Title: Pulp Friction
Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Page Count: 248
My rating: 4 stars
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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 . . .
Pulp Friction by Julie Anne Lindsey is the second book in the cozy A Cider Shop Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries each book in this series will have it’s own mystery that will be solved so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. There is however some character building that will carry over from book to book for those who follow the series from the beginning.
The first book of the A Cider Shop Mystery series introduced readers to Winona Mae Montgomery who is doing her best to help her Granny Smythe save the family business, Smythe Orchards, located in Blossom Valley, West Virginia. The orchard had been barely getting by so Winnie was excited to bring in some fresh, new and hopefully money making ideas for the business.
After a small set back of a murder at the Annual Christmas at the Orchard Winnie was able to begin to focus on her business ideas. Now the orchard is thriving with business picking up year round and one of Winnie’s plans is coming about to rent out space for a wedding this spring. The event seems to be going well, that is until the groom killed by a hit and run driver leaving Winnie with yet another murder to solve.
Now that I’ve read both of the books in the cozy A Cider Shop Mystery series I feel like I returned to a familiar place in the Smythe Orchards which makes for a great setting. This series is on the humorous and quirky side which I do enjoy and it has likable characters to go with the lovely setting. With a fun mystery involved in each book so far I’ll definitely be returning to the series with book three.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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