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A Gala Event
An Orchard Mystery # 9
Sheila Connolly

Berkley Prime Crime
October 2015 / ISBN
Mystery - Cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


Apple harvest season is winding down and Meg Corey will have more time on her hands. She really is busy, planning her upcoming wedding to Seth Chapin. Then Aaron Eastman comes back to town. No one has a nice thing to say about him. He was convicted of burning his home down and killing his grandmother and parents. This happened when Aaron was seventeen and he has no memory of what happened. He was into hard drug in those days. So of course, Meg decides to help him find out the truth. She had better be careful, because she could end up with the apple that has the worm.

Things to ponder: Why would the scene of the crime be the first place a convicted felon would go after being released from prison? What was Aaron Eastman looking to find in the historical society? Will Meg and Seth ever get all the wedding details set so that they can get married?

You are always in for a delicious surprise when you open an orchard mystery and start reading. The characters are welcoming and feel like old friends. Our feisty protagonist, Meg Corey, is always willing to lend a hand - even to a convicted felon. The story pulls you right in and you will want to read it in one sitting. The author has even provided a few yummy recipes. So, if you like your mystery to punch a crunch, then you should be reading A Gala Event. It is a real treat for the mind.

Reviews of other titles in this series

One Bad Apple #1
Bitter Harvest #5
Sour Apples #6
Golden Malicious #7
Picked to Die #8

A Gala Event #9

Reviewed 2015