Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year's crop is unseasonably ripe with murder . . .
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Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny's beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it's struggling. That's why they're trying to drum up business with the "First Annual Christmas at the Orchard," a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike--until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny's long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder . . .
"The characters are delightful . . . Plenty of action and suspense."
--RT Book Reviews on Murder in Real Time
Includes Recipes! (Summary via Goodreads)
When I started reading Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey, I was HOOKED !!! This is a story that a reader can totally get lost in. A reader can escape to another town, meet some awesome people, fall in love with the area and not want to leave. I was completely torn with wanting to read the story quickly because it was so good but wanting to read it slow to savor the story and people and not want it to end. When a reader has that sort of dilemma, you know you have a winner in your hands !!!
You will instantly fall in love with the main character, Winnie, and her granny !! You will enjoy that they own a fruit farm and orchard and that granny makes jams, jellies and other things with the fruit that they grow and that Winnie makes gourmet ciders.
In Apple Cider Slaying Winnie is working on applying for a loan from the bank in order to turn one of the barns on the farm into a cider shop that will be unlike anything around unfortunately when the banker, Mr. Sherman, comes out to the farm to check it out, they find the body of Winnie and Granny's neighbor, Mrs. Cooper. And when the sheriff finds out that the neighbor and granny did not get along, he sets his investigation pointed at Granny !!
Winnie has a lot on her plate as she tries to prove to the sheriff that Granny did not kill Mrs. Cooper as well as try to keep the orchard going and get Mr. Sherman back to see that she deserves the loan.....even with the killer trying to stop her !!
I LOVED this first book in Lindsey's Cider Shop Mystery series......I loved Winnie and her granny. I loved that she adopted two kittens and they are named Kenny and Dolly. I loved the small town and the people and their relationships. I LOVED the way Lindsey wrote Winnie and Sheriff Wise's relationship and even laughed out loud a few times !! I loved hanging out at the orchard and seeing the cider shop develop. I could keep going on and on with more of the things that I loved with this book but I really want you to read it so I do not want to hold you up any longer....... I HIGHLY recommend that you get a copy and grab a drink and a snack and start reading.....make sure you are in your comfy seat because you may be there for a while.......
Review by Missi M.