The Cider Shop Rules (A Cider Shop Mystery #3) by Julie Anne Lindsey #bookreview #mystery

Title: The Cider Shop Rules

Author: Julie Anne Lindsey

Publisher:  Kensington Books

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Page Count:  243

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Autumn in Blossom Valley means pumpkin patches are ripe and Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe’s cider shop is flourishing. But with this season comes . . .


The Fall Festival is in full swing. Civil War reenactors from three counties are partaking in Blossom Valley’s tribute to John Brown. Blue Ridge Mountain foliage is in full bloom. And best of all is Jacob Potter’s pumpkin farm where his hay rides, piglet races, pumpkin picking and corn maze are time-honored draws for locals and tourists alike. That’s why it’s such a shock when Mr. Potter is found dead, hidden under a tarp in the back of Winnie’s pickup truck. This certainly betrays Potter’s reputation as one of the town’s most popular citizens. Fortunately, when it comes to solving a murder, no one has a patch on Winnie. Now, all eyes are on her to do it. Unfortunately, that includes those of the killer who’ll do anything to keep an orchard full of secrets buried.

The Cider Shop Rules by Julie Anne Lindsey is the third 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.

Now that the fall festival is in full swing Winnie is busy getting the orchard organized and makes a trip over to Jacob Potter’s pumpkin farm to pick up some supplies. After leaving the farm Winnie makes a stop with her friend when they find something looking suspiciously like blood dripping from the back of Winnie’s truck. Upon further investigation Mr. Potter’s body is found in the back of the truck, a victim of murder, and now Winnie needs to find the killer before she is fingered for the crime.

The A Cider Shop Mystery series is one that I have been following from the beginning and have really been enjoying. There is that touch of quirkiness to this series that I love and makes me laugh all throughout reading. There is also a developing relationships within that I’m enjoying which brought about a second mystery within this book to make it even more exciting. Definitely a series that I will continue to follow in the future.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than forty novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books. When she’s not writing the stories that keep her up at night, Julie stays busy in Ohio with her husband and three amazing kids. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is represented by Jill Marsal at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. Learn more about Julie at

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6 Comments on “The Cider Shop Rules (A Cider Shop Mystery #3) by Julie Anne Lindsey #bookreview #mystery

    • Thanks Diana! They are good to read when you’d rather have a laugh and give your brain a break from the darker thrillers.😃


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