Saturday, November 4, 2017

I'm so excited to join Berkley in celebrating the November 7 release of 
by author
Sheila Connolly

is book 11 in the Orchard Mysteries

The New York Times bestselling author of Seeds of Deception returns with a story of orchard owner Meg and the search for a poisoner.

The usually quiet town of Granford, Massachusetts, is even drowsier during the colder months. But this year it’s in for a jolt when Monica Whitman moves into town. She’s a dynamo who wants to make friends fast in her new home, and she throws herself into community activities. Meg Corey, now Chapin after her marriage to Seth Chapin, is intrigued by the new arrival, who has already sold the town board on a new, fun way to bring in visitors during the off-season: WinterFare, which will feature local foods (such as Meg’s apples) and crafts, as well as entertainment. 

Tragically, Monica falls ill and dies after the event in what looks like a case of food poisoning. When all the food served at WinterFare has been tested, including Meg’s apples, it becomes clear that there’s a more sinister explanation to the older woman’s sudden demise. 
Meg’s investigation uncovers a bushel of potential suspects, one of whom is rotten to the core.  



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A mystery filled bushel of cozy reading at its best, A LATE FROST is the perfect cold weather treat!

I’m writing this review while in the middle of a massive book hangover. The Orchard Mystery series is one of my must reads, and I’m beyond excited each time there is a new installment. Finally getting to read this eleventh book in the series, all I can say is . . . it was more than worth the wait!

Main characters, Meg and Seth Chapin are home from their honeymoon. I loved seeing them back in Granford, Massachusetts as a married couple, and I look forward to many more stories to come with this perfect pair. Hmmm…will we get to read about a little Chapin soon?

Aside from the sweet scenes with our leads in this series, A LATE FROST was an excellent mystery with an intricate plot. There were so many ways this story could have gone, and I thought I had it all figured out. But author Sheila Connolly blew me away with the reveal in this tale. Brava to her for the uniqueness of the killer. My guesses never even came close!

A LATE FROST is one mystery you don’t want to miss!


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Release date:
November 7



After collecting too many degrees and exploring careers ranging from art historian to investment banker to professional genealogist, Sheila Connolly began writing in 2001, and has now published over thirty traditional mysteries, including several New York Times bestsellers.

Her series include the Orchard Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), the Museum Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), The County Cork Mysteries (Crooked Lane Books), the Relatively Dead Mysteries (Beyond the Page Press), and beginning in 2018, The Victorian Village Mysteries from St. Martin's Press.

Her first full-length, standalone ebook, Once She Knew, was published in October 2012. 

Connolly has also published a variety of short stories: "Size Matters" appeared in the 2010 Level Best Anthology, Thin Ice; "Called Home," a short prequel to the Orchard series, was published by Beyond the Page in 2011; and "Dead Letters," an e-story featuring the main characters from the Museum series, will be published by Berkley Prime Crime in February 2012. Beyond the Page also published "The Rising of the Moon," and another Level Best anthology includes "Kept in the Dark," which was nominated for both an Agatha award and an Anthony award for 2013.

She is passionate about genealogy, both American and Irish, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants. She is also an Irish citizen and owns a cottage in West Cork.

She lives in a too-big Victorian in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and three cats. Find out more about her at her website,

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  1. Thanks for sharing your post Lisa. Sounds like a great book and series.

  2. thanks. Love this series. Looking forward to reading this book.

  3. Great rewview I have added this to my pile. sounds very good thanks

  4. This looks great...

  5. Thank you and loved the review!