by Seth Chapin, from Sheila Connolly's Orchard Mysteries
|Coming October 2014|
Fall is always a busy time in Granford, Massachusetts, and I’m not talking about the leaf-peepers who clog up the highway through town. At least some of them stop at our still-new restaurant Gran’s (yes, that’s a shameless plug for the place, but the food really is good).
For one thing, it’s harvest season, and that means that Meg Corey, who I plan to marry as soon as she gets around to setting a date, is in the thick of picking the apples in her orchard. Usually she has enough pickers lined up ahead of time, but this year one of them bowed out, through no fault of hers—she’s a good employer and pays a fair wage. Since they’re Jamaican, they need special visas to come and work, so it’s not easy to just drop someone else into the job. All that meant that Meg had to step up and do her share of the picking too. At least the crop is pretty good this year, considering the recent drought.
Who would have thought that working side by side with the pickers would get her involved in solving a murder?
Anyway, as I was saying, I’m just as busy as Meg, because everybody in town looks at the calendar in September and decides they really have to do all those home renovations they’ve been talking about all year, but now they’ve only got a couple of months before winter. And that’s when they call me. Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy to get the work, and I love working on the older (that is, two-hundred-year-old) buildings in Granford, but it would be really nice if I could spread it out over the rest of the year. It was a treat to be asked to help expand the historical society in town (before winter, of course), but even that led to some surprises.
No wonder Meg and I are having a problem making any plans: we don’t have time to think. I can’t wait for winter, when everything will quiet down—I hope.
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|This picture makes it look huge,|
but it's really only a few inches high