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Apple Cider Slaying

(A Cider Shop Mystery #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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 . . .


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
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Published November 1st 2019 by Kensington Books
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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
Natalia  Ramlal
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 ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eve (Between The Bookends)
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 muchdescriptions. 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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Linda 📚
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
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
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
Karen Hollins-Stallman
“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 . . .


Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family
Elle's Book Blog
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
Mark Baker
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
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
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Thank you @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the review copy of this cozy mystery. All opinions are my own. Apple Cider Slaying will release on 10.29.19. Just in time to be at the top of your Fall / Holiday reading list!!

This was such a wonderful start to a new series. The setting takes place at Smythe Orchards, a family owned, historical apple farm. Winona lives there with her beloved grandma, Granny Smythe, and is anxious to use her business sense to expand and operate a new cider shop. A
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. ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're new to author Julie Anne Lindsey, Apple Cider Slaying is a great way to make your introduction. Winnie and her grandmother own and operate an apple orchard in Blossom Valley, West Virginia. The business has been in the family for years and Winnie has her sights on a new angle to grow and expand. But her plans may wither on the branch when she finds her not-so-nice neighbor dead in the press house--while giving the bank officer a tour of the property no less! I admit this mystery had me ...more
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

What a great start to a new cozy series. We meet Winnie as she is attempting to help her granny save the orchard by opening a cider shop in the property. In order to male that happen she needs to be approved for a loan. That is not looking likely when as the banker is visiting she finds the dead body of the cantankerous neighbor in the picking building. To make it worse granny is the main suspect since
Cathy Daniel
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At one point during the story I thought there might be a love triangle but that didn't happen and hopefully WON'T. Still a small possibility though. If this author reads this, please don't. I'm not the only cozy reader who hates them. Most seem to.
Overall, a good book with likable main characters.
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
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was privileged to receive an early copy of this lovely little cozy.

Winona Mae Montgomery has returned to her family's orchard in West Virginia, trying to find a way to drive business back up. They've always been closed during the holidays, but this year, Winnie is determined to get a loan and bring the orchard back to life. When Nadine, a neighbor and Winnie's granny's enemy, is murdered in the apple press, the holiday spirits take a depressing turn. But Winnie is determined to seek justice -
K.A. Davis
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
APPLE CIDER SLAYING, the first book in the brand new Apple Cider Shop Mystery series by Julie Anne Lindsey, is as cozy as books come. I was instantly transported to the orchards as protagonist, Winnie Mae Montgomery, helps her Granny Smythe prepare for the first Annual Christmas at the Orchard. Winnie is determine to save the orchard from financial ruin and uses all her marketing savvy to bring in customers year round. I couldn’t help but become invested in seeing how she was going to accomplish ...more
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 ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preordered, netgalley
This was a such an awesome beginning for a new series! I just love the characters of Winnie, Granny, Dot and Colton! What's not to love about Granny, a feisty lady who's not afraid to protect herself, and Dot is just an amazing best friend. I was happy to see that Winnie and Colton eventually hit it off and will be interested in seeing their friendship and hopefully more develop. I could tell that he was interested in Winnie, since he seemed to have incredible patience with her investigating.

Debra Jo Burnette
Amazing start to what I hope will be a long-lived series!!

Winnie Montgomery was raised by her beloved grandmother and late grandfather, whom own the Smythe Orchard. With the future of the orchard in jeopardy, Winnie wants to do everything she can to save the orchard and continue her family's legacy. Her goal is to open a Cider Shop and Party Hall to bring in more revenue and to give the small town better options.
All that seems to come crashing down on her and Granny. While showing the investor
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The introductory installment to A Cider Shop Mystery. A solid, strong start I should say.
I enjoyed this book from the very first moment I picked it up and have a positive impression overall.

The story kicks off with establishing the background - Smythe Orchard’s struggling business and how the heroine of this book, Winnie, has been trying to bring the business back on its track by coming up with new ideas. The character dynamics between Winnie and Granny, as well as other characters are nicely
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

Every time I read a cozy mystery by Julie Anne Lindsey (or one of her alter egos), I’m left with a smile on my face and in my heart. I’m delighted to report that Apple Cider Slaying is no exception!

Winnie is a great main character! She’s sentimental , loves her grandparents dearly and is passionate about their legacy (aka the orchard). She won my heart by wearing one of her late grandfather’s coats & sniffing the sleeve to try and find the familiar scent she so cherished – and her
Laura Thomas
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In the three years since Winnie’s grandfather passed away, business has been declining. Her Granny Smythe supports her plans to expand the business to keep it open and profitable year round. So, she books several tours for the day the bank official is to come and assess her proposal. After a rocky start, he seems to be coming around, but that all changes when her big reveal ends up being a dead body in the apple press. Turns out the dead woman is someone that Granny Smythe has been at odds with, ...more
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Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and national bestselling author whose bookish heart was once torn between the love of her two favorite genres: toe-curling romance and chew-her-nails suspense. Now, she gets to write both, and she's loving every minute. She’s published more than twenty-five novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen ...more

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