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Berried Secrets: A Cranberry Cove Mystery Mass Market Paperback – August 4, 2015
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Praise for Berried Secrets
"Cozy fans and foodies rejoice--there's a place just for you and it's called Cranberry Cove." --Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author
"A fun whodunnit with quirky characters and a satisfying mystery. This new series is as sweet and sharp as the heroine's cranberry salsa."--Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author
"I can't wait for Monica's next tasty adventure--and I'm not just saying that because I covet her cranberry relish recipe."--Victoria Abbott, national bestselling author
Praise for the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries:
"Mouthwatering gourmet meals and a scrumptious mystery--a de-liteful combination!"--Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author
"The meals that Gigi Fitzgerald makes may be low in calories, but author Peg Cochran serves up a full meal in her debut book."--Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author
"A delicious, de-liteful debut."--Avery Aames, Agatha Award-winning author of the Cheese Shop mysteries
"A frothy and tasty mystery treat sure to please fans of foodie mysteries."--Kings River Life Magazine
"An absolute delight...A super fun read."--Cozy Mystery Book Review
About the Author
Peg Cochran is also the author of the national bestselling Gourmet De-Lite Mystery series, including Allergic to Death, Steamed to Death, and Iced to Death. She lives in Michigan with her family.
Top customer reviews
The last thing Jeff needs at the moment is his mom Gina hovering around but she's also decided to make Cranberry Cove her new home and open up an aromatherapy shop so she can be close to her son. Monica decides she needs to prove her brother's innocence as well as Mauricio, a suspicious acting Portuguese worker that is on Jeff's work team. She sets out to sleuth, sometimes accompanied by flamboyant but well-meaning Gina. Can these two unlikely sleuthing partners uncover the real killer, or killers now that there's been a second murder? Will Monica or Jeff be next?
I found it hard to put this book down because most of the chapters (which were nice and small!) ended with some type of suspense. Since that's a throwback from what I loved in Nancy Drew books, of course I kept on reading. While I'm not particularly interested in the cranberry industry, it's apparent the author did extensive research on the subject of cranberry farming. I found the mystery to be very interesting and well-written.
I wasn't really expecting to like Gina but she was a lot of fun. I could just picture her and Monica dressing up and going to that crummy bar, overdressed, and attracting all those guys. Gina was a real character that's for sure and turned out to be very likable. It was also interesting to have a female detective who was very pregnant. That just seemed to make her more human and show that not all detectives are perfectly put together like some TV shows want you to think, they're normal people. The town may not have been the most exciting town but the characters were warm and realistic, just like in a typical small town and they cared for one another. And like any small town, they knew what people were doing before the people themselves even knew.
I thought there were enough likely suspects, maybe not tons of plot twists but that's ok, I like a variety in my mysteries. There were still quite a few possibilities of who the killer could be and I didn't guess the killer. I would like to continue the series and see what my new friends in Cranberry Cove are up to next time around.
has moved here to help her brother Jeff, a disabled
veteran with his cranberry farm's first harvest.
The harvest begins and as Monica wades into the bog,
she trips and up from the bottom of the bog floats a dead
body. The body is that of Sam Culbert who is the town
mayor of a town he owns most of the properties. Sam had
taken care of the cranberry farm while Jeff was deployed
to Afghanistan. Monica found evidence that Sam had been
skimming funds from Jeff.
Jeff becomes the police's prime suspect and Monica sets
out to prove Jeff's innocence.
There is a store on the farm that sells cranberry homemade
bakes goods that Monica bakes plus sells cranberry relates
items such as tea towels, pot holders and oven mitts.
The reader is provided with mystery, suspense, vivid
descriptions, flavorful characters, delicious bake items plus
recipes at the end of the story.
This is the first book in the Cranberry Cove Mystery series.
I plan on reading the second in this series. There were a few inconsistencies in the continuity of the story such as when Jeff, Monica's brother, uses both hands or arms when one arm is supposed to be paralyzed. It never hurts to give a new author another chance. I plan on doing that.
I did enjoy the book and suspected the perpetrator but I couldn't figure out why it might be that person.
Most recent customer reviews
The nuances of the characters are very solid. Jeff's post Iraq injuries are all too believable.Read more
She arrives in Cranberry Cove to help her brother Jeff with his berry farm and maybe kick start a new life...Read more