Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author, writes the Orchard Mysteries for Berkley, the County Cork Mysteries for Crooked Lane Books, and the Relatively Dead Mysteries for Beyond the Page Publishiing. In 2018 she will launch a new series, the Victorian Village Mysteries, with St. Martin's Press. Her short stories include the Agatha-nominated "Size Matters" and "Kept in the Dark" for Level Best Books.

She has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fund-raiser for several nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling (especially to Ireland). She lives in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

Publications:

One Bad Apple - An apple a day keeps the corpses away.When Meg Corey unexpectedly finds herself out of a job, an apartment, and a relationship, she seizes the opportunity to renovate the Massachusetts colonial house her mother has inherited from distant relations and to sell it quickly for a share of the profits.  But Meg gets more than she bargained for when she learns that renovating a 200-year-old house i. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2008-08-05

Rotten to the Core - Not everything is blooming this spring . . .Spring has come to Meg Corey’s apple orchard—and it’s quickly becoming a killer season. Just as she’s getting the hang of managing the two-hundred-year-old orchard she’s inherited, the dead body of a local organic farming enthusiast is found in her springhouse. And the only thing that’s sprung is a murder accusation&md. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2009-07-07

Red Delicious Death - So much for Appley-Ever-After . . .A bunch of baby-faced chefs who are fresh out of cooking school are looking to open a restaurant in Granford.  They plan on using locally-grown foods, which is great news for city-girl banker turned newbie orchard-owner Meg Corey.  She can contribute apples from the orchard she inherited–while continuing to harvest her romance with Seth, the local. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2010-03-02

A Killer Crop - A suspicious death is ripe for rumor . . .When Meg Corey's mother arrives unannounced in Granford, Massachusetts, Meg's sure it's not just to pay a surprise visit to the apple of her eye. The timing is terrible–it's harvest season and Meg is understaffed in the orchard. Plus Elizabeth Corey is clearly hiding the real purpose of her trip from her daughter. After an English professor from. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2010-12-07

Fundraising the Dead - At the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia, fundraiser Eleanor "Nell" Pratt solicits donations–and sometimes solves crimes.  After all, murder is not good for public relations . . .At the museum, a few missing documents could be a major embarrassment.  So when a collection of George Washington's letters is lost on the day of the Society's grand Gala, heads wi. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2010-10-05

Bitter Harvest - WHERE DO MEG'S TROUBLES STEM FROM? Now that Meg Corey's first apple crop has 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 19th‑century silk sampler embroidered with app. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2011-08-02

Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers - “…twenty-five of the most cleverly written and thought-provoking crime stories ever assembled in one collection,” Brenda Scott, Manchester Examiner “…the editors of this anthology have poured their energy into selecting the very best from the New England area, and they have succeeded, brilliantly.” Christine Zibas, Reviewing the EvidenceWhether it’. . .

Level Best Books - 2010-11-12

Let's Play Dead - For this killer, murder is child's play... The president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia, Nell Pratt, is jolted into action when someone is electrocuted at a colleague's children's museum When Nell Pratt is invited to the beloved Philadelphia children's museum, Let's Play, for a sneak preview of a newly installed exhibit based on the Harriet the Hedgehog book seri. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2011-07-05

Called Home - An Orchard Mystery eBookOut of a job and living alone in a drafty Colonial house, Meg Corey is supposed to be fixing the house up to sell, but now she's got the flu and she's freezing and she feels very sorry for herself. Then Deborah Warren shows up to distract her—but is Deborah a ghost, or just the product of Meg's feverish imagination?Choosing to believe that Deborah really is a ghost, M. . .

Beyond the Page - 2011-06-01

Sour Apples - Apple orchard owner Meg Corey is finally feeling settled into her new life in Granford—she's made friends, and her relationship with Seth Chapin is heating up—when her old Boston coworker Lauren Converse comes barreling into town, running the Congressional campaign for a former hometown football hero. But Meg doesn’t have time to worry about why Seth seems reluctant to back Laure. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2012-08-07

Dead Letters (A Berkley Prime Crime eSpecial) - Nell Pratt’s search into a family’s history may bring more than just dark secrets to light… Nell Pratt, President of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, is intrigued when Arthur Logan, elderly scion of an old Philadelphia family, approaches her to search the Society’s archives for information on the Logan family’s history. What he desires most, it turns out, is her. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2012-02-07

Called Home (an Orchard Mystery Short Story) - Out of a job and living alone in a drafty Colonial house, Meg Corey is supposed to be fixing the house up to sell, but now she's got the flu and she's freezing and she feels very sorry for herself. Then Deborah Warren shows up to distract her—but is Deborah a ghost, or just the product of Meg's feverish imagination?Choosing to believe that Deborah really is a ghost, Meg sets out to discover . . .

Beyond the Page - 2011-06-22

Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon - Noir and nuanced   Hideous and hilarious       Happy, sad, and barking mad-Anything can happend under a Blood MoonLevel Best Books' tenth anthology presents thirty-one tales from New England's dark side written by the region's most acclaimed, award-winning authors, plus several exciting new voices.  

Level Best Books - 2012-11-09

Fire Engine Dead - When the entire collection of the Fireman's Museum ironically goes up in flames, Nell Pratt discovers one of the charred artifacts isn't the one that was originally exhibited. But getting to the bottom of the mystery is bound to get Nell burned... 

Berkley Prime Crime - 2012-03-06

Monument to the Dead - When the entire collection of the Fireman's Museum ironically goes up in flames, Nell Pratt discovers one of the charred artifacts isn't the one that was originally exhibited. But getting to the bottom of the mystery is bound to get Nell burned... 

Berkley Prime Crime - 2013-06-04

Once She Knew - Claire Hastings, professor at a prestigious women’s college, has retreated to an isolated cabin in Maine in midwinter to work on the book that will guarantee her tenure, but she’s having trouble finishing it. Then disgraced journalist Jonathan Daulton stumbles into her cabin late one night, soaking wet and bleeding from what seems to be a gunshot wound. She recognizes him from a romant. . .

Beyond the Page Publishing - 2012-09-30

Relatively Dead - Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath—because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby t. . .

Beyond the Page Publishing - 2013-05-16

Golden Malicious - While orchard owner Meg Corey dreads the labor of manual irrigation to stave off a drought, her boyfriend, Seth, couldn’t be more excited about doing historic renovation on one of Granford’s oldest houses. Tagging along as he picks up supplies is supposed to give Meg a much-needed break, but the trip turns rotten when she almost trips over a dead body at an old saw mill’s forest . . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2013-10-01

Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold - From a small town in Maine To a posh marina in Connecticut From a grungy pool hall in Fall River To a quaint fishing village on Cape Cod– The heart of New England crime is STONE COLD Stone Cold presents twenty-eight delicious crime stories from a bevy of award-winning New England mystery writers along with several exciting new voices. Drop dead funny or stone cold deadly, the inventive and. . .

Level Best Books - 2013-11-08

Picked to Die -  It’s harvest time in Granford, Massachusetts, and orchard owner Meg Corey and her fiancé Seth are both racing to beat the New England winter. Meg is bringing in her apple crop with a team of workers, while Seth is working to restore an old building in the center of town. But when his project is set back due to the unexpected discovery of a skeleton under the building—a. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2014-10-07

Razing the Dead -  Once again Nell Pratt has to dig into the past to solve a murder in the present…Between the challenges of her position as president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia and of taking her relationship with FBI Agent James Morrison to the next level, Nell Pratt has got her hands full. Nevertheless, when a powerful developer approaches the Society to make sure the old . . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2014-06-03

Buried in a Bog - In a small village in County Cork, buried secrets are about to rise to the surface... Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her . . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2013-02-05

Scandal in Skibbereen - As the new owner of Sullivan’s Pub in County Cork, Ireland, Maura Donovan gets an earful of all the village gossip. But uncovering the truth about some local rumors may close her down for good…Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for mor. . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2014-02-04

Reunion with Death - Laura Shumway couldn’t say why she’d agreed to go on the class reunion trip to Italy. Maybe it was to take stock of her life, or maybe it was just to catch up with old friends, take in the sights, and relax in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Either way, she knew she’d discover a lot on the trip, both about herself and her former classmates. What she didn’t expect to disco. . .

Beyond the Page Publishing - 2013-11-21

Seeing the Dead - Ever since her first ghostly sighting, Abby Kimball has been trying to unravel the mystery of her newly discovered ability. So when she sees the apparition of a Revolutionary War soldier in the middle of the town green—just days before the annual Patriot’s Day celebration, no less—she’s determined to figure out her connection to the man.The ghostly soldier is not the only m. . .

Beyond the Page Publishing - 2014-10-21

An Early Wake - Pub owner Maura Donovan may have Irish kin, but she doesn’t seem to have the luck of the Irish. Who could have foreseen that bringing live music back to Sullivan’s Pub would lead to a dead musician?  Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan=s Pub in the black as the days grow shorterCbut how? . . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2015-02-03

A Turn for the Bad -  THE COAST IS NOT CLEAR  After calling Ireland home for six months, Boston expat Maura Donovan still has a lot to learn about Irish ways—and Sullivan’s Pub is her classroom. Maura didn’t only inherit a business, she inherited a tight-knit community. And when a tragedy strikes, it’s the talk of the pub. A local farmer, out for a stroll on the beach with his young . . .

Berkley Prime Crime - 2016-02-02