Today I am reviewing “Pulp Friction” by Julie Anne Lindsey the 2nd instalment in the Cider Shop Mystery series. Julie Anne Lindsey is one of my favorite cozy authors and this is because of the Tea Shop Mystery series she writes as Bree Baker and now the Cider Shop Mystery series.
Nothing’s sweeter than a fruitful family business, and for Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe, that means Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, Virginia. But this year’s apple crop is especially juicy—with scandal . . .
SEEDS OF DANGER
Thanks to Winnie's new cider shop, Smythe Orchards is out of the red and folks can get their fix of the produce and other delectable products they love all year round. The locals are even booking the shop for events, including a June wedding! Winnie couldn’t be happier to see the barn filled to the rafters for the big bash—until her doting ex, Hank, is caught in a heated argument with the groom. Winnie plans to scold Hank after the party, but spots him running off instead. And when the groom turns up dead, apparently hit by the honeymoon getaway car, Hank is the main suspect. Now Hank is on the lam, and it’s up to Winnie to get to the core of the truth—before the real killer puts the squeeze on her . . .
I enjoyed visiting Blossom Valley, Virginia and the Smythe Orchards again. It sounds like such an idilic setting. I grew up surrounded by orchards so I could easily picture it in my mind. Winnie Montgomery is relate-able, smart and very likeable and I like how she lives on by her grandmother (Granny Smythe) on Smythe Orchard. I loved the assortment of characters like Granny, Dot her bff , Granny’s bff Delilah and who can resist a couple of orange rescue kittens and now a fainting goat! I also loved the chemistry between Winnie and Colton. I have always been on team Colton but now I really want to know what happens next...
The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and there are plenty of twists and turns in this story. Kept me guessing till the very end. We find out some things from Coltons past that brings us to the cliffhanger! Now I am anxiously waiting for book 3 to come out!
I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Kensington Books, the Author and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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