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Nipped in the Bud

Orchard Series, Book 12
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of A Late Frost returns with orchard owner Meg Chapin trying to stem the tide of crime....

Winter still has a firm stranglehold on the small town of Granford, and newly married orchard owner Meg Chapin is restless to begin her spring pruning and planting, while Seth busies himself with a new project of his own. But their relative peace is shattered when a gunshot breaks the winter silence, and they discover the body of a dead woman on their land. What's just as troubling is that the state police have hushed up the murder and are warning Meg not to investigate.

Never one to sit by idly with a killer on the loose, Meg starts digging for clues and probing for answers as discreetly as she can. When the victim turns out to have been an undercover reporter doing a story on the blossoming trade in illegal drugs in the area, Meg's stunned to learn that this very modern crime has come to sleepy Granford. Unwilling to accept that the nasty business has put down roots so close to home - and led to a murder that occurred literally in her own backyard - Meg is determined to nip it in the bud before the town she knows and loves turns rotten....

©2018 Sheila Connolly (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Michele Abington-Cooper
  • 17-02-19

Background

I enjoyed this series but it REALLY annoys me when an author does not keep the back stories of characters the same throughput. Ex. Meg’s friend in Boston

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  • knitsistah
  • 05-02-19

Don’t waste your time or money

I’ve been enjoying this series since the beginning, and have collected and enjoyed them all. But this is the was so out of whack that it feels that it was written by someone else, someone who hadn’t went back and acquainted themselves with the main characters and their storylines.

That Meg would call up her “friend” Lauren for lunch and advice made me sit straight up in bed. Their relationship started deteriorating when Meg moved to her apple orchard in the countryside and ended after a long-over due blowout. Their final meeting was at Meg’s wedding when Lauren came, accompanied by homocide detective Bill Marcus. Lauren was never again mentioned in any books... till now. Also, Meg mentions Detective Marcus to Lauren as if he’s someone she’s never met. Seriously.

Then there’s Meg’s annoyingly repetitive internal musings about making coffee four times a day; life as a farmer, a wife. She just drones on and on. Once the group decides to speak with Justin and see what he has to say for himself, they agree they’ll all be quiet and see what he knows... but then Meg just starts telling him everything they know about him and his lies. WTF? I was hoping Justin would pull out a gun right then Meg’s becoming a bored, bitter, know-it-alll.

I think I’ll read the reviews next time before purchasing. I didn’t see all the negatives until a week after I’d added the book to my library. So sad.

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  • amy
  • 05-02-19

not for serious readers

Does Sheila Connolly not remember that in the middle of this series that Lauren quit the bank in Boston and her and Meg left things on a sour note? Now Lauren is back as if the previous events were never even written? These books are full of repetition and mistakes in the details but, this is a pretty big and obvious anomaly.

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  • 02-02-19

Ouch. Using serial killer and transgender together

I thought the stereotype of transgender people being serial killers or crazy people that you would see on the Jerry Springer show was behind us.

Should I assume Ms Connolly is ignorant, or instead does she likes to discriminate against stigmatized minority groups. I hope she is just ignorant because I do enjoy most of her writing and I would hate to stop reading her other books.

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