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Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey and Amy Melissa Bentley (narrator)
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Apple Cider Slaying: 11/24/22

Apple Cider Slaying

Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey and Amy Melissa Bentley (narrator) (2019) is the start of the Cider Shop mystery series. Winnie Mae Montgomery is trying to save the family orchard by opening up a year round shop to cell cider and other products. On the day that the loan officer from the bank is touring, a neighbor ends up murdered in the press room!

Being set on a farm during during a festival and at a time when it's expand or perish, I'm reminded of Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower (2021). In both cases, the farm's economic viability is directly threatened when a murder happens on the property. As Winnie is living with her grandmother, I'm also reminded of the Cajun Country mysteries by Ellen Byron.

A reader with good situational awareness will be able to recognize who the murderer is well before Winnie Mae does. I had their identity sorted within the first third of the book but still enjoyed the remaining book as Winnie et al came to the same conclusion.

The second book is Pulp Friction (2020).

Five stars

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