I was given this book by a friend. It is the second in a series and I'd like to get the first one and then read the 3rd one. The first one is called One Bad Apple. Her newest one is called Red Delicious Death and she is now working on a 4th, as yet unnamed but still in the Orchard series.
I have accepted that this is my kind of book. One that I can read in a week or less cause it grabs me.
Meg Correy has inherited a family orchard and farmhouse from her family which has inhabited the land for over 100 years. She's a financial type who lived the business life in Boston, rented apartment with no real home care experience. All of a sudden she has a house and barn that is badly in need of repairs and an orchard full of apple trees which, thank goodness, the local university has been using for teaching horticulture to students. But even though the orchard has been cared for she needs to learn all about looking after it because now that it's hers it will be her responsibility.
Of course there is the handsome neighbour who just happens to need some space so is fixing up the barn for her to make into an office/work area for himself. And what would one of these books be without a murder?
The book begins with her finding a body in her Spring House. He appears to have been poisoned. The police aren't getting far so Meg takes it upon herself to learn as much as she can about poisons found/stored on the farm and about the person's life in general, including motives for killing him. Lots of people are glad that he's dead (isn't that sad?) but every lead she follows dead ends with a solid alibi. We don't find out who the murderer is until the end of the book and it's like an Alfred Hitchcock novel. You'd never even expect it.
Not saying any more. Just saying that it's a fun read and I will be reading her other two books.