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