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Apple Cider Slaying

(A Cider Shop Mystery #1)

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Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year's crop is unseasonably ripe with murder . . .

ONE ROTTEN APPLE

Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny's beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it's struggling. That's why they're tryi
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Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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James
Apple Cider Slaying is the first book in a new series, A Cider Shop Mystery, written by Julie Anne Lindsey. I previously read a few books by this author (under her pseudonyms) and joined the blog tour to promote this release. I love drinking cider and wanted to get in on a new series right at the beginning. Let's chat about the book.

Winnie has returned to her hometown, Blossom Valley, West Virginia to help Granny turn around the family business. Her fiance dumped her last Christmas, and she's al
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Natalia  R
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Winnie Montgomery is trying her best to drum up business for her family's apple orchard. She's hoping that when the bank manager sees how well the business is doing, he'll approve the loan she needs to open a cider shop. When he arrives to tour the property, they discover her grandmother's nemesis dead in the apple press. The police immediately suspect her grandmother of the crime. Winnie knows her grandmother is innocent and is determined to uncover the truth. I loved every minute of this fast- ...more
Carrie
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey is the first book in the new cozy A Cider Shop Mystery series. As with most cozy series each book should have it’s own mystery completely solved within and only carry over the character development.

Winona Mae Montgomery is doing her best to help her Granny Smythe save the family business, Smythe Orchards, located in Blossom Valley, West Virginia. The orchard has been barely getting by so Winnie is excited to bring in some fresh, new and hopefully money m
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beachbum bookworm
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Where: blossom valley, West Virginia




Who: Winne, Granny Smythe, and the gang





Arriving in Blossom Valley to meet Winnie was exciting and nerve racking...I really love Cider, and I'm trying to watch my weight, but I mean it would be rude not to sample...right? When I got to the orchard...Winnie broke down the history of how Granny and Grampy inquired the orchard. She then went on to tell me some of the financial problems since her beloved grandfathers' death, and w
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Juli
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Winnie Montgomery is trying to help her family save its apple orchard in this first book in the Cider Shop Mystery series. She's pulling out all the stops to bring tourists to Smythe Orchard -- fall tours, tastings, even Christmas at the Orchard. When their cantankerous next door neighbor is found dead in the apple press, it doesn't bode well for the failing farm. Winnie is on the case to clear her granny of any suspicion and save the orchard's reputation.

Such a cute story! I like Winnie as a m
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Sabine
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
3.5 stars
I listened to the audio version of this book and am not as enthusiastic about the mystery as most other reviewers. I am not quite sure why this is the case...maybe I should have read it instead??? I don't know. A cider shop on the orchard sounds charming and fun but I found it to be dragging out and a bit boring at times.
I may give book 2 a chance though.
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Kevin
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3 ½ stars
This has a lot of the tropes of a cozy but it’s fast paced plot that put’s the main character Winnie and her Granny in danger make it read like a page turning thriller.
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My biggest criticism of the book is that not a lot of character development aside from Winnie and Colton, but I understand that as a first book i
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Chatting About
Who likes apple cider? Me, too! One of the first things that attracted me to this book was the cheery red Christmas cover, and the thought of hot cider on a cold winter day.

Winnie Montgomery’s passion is creating savory homemade apple ciders! Her cider is sold at her Granny Smythe’s Orchard in gorgeous Blossom Valley, West Virginia. Winnie’s dream is to renovate an old barn on the property into a cider shop and for that, she needs a bank loan. When Mr. Sherman, the banker, comes for a tour and t
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
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description I don't honestly have much to say about this book. It was a very "middle of the road" read for me. There were parts that I enjoyed a lot. The setting, Grammy, Winnie (sometimes). And there were things I didn't like. The "killer" was super obvious. The plot got bogged down at times with too much descriptions. I found Winnie to be annoying at times, and I loathe love triangles in cozy mysteries and this series looks to be heading in that direction. So ya, a mixed bag with this one for sure. 

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Elle's Book Blog
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Actual Rating: 5 stars

First in a new series | Culinary Cozy Mystery

Apple Cider Slaying is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series by Julie Anne Lindsey! This is a wonderful book and it's filled with many of my favorite things- Christmas cheer and Holiday themes, Apple Cider, small town friendships, a dash of romance, and a killer mystery. I am always excited to find new mystery series to get into and this one was a winner for me. I can't wait for the
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Amy
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Winona Mae, "Winnie" Montgomery and her Granny Smythe live and work on Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, West Virginia--in the scenic Appalachian Mountains. Winnie hopes to expand the business by getting a bank loan to expand the cider production. But Winnie's plans are put on hold indefinitely when the banker comes out to the property and they both come upon a dead body. The newly elected sheriff is doing his best to solve the murder of Granny's neighbor but Winnie continually disobeys his ord ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the thought of this book when I first heard about it. Everything from the cover to the setting had me sold. When I found out the author, using pennames, writes two of my other favorite series, I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough! It lived up to everything I hoped for and more!

APPLE CIDER SLAYING is the first book in the Cider Shop Mysteries. Having started and finished this book in October, it was exactly what the doctor ordered for cozy fall reading. Filled to bursting with myster
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Katie
Nov 13, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
Dnf 14% WHY ARE CATS ALWAYS DYING IN THESE STUPID COZYS. I WON'T TOLERATE IT 😫😫😫 ...more
Alan
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Winona Mae Montgomery's grandmother is suspected of murder, Winnie springs into action.

This fast-paced cozy mystery features a likable protagonist who is also bright and persistent. Secondary characters are nicely quirky. Lindsey provides us vivid descriptions that pulled me in. The plot was well twisted, and there are suspects galore.

All in all, a nice holiday mystery.
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Christopher
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the death of her Grampy, Winnie Montgomery has been even more committed to the success of the business she runs with her Granny Smythe. Still, there’s no denying that the orchard is in financial trouble, and unless things turn around—well, she doesn’t even want to consider what would happen. Fortunately, Winnie and Granny have a plan: the First Annual Christmas at the Orchard, a massive festival centered around the pair’s apple-centric products. But after Granny’s sworn enemy is found dead ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Apple Cider Slaying” by Julie Anne Lindsey is the first in the “A Cider Shop Mystery” set in Blossom Valley, WV. What a great start to a new series! This will be another series in my favourite list.

Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year’s crop is unseasonably ripe with murder . . .

ONE ROTTEN APPLE

Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family bu
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JoAn
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey is the first book in a new cozy mystery series, A Cider Shop Mystery, and was a great beginning.

Winnie and Granny Smythe are wonderful warm characters that I found to be very likable; and I look forward to spending more time with them as this series continues. Sheriff Wise was not too likable at first; but he began to loosen up as he got to know Winnie and Granny. He's an enigma that I look forward to getting to know better in the next book. A swiftly pa
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, West Virginia. The orchard has been struggling since Grandpa Smythe passed away but Winnie Montgomery has a few ideas to bring her grandparents orchards back into the black. The orchard has never been open year-round and Winnie thinks her plans will bring locals and tourists to the orchard well past Thanksgiving. She decides a “First Annual Christmas at the Orchard” festival is just the thing to kick off her future plans. She also
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Mark Baker
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2019
The apple orchard that Winnie Montgomery calls home, along with her Granny, is having financial issues, and she is looking for ideas to save it. The idea she is most excited about is turning a barn on the property into a cider shop. She just needs a loan from the bank to be able to do the renovations. However, the meeting with the loan officers doesn’t turn out well when they find the body of Nadine during their tour of the facilities. The police are looking at Granny as their prime suspect sinc ...more
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4 Stars

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Linden
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winnie lives with her grandmother on a fruit farm in West Virginia, and they hope to keep the business running past the traditional harvest season by introducing a Winterfest. When someone is murdered and Granny is a suspect, Winnie is determined to clear her name, as well as to get financing for her idea to make their place a year round destination. But someone who doesn't want Winnie's plan to go forward seemingly will stop at nothing. I enjoyed the small town farm setting and the seasonal amb ...more
Nursebookie
Apple Cider Slaying is the first book in a new series, A Cider Shop Mystery, written by Julie Anne Lindsey. Who loves apple cider? Me!! Well, Winnie Montgomery’s passion is creating these fabulous homemade apple ciders and sold at her Granny Smythe’s Orchard in the gorgeous Blossom Valley, West Virginia. Ready to start a new life, and a goal of turning around the family business, after being dumped by her fiancée, she asks for a bank loan. During the inspection a neighbor’s dead body turns up an ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
So, I was already SUPER excited to have an ARC of Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey. Then I happened to find out about a Kensington Cozy Con happening about 2 hours from me. You know who was going to be there? Yep! Julie Anne Lindsey. I met her and you guys…she is SO sweet. After meeting her, I was even more excited to read Apple Cider Slaying.

My first visit to Blossom Valley, West Virginia did not disappoint. Winnie and Granny wriggled right inside my heart from the very first page. I l
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Bree Hill
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really great first in a new series read. As we tend to see within the first few books In a cozy series, a murder has happened and the suspect is someone close to the protagonist. In Winnie’s case, the prime suspect is her Grandmother, with the death being a woman her grandmother was known for not being close to and she was killed on her property. Winnie spends the mystery trying to gather info to prove her grandmother’s innocence.

I really liked the story. I am rooting for a romance between Winni
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Lisa Morin
First in a new series Winona Montgomery and her granny Smythe are running their apple orchard as best as can be. Winnie is becoming known for her her cider making skills. Winnie is trying to get a loan so she can be open all year long, which will help immensely with the cost of having an orchard. When touring the property with the bank manager, they make a gruesome discovery, which puts her granny at the top of the suspect list Winnie won’t stop asking questions and when she puts her favorite pe ...more
Linda
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, challenge
This was a great start to the series! I liked the characters and the setting was a bit different than normal. The mystery was well done and I didn’t catch on until the end, which was nice and exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next and learning more about these characters. Recipes were also included at the end, always a plus in my book.
Kristina
Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey is the debut of A Cider Shop Mystery series. Winnie Montgomery and her Granny Smythe run Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, West Virginia. Winnie wants to add a cider shop in the Mail Pouch barn, but she needs a loan from the local bank. Winnie is showing around Mr. Sherman, the local loan manager, around the property when they discover Nadine Cooper, Granny’s longtime neighbor and nemesis, dead on the cider press. Sheriff Colton Wise quickly sets his si ...more
Peggy R
This is the first book in the Cider Shop Mystery series and my introduction to author Julie Anne Lindsey. This is a great start to a new cozy mystery series that I can easily see becoming one I look forward to reading. It hits all the areas I look for in a series - it has well-written characters, a charming small-town setting, a strong plot, and a solid mystery. I enjoyed being introduced to Winnie and her Granny along with Dot, Sheriff Wise and the rest of the cast of secondary characters. Winn ...more
Rebecca
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have found a new favorite cozy mystery series to add to my list. I just love these characters and the orchard setting! Winnie is ready to jump start her lifelong dream of opening a cider shop on her grandma's orchard (and save the orchard's money problems). But, when her grandma's nemesis and neighbor is founded dead in the apple press, Winnie has more problems on her hands than she anticipated. Save the orchard, find the killer, and convince the bank to give her a loan for her cider shop...al ...more
Kirsti
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Very rarely you come across the PERFECT cozy mystery. I mean, there are some good ones, and there are plenty I five star and really love. However, this was just the perfect combination of mystery, romance and genre that just made me swoon. I very rarely fall for a book boyfriend, but boy oh boy Colton had me in one glance. I was basically shrieking KISS already at every interaction, and this is only the first book. How can
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Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and bestselling author of cozy mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than forty novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under the pen names, Bree Baker, Jacqueline Frost & Julie Chase, for various publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books. When she's not writing the ...more

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