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Cozy and Historical Mysteries

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Perfect for fans of Amanda Flower and Julie Anne Lindsey, when Kate Mulligan inherits her great uncle’s fruit orchard, she quickly realizes that apples aren’t the only thing that can have rotten cores.

After losing her husband in a terrible car crash, thirty-five-year-old Kate is left to pick up the pieces of her life alone. Although she has physically recovered, she worries her spirit never will. But when she learns that she has inherited a fruit orchard in a small town just outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, from her great uncle Stan, she takes this as an opportunity ripe for the picking. Kate knew immediately what to do with it: open a cider house. Her hopeful plans fall far from the tree when she finds the body of the orchard manager, Carl Randolph, leaving her to figure out who is at the core of this murder.

She had been in correspondence with Carl, who had agreed with her brilliant idea of opening a cider house. But not everyone is so quick to buy what she was selling—Uncle Stan’s lawyer, Robert Larabee, paints a less rosy financial outlook of the orchard’s past, present, and future. 

Kate discovers that Carl had large, unexplained deposits to his bank account and it becomes clear that either he was blackmailing someone, or someone was paying him to keep quiet. Meanwhile, Kate and her neighbors receive offers to buy their property from a mysterious buyer. And there’s more than meets the eye with the neighboring orchard owner, Daniel Martinez, although Kate can’t quite put her finger on if it’s sweet or sour.

Will she be able to pick out the bad apple among the bunch before it’s too late?


Fantastic characterizations and a well-plotted mystery make
DEADLY TO THE CORE a stunning debut in what I hope will be a long-running series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

I have long been a fan of Joyce Tremel’s Brewing Trouble cozy mysteries so when I learned she was writing a new series Deadly to the Core, about a cider house, I could not get to a copy fast enough.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

Deadly to the Core by Joyce Tremel is the first in a new cozy mystery series and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was a great book to start my year off with, and I am looking forward to continuing the series.
~Brooke Blogs

Deadly to the Core has set the Cider House Mysteries off to a terrific start. I enjoyed this stirring mystery with a strong protagonist surrounded by a great supporting cast. I am eager to get to know these characters better and see what Ms. Tremel has planned for them next.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

I fell in love with this story from the beginning. This is the first in a new cozy mystery series and it’s off to a wonderful start. I’ll definitely be looking for more books by this author. A new series to add to my "must read" list!
~Socrates' Book Reviews

This is the first book in a new series and I have to say it is my favorite start to a cozy series in a long time! I enthusiastically recommend Deadly to the Core for fans of cozy mysteries. I know you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
~View from the Birdhouse

Deadly to the Core is the first book in this cozy mystery series set in a small Pennsylvanian town rich in history but with some dead bodies, too. If you like reading about amateur sleuths in action, this might be the book for you!
~Novels Alive

Deadly to the Core is the first book in the Cider House Mystery series. I really enjoyed the book, beginning a little slowly as the author builds up the story, as first books in a series tend to do but I'm excited to see where the author takes Kate next.
~Sapphyria's Books

This is the first installment in the Cider House Mystery Series. I enjoyed this cozy. I liked the setting and the characters were all likable. I thought the plot was well thought out. There were several suspects and a lot of people in town had a lot of secrets, so there were many twists and turns that kept me guessing to the very end.
~Melina's Book Blog