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One Bad Apple (Orchard Mystery Series #1)

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There's a killer in the orchard? and he's rotten to the core.

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Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land-and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is ...

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Overview

There's a killer in the orchard? and he's rotten to the core.

INCLUDES RECIPES

Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land-and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is the plumber Seth Chapin. Together, they'll have to peel back the layers of secrecy that surround the deal in order to find the real murderer? and save the orchard.

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Connolly's less-than-gala freshman attempt at crime fiction drops Boston banker Meg Corey into tiny Granford, Mass., where she's agreed to rehab a 200-year-old house while looking for a new job. Then Meg's ex-lover is found murdered and bobbing around in her brand new septic tank, a crime that could sour Granford's big chance to lure outside commercial investors. When the local cops appear determined to look no further than Meg for a suspect, she decides to turn sleuth. Her only ally, Seth Chapin, the plumber who installed the new system, is also a suspect and not much help. The premise and plot are solid, and Meg seems a perfect fit for her role. However, so much time is spent restating the story's major conflict that both Meg and Seth remain enigmas-dropped into the plot as if from outer space-with insufficient background information to ripen into well-rounded characters. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425223048
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: Orchard Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 161,043
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    The beginning of another good mystery series

    My wife and I both loved this book. We cannot wait to read the other two in the series

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Great Weekender!!

    I enjoyed this book very much. Not very long so it is a great weekend, poolside, beachside, or vacation read! Kept me interested all the way through. The characters were smalltown and cute to me. They were also described very well. Reading the second one in the series now...hoping to read one per weekend! I hope the author continues on with this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Delicious!

    After Meg was downsized from her job and couldn't pay her rent, she decided to take her mother up on her offer. She moved out to the house that's been in the family for years in order to fix it up and sell it, splitting the profits with her mother. What she thought would be a month's worth of work for virtually no money, Meg's come to realize that she's going to have to bust butt and spend a great deal to sell the house at a reasonable rate. When her ex-boyfriend shows up on her doorstep looking to make a developmental deal for the town, Meg doesn't quite know what to make of him. She knows even less when he turns up dead in her back year the next day. Since the townspeople consider Meg an outsider, she's the perfect suspect. Can Meg clear her name and her reputation?

    A great start to a new series; I'm looking forward to reading more. Great descriptions and just a dash of romance rounds out the book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    I LOVED this book and this series. Meg Corey comes to the small

    I LOVED this book and this series. Meg Corey comes to the small New England town of Granford, Massachusetts to renovate and sell the colonial home her mother inherited. This was an easy book to read.... the storyline moved right along. The mystery was believable and kept you guessing. It was fun getting to know Meg. I learned about apples, apple orchards and the history of Meg's home. The romance that starts to blossom between Meg and Seth added depth to the mystery. The characters were well developed without being boring. Amateur sleuth Meg made me feel like I had spent the weekend in the town of Granford, Massachusetts.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    I thought the title very appropriate

    This has been a very intriguing mystery. Just when I thought I had the killer in sight I was thrown a curve ball. I had the aha moment when the killer was revealed and I did give that person consideration. A good read, though I do not fully understand why a good writer has to pepper with cussing.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Bramblethorn

    Hi. Hows life

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Our book group really enjoyed the local interest this book held

    Our book group really enjoyed the local interest this book held for us, most of the group lives in the town where the book was set. Members felt that it was a fun, easy and fast read....great for the beach! The mystery line held our attention and we look forward to reading other books in the "Orchard Mystery Series". There are some great apple recipes in the back of the book as a bonus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Not sure yet

    Different all they way around from what I normally read. But I found myself thinking more and more about the main character. So for now I plan to read another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Good writer, easy read.

    For lovers of mystery novels that feature strong women and minimal violence. I'm hooked on this author and will read all her novels. While I thoroughly enjoy this book I would not choose it for a book club discussion. It's the sort of novel that's perfect to read while on vacation or to curl up with before bedtime.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    I love this series. I am an avid cozy mystery reader and there a

    I love this series. I am an avid cozy mystery reader and there are few I don't enjoy, but this series ranks up there as one of my favorites. I share these with my mother-in-law and she's a huge fan now as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Great!

    This was an easy read. Very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    To leader

    A kit been found at old camp

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Enjoyed

    I really enjoyed this book after it was recommended to me. It wasn't too deep, but not too silly either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Im quitting

    You guys have been good friends but i rp too many cats and have to let this clan go. Stay strong!! ~Rosepaw

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Nice!

    Awesome=]

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    One Great Book

    This book suprised me on how good it was going to be.I love everthing about this book. It is a must read!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Good light reading book

    Not the top reader maybe, but definitely have read much worse. It is a good light reading. I think the biggest "fault" I could say about it is not really any suspense. But I am enjoying reading it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

    Where can you find a book that even offers a receipe too!

    It is a book I read about one year ago and I am still remembering it. It
    is one of the best books I have read and I am eargerly awaiting the next!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    There is a delightful charm to this small town regional cozy

    Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Meg Corey¿s job is made redundant when her bank merges with a larger one. Her mother comes up with a solution that will occupy Meg for the next few months. They own property in Grandford, New England that includes a house and an apple orchard. If Meg fixes up the house, she will earn half the profits from the sale.--------------- Neither Meg nor her mom is aware that the house needs enormous structural and cosmetic repair. The plumping needs immediate attention so she calls Seth Chapin who informs Meg the septic tank needs replacing. The day after it is fixed, her sink is stuffed, Seth inspects what is clogging the system only to find the corpse of Meg¿s ex boyfriend inside. He was in town to sell the concept of a strip mall and had many enemies with a motive to kill him.---------------- There is a delightful charm to this small town regional cozy. The protagonist works the homicide because the police officer leading the investigation considers her the prime person of interest. Sheila Connolly provides a fascinating whodunit filled with surprises especially red herrings as the amateur competes with the cop to prove she is innocent by uncovering the identity of the guilty person.------------ Harriet Klausner

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 26, 2011

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