An Orchard Mystery #6
August 2012 / ISBN 978-0425251508
by Cheryl Green
Meg Correy is
back in the sixth Orchard Mystery – Sour Apples.
She has lived in Granford for a year now and is planning an expansion
of her orchard by leasing several acres from her beau, Seth Chapin.
She finds Seth talking to Joyce Truesdell a local dairy farmer.
Joyce is very upset because her cows have become sick. Through some
testing she has done, she finds out that there is lead in the soil
of the land she has leased from the town. She wants Seth, as a town
selectman, to check out the town records to see what he can uncover.
is keeping Meg very busy with the orchard expansion plans. She has
trees lined up ready for planting, if Meg will talk to Seth and
make leasing his land official. Meg does take time out to go with
Seth to the Spring Fling dance at the high school where Seth sees
someone from his high school days. Rick Sainsbury, is acting like
he is running for office. There is no love lost there. Seth will
not say why he dislikes Rick.
The next day
Meg hears from her old friend Lauren who is in town. She is working
for Rick Sainsbury who is planning to run for office. Meg invites
Lauren to stay with her while she is in town. Seth is out of sorts
and it is not only because of Rick. Joyce Truesdell is dead –
it looks like one of her cows kicked her in the head.
reveals that it was not the cow that caused Joyce’s death
but a murderer. Why would anyone want to kill her? The first person
the police suspect is the husband. Meg just can’t believe
that Ethan would do such a thing. Meg will have to dig a little
deeper to find out who is behind the murder.
Things to ponder:
Will we ever find out why Seth dislikes Rick? Will Meg be able to
take time away from her beloved orchard to solve Joyce’s murder?
Why does Rick want/need Seth’s endorsement of his campaign?
has done it again – she has let me visit with old friends
that I adore and given me a mystery to solve. My problem with this
series is that once I start reading it is hard for me to put the
book down. So the laundry and cleaning are put on hold while I spend
time with Meg and the gang. I hope we don't have to wait too long
for the next Orchard Mystery.
Note: In addition to the Orchard Mysteries –
Ms. Connolly also writes the Museum Mysteries.