The fall harvest may be just about over, but orchard owner Meg Corey is busier than ever planning her wedding to Seth Chapin. Who knew picking apples would be less work than picking out rings and a dress? And even though the happy couple has invited most of Granford, Massachusetts, to the ceremony, they might have to make room for one more guest....
Ex-con Aaron Eastman has unexpectedly reappeared in his hometown, searching for answers to the tragic fire in his family's past that put him behind bars 25 years ago. Moved by his sincerity, Meg vows to do everything she can to help him solve the cold case. As she cobbles together the clues, it becomes increasingly clear that Aaron may have been considered the bad seed of the family, but someone else was one bad apple.
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Great new narrator!
The likeable characters and engaging description of family dynamics, both functional and dys-.
I enjoyed the author's switching things up by placing a cold case at the centre. Also, cozies such as this one attract me and keep my attention because of who & what surrounds the crime. As such, I am delighted that Meg & Seth have evolved into a more natural and believable couple. And it is a joy to become ever better acquainted with the cast of family & friends.
In sharp contrast to the previous narrator, Ms Gavin succeeds in making Meg and Seth sound like the 30-somethings they are supposed to be. I've always found it jarring that the two protagonists used to sound 20+ years older than the story would have them be.
Readers switched after 8 books
I like the orchard series. A nice low key cozy mystery series.
Meg and Seth.
I really disliked her performance. Partly because they've had another reader for the first 8 books and the switch is disconcerting. Also because I just don't like her voice. She doesn't sound like I'd anticipate the Meg character to sound. She doesn't even attempt a New England accent for Seth and his family. I have trouble distinguishing the various characters with her read.
I like the series, this was nearly ruined by the reader.