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Golden Malicious
An Orchard Mystery #7
Sheila Connolly

Berkley Prime Crime
October 2013 / ISBN 042525710X
Mystery – Cozy


Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Meg Corey and Seth Chapin are off to the Nash Sawmill to look for some antique-looking lumber. Donald Butterfield’s house – one of the oldest in the area was hit by a car and it took out quite a large chunk of it. Seth and crew are going to restore it – if they can get the right replacements. Meg stops on the way to the mill to get a pebble out of her shoe. Sitting on a fallen log she sees a hand sticking out of the brush. In addition to the dead body, Meg also sees a strange dead insect. She reports her findings to Christopher Ramsdell a professor at the local college. He thinks the insect is an Asian long horned beetle. This insect can do a lot of damage to many types of trees in the area.

The only way to get rid of this insect is to cut down the trees and grind them up. Looks like Meg will be dividing her time between caring for her beloved apple trees and finding a murderer. Meg better be careful because the murderer could just be rotten to the core.
Things to ponder: Why was the dead insect found so near the dead body? What was David Clapp up to in the Nash woods?

Another great read in the delightful Orchard Mystery series. Sheila Connolly does not disappoint. The plot is intriguing, and we get to visit with our favorite cast of characters. There are plenty of suspects to keep us busy throughout the book. I love the fast pace that keeps the plot moving and my fingers turning those pages. The author has also included some yummy recipes to try. So if you like your mystery filled with the crunch of a juicy apple, then you should be reading this book.

Reviewed 2013