Bio: Nancy Means Wright lives, writes, and teaches in Vermont and in the mid-Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Poison Apples is her eighth published book and her third mystery novel.

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Harvest of Bones
Ruth Willmarth leaps into the fray when her ornery cow Zelda unearths a human finger; a rented greyhound digs up a skeleton wearing a Scots bonnet; and a lovely woman dies a mysterious death at a local Healing House. "Demanding and engaging," (Booklist). "Vividly offbeat characters," (Kirkus Reviews), "A strong sense of place--with human, and humorous problems." (Publishers Weekly) 2nd Ruth Wilmarth mystery; originally published by St. Martin's
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Mad Cow Nightmare
Dairy farmer Ruth Willmarth struggles with a mad cow plague, a squatter family of volatile Irish Travellers, a beautiful runaway woman--and Murder. According to Kirkus Reviews: "The masterfully evoked terror of Mad Cow makes Ruth's fifth her most sharply focused yet." Mystery by Nancy Means Wright; originally published by St. Martin's Minotaur
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Mad Season
Single mother-farmer Ruth Willmarth discovers her neighbor, Lucien, and his part-Indian wife Belle, bloody, beaten, and robbed of their life savings. When Belle dies, Ruth faces barn burnings and the disappearance of her son--as she and would-be lover Colm Hanna, who serves as Realtor, town mortician, and part-time cop, track the killer's muddy trail to put an end to this mad season. Mystery by Nancy Means Wright; originally published by St. Martin's Press
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Make Your Own Change
After you've restored a hump-roofed, rump-sprung wreck of a Broken House, withstood the eccentricities of in-laws, willful kids, offbeat neighbors, obstinent hired hands, live-in ghost and established a craft shop, featuring Timothy, a wooden rocking horse with personality but who can't seem to hold onto his eyes and tail--what do you do for an encore? Wright decided to write a book about her crazy experiences. Memoir by Nancy Means Wright; originally published by Down East Books
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Poison Apples
Catastrophe hits a Vermont apple orchard: a plague of maggots, a spray of RoundUp, hate calls from a local cult, poisoned fruit that kills a Jamaican picker, and a young girl in a risky relationship. Dairy farmer Ruth Willmarth rushes to help--only to watch the troubles pile up on her own doorstep! Mystery by Nancy Means Wright; originally published by St. Martins Minotaur
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Runaway!
Her cows gone, Ruth Willmarth takes on goats and foster children, including sixteen-year-old Chance. But birth mother Dahlia kidnaps Chance; Dahlia's former lover is stabbed, her current boyfriend shot--and thinking she herself did it, Chance is on the run. And Ruth, whom Publishers Weekly has called "a courageous and resilient amateur sleuth," is in hot pursuit of Chance--and the bad guys. 6th Ruth Willmarth Mystery by Nancy Means Wright; original publication of Belgrave House
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Stolen Honey
Vermont dairy farmer Ruth Willmarth encounters beekeepers, Abenaki Indians, a dead male student, a strangled female professor, and devastating secrets from the past in this hair-raising tale. Romantic Times calls STOLEN HONEY "intricate and fascinating," while Kirkus Reviews find the mystery "penetrating, economical, and generously plotted." Mystery by Nancy Means Wright; originally published by St. Martin's Minotaur
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The Pea Soup Poisonings
To get into her brother's Northern Spy Club, Zoe Elwood must walk a narrow beam over rusted farm machinery, and then solve a crime. Her chance comes when Alice's grandmother expires after eating a bowl of pea soup. Kelby gives Zoe just five days to solve the crime. Can she do it? (ages 9-12) Winner of an Agatha award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel. Children's/Young Adult Mystery by Nancy Means Wright; originally published by Hilliard and Harris
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