Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Rather Unusual Visit

by Elizabeth Corey, from Sheila Connolly's Orchard Mysteries


My newly-married daughter Meg has arrived for a visit with her husband Seth. I’ve waited a long time (not that I pressured her or anything) for Meg to find the right partner, and she chose well.

I only wish the circumstances of their visit could be better. Meg’s father Philip and I attended their lovely small wedding in Granford, which was marred only by a minor fender-bender in the parking lot of the hotel where we were staying. After we’d sorted that out, we left for our home in New Jersey. Then Meg and Seth told us they’d finally gotten around to planning a honeymoon, one which would take them to Monticello in Virginia, and of course I invited them to stop and visit us in New Jersey on either leg of their trip.



They were planning to spend a night or two with us on their way back to Massachusetts (both of them have professions which provide free time during the winter season, so they could be flexible in their planning), but then things got a bit complicated. You see, when we arrived home we discovered the body of our long-term handyman in our back yard.

I told Meg that she might prefer not to visit at such a difficult time, but she insisted. You might know that she and Seth have somehow become entangled in solving more than one crime in Granford (surprising how much crime there seems to be in such a small town!), and naturally Meg wanted to help. Seth was a darling to agree to accompany her, and I’ll confess I was grateful for their support (and Philip was too, although he sometimes finds it difficult to express his gratitude).

The solution to the crime proved to be a surprise to all of us, but Meg’s clear-eyed observations were important to resolving matters. She even managed to win over the local police chief, something Philip had been attempting to do for quite some time.

It was a bit of a rocky start for their marriage, but I have every faith that they will weather whatever storms life throws at them—together.

And a giveaway! It seems only right that the marriage and the honeymoon should go together (even if Meg and Seth were a bit slow to figure that out), so I'm offering a copy of A Gala Event AND of Seeds of Deception to one lucky winner who leaves a comment by Tuesday evening.



Seeds of Deception (Orchard Mystery #10) will be released on October 4th. Find it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as other bookstores.

www.sheilaconnolly.com






68 comments:

  1. Love me some Seth and Meg! It was fun to hear from Meg's mom and now I'm all geared up for Seeds of Deception! Can't wait! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Bec
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  2. I have already preordered this so if my name is drawn give it to someone who hasn't been lucky enough to discover you. Looking forward to all your books.

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  3. Now I want to read more after reading this from Meg's mother. This is a new series for me. Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  4. Seth and Meg are an amazing team. I just wonder how Seth feels in his role of Watson to Meg's Sherlock. LOL

    Thank you for this wonderful chance to win the 2 books I'm missing from the collection.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Seth is a very patient man. In between crime solving, Meg drags him to visit her old hometown (which is not where her parents are living--but I borrowed my own), which of course produces an unexpected clue. In return, Meg's mother shares all of Meg's baby pictures with him.

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  5. Eagerly awating the new book! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  6. Seth and Meg are the best. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Wonderful series with great characters. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Would love to read -both sound great! Parkeremma2003@yahoo.com

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  9. I would love to read both of these books! Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win

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  10. Looks like trouble might not just follow Meg but get there ahead of her! Great giveaway, thanks.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. I think I'd be afraid to go anywhere near her (although she does always figure things out).

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  11. Love all your books. These look good. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. Love all your books. These look good. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. Love this series.

    Nancy B
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  14. Lovely post. Think I like Meg's mom. Would love to read these. Thanks for the chance to get them Della at deepotter at peoplepc.com

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  15. A fun offer. Then two books would be a great addition.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. Wow! Great opportunity to read your books.
    I appreciate the chance to win this generous giveaway.

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  17. Sounds like an exciting story. pwtish171@gmail.com

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  18. This Orchard Mystery series is my favorite New England (Massachusetts) series due to the location and the wonderful story of Meg and Seth especially. The characters just jump off the page and feel as through you know them in real life. I do not have either book and would absolutely love a copy of them (signed by you, Sheila??) to read and share with my daughter who has become a big fan too. Thank you for the chance. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Cynthia B ceblainATtmlponlineDOTnet

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  19. Love this series. Can't wait to read Seeds of Deception. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  20. Looking forward to reading the new book! October is almost here . . . DALubbert(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. This is one of my favorite series. Love Meg and Seth.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  22. Sounds like a great series. Definitely on my TBR list.
    Cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. I would love to win a copy of A Gala Event (the llamas are so CUTE!) and Seeds of Deception. I have not read any of the books in this series, so it would be a real treat for me. Thanks so much for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  24. Can't wait for Seeds of Deception. Loved the article.
    kckendler(@)gamil(dot)com

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  25. Thanks for a chance to win Seeds of Deception.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  26. I would love to read either. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  27. I embarked on my (almost exclusive) cozy reading preference two years ago after reading One Bad Apple, "recycled" courtesy of a good friend. Thanks for hooking me, Sheila!! 🍎📖😄

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  28. I've never visited Monticello. Would like to some day. Thanks for the giveaway.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. This looks interesting. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  30. Sheila, I have yet to read anything that you've penned. So many authors, so many books. Thank you for the intro to Seeds of Deception. It sounds delightful! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  31. I love reading good mysteries, thanks so much for the great giveaway! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  32. I've never read this series, but it looks great! I love cozy mysteries, so I know I'd love these. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I have enjoyed Sheila Connelly's previous books. Looking forward to reading the newest of the series. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

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  34. I haven't read "A Gala Event" or "Seeds of Deception" yet and they sound like intriguing reads. Can't wait to read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Love your series...all of them! Cannot wait to read the new Seeds of Deception!

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  36. I would love to win this giveaway. Reading is the best "me" time!

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  37. This is a great giveaway!!! I love this series and haven't got to these two books yet. Thank you for the chance.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  38. Dear me, Elizabeth, how very distressing to come home to such a shock. I'm glad Meg was able to assist in putting this episode to rest.
    And, Sheila, thanks for the opportunity to meet such engaging people :).
    Rbrhling 1916 at yahoo dot com

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  39. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  40. I'm so excited to read your new book! utaker555(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Sounds like a great cozy mystery.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  42. What a marvelous package to giveaway...thank you. I am a big fan, and love your reading journeys.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  43. What a fun post to read. Thank you for the chance to win. bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  44. I would love to read both of these books! Thank you for the chance!
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  45. I do like to be surprised.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  46. I love this series, thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  47. New to your books and this author!! These books I have heard from friends are awesome and wonderful!!! Maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com

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  48. I have not read either book yet. Love the covers, thank you for the giveaway. Georgia
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  49. Sounds intriguing and I would love to read about the marriage and the honeymoon. I haven't read either of these but they sound great.Thank you. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  50. I've been waiting for more on Seth and Meg! Donamaekutska7@gmaildotcom

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  51. I adore this series. It's a top 2 favorite cozy series of mine. I love the location, agricultural theme and Meg with Seth. Great fun seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  52. Sheila Connelly writes in such a way that allows the reader to feel that they are right there. I'd love to be able to
    call her books mine. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  53. Took us 30 years to go on a Honeymoon. We got married on Saturday and started our last semester of college on Monday. After graduation, went right back to the farm. Thanks for the opportunity. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  54. A favorite series from a favorite author. Looking forward to the latest~!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  55. Love this series. Anxious to get my hands on the newest.
    Bob and I went camping on our honeymoon. Naturally it poured
    down rain the first night and we ended up sleeping in the car.
    Had 45 years together. He's been gone almost 13 years - time
    really flies by. thanks.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. Would love to win your giveaway!! Jchizmar01@windstream.net

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  57. thanks for the chance to win! love the covers

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  58. thanks for the chance to win love the covers! amandasmother at aol dot com

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  59. Thank you for this opportunity. What a great intro - I was just drawn in! I love Sheila Connolly's work and started reading her Relatively Dead series. Would love to start this series too!
    Merry
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  60. Hope I never come home to a dead body.Sounds like a great cozy. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  61. I love reading about a good wedding!It sounds like their honeymoon was a little untraditional but fun. Thanks for the chance to win!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  62. Can't wait to start reading this series. I love this author from her Museum Series. Thanks for the great post & chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  63. Sheila, I enjoy so much the banter of Meg and Seth, now that they are married there should be even better banter. Thanks for continuing the series, Maureen

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  64. a really good series I have been following since book 1 was released. I am up to this point and would love to win copies. thank you for the chance

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