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.
©2008 Sheila Connolly (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Meg's mother inherits a farmhouse and orchard that has been in her family for hundreds of years. She asks her daughter Meg to move into it, interview real estate agents, and get the old home ready for sale. Since the bank Meg worked for has merged with another bank, her position no longer exists, and so does her relationship with her ex boyfriend. Meg is not only free to help her Mom, she is fortunate to have something to do while she is getting her life together. Meg learns a lot about living in the country, including the difference between a septic system and a sewer system. Most importantly even new septic tanks can't handle dead bodies dumped into them before they are backfilled.
Since the septic tank is on Meg's property, Meg becomes a murder suspect. She is befriended by one family but the rest of the community really hope she did it, and not one of their own. This makes Meg somewhat isolated. she has cordial relationships with the people in the town, but there is no real warmth for the first part of the book, and then only with one person.
Oddly Meg does not immediately grab her phone and tell her Mom that their plan to sell the old home hit a snag. Reasonably a daughter would keep her Mom posted on the progress of the house renovation, not to mention the dead guy in the septic tank.
This is a slow moving story. It distracted me while I was doing a slightly complicated job that I hate. I probably will not get the next one, but this one really helped me through a really irritating job.
LIght reading but a tightly knit story. Interesting characters that are credible people, you might know or would like to know.
Meg would never have imagined that she'd become involved in a murder and of her own ex boyfriend. When his corpse is blocking up her new septic system, Meg is a prime suspect. Dealing with a hostile detective that looks for the easy, fast way to close the case forces Meg to find the killer herself. Robin Miles was the perfect narrator for this book. Her voice is fantastic.
I have listen to another series by Sheila Connelly and enjoyed them. This is a different series and I enjoyed this first in the series. I look forward to listening to more.
It is in the top 10 of Audiobooks.
Coffee House mystery series, Mattie Winston series
I think the accents were good and they were New England accents.
The author has two more books out but they are not on audio. You need to make them available!
Yes I actually it enjoyed it
She did a wonderful job.
I enjoyed the friendships that started in the books and I look forward to seeing were they go. I also love the information we learn about remodeling and orchard. I think the story it was great as well. It keep me going.
I so look forward to the future books. I love to see the relationship and friendship grow more. I also like to see how the orchards bloom. I recommend this series to others.
UN ACCENT the characters. Horrid!
The storyline is great
It reminded me of the ridiculous accents they stuck on the actors in the movie Fargo. Absolutely horrible.
I would read it again before listening again.
I really love this author, I hope that the rest of the books don't sound as over done as this one did.
It's a cozy mystery and I liked the overall premise of a city banker starting over in the country with an orchard.
Yes, I am invested in the characters now and would like to know what's next for them.
The narrator pronounced a main character's name in an odd way and it annoyed me all 500 times she said it. Also, the accent was just bad and hard to listen to. I had to pretend they were from somewhere else to get past it. Also, her voice sounded much older than the character.
If the narrator stopped attempting the accent the book would've been much better, she should stick to her normal speaking voice.
Say something about yourself!
This story had a great start, but plot moves too slow, it kind of plods along. I listened to about half the book (maybe less than half), but I couldn't continue. I may start later in series with another book, but I doubt it. This will be happily returned.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
Listened to about an hour of this. Nope. Couldn't stay with it, just lost interest. Narrator needs to brush up on her English accent.
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