Guest Post with Giveaway ~ A Late Frost by Sheila Connolly

I’ve been a genealogist, both amateur and professional, for much of my life, so when I began writing I knew I wanted to set my stories in New England, where my mother’s family tree goes back just about as far as it can go. I found the perfect place by accident, when I was looking for a place to stay during my daughter’s college tour. I stumbled upon a B&B in a colonial house in the western part of Massachusetts, and when I read the website description I realized the house had been built by my own ancestors.

The eleventh book in the Orchard Mystery Series has just been released. Since the beginning I’ve gotten to know the owners of the house, and I’ve explored the attic and cellar and what’s left of the original property. Yes, there was an orchard there once, as was true of most early New England homes. And the town that I call Granford looks much the way it did in the eighteenth century, with a central green and old buildings clustered around it.

Meg Corey arrives during a cold winter in Granford and assumes she’s going to rehab the house her mother inherited and then go back to hunting for a new job in banking. Things don’t quite work out the way she planned. First she discovers the body of her Boston ex-boyfriend stuffed in her septic tank. Then she angers half the population of the town by disrupting a town meeting (the time-honored system of government in the state) to accuse the person she believes had something to do with his death.

It turned out she was right, and she’s still in Granford. Now she’s married to Seth Chapin, whose house is next door, and she’s managing and even expanding her orchard. She’s become part of the town and she’s staying.

But there are still a surprising number of murders in Granford. Readers often wonder how someone who writes traditional mysteries in a small-town setting can include so many suspicious deaths, but the heart of the story is not killing people off, or even hunting down killers, but finding justice for the victim, using whatever skills you have. That usually involves simply talking to people, and listening to what they say. Often the motive lies embedded in the town’s history, both old and recent.

The victim Monica Whitman in A Late Frost, the 11th book in the series, is a newcomer to the town, with no local history of her own, and she seems to be a pleasant person eager to make friends and fit in. That makes her death harder to understand, but Meg learns enough from her friends and neighbors in Granford to uncover why Monica died so unexpectedly.

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: An Orchard Mystery (Book 11)
Publisher: Berkley (November 7, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425275833
ISBN-13: 978-0425275832
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


The New York Times bestselling author of Seeds of Deception returns with a story of orchard owner Meg and the search for a poisoner.

The usually quiet town of Granford, Massachusetts, is even drowsier during the colder months. But this year it’s in for a jolt when Monica Whitman moves into town. She’s a dynamo who wants to make friends fast in her new home, and she throws herself into community activities. Meg Corey, now Chapin after her marriage to Seth Chapin, is intrigued by the new arrival, who has already sold the town board on a new, fun way to bring in visitors during the off-season: WinterFare, which will feature local foods (such as Meg’s apples) and crafts, as well as entertainment. 

Tragically, Monica falls ill and dies after the event in what looks like a case of food poisoning. When all the food served at WinterFare has been tested, including Meg’s apples, it becomes clear that there’s a more sinister explanation to the older woman’s sudden demise. 

Meg’s investigation uncovers a bushel of potential suspects, one of whom is rotten to the core.  


Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of A Late Frost to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on November 17th

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Winner will have 48 hours from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

sheila-150x150Sheila Connolly has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company providing genealogical research services. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. 

She is a member of Sisters in Crime-New England (president 2011), the national Sisters in Crime, and the fabulous on-line SinC chapter, the Guppies. She also belongs to Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Sheila is Regent of her local DAR chapter, and a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants. She's also the grandchild of Irish immigrants (in case you're worried that she's a snob). In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. She is married, and has one daughter and two cats.

She blogs with Poe's Deadly Daughters and Mystery Lovers' Kitchen on Fridays, and Killer Characters the 25th of each month.

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  1. kathleen kendler says:

    love this series!


  2. Can't wait to read it!

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