A Killer Crop - Orchard Mystery, Bk 4 Author:Sheila Connolly When Meg Corey's mother arrives unannounced in Granford, Masschusetts, Meg's sure it's not just to pay a surprise visit to the apple of her eye. The timing is terrible -- it's harvest season and Meg is understaffed in the orchard. Plus Elizabeth Corey is clearly hiding the real purpose of her trip from her daughter — A... more »fter an English professor from Amherst -- who is an old friend of her mother -- is found dead on the floor of a cider house, Elizabeth is interrogated by the police, and then grilled by her daughter. She is indeed keeping a secret -- but could Meg's own mother really have committed murder? One thing is clear, someone decided to teach the professor a lesson. And the key to unlocking the mystery may lie with a poet who could not stop for death.« less
This is my favorite book of the series (so far). While solving the mystery really didn't seem to pick up until the second half, the first half was very good. I loved how we saw Meg mature in her relationship with her mother.
I was really happy with this 4th book in the series overall. The mystery was well done. Our main character just picked a lot of apples, we didnt learn a lot about apples or farming in this book. This book was more about the mystery. I wonder what will happen next?
I enjoyed this entry in the series. The famous poet Emily Dickenson lived in a nearby town two hundred years ago (give or take a few decades), and she plays a big part in the mystery. It is refreshing to have a modern mystery where the villain is not an evil real estate developer, banker, or other big business mogul, as is so often the case. I like a little variety now and again!
The developing relationships with Meg's mother and father as well as increasingly more involved boyfriend Seth are interesting.