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    First in a fabulous new series

    Winnie Montgomery lives on her family’s apple orchard that she and her Granny run. With a plan to expand the business. Winnie makes her pitch to the bank for a loan and is rewarded for her efforts by finding a Granny’s nemesis dead in the cider press. When the sheriff seems to think that Granny killed the woman, Winnie finds herself trying to find any evidence that would point the sheriff away from Granny. While still trying to gain the bank loan, Winnie does her best to uncover the murderer and learns an awful lot about her neighbors and herself. She WILL give the sheriff a more viable suspect and she WILL open her Cider barn even if it takes she every last penny she has. But Winnie has ticked off the killer and he’s letting his displeasure known. To make things even worse, her ex boyfriend is back in town and he wants to talk to to her, but her heart isn’t budging. Can Winnie make things right and pull the farm back in the black? I’m a cozy fan, so it surprised me to feel my heart melting as Winnie’s does too as she takes a chance on opening her heart up again. Having come from a similar childhood as her, and having a few more years experience in dealing with life, I was cheering her on. While there are great series out there, it’s been a very long time since once has touched me this way and I cannot wait to see Winnie and Granny grow their business again. A fabulous new series!
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    A Nice Holiday Debut Cozy Mystery

    Apple Cider Slaying is book one in Julie Ann Lindsey’s new “A Cider Shop Mystery” series. This is a fun cozy mystery novel set in the holiday season following Thanksgiving leading all the way up to Christmas. The author introduces readers to a young woman, who seems to have her life pretty planned out – she’s taking college courses a step at a time to avoid student debt, helping her Granny, and planning for her future cider shop. What she isn’t planned up for is the mysterious death of her Granny’s nemesis and the dangers that begin to stalk her soon after. Apple Cider Slaying is a fun mystery novel that gives readers just the right amount of mystery, with a dash of humor, and a couple of mischievous kittens. I love Winnie’s relationship with her Granny. They are so close, and I love it. I appreciate that the author has Winnie wanting to stay close to home, and wanting to help her Granny by opening a cider shop on the property to boost the family business. The author does an excellent job giving readers a small-town feel with this book. Let anything happen anyplace in town and you can bet everyone will know before lunch or dinner…depending on the time of day. I truly like the author wastes little time having a body pop up. That hooked me into the story as it happened so quickly. I wasn’t expecting that for a couple more chapters. Haha! There are some crossed wires here and there and I’m not going to lie…I quickly started off disliking the new Sheriff, but don’t worry…he’ll eventually grow on you. True to form for most cozy mystery novels, the heroine is stalked by danger as she works to try and figure out who did what and why. I applaud her determination, but there were moments where her head was. She seemed pretty clued in on how certain things work when it comes to investigations, but then she seemed out of it in others. I, to an extent, understand why the author wrote it like this because it keeps the character from being too knowledgeable about police work. All in all, I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. The author does an excellent job keeping me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who the guilty party is. There are hints, clues, and more than a few red herrings strewn throughout the story to keep you looking at the wrong suspects. When the time is right, the pieces begin to fall together. If you enjoy holiday-themed cozy mystery novels then this book is a winner. I look forward to the author’s next book and Winnie’s next mystery adventure along with her adorable kittens.
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    A cute new cozy mystery!

    Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey is the debut of A Cider Shop Mystery series. Winnie Montgomery and her Granny Smythe run Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, West Virginia. Winnie wants to add a cider shop in the Mail Pouch barn, but she needs a loan from the local bank. Winnie is showing around Mr. Sherman, the local loan manager, around the property when they discover Nadine Cooper, Granny’s longtime neighbor and nemesis, dead on the cider press. Sheriff Colton Wise quickly sets his sights on Granny which sends Winnie on the hunt for the real culprit. Apple Cider Slaying is a cute new cozy mystery that gets off to a solid start. We are introduced to Winona Mae Montgomery and her grandmother, Granny Smythe. They have a close relationship that I admired (so sweet together). I like that the author took the time to establish the main characters and introduce readers to their orchard. The descriptions of the orchard, Blossom Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains were wonderful. It was interesting to learn about the different apple varieties and how cider is made. The mystery had a couple of suspects and there was plenty of action. While it is a snap to identify the killer, I enjoyed following the investigation. I was curious as to why Mrs. Cooper was killed which took longer come to light. I enjoyed the author’s conversational writing style which made Apple Cider Slaying a breeze to read. There are also two adorable kittens in the story. I could tell the author has experience with kittens from the scenes she wrote. Kittens sharp little claws and how it feels is accurately described (they love to climb up a person’s legs). Winnie also dreams up a Christmas festival for the orchard and spends time getting it organized. She has clever ideas and is a Martha Stewart wannabe. There is romance in the air for Winnie as well. I will definitely be reading Pulp Friction when it comes out next spring. Apple Cider Slaying is a charming new cozy mystery with a strong minded sheriff, cinnamon cider, classic cars, cute kittens, a polluted press and Christmas cheer.
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    West Virginia Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery

    West Virginia Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. The story is set in a West Virginia apple orchard than is struggling financially. The story has all of the good feels with a small town, rescued animals, and a good looking sheriff who is also a Marine Vet. The plot is done well and has good twists in the story. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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    I recommend it!

    I received a free copy of APPLE CIDER SLAYING (Cider Shop Mystery, Book 1) by Julie Anne Lindsey in exchange for an honest review. Winnie’s family business, Smythe Orchards, is in serious financial trouble. Winnie has some ideas on how to save the business, but she’ll need a loan from the local bank. Winnie’s plans to impress the loan officer with a tour of the farm are upset when they find a body in apple press. The sheriff, new to town, focuses on Granny Smythe as the primary suspect since the victim was Granny’s longtime rival. With the sheriff seeming to focus only on Granny Smythe and accusing Winnie of fabricating vandalism at the farm to create reasonable doubt, Winnie knows she must now save her grandmother and her family reputation as well as the farm. I liked this book. I thought it was a good start to a new series. The characters were engaging, and the setting was enchanting. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries set in rural farm towns. #AppleCiderSlaying #NetGalley
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