Nipped in the Bud

Nipped in the Bud

by Sheila Connolly


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The New York Times bestselling author of A Late Frost returns with orchard owner Meg Chapin trying to stem the tide of crime . . .

Winter still has a firm stranglehold on the small town of Granford, and newly married orchard owner Meg Chapin is restless to begin her spring pruning and planting, while Seth busies himself with a new project of his own. But their relative peace is shattered when a gunshot breaks the winter silence and they discover the body of a dead woman on their land. What's just as troubling is that the state police have hushed up the murder and are warning Meg not to investigate.

Never one to sit by idly with a killer on the loose, Meg starts digging for clues and probing for answers as discreetly as she can. When the victim turns out to have been an undercover reporter doing a story on the blossoming trade in illegal drugs in the area, Meg's stunned to learn that this very modern crime has come to sleepy Granford. Unwilling to accept that the nasty business has put down roots so close to home--and led to a murder that occurred literally in her own backyard--Meg is determined to nip it in the bud before the town she knows and loves turns rotten . . .

Praise for he Orchard Mysteries:

"Delightful. . . . [A] fascinating whodunit filled with surprises." --The Mystery Gazette

"Connolly's cozy has sympathetic characters who are not stereotypes, nice details about life in a small town, and information about a heritage orchard--all of which make this a warm, very satisfying read."--RT Reviews

"Sheila Connolly's Orchard Mysteries are some of the most satisfying cozy mysteries I've ever read. . . . Warm and entertaining from the first paragraph to the last." --Lesa's Book Critiques

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946069870
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Orchard Mystery Series , #12
Pages: 214
Sales rank: 41,785
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Sheila Connolly is an Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author of numerous bestselling cozy mystery series, including the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, the County Cork Mysteries, and the Relatively Dead Mysteries. In addition, she has published Once She Knew, a romantic suspense; Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany; and a number of short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats and travels to Ireland as often as possible.

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Nipped in the Bud 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A death close to home gets Meg and Seth involved in another murder that might also lead to drugs in the small town of Granford. Didn't know exactly where this was going until it was almost over. Just the way I like my mysteries.
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Chuck56 10 months ago
Preachy, preachy, preachy -- was this written by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a PSA?? Apart from that, is was a decent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good continuation of the series. I shake my head, at times, as Meg tends to be a bit of a hypocrite when weighing the characteristics of others (she holds them to a higher standard than she holds herself). Perhaps that is fault of many of us. Enjoy all of the books of this Series.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series that I have read, but I will pick up others to see what has already happened. I know that I have missed a lot of character development along the way and they may have diminished my enjoyment of the story somewhat. The main characters, Seth and Meg are newly married and trying to keep busy waiting for Spring to come. They have a new orchard manager, Larry, and he and Seth are building a tiny house for him to live in. He is currently renting a room in Seth's house along with several college students. When Seth and Meg are out for a walk with their dog Max one night, they hear a gunshot and Max takes off to investigate. What they find is a dead woman on their property. Of course, Meg is warned to stay out of the investigation, but because it occurred on her property, she doesn't listen. This cozy was easy to read (less than a day) and enjoyable. The story was perfectly paced. One thing I liked is that the story is set in the offseason for the orchard. It gave Meg plenty of time to snoop, which is always something I wonder about when reading a cozy with a protagonist who owns their own business. Meg does not put herself in danger, nor does she interfere in the investigation, but asks good questions, finds people to talk to and is able to tell when someone is hiding something, all great traits for an amateur sleuth. The mystery is well plotted and the story interesting. Sheila Connolly does a great job weaving in concerns about drug dealing in small towns, yet still penning an interesting and engaging mystery.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Nipped in the Bud is part of the delightful An Orchard Mystery series. I was happy to see the series find a new publisher so it could continue. However, Nipped in the Bud is not on the same level as the other books in An Orchard Mystery (lots of fluff). Granford is a charming small town with a variety of residents (many of whom were not in the book). I am happy to see Seth and Meg settling into married life (plenty of internal dialogue from Meg on this point). But I did not like how Meg came across in Nipped in the Bud. She is bored and whiney. Their new orchard manager is introduced, and I like that he will be building a tiny home. It is great that they are using the old chicken coop foundation for his new abode (though, their estimate on how long it will take to build seemed off). I must admit that I miss Bree, the old orchard manager, with her friendly demeanor. There are some cozy moments with chatting, eating, having coffee, talking about pruning and the building of the tiny home. The mystery was straightforward, but it was light. There was more discussion than sleuthing (lack of action too). The case details are rehashed along with oodles of speculation. The resolution was incomplete. When a crime is solved, I want to know the facts instead of supposition. Detective Marcus comes across as the cliché nasty detective and warns Meg to not investigate (of course). I did not like that Meg kept putting him down (seemed unlike her). I was surprised that Seth rented rooms out of his house without getting references or doing background checks. There were also inconsistencies in character details especially with Meg’s friend, Lauren. The characters seem to be behind the times when it comes to using modern technology (cell phones, tablets) which was puzzling (there were some odd comments). While Nipped in the Bud can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the series in order. I have enjoyed An Orchard Mystery series until Nipped in the Bud. I am giving Nipped in the Bud 3 out of 5 stars. I hope the author is back on her game with the next An Orchard Mystery.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this twelfth book of the series it is winter time so it's the off season for both Meg and Seth. With not much for either of them to do when it comes to their work they are both looking for projects to fill their time. Seth has decided to turn an old chicken coop into a tiny house and Meg is looking forward getting some stuff done around the house. While out for a walk one evening the two hear a gunshot which isn't to unusual with it being hunting season. Things turn on there head though when Max, their dog, runs off into the woods and ends up finding the body of a young woman. Who is she and what brought her out into the woods at such an hour? They call the police who come to investigate, hopefully they will be able to identify the woman. They soon learn that the young woman was a reporter doing a story on the local drug trade in their area. The problem is Narcotics doesn't want to release the woman's identity which makes it harder for Homicide to truly investigate. Meg and Seth decide they must look for clues themselves hoping they can figure out who the killer is and why. She was killed in their backyard and they feel a need to help find the truth. Follow along as the two ask questions, look for clues, and delve into a mystery that just might get them killed. This was a wonderful whodunit that had me asking who the culprit was the entire time.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Nipped In The Bud is the twelfth book in the Orchard Mystery series. I was very happy that the series found a new publisher, as I really enjoy reading about Meg Corey Chapin’s endeavors on her apple farm. Warmer weather is around the corner and Meg and Seth are looking forward to getting back to their work. Soon Meg will be huddling with Larry, her new orchard manager and discussing the plans for the orchard for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Seth had earlier posed making a “small house” for Larry on the existing foundation of an old chicken coop and is anxious to get started on it. While Meg and Seth are out for a breath of fresh air early one evening, the hear a rifle shot. Max, their dog, immediately heads off to where the shot came from, with Seth in pursuit. Soon, Seth comes upon the body of a female. The site is between Meg and Seth’s house and Seth’s former residence, that he now renting to some college students. Seth notifies police chief Art Preston and homicide detective is also called in. A couple days later Seth and Meg meet with Preston and Marcus, where Marcus identifies the body as Jenn Chambers, a reporter with the Boston Globe. She has come to Granford to do research on drug problems in the area for a story she wants to write. Marcus also informs them that the narcotics unit has ordered everyone to stop any investigation into the murder. They are also unwilling to share any of their investigation with anyone. With the location of the murder and a possible drug-related drug problem Meg and Seth set off on an investigation of there own to try and learn who else might have known of Chamber’s research hoping that is doesn’t bring back to Larry. Another interesting, well-written and plotted story from Connolly. She includes an enjoyable and believable cast of characters. It was nice to see that Lydia, Seth’s mom, and Christopher, Meg’s mentor for her farm, just might be having a blossoming romance. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series, especially since Meg will probably be working in the orchard and I love to read about what it takes to have a successful orchard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love shiela connolly's books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago