Monday, November 4, 2019

Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey: Review and Giveaway!

Apple Cider Slaying

A Cider Shop Mystery

by Julie Anne Lindsey

About Apple Cider Slaying

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (October 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496723473
ISBN-13: 978-1496723475
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 . . .

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 . .
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Antique apple orchard...we had about 5-6 apple  trees "  behind the house " we'd say, but actually it was beside the house to the west. They were different varieties. Mom like the  Transparent Apples for applesause. Had two apple trees that were  especially good for climbing on. Spent many an hour out there dreaming young girl  dreams...wondering what the future held for me...:)

About Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. When she's not creating new worlds and organizing the epic adventures of fictional characters, Julie can be found carpooling her three kids around Northeastern Ohio and plotting with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.
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My Thoughts

Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey is the debut of A Cider Shop Mystery series.  Winnie Montgomery and her Granny Smythe run Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, West Virginia.  Winnie wants to add a cider shop in the Mail Pouch barn, but she needs a loan from the local bank.  Winnie is showing around Mr. Sherman, the local loan manager, around the property when they discover Nadine Cooper, Granny’s longtime neighbor and nemesis, dead on the cider press.  Sheriff Colton Wise quickly sets his sights on Granny which sends Winnie on the hunt for the real culprit.  Apple Cider Slaying is a cute new cozy mystery that gets off to a solid start.  We are introduced to Winona Mae Montgomery and her grandmother, Granny Smythe.  They have a close relationship that I admired (so sweet together).   I like that the author took the time to establish the main characters and introduce readers to their orchard.  The descriptions of the orchard, Blossom Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains were wonderful.  It was interesting to learn about the different apple varieties and how cider is made. The mystery had a couple of suspects and there was plenty of action.  While it is a snap to identify the killer, I enjoyed following the investigation.  I was curious as to why Mrs. Cooper was killed which took longer to come to light.  I enjoyed the author’s conversational writing style which made Apple Cider Slaying a breeze to read.  There are also two adorable kittens in the story.  I could tell the author has experience with kittens from the scenes she wrote.  Kittens sharp little claws and how it feels is accurately described (they love to climb up a person’s legs).  Winnie also dreams up a Christmas festival for the orchard and spends time getting it organized.  She has clever ideas and is a Martha Stewart wannabe.  There is romance in the air for Winnie as well.  I will definitely be reading Pulp Friction when it comes out next spring.  Apple Cider Slaying is a charming new cozy mystery with a strong minded sheriff, cinnamon cider, classic cars, cute kittens, a polluted press and Christmas cheer.  
Apple Cider Slaying is available at Amazon*, Amazon UKB&NKoboGooglePlay, and Indie Bound.  The second A Cider Shop Mystery is Pulp Friction which comes out April 28, 2020.  To win a print copy of Apple Cider Slaying (U.S. Only), you can click here to enter.  You can also enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!  Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be sharing my review of The Bake Shop by Amy Clipston tomorrow.  It is the debut An Amish Marketplace Novel.  I hope that you have a pleasurable day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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1 comment:

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