enjoyed the majority of this series up until now. This book, however, felt like a long slog to me. At a high level this books events are rather short and to the point. But the way it has been put together makes it feel slow and meandering. There is more internal discussion than action. Which I realize is how this series usually is, however that internal discussion happens during other parts of life. Since the main character is admittedly bored with her
Barbara Tobey
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Love this series. Obviously, I did not love this one. It is okay, but there is too much repetition of the known facts and not much forward progress. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Nipped in the Bud is the latest adventure in Connolly's Orchard Mystery series. This book finds newlyweds Meg and Seth trying to enjoy some down time finishing some winter projects before their busy season begins. Their peaceful time together is interrupted when out for a walk, they discover the body of an undercover journalist who came to their area for a secret assignment. Meg and Seth become determined to discover what is going on in their quiet town by solving this case themselves since the ...more
Susan Johnston
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Other than a case of Cabin Fever, life is idyllic for newlyweds Meg and Seth. While they are are looking for something to keep them busy during the “off” time, solving a murder was not high on their list of desirable activities. The discovery of a woman shot in the back on their property shakes them up. Even if it is a careless hunter, it shatters their sense of peace. But as they learn more about the victim and what she was doing in the small community, they begin to w ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love cozy mysteries. Ever since discovering them a bit ago, they have become a big part of my reading life. I have read a few of the books in this series and have enjoyed them so getting a chance to read this new addition was great. This story has murder, drugs, and good amateur sleuthing. Meg is a great character though she came across as pretty naive here. As someone who lives in a small town, I don't buy the whole small towns are safer and nothing happens here bit. And I find people who thi ...more
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Newlyweds Meg and Seth are having trouble staying busy during their slow season. Wee, that is until find a dead body behind their house. When things start getting secretive between the different police departments involved both Meg and Seth can't stay out of the investigation.

This is the first book in the series that I have read. I have several to read but have not done so. The reviews for this series are exceptional up until this one. The reviews range from "meh" to "love". I am in the middle.
What a wonderful addition to the series. Meg & Seth are settling in as a newly married couple. Meg has a new orchard manager, Larry.
A dead body is discovered by them on the property and of course they are intrigued to get to the bottom of the matter.
Seth is a landlord along with his other duties.

What I liked was the concern for each other and neighbors. The not placing themselves in reckless positions.

I liked learning more about the newer characters, the process of investigating and small to
Amy Brockway
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Lynn Hayward-Bisbee
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series and will, of course, not stop reading it as long as the author writes them, but, I must say I wonder how long it will be credible--if it is even now. As a person who lives in New England in a rural community with not as many people as western Massachusetts, it's just completely unrealistic to have that many murders in a farming community. We average fewer than 3 murders per year in Vermont and goodness, Meg has had that many in as many months! well--almost. Also--how many time ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 12th installment in the Apple Orchard series. I enjoyed this book and will need to go back and read all the other books. The story finds Meg Chapin and her husband Seth are looking forward to warmer weather and she is looking forward to the next season of planting with Larry her new Orchard manager. While on a walk Meg and Seth hear a gunshot and later a woman is found dead on their property. The police are hush hush about it and Meg finds out that the woman who was killed was an undercover ...more
Nancy Baker
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is off season for newlyweds Seth and Meg Chapin. Meg owns and operates an apple orchard and Seth has his own renovation business. Little did they know that what started out as an innocent walk on their property would end with the sound of a shot and their dog, Max, finding a body of a stranger. Soon they find out that their peaceful and sheltered community of Granford is not so innocent after all.

This book flows nicely with dialogue that keeps you engaged in the story. It gives you a good fee
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this book from netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
I haven't read any of the other books in this series so I was a little lost at first but I very quickly got into the story. Meg and Seth are newlyweds but like me they are a little older (liked that part alot). They are in between busy times with their jobs and are trying to get the hang of being married, when they find a dead body in their backyard! (just what every newlywed needs, right?) Since they have helped solve crimes before th
Kristin Runyon
Apr 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Either the author is getting sloppy or these books are no longer being edited. Perhaps both. The plot was okay. It is a cozy mystery after all. However, there were so many inconsistencies with time. Ex. Meg, the main character, comes down, eats breakfast and then while washing her breakfast dishes gets lost in thought. When she looks out it is dark and she needs to get dinner. The other annoying aspect of this series is how fixated Meg gets on a) offering coffee and b) issues of feminism. They a ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another outstanding story in the Orchard Mystery series. This is book 12 and Meg and Seth have married and are living in the farmhouse at the apple orchard. When they find a dead body in their yard it leads to the discovery that the drug epidemic has found its way to Granford. A good mystery to solve with lots of help from the locals you have met in previous books. This can be read as a stand alone, the theme is certainly current and in the news. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a f ...more
Claudia Cheyne
Winter gives Seth and Meg time to relax and take a break from their demanding jobs. But a gun shot heard just before an evening walk leads to their discovery of a dead woman's body on their property. Suddenly Granford is not the safe and secure small town they believed it to be. Drug activity found its' way into their corner of the world. This was another good book in the Orchard Mystery series however it lacked action. The characters spent a lot of time sitting around the kitchen table drinking ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series set in New England and like the development of the character Meg Cabot from that of someone unsure of herself and her desires in life when she first appeared in One bad apple, to in the most recent one--a confident newly married woman in a small town with a business based around an inherited apple orchard. Course, she does seem to find a lot of dead bodies....
I liked the tie in to relative closeness of the small town to colleges and the seeping danger of drugs that can affect
Marilyn Slusher
I have really enjoyed this series, but I found this book a little distressing. We have a murder of a newspaper reporter on meg and seth’s land. In the process of helping to solve the murder, Meg was continually putting down the state police (Detective Marcus). In addition, Meg kept wondering how to keep herself busy during the off orchard time. In the previous books, Meg was busy during her off time. I felt this was a step back instead of a step forward in this series.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nipped in the Bud,Orchard mystery book 12

This latest book in the Orchard mysteries starts off a little on the slow side

Sheila Connolly's books usually are page turners from the start.
This one really did not pick up until the second half of the book.

Meg and Seth,have been married about three months,when they stumble on a dead body in the woods.

The body is a newspaper reporter from Boston, and doing an undercover story on a drug gang.

Thereby hangs the tail.
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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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