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Golden Malicious (Orchard Mystery Series #7)
     

Golden Malicious (Orchard Mystery Series #7)

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by Sheila Connolly
 

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BEETLE MANIA
 
While orchard owner Meg Corey dreads the labor of manual irrigation to stave off a drought, her boyfriend, Seth, couldn’t be more excited about doing historic renovation on one of Granford’s oldest houses. Tagging along as he picks up supplies is supposed to give Meg a much-needed break, but the trip turns rotten when she

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BEETLE MANIA
 
While orchard owner Meg Corey dreads the labor of manual irrigation to stave off a drought, her boyfriend, Seth, couldn’t be more excited about doing historic renovation on one of Granford’s oldest houses. Tagging along as he picks up supplies is supposed to give Meg a much-needed break, but the trip turns rotten when she almost trips over a dead body at an old saw mill’s forest reserve.
 
But the body isn’t the only frightening discovery she makes. A mysterious insect infestation seems to have migrated to the area—one that could bring serious harm to local woodlands. And it's up to Meg to find out what’s behind this sudden swarm of trouble.
 
Includes Delicious Recipes

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Orchard Mysteries

“[A] fascinating whodunit.”—The Mystery Gazette

“A winner for cozy mystery fans.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques

“An enjoyable and well-written book with some excellent apple recipes at the end.” —Cozy Library

“The mystery is intelligent and has an interesting twist . . . [A] fun, quick read with an enjoyable heroine.” —The Mystery Reader (four stars)

“[A] delightful new series.” —Gumshoe Review  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425257104
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Orchard Mystery Series , #7
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
243,019
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for the Orchard Mysteries

“[A] fascinating whodunit.”—The Mystery Gazette

“A winner for cozy mystery fans.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques

“An enjoyable and well-written book with some excellent apple recipes at the end.” —Cozy Library

“The mystery is intelligent and has an interesting twist . . . [A] fun, quick read with an enjoyable heroine.” —The Mystery Reader (four stars)

“[A] delightful new series.” —Gumshoe Review

Meet the Author

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author of the Orchard Mystery series, the Museum Mystery series, and the County Cork Mystery series. She 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 nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is married and has one daughter and two cats.

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Golden Malicious 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although i loved the story, there is way too much detail about the bugs making the book rather boring.
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Maggie59MS More than 1 year ago
I love this series - each book picks up where the last left off but... they can be read independently as well. Golden Malicious is a good, quick read. Well written, well thought out and well researched. A little mystery, a little romance and some knowledge about some unusual topics as well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love almost all of her books and I really enjoy the apple orchard series. The new ones in Ireland are very enjoyable as well.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Remember last summer when the country went through such a terrible drought. Well Granford, Massachusetts suffers through one just like that in this installment of the Apply Orchard Mysteries. To add insult to injury a mysterious beetle has appeared in the wooded areas around town and that could mean a lot of trees coming down. Meg learns a lot more about her Granford when she tags along with her boyfriend Seth. He is doing some repairs to an historic home and he needs some supplies he can’t just find at Home Depot. Repairing a house built in the 1700′s and staying true to the period is extremely complicated when today’s building codes need to be followed as well. She visits a local sawmill and the forest reserve where they get their lumber. While taking a short break from hiking in the woods she not only finds the corpse of the strange insect but she finds a decomposing body too. Not again! Now she feels obligated to find out if these two dead things are connected by more than their deadly location. Dollycas’s Thoughts One of the reasons I love these books is because one picks up right where the last one leaves off. The reader feels like they have never left or our fictional friends have awaited patiently for our return to them. In this story we also learn something. Connolly has done a great deal of research to not only explain the origin of this mysterious insect and the devastation it could cause, she blends it into the story in such an entertaining way that it is just part of the evolving mystery. She also brings us many details about restoration of historic homes. There is a lot packed into these pages. An intriguing mystery or two mysteries? Fabulous characters, a bit of romance, and we get a little wiser about some unusual topics. Plus Meg and Bree toil to keep the apples trees properly watered, Seth and Meg hit a bump in their relationship, Seth’s sister has exciting news, and don’t forget the yummy recipes Sheila Connolly always includes. She also leaves us begging for more as I didn’t want this book to end. So next year you will find me here again talking apples, Seth and Meg, and everything new happening in Granville!! I can’t wait!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice twist to mystery using insects
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chefdt More than 1 year ago
Golden Delicious is the seventh book in An Orchard Mystery series. I really love all of Sheila Connolly's books, but this series in particular. I like the way Connolly weaves a bit of interesting information to give the reader something to ponder, in addition to solving the murder. Two points of interest that Connolly delves into and ties into the story are home restoration and the use of period type material. I particularly enjoy this as I have visited the Studebaker family mansion and am always in awe of the intricate woodwork that had to be made by hand. Our main character, Meg Corey's boyfriend's profession is home restoration/renovation. One of residents of Granford has had his late 1700's house hit by a speeding teenager and has hired Seth to do the repairs. And Donald can be a stickler for using the correct materials. The second is information that centers around the Asian longhorned beetle. This insect has no known predators and is very invasive to trees and forest. Meg goes with goes with Seth to visit Jonah Nash the owner of woodland and a sawmill where Seth will be getting the materials for the restoration work. But before they have a chance to Jonah, Meg finds the body of David Clapp who used to work for Nash cutting down trees and also finds the remains an Asis longhorned beetle. The question for the Meg is whether the death was independent from the finding of beetles. With the help of Seth and Christopher, who works in the agriculture department at the local university, they are determined to find the answer. On top of this, Meg has concern herself with the drought that has hit the area and Bree, her orchard manager, is keeping her busy watering the apple orchard. So looking forward to the next book to see what kind of dilemma will be facing Meg, I will also want to see how Meg Seth's relationship goes.