My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Apple Cider Slaying is the first book in a new series, A Cider Shop Mystery, written by Julie Anne Lindsey. I previously read a few books by this author (under her pseudonyms) and joined the blog tour to promote this release. I love drinking cider and wanted to get in on a new series right at the beginning. Let’s chat about the book.
Winnie has returned to her hometown, Blossom Valley, West Virginia to help Granny turn around the family business. Her fiance dumped her last Christmas, and she’s almost done obtaining her college degree, but she is ready to start a new cider business. During the first tour to convince the bank to lend her the money for the larger changes, her Granny’s enemy is found in a precarious position. Who killed the neighbor? Winnie investigates while building up her new business. She struggles with the bank and the sheriff, as they worry she had something to do with the murder. Then Winnie’s ex comes home to tell her he’s sorry for the past. How does it all fit together?
To begin with, if you love fall, apple cider, and cozy mysteries, you will enjoy this book. There is a lot of time spent setting up the background and developing the characters, but that often happens in the first of a series. In some areas, I think there was too much focus on things other than the mystery, yet at the same time, it helped give the book a great ambiance and setting. I don’t mind reading a mystery that shares a lot of about the side stories as long as the mystery itself isn’t lacking. In this case, it was good, but I think it went off-course a few times–not enough to be a real problem tho.
The writing is good, and I enjoyed the transitions between chapters. There were several potential culprits and red herrings, but I would’ve liked a little more time spent on analyzing those options. All-in-all, for making a theme and setting pop, I give this one a solid A rating. As a debut, it leaves you a lot to look forward to in the series too. I will read the next one, as I like the author and the possibilities here. I recommend it for anyone who wants a fun fall read and likes their cozies mysteries with an even balance of side story humor and development. Drink some apple cider while reading it too.
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