This is book #4 of this series that is about apples, their orchards, history and old houses. I eagerly awaited this newest "chapter" in the series I reacently read, and was not disappointed.
Ms. Connolly continues to entertain and tell a good story, while letting you in on some of the more strenuous work involved in growing and harvesting apples. Bringing in local landscapes, the people, and a little Emily Dickinson really added to this latest book and was very entertaining and well written, as they've all been.
I don't ncessarily read these for the murders, mystery and sleuthing, but more for local flair, flavor, scenery, people, customs, etc., but the story was good just the same. Being a native Californian, my only "travels" are in books, so visiting the area of New England that the orchard series takes place in, and the way they're written, really makes me "see" what the area is like and what other people are like.
All of these books so far have been very well written, with a believable and likely heroine, if you will, who inherited an extremely old and decrepit home, along with 15 acres of apple orchard that she's learning to grow, cultivate, harvest and sell. Throw in local people, her friends, family and a "who done it," really appeals to my reading and this book didn't let me down.
I'm anxious to start Ms. Connolly's newest series, of which I've already purchased the first book from, but do hate to wait for subsequent books to follow, so I just might wait until the second one comes out next year. I'd started this Orchard series when the first three (3) were available and read them each, in order, and really enjoyed the locale, the storyline and the writing of this author, that when this latest installment came out just week ago, I grabbed it and did thoroughly enjoy this one as well.
I like her writing style, because if I can see in my mind's eye, with clarity and a degree of believability, what is being described, then it makes the storyline and everything in the book that much more believable. Ms. Connolly does a great job of doing that in this series, so for that reason alone, I truly enjoyed this book. Again, the storyline of a who done it just adds more fun to the book, and does in fact keep you guessing as to the culprit up to the end, and that's an added bonus.