The apples are ripening and Meg Corey is busier than ever working her apple orchards in Granford, Mass. This series continues to entertain and educate as Meg faces new challenges running her orchards and figuring out her relationship with plumber Seth Chapin. Add a mysterious death to the mix and you have all the necessary ingredients for a deliciously appealing cozy that will satisfy readers. Recipes included!

Apple orchard owner Meg Corey is in the middle of a busy harvest season when her mother visits unexpectedly. Later, when a detective shows up wanting to question Meg’s mother in the death of a local English professor, Meg realizes her mother’s holding back information. Daniel Weston, the professor, turns out to be an old friend of Meg’s mother who had asked her to visit. As Meg and her mother piece together the circumstances surrounding Daniel’s death, they uncover the professor’s obsession with Emily Dickinson and his intention to unveil something big at the 19th-century American Poet symposium at his college. Why had Daniel contacted Meg’s mother after so many years, and what had he uncovered that cost him his life? (PRIME CRIME, Dec., 304 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin