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By Sheila Connolly

There?s a killer within the orchard? and he?s rotten to the core.

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Meg Corey has come to the old fashioned New England city of Granford, Massachusetts, to promote her mother?s previous colonial domestic and apple orchard. in its place, she turns into embroiled in improvement plans that come with her land?and her former flame from Boston. while he?s chanced on lifeless within the new septic tank on her estate, the police instantly suspect Meg, whose basically best friend on the town is the plumber Seth Chapin. jointly, they?ll need to peel again the layers of secrecy that encompass the deal in an effort to locate the true assassin? and store the orchard.

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If it’s a financially plausible project—and Chandler didn’t get entangled with shaky deals—then they’ll are looking to pass forward. ” via a mouthful of cookie, Seth mumbled, “So if someone killed him to forestall the undertaking, they’re out of success? ” “Most most likely, even though whoever it was once will possibly not have recognized that. yet definite, you’re most likely correct. Is that stable or undesirable? ” “For Detective Marcus, it doesn’t aid. For Granford, it’s now not transparent. The venture hasn’t come to a vote but, and won’t until eventually town assembly. you recognize approximately that? ” “Chandler pointed out whatever approximately it, yet I’m a bit uncertain in regards to the details,” Meg acknowledged. Seth checked out her with mock horror. “You don’t be aware of what a city assembly is? strong heavens, girl. ” “No. And prior to you ask, I’ve by no means been fairly drawn to neighborhood politics. neighborhood finance, perhaps. I lived in Boston for many of my grownup existence, and that i don’t take into accout operating into whatever approximately city conferences. So pass forward: teach me. ” “With excitement. ” Seth took one other cookie and settled again in his chair. “I’ll provide the brief shape, yet I anticipate you to do your homework. The historical past of the Massachusetts city assembly is going again over 350 years. unfortunately most folks— like you—don’t pay a lot cognizance to them. this means that, in impact, very small percent of citizens will get to make the selections for everybody in a city. city officials are elected at city conferences, and the price range is licensed. I advised you I’m a selectman for Granford. ” He checked out her to ensure she was once being attentive earlier than occurring. “Every city has to have an annual city assembly, and there also are designated city conferences, which the selectmen may possibly name, or if adequate citizens wish one, they could request one themselves. That’s the place the vote at the venture is available in. It’s a distinct city assembly, with just one article at the warrant: approval of the Granford Grange undertaking. ” Meg took one other cookie and attempted to seem alert. “Can we reduce to the chase? What’s going to occur at this detailed city assembly? ” Seth sighed. “The article is essentially a request for approval of the seizure of convinced houses by means of the city via eminent area to allow the development of the undertaking. And think me, lots of people have an interest in that. it's going to be relatively a gathering. ” “Hold on—the city is making plans to grab the land? I’ve obvious eminent area utilized merely while the nation desired to take land for a brand new street or another municipal undertaking. ” “You haven’t run into this sooner than? ” “You suggest while i used to be operating on the financial institution? really, no, or at the very least, indirectly. I dealt generally with bond structuring, debt concerns, that sort of factor. We have been often introduced in to address the financing as soon as the deal was once in position. even if I do keep in mind studying anything a couple of preferrred court docket ruling approximately enforcing eminent area for advertisement reasons. That was once a few years in the past, wasn’t it? I haven’t noticeable a lot approximately it given that, yet i assume I’m now not shocked that Chandler might take a run at it. ” Seth nodded. “That’s what’s occurring the following.

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