A Late Frost (Orchard Mystery Series #11)

A Late Frost (Orchard Mystery Series #11)

by Sheila Connolly

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An orchard owner searches for a poisoner in this Orchard Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Nipped in the Bud.

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.  


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425275832
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Orchard Mystery Series , #11
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 153,101
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha award-nominated author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries. She has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is married and has one daughter and three cats.

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A Late Frost 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining reading for summer beaches
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story line kept me interested until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is nice when murder series acknowledge that not every unexplained death is murder. Here the author does that and keeps the people and their expectations out of life realistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these people
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
Beat the winter blues with A Late Frost. Great characters that grow with the series really make this one for me. I always have to pick up the latest Orchard Mystery to see what they are up to next.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Winter in Granford leaves Meg Corey with a lot of time on her hands. Seth doesn’t have a major job at the moment either. You would be able to think these newlyweds would be able to enjoy an extended honeymoon, especially after all the chaos they went through with her parents and the dead handyman. Instead, a new resident, Monica Whitman, has moved to Granford and has a fun idea to bring tourists to town during the colder months, WinterFare. With Seth on the town council, he plays a major role and Meg has a booth selling apples. This first year it is more about bringing the community together. But it may be the last year because Monica is rushed to the hospital and later dies. It looks like a case of food poisoning, meaning Meg could be a suspect. Anyone who sold/served food at the event is in the same boat. Meg is working closely with Art Preston, the chief of police, to pare down the list and try to figure out who killed this enthusiastic newcomer. Sheila Connolly brings almost all the old characters back. Bree has taken a new job in Australia, so Meg needs to hire a new manager. Her mentor, Christopher has someone he thinks is perfect for the job. At their first meeting, Meg isn’t too sure. Larry is not a people person, but he knows his apples. Speaking of a people person, Monica Whitman is one, she talks a mile a minute, and has all sorts of ideas but she doesn’t live long enough for us to really get to know her better. After her death, we meet her husband, Douglas, a quiet man with monumental challenges. These new characters are as well written as the regulars. I really enjoy the normal daily life of Seth and Meg. Their relationship is so comfortable. Figuring out about how to handle taxes now that they are married and both with successful businesses. Deciding what to do with Seth’s family home now that he has moved in with Meg. Children in the future. . . maybe? I enjoyed the friendship that they have with Art. He wasn’t in charge of the investigation but he trusted their thoughts and theories, even going beyond his authority to get answers. The mystery was top-notch and could have played out several ways. Ms. Connolly shocked me with the ending. It made perfect sense but my thinking was never drawn to the person for one instant. This is a marvelous mystery series. I have enjoyed every visit to Granford and can’t wait to return. This next apple season is going to be very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving mystery who poisoned Monica.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Late Frost is the eleventh book in An Orchard Mystery series. A Late Frost is another wonderful addition to this exciting and informative series. Ms. Connolly does a beautiful job of weaving into the story what it takes to manage an apple orchard. Meg and Seth are back in Granford after their whirlwind honeymoon and are settling into married life. The first thing on her agenda is to find a replacement for Bree, her orchard manager who had moved on to an internship in Australia. Her friend Christopher, sends over one of his students, Larry Bennett. Larry was rather brash at their first meeting, but he soon admits to this and, even though he has rather aggressive plans for the orchard, they are able to come to an agreement and once again Meg has an orchard manager. Meanwhile, Granford is preparing for its first WinterFare. Recently, Monica Whitman, a human dynamo, has moved to town and is leading the planning of the fare to bring the residents together, and hopefully more visitors, when most people have extra times on their hands. There will be tables with crafts, food to sample and Meg will have a table where she will have her apples available. Monica seems to well liked by everyone and has done an amazing job bringing everything together in a short period of time. The only negative thing anyone has to say about Monica is that one can’t get a word in edge-wise when she is talking to them. But while Monica is walking around and sampling items from the various tables she suddenly collapses and is taken to the hospital soon dies. Art, the local sheriff, asks Meg to go with him to talk with Monica’s husband. When they arrive at their home, Meg is surprised that the house is in such disarray, as Monica was always neat as a pin. But they begin to suspect that the husband might be suffering from dementia. With the condition the kitchen was in, she could have easily picked up some kind of bacteria. It is soon learned that was probably killed her was Colchicine which can be found in wild garlic, autumn crocus, and meadow saffron. With something so prevalent in the area it will be difficult to track where it came from and who might have wanted to end Monica’s life. Recipes are also included in the book. I love this series and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the apple orchard mysteries., they are a fun relaxed read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago