Friday, November 1, 2019

Julie Anne Lindsey's Apple Cider Slaying Blog Tour with a Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway


I am so excited to have Julie Anne Lindsey here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway.

Thanks Julie and Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for allowing me to join your Apple Cider Slaying Blog Tour!

Please take it away, Julie!


Mr. Sherman slowed to a stop beside me. “You want a storefront.”

“I want more than a storefront.”

His gaze slid away from mine and latched onto something over my head.

“Something wrong?” I asked, pivoting in search of whatever had caught his attention and hating the fact my pitch had been disrupted before I’d really gotten going.

He cocked his head and stared at the leaves on one tree. “What’s wrong with this one?”

“Nothing.” I stepped closer to confirm the obvious truth, except once I did I wasn’t so sure. The leaves of the tree in question were slightly discolored and brittle-looking on the ends, but it wasn’t the result of a normal seasonal shift, so I changed my answer. “I’m not sure.” I moved around the trunk, examining the leaves on other branches and noticing a frightening pattern.

Mr. Sherman followed my lead, scrutinizing adjacent trees. “I see it here too,” he said. “Are they sick?”

“No. I don’t think so.”

“Will this impact the fruit’s quality? The annual yield?”

“Mr. Sherman,” I said, cutting him off and feeling heat rise to my cheeks. “I walk these trees every day, and this is the first I’m seeing this. I don’t know what it is, but I will find out.”

Mr. Sherman pulled a small pad of paper from his inside jacket pocket. He clicked a pen to life and made a note.

Suddenly every word I’d planned to say went right out of my head. Familiar feelings of dread and panic tightened my throat and constricted my lungs. I needed this loan, needed his approval. Things couldn’t go like this or Smythe Orchard would be no more.

Focus, Winnie, I demanded internally. Tighten up before you blow it and Granny loses everything. My ears rang as I forced the panic away. I hugged the clipboard and its burden to my chest, hoping to still my pounding heart. “A year-round cider shop,” I croaked through a suddenly dry mouth and parched throat, “would be a great addition, not just to the orchard, but to the community. It would be so much more than a storefront, though we could certainly have a display area where Smythe Orchard’s fruit, produce, or prepackaged treats could be served.”

Mr. Sherman gave me a small, sad smile. “You might not be aware, Miss Montgomery, but this orchard is in serious financial trouble, and there are clearly bigger problems here than you realize.”

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (October 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496723473
ISBN-13: 978-1496723475

Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year’s crop is unseasonably ripe with murder.


Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it’s struggling. That’s why they’re trying to drum up business with the “First Annual Christmas at the Orchard,” a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike — until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny’s long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder.

Includes Recipes! 

About Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. When she’s not creating new worlds and organizing the epic adventures of fictional characters, Julie can be found carpooling her three kids around Northeastern Ohio and plotting with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

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