Pulp Friction (A Cider Shop Mystery #2) by Julie Anne Lindsey, Narrated by Amy Melissa Bentley

Published April 28th 2020 by Kensington Books, May 12, 2020 by Tantor Audio

Synopsis (From Goodreads): Nothing’s sweeter than a fruitful family business, and for Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe, that means Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, Virginia. But this year’s apple crop is especially juicy—with scandal . . .

SEEDS OF DANGER

Thanks to Winnie’s new cider shop, Smythe Orchards is out of the red and folks can get their fix of the produce and other delectable products they love all year round. The locals are even booking the shop for events, including a June wedding! Winnie couldn’t be happier to see the barn filled to the rafters for the big bash—until her doting ex, Hank, is caught in a heated argument with the groom. Winnie plans to scold Hank after the party, but spots him running off instead. And when the groom turns up dead, apparently hit by the honeymoon getaway car, Hank is the main suspect. Now Hank is on the lam, and it’s up to Winnie to get to the core of the truth—before the real killer puts the squeeze on her . . . 

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5 Stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I enjoyed my first trip to the Smythe Orchard in West Virginia in Apple Cider Slaying, and was delighted to go back to see what Winnie, Granny Smythe and all their friends and acquaintances were up to. In this story Winnie is hosting a wedding at her Cider Shop. She notices her ex-boyfriend arguing with the groom and is not sure if it is about his closeness to one of the bridesmaids or something else entirely. Later during the reception, she hears a scream and runs to where the bride is cradling her groom who is dead, having been run over by a nearby truck. Hank has run and of course is the main suspect. Winnie is worried that this murder will put a black spot on the reputation of her Cider Shop, so she plans on doing a bit of investigating on the side.

There is a lot happening in this story that kept my interest high throughout.The mystery of the murder is front and center, but there are also other storylines involving relationships, fears and saving the Smythe Orchards. The mystery is well written with just enough red herrings to have me guessing. I loved the final reveal and takedown as well as the motive, which had me doing some research of my own. The characters are continuing to be developed as the series continues and I am looking forward to some of the budding relationships growing stronger. The puns and play on words with the characters adds just another bit of humour to this series. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I definitely recommend it to cozy mystery lovers.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Amy Melissa Bentley. I have listened to several books she has narrated and she is one narrator that I look for, especially with cozy mysteries.  She has a pleasant voice with great expression. Her male voices are not too bad and she has given a great voice to Winnie. I do recommend this narrator.

The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.