One Bad Apple (Orchard Mystery Series #1)

One Bad Apple (Orchard Mystery Series #1)

by Sheila Connolly

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


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425223048
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Series: Orchard Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 109,206
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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One Bad Apple (Orchard Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
senor_k More than 1 year ago
My wife and I both loved this book. We cannot wait to read the other two in the series
Cheri_L More than 1 year ago
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.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
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.
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kevb1004 More than 1 year ago
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.
GranbyLibraryBookGroup More than 1 year ago
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.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Book 1 of the Orchard Mystery series has Meg moving to Massachusetts to remodel and sell her mother's aunts' home after she loses her job and boyfriend. Her ex-boyfriend comes knocking on her door with an offer to have her putting a good word in for him with the citizens of the town where he wants to do business. He ends up dead and she ends up a suspect in his murder along with her plumber. Now they have to solve it before either or both go down for the murder. I enjoyed this cozy mystery. The world building is good as the characters are introduced and a brief outline is given as to who they are and where they fit in the town. Meg and Seth are good characters and possible love interests. The mystery was good. I figured who it was only because he was a bad apple (pun not intended) but I needed the ending before putting it all together as to why. And what a stupid reason to do it. It's a fun read and I look forward to reading more of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOU BAITED ME INTO THAT ONE. I'm surprised you'd F Peter over CC
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meg Corey lost her Boston banking job through a corporate merger and downsizing. She moves to western Massachusetts to renovate an inherited property in Granford so that she and her mother can sell it. She's only been there a few weeks when a body of someone she knew very well ends up in her newly installed septic tank. With herself and the plumber Seth as the chief suspects in a community that does not know her well, she knows that she needs to find the real murderer and clear her name. I loved the characters and setting of this one, and I'm looking forward to future installments. There are recipes in the back, and I intend to try one or two of them.
Kellswitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fairly harmless and mindless book, the charterers were enjoyable and the town it is set in could be fun to explore in further books, however the mystery part seemed rather overshadowed by all of that.In fact, it took up far less than half the book.And something I'm finding with cozy mysteries that I find interesting is that even when the local cops tell the main character they are not only a suspect but THE suspect, not one person ever mentions the word lawyer. Or seems to let the murder they are suspected of slow down their day to day living until they decide to do what the cops aren't and solve it.This book fits perfectly in that mold.I"m willing to try the next in the series, but I can't even pretend I'm reading a real mystery, more like a very mild Harlequin romance with some information on apple growing and food thrown in...oh and a murder.
LesaHolstine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some people snidely refer to a book as a cozy mystery. Sheila Connolly's One Bad Apple is an example of everything that is right with the cozy mystery. Her book has a likable heroine, an attractive small town setting, a slimy victim, and fascinating side elements. I hope Connolly returns readers to Granford, Massachusetts again.Meg Corey lost her banking job in Boston in a downsize. She took on the joint ownership of an old house in Granford, and moved to that small community to get the house ready for sale. She didn't expect to find a two hundred year old house, an apple orchard covering fifteen acres, and major plumbing problems. Before the plumber could show up, Meg's ex-boyfriend landed on her doorstep. Neither expected to find the other there, but Chandler Hale was hoping to bring developers in for a major project in Grandford, and was recruiting votes in his favor. Meg rejected his business proposition, but that's not what it looked like to the police when Chandler ended up dead in her septic tank. The major suspects? Meg, and her new plumber, Seth, two people who might have an interest in the development project. There's depth to the characters in this book that isn't always found in crime fiction. Meg, Seth, and some of the women in this book are well-developed. Meg's opinion of Granford and her house changes as she learns more about them, and becomes a little more comfortable with small town life. The information about apple orchards is interesting, and the requisite recipes in recent mysteries is an added bonus. No, One Bad Apple won't make the bestseller lists where every other book seems to be a thriller. However, for all of us who like an interesting mystery, nice people, development as a relevant issue, along with a background that's a little different, One Bad Apple is just what we're looking for. Sheila Connolly has written a winner for cozy mystery fans.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is something about a cozy set in New England. It seems perfect to me...or it's maybe too much Murder, She's a perfect setting for a cozy. Crisp weather and apple orchards, gazillion year old colonial houses and hard to get to know towns peeps.Meg is handed an opportunity she can't refuse, taking on a partnership with her mother on the house Mom has inherited. How long can it take, slap a little paint on it and clean it up and flip that puppy. Yeah, not so is shot..but that brings in the yummy plumber, Seth. He becomes her first friend and helps her work on the mystery of who dumped the dead ex in the new septic tank (as ick goes...*shudder*...excellent touch Sheila).I am looking forward to more Meg and Seth, more small town, another mystery and some yummy apple recipes like the ones in the back of this book. Five give me some HoneyCrisp and Pink Lady beans......
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Meg Corey loses her job in banking finance, she heads to the small town of Granford to work on getting an Old Victorian house and orchard that belongs to her mother fixed up to sell. Things are in worse shape than she anticipated, but she is hoping to get the place on the market in a few months. Then, surprisingly, her old Boston boyfriend, Chandler, shows up in town, working on a development project for the bank. Things take a turn for worse when Chandler is found dead in her brand new septic tank the day after she goes out to dinner with him to discuss the development project. Meg gets drawn into trying to figure out who killed Chandler because she is the chief suspect.I liked the character and the small town setting. The orchard information was fun also. There could have been some judicious editing to clear up some repetitive thoughts that got tiresome. There also seems to be a romance kindling between Meg and the plumber that I am sure will be continued in further books in the series. Basically, a fun, quick read if you like cozy mysteries.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting to read this series for a while now. Along with many other cozy series. This one started off okay but the more I read the more I was liking the MC and the other characters and you're rooting for her. Also Seth is adorable. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series. Also want some apples after reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her writing style and engaging plot. This book is an awesome beginning for the series of books.
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DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
I began reading ‘The Orchard Mystery’ series by Shelia Connolly. The first title in the series is ONE BAD APPLE, followed by ROTTEN TO THE CORE. I believe there are presently 8 to 10 titles in the series so far. I have enjoyed the first 2 titles very much. The characters are well-developed, likable and believable. Young Meg Corey moves into her mother’s inherited 200 year old colonial house in Granford, Massachusetts. Meg has just left her Boston city life and banking job and ended a relationship. Her mother (who does not make an appearance in the first 2 titles except for very short phone calls) thinks Meg needs a ‘project’ to take her mind off her problems and asks Meg to ‘fix up the house’ and ready it for sale. (This scenario is a bit of a stretch for me.) Meg hasn’t visited the area since she was a young child and discovers that a 15 acre orchard is part of the property. Meg becomes very interested in the different apple varieties, orchard management techniques and local history - not only of the orchard, but of the house, her distant relatives and the area as well. Meg meets many of the small town’s inhabitants as she grapples with plumbing problems, orchard pest management, real estate issues, restoration work, and of course, the appearance of several dead bodies on her property. I am comfortable with the characters and feel that they resemble the inhabitants of my own small New England town. The mysteries are good and developed. The insights into orchard management are very interesting to me and very well-researched. I am also interested in the local history of the area which is based on New England colonial history. I think I will order #3 in the series, RED DELICIOUS DEATH.
josemq2 More than 1 year ago
My wife and I have enjoyed this series very much and this is the only one that we haven't read yet. They are very well written and the characters are great.
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