Monday, December 07, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 289: Bitter Harvest

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week’s teaser is comes from a cozy mystery by Sheila Connolly, Bitter Harvest, which is part of her popular Orchard series. This would be an ideal book to read while snowed in, as the two main characters in this one were.

Seth wobbled a foot or so nearer, and Meg stretched out to grab the rag from the back of the closet. Dusty was an understatement: it was covered with a layer of powdery dust that had to be half an inch thick. Meg was obscurely pleased that there had been such lousy housekeepers in the house before her.

(Chapter 6)


Meg opened her mouth to answer, although she wasn’t sure what she was going to say, when she was startled by the sound of breaking glass, followed by a distant crack. Seth threw her to the floor, landing on top of her, and she realized that the window over the sink was now in the sink and all over the floor, and cold air was rushing into the room.

(Chapter 23)

Series: Orchard #5

Now that Meg Corey’s apples have been harvested and sold, she’s enjoying some free time. Especially since she’s snowed in without power or heat. Luckily, her maybe-boyfriend, Seth Chapin, is keeping her company, and has agreed to help her clean out her house.

In a dusty corner, Meg finds an early-nineteenth-century silk sampler embroidered with apple trees, but she doesn’t recognize the names on it as any of the earlier owners of the house. Then she starts being plagued by a series of small but annoying mishaps. Meg doesn’t want to appear paranoid, but when she finds herself locked in the unheated barn overnight, and then her kitchen window is shot out, she can’t ignore the problem any longer. And if she doesn’t figure out how the sampler she found is connected to the motive of her modern-day tormentor, her first harvest could be her last . . .


Alice Audrey said...

I was going to guess the window had been shot out, but the blurb confirmed it. I like the idea of the sampler giving her clues to her current problems.

Heather said...

The sampler/genealogy angle was really cool, and I liked how it tied into events of the present.