- Series: A Berry Basket Mystery (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (October 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496704886
- ISBN-13: 978-1496704887
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"TOP PICK. Beyond amazing!! Perfection . . . The actual mystery itself was brilliant, very creative and carefully plotted. There were so many twists and suspects that it was hard to pinpoint the actual bad guy. It was definitely unpredictable, and the ending was thrilling and action packed. I loved it." - Night Owl Reviews
"Blackberry Burial is a mystery that gets increasingly more intense and dramatic. It starts whimsical, but although fun and humor are maintained, serious layers begin to develop creating heightened tension and suspense. Ultimately, Sharon Farrow produces a heart pounding, exciting race to the finish in her second Berry Basket Mystery." - Cozy Up With Kathy
"5 Stars! It's always a pleasure to return for book two of a series and find it just as much fun as book one. That's exactly the case with Blackberry Burial. . . The further into the book I got, the harder I found it to set the book down. That only increased when I got to the climax which left me racing to get Marlee safe." - Carstairs Considers
"I have enjoyed this book just as much as the first one in the series if not more. There were multiple suspects which made it fun to guess who was the actual one who was the guilty party. This is one of my favorite series and I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series." - A Holland Reads
"Fun, fast paced. A wonderfully entertaining read that is set in a charming lakeshore town with likable character and a well plotted mystery. This book is sure to keep you turning pages to find out how the mystery is solved." - Peggy's Bookshelf
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Although Sharon has lived in Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey, she calls Michigan home, specifically the beautiful coastline of Lake Michigan. Indeed, she is so enamored of the sand dunes, orchards and beaches of western Michigan, she set The Berry Basket mysteries in a town very similar to the one she is lucky to live in. A freelance writer since her twenties, Sharon has been principal investigator on an archaeological dig, taught college history, and worked at both the Henry Ford Museum and the art reference library of the Frick Collection. There was also a brief spell at a nonprofit which occasionally involved dressing up in a giant cat or dog costume. All of these occupations (and more) accompanied her writing career and often served as inspiration for her stories. However, she still hasn't figured out how to include that giant cat and dog in a mystery yet.
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I loved reading Blackberry Burial! It is an exciting, fast-paced mystery that is both delightful and deadly! It is A Berry Basket Mystery series, and can be read as a standalone. The mystery is realistic and well-written, and I appreciated the references to birds and their habitat. Bird lovers and art aficionados may enjoy the Blackberry Road Rally.
Marlee returned to Oriole Point two years ago from after an exciting job in the big city and opened The Berry Basket, a shop for many things related to berries native to western Michigan.. Marlee and Piper, the mayor’s wife, are going to Sanderling’s Farm to see how it will work for the upcoming Blackberry Road Rally. This year is the centenary celebration of Blackberry Art School, so the Rally is named accordingly and honors the centenary. Until the remains of a young woman, a student who disappeared from the school twenty years earlier are found by Charlemagne. Piper’s Great Dane broke free, raced around the farm and into the woods beyond. By the time Marlee found him, he had unearthed a skull. By the time the police arrive, the year-old pup had saved them the trouble of digging up the rest of the skeleton.
It was shocking to Marlee, who didn’t know Sienna. Her baker, Theo is crushed. He had loved Sienna; they were top of their classes in their respective art. Due to a brain injury when he was young, the other artists ignored him. All except for Sienna, the only one who was kind to him. Grieved that there was confirmation that Sienna was not alive anywhere, Theo asks Marlee to find out who killed Sienna. If only it were that easy; the alumni are more than willing to throw suspicion on him.
The BAS centenary celebration is beginning; the members of the group she was in at the school, all of whom were still friends, are saddened at the news. The police question each of the alumni, four men and two women. One of the ladies had to leave school early that summer due to a nasty case of poison ivy and couldn’t attend this year’s celebration as she is in the Brazilian rainforest collecting samples of native botanicals.
While the alumni are annoyed with Marlee’s questions, she is also preparing for the Road Rally. Her best friend, Tess, her baker Theo, and two of her part-time employees, Dean and Andrew, were riding together in Marlee’s Malibu. Dean and Andrew were desperately studying any kind of art that the Rally clues might point to. While they are obsessed with winning the Rally and splitting the substantial award, someone else is obsessed with quieting the people who are closest to uncovering the 20-year-old secret.
The characters are so much fun! Each has a unique personality and neuroses and contribute to the intrigue. Marlee is the most transparent; she is who she says she is. I enjoy her, Theo, and Kit Holmes. I may be on the bandwagon about how mismatched Ryan and Marlee are, especially since his family is priority over everything, including her. “Watching” birds with Theo is fun, as is Minnie, Marlee’s African Gray parrot.
The author does an excellent job of executing this intricate plot. What sets this cozy mystery apart from many others is the setting, learning about the berries, the characters, and how well the plot is woven together. The plot twists contributed to the overall story, as did the additional layer to the mystery, the wit, and the humorous situations amid the suspense. I did not anticipate who the bad guy/ gal was, bringing more than one surprise to the end. Overall, the novel was very satisfying and I highly recommend it.
I really enjoyed this new to me author and series. The murder plot was extremely well plotted and kept me guessing to the end. Using a store dedicated to all things berry made for a very interesting background. I found the characters to be very defined. Their characteristics came thru the pages in an exact and explicit manner. This is the second book in this series and I am going back to read the first one, "Dying For Strawberries."
It's the height of tourist season in Oriole Point and Marlee Jacob is looking forward to the BlackBerry Art School centenary celebration.
To kick things off, Marlee's sister Piper is organizing the annual road race, which sounds like a lot of fun.
When Marlee and Piper have to change start off location, neither of them expect to find a dead body. Technically, it's Piper's new dog, a huge great dane, that finds the body.
When the victim turns out to be a BAS former student, all fingers are quick to point at Marlee's baker, Theo.
Due to Theo's unique personality, it makes him an easy target for the BAS alumni.
Marlee refuses to believe her baker killed Sienna, he truly cared about her and would never hurt her. Unfortunately, a piece of evidence targets Theo and it's up to Marlee to prove his innocence.
I really enjoyed this book, and since I love blackberries, it was fun to read all the interesting facts about them.
I had a hard time liking Marlee's boyfriend. He was portrayed in a rather harsh way and I couldn't find anything I liked about him. At the end, I was hoping for a break up, I still am :)
I definitely recommend this book to other cozy mystery fans.
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.