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  • A wonderful and engaging read!

    In this second installment in Julie Anne Lindsey's A Cider Shop Mystery series, Winnie has successfully saved her family's business, Smythe Orchards, from going into major debt and is enjoying the success of her newly opened cider shop, which has quickly become a popular destination for locals and tourists to enjoy her ciders and her grandmother's delectable baked goods. She is delighted to be hosting their first event, a wedding for one of the wealthiest families in Blossom Valley. Unfortunately, what should have been a wonderful day turns into a nightmare when the groom is murdered at the wedding, and her ex-boyfriend Hank, who was seen arguing with the groom, becomes the main suspect. Winnie decides to investigate to clear his name. This is a wonderful and engaging read, with a well-written cast of characters, a picturesque setting, and a clever mystery. Winnie is a character that readers will find relatable and likable. She's hardworking, determined, and loyal to her friends and family. I thought she was a very good sleuth. She acted responsibly and didn't make rash decisions, however, trouble seems to find her even when she's not looking for it. Her relationship with her grandmother and Dot is very enjoyable and adds another wonderful layer to the story. The relationship between Winnie and Colton is progressing at a good pace. We learn new details about Colton's past, and I can't wait to see what the author does with that storyline. The murder mystery had enough suspects and clues to keep me on the edge of my seat. I did manage to figure out who the culprit was about halfway through the story but wasn't sure of their motive. I think this is a great addition to the series, and I eagerly await the third book. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A favorite

    Winnie Montgomery has opened her Cider shop and has turned the orchard she and Granny run around. Helping to grow their business, they are hosting a wedding for one of the wealthiest families in Blossom Valley, but when the groom is murdered at the wedding, she worries about the fall out this will have for their business. But when her former love, Hank, is the prime suspect and is on the run, Winnie knows she needs to help prove his innocence, but will it cost her more than just the orchard. A solid second entry in this charming cozy series. I absolutely adore the characters and setting and can’t wait for many more books to come in this series.

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  • I like it!

    I received a free copy of PULP FRICTION (Book 2 of the Cider Shop Mysteries) by Julie Anne Lindsey in exchange for an honest review. Winnie Montgomery and her Granny Smythe have a handle on the debt they were dealing with in the prior book. Thanks to the sale of her grandfather’s classic car collection, Winnie was even able to open a cider shop on the property of her family’s orchards in Blossom Valley, Virginia. Winnie was delighted to host a wedding as her very first event. The couple even invited the locals. This is great until Winnie’s ex, Hank, gets into a very public disagreement with the groom. When the groom is found dead shortly after the argument, Hank becomes the primary suspect. Instead of acting reasonably, Hank runs away. Now, Winnie has both to find Hank and to prove that, despite his guilty behavior, Hank isn’t the killer. I liked this book as well as the first book in the series. I recommend this book to fans of the first book in the series. I recommend this series to fans of Julie Anne Lindsey and to fans of cozy murder mysteries featuring farms, small towns, quirky animals, wise and sassy elders, and rural settings. #PulpFriction #NetGalley

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  • Loved it!

    small-business, small-town, family, family-dynamics, law-enforcement, murder-investigation, murder, rural, cozy-mystery, friendship I never read anything by this author before but now I'm hooked! Terrific characters and sleuthing in a plot full of twists, misdirections, and red herrings. Everything seems so real and not contrived which is a real plus. The publisher's blurb is a good hook, and spoilers won't do, so I'll just say that I absolutely LOVED it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • A Fun Read!

    Pulp Friction is the second book in the Cider Shop Mystery series written by Julie Anne Lindsey. Although I haven't read any other books by this author, I decided to dive straight in anyway as I adore a good cosy mystery such as this was. In Pulp Friction, twenty-something heroine Winona Mae Montgomery (otherwise known as Winnie), runs an apple orchard and cider shop with her Granny Smythe (love the name!) in rural West Virginia. They've managed to turn the family business into a going concern and the cider shop has been booked for various upcoming events, including a wedding. But Winnie is far from happy when the groom is found dead under the wheels of the old farm truck that was going to escort the newly married couple from the reception, especially as her ex-boyfriend Hank had a heated argument with him and is considered to be the prime suspect. Can Winnie get to the core of the truth and find the murderer? Although this was my first book in the series, I adored this novel and I had no trouble keeping up with the events and the characters! The author's writing style was comedic, easy and fun. Her characters are memorable, especially Granny Smythe, Winnie, and Sheriff Colton, and many of the supporting characters played good parts. The reader got to know the bride, the best man, an assortment of friends, and some associated odd bods and the complete combination made this a compelling and bewitching tale. The subtexts kept me desperate for more while the blossoming romance was a nice touch. The mystery itself had an abundance of mis-directions and red herrings and it was a blast to try to figure things out as I puzzled over the clues. I highly recommend Pulp Friction to those who appreciate well-written cozy mysteries. This is a novel I really enjoyed, and I very much look forward to my next outing with Winnie and Granny Smythe! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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