Red Delicious Death

Red Delicious Death In this latest Orchard mystery amateur sleuth Meg Corey takes a bite out of crime Some baby faced chefs fresh out of cooking school are looking to open a restaurant in Granford They plan on using l

  • Title: Red Delicious Death
  • Author: Sheila Connolly
  • ISBN: 9780425233436
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this latest Orchard mystery, amateur sleuth Meg Corey takes a bite out of crime Some baby faced chefs, fresh out of cooking school, are looking to open a restaurant in Granford They plan on using local foods great news for city girl banker turned orchard owner Meg Corey Yet when one of the chefs is found dead, face down in a farmer s pig wallow, plans come to a sIn this latest Orchard mystery, amateur sleuth Meg Corey takes a bite out of crime Some baby faced chefs, fresh out of cooking school, are looking to open a restaurant in Granford They plan on using local foods great news for city girl banker turned orchard owner Meg Corey Yet when one of the chefs is found dead, face down in a farmer s pig wallow, plans come to a screeching halt And Meg soon discovers they may have a locally grown killer on their hands.

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    1. Meg's friend Lauren asks Meg what are the prospects for a young trio wanting to open a restaurant (the Head Chef and the front of house/admin are married with a close friend being the third member and the sous chef).  Meg puts them in contact with the local Realtor and before long they have secured a house and with Seth's help are turning it into a restaurant where they plan to serve as much local food as possible.  The bump in the road occurs when the sous chef is found dead in a pig wallow a [...]

    2. "They're all dead.""What?" Meg Corey dragged her gaze from the orderly rows of apple trees that marched over the hill. Almost all were in bloom now, and some of them had what even a novice farmer like Meg could identify as apples. Small, maybe, but it was a start. She turned her attention to Carl Fredrickson, her beekeeper. Until this morning, Meg hadn't even known she had a beekeeper, but it seemed like every day since she'd inherited the orchard, something - or someone - new she hadn't known a [...]

    3. This should really be a one and a half star, but they don't have to select. I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it much, either. I find the books in this series to be harder and harder to read as they go along. There's so much repetition and padding. Plus, Meg isn't really easy to warm up to. There's just something missing in the mix and it's hard to describe what that is. It should all work, nice setting, small town, an orchard, but it doesn't at least not for me.Disappointing.

    4. The whole story and mystery were fairly interesting, but the reveal was a bit anti-climatic. I hate that. I will say that after reading the first of the series, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the other 2 on my shelf. Despite the ending, I plan on reading the remaining Orchard series book on my shelf. It really drew me in and I didn't want to put it down!

    5. Red Delicious Death is book three in the "An Orchard Mystery" novels staring Meg Corey. For those we are deciding to pick up this novel, I suggest they read "One Bad Apple" and "Rotten to the Core" since they will help lay the groundwork for the series. Meg is now preparing for her first harvest of the orchard in Granford, Massachusetts. Though Meg is busy from sun-up to sundown with the orchard she still manages to help three chefs from Boston pick a site for a new restaurant in Granford. Thoug [...]

    6. I'm a third of the way through this book, and I see another reviewer pretty much summed up what I'm running into with this series:"I find the books in this series to be harder and harder to read as they go along. There's so much repetition and padding. Plus, Meg isn't really easy to warm up to. There's just something missing in the mix and it's hard to describe what that is. It should all work, nice setting, small town, an orchard, but it doesn't at least not for me."Agree. This will likely be t [...]

    7. I can certainly say that this book is where the author is beginning to hit her stride as far as the characters developing. I do find that it doesn't draw me in as much as other series that I have read in the past. The stories are well-written, just maybe I would like to feel that a bit more humor was injected into them. Sometimes it is hard to put one's finger on what is lacking and for me I think it is that the characters are though better developed are still uptight and maybe that would be oka [...]

    8. Ooooh. This one was so good. The romance is heating up and they begin to provide support to two very naive chefs who want to open a Whole Foods inspired-restaurant in a town where it might be a tough sell. The tension and pacing of this book is perfect and it just makes me want to read more about these characters. Very near the perfect cozy mystery.Oh, I read some other reviews of this book after I posted mine and I think that there is something wrong with those people. Not able to warm up to Me [...]

    9. A fun cozy series. If you are a cozy mystery lover, then you are likely the Orchard Mystery series. The main character is a bit of a fish out of water in small town New England (having spent most of her life in the city). Her attempts at running an apple orchard with the help of a few locals are enjoyable to read and sets a great background for a mystery.

    10. Meg is continuing to learn more about her orchard everyday. She is also learning that living on her farm makes her happy. A phone call from her friend is about to impact not only Meg, but the small town of Granford. A trio of cooking-school graduates are set on opening a farm to table restaurant. Meg is able to lead them to local realtor Frances and the search for a location is on. The small town is about to be home to a new business. Plans move along quickly until one of the partners is found d [...]

    11. Cute, fast read. My thoughts, in no particular order: FINALLY!!!!!! It's about time Meg and Seth got together! <3 I'm glad that Bree and Michael are still going strong, and it was nice that he made an appearance in this book. Detective Marcus and Lauren was an interesting development; I'm not sure I'm ready for him to be seen as a good guy, thought I was a little tired of his anger toward Meg. Reading the back of the book and then being introduced to newlyweds made me incredibly nervous, and [...]

    12. I enjoy mysteries a lot and overall this series came at times when I needed 'cozy mysteries'. I needed to read something that wasn't too intense and I followed the series to a certain point. One of the reasons for the two stars is that I found the dialogue with the main characters to be emotionally unhealthy. Their responses are sympathetic instead of empathetic and not in a way I would like to be spoken to when sharing my story. People do speak to each other like this in real life and when it c [...]

    13. I think this series gets better with each book. This time the murder takes place not at Meg's orchard but it is a young chef she put in touch with her friend the realtor, who was set to open a restaurant on the town green with another young couple, who would want him dead? he knew no one in town except his fellow chefs and partners, most people in town are happy at the prospect of new business and especially a restaurant. While Meg is trying to get the hang of the orchard, having her orchard man [...]

    14. Just okay, nothing special. The annoying part of this book: Bree tries to keep Meg focused on planning for her first harvest but she spends more time helping the two chefs with their problems in opening their restaurant.

    15. A Pleasure! This third book in the series was a very enjoyable read! The first and second we’re good as well but I feel the author really hit her comfort level with the characters in this one. Loved it from start to finish!

    16. As far as cozy mysteries go this book was OK for me. The characters were like-able enough, but the mystery itself was a little confusing and I felt like it wasn’t really emphasized enough in the book.

    17. Red Delicious DeathI enjoyed the book, but it was a little slow at times. It needed a little more action and mystery to make you want to keep reading.

    18. This is a great series and I like the fact that she is building in new characters with each book. I am really enjoying getting to meet the whole town.

    19. Meg Corey's apple orchard in Granford will be ready to harvest in a matter of months. But she has a lot to do before then, like finding out where the acres of apples will go after they've been picked. So when Lauren, her friend and old co-worker from Boston, calls about three naive chefs wanting to open a restaurant and can't find a spot within their budget, Meg calls up a local real estate agent to help them out. After all, Meg is extremely busy to help them. She's getting ready for her first h [...]

    20. Okay. So I liked the new characters, but Meg. Come on. All up in everyone's business, and not even in a sleuthing kind of way She and Seth just can't seem to move forward with their own projects--they only want to work toward other people's successes. Such a strange way to move the plot forward. I'm into the cliffhanger though--let's see if she can maintain any of this tension in the 4th book.

    21. My husband wanted to give up on this series after reading this one (book 3), and said he'd save me the trouble of reading it. But, I read it and enjoyed it more than the last one. The main character, Meg, didn't seem so over-confident in her sleuthing and she wasn't trying to use people like she had in the prior books.Instead of the mystery, the book focused mainly on running an orchard and getting ready to run a restaurant. There was a little bit of mystery here and there.In the town meeting, o [...]

    22. Great bookI really enjoyed this story. This is a good series and I can't wait to read the next one. On to #4.

    23. RED DELICIOUS DEATH is title #3 in Shelia Connolly’s ORCHARD MYSTERY SERIES.I enjoyed this title as much as the first two and hope to read all the titles (eventually) in the series.The characters are down-to-earth; they develop and grow; and their personalities and situations are believable. I like the references to apples, orchard management, local history and small town life.Meg Corey is settling in and still restoring her mother’s inherited farmhouse. Meg is about to see her first apple h [...]

    24. Another good story by Connolly introducing readers to options within modern agriculture and showing that not all food production needs to be or even should be giant corporate business Inc. The locavore movement is featured in reference to restaurants, co-ops, and farmer markets - where seasonal food is obtained (usually) within 100-150 miles of the retail or serving point. Another point of education is integrated pest management where the first choice is not chemicals and pesticides but also the [...]

    25. “Red Delicious Death” follows fortunes of ex-Big City residents as they escape to country life“Red Delicious Death” by Sheila Connolly is one of a series of mysteries set in the western Massachusetts countryside where Meg has returned to her family roots. Meg inherits an apple grove and winds up taking a crash course in growing modern and heirloom varieties. She also finds time to help out a young couple who escape Boston and buy a local mansion to convert into a “locavore” restauran [...]

    26. I read this out of order from the rest of the series and haven't made it back to get the 1st book. There are references to the previous books, but that doesn't deter from the plot here. Meg's orchard experience seems real enough, and it's interesting to say the least. Some of the book seemed like it was filler, but I thought the book was readable, certainly not something I'd put down and not finish. The character development seems a little strained at some points,and I'm not sure if I'm missing [...]

    27. You can definitely start with this mystery, but you'll lose some of the character development and miss out on some of the continuing plot lines.I think Connolly handled the murder better here. (Although the resolution was, again, a bit of a cop out. (view spoiler)[The murder confesses rather than Meg figuring the mystery out. Of course, Connolly didn't provide Meg or the reader enough clues to figure out the perpetrator, so a sudden confession was the only real solution. (hide spoiler)]) At leas [...]

    28. This is the third of the Orchard Mystery series featuring reluctant sleuth Meg Corey. I love the idea of mysteries surrounding an apple orchard, and I have learned more about apples and small farming than I ever thought I would. This installment ventures into the "locavore movement" which I was not familiar with. And in the middle of it all is the refurbishing of an old house into a new restaurant and of course, a mysterious death.I think that the author is getting much better at the flow of dia [...]

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