Flashback Friday – Review/ #Giveaway – Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran

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berried secrets
Berried Secrets:
A Cranberry Cove Mystery

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Michigan
Release Date – August 4, 2015
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425274507
E-Book ASIN: B00QH831Y6



When Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cove—a charming town on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan—to help her half-brother Jeff on his cranberry farm, the last thing she expects to harvest is a dead body.

It seems that Sam Culbert, who ran the farm while Jeff was deployed overseas, had some juicy secrets that soon prove fatal, and Jeff is ripe for the picking as a prime suspect. Forming an uneasy alliance with her high-maintenance stepmother, Monica has her hands full trying to save the farm while searching for a killer. Culbert made plenty of enemies in the quaint small town…but which one was desperate enough to kill?


Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is a very intriguing mystery with vibrant characters.

We meet Monica Alberston. She has brother, Jeff, a veteran who was injured while deployed, leaving one arm basically useless. I can relate due to my own right arm left paralyzed after an accident 15 years ago. Jeff has a cranberry farm and also a store where they sell cranberry baked goods and related merchandise. The former owner, Sam Culbert, ran the farm while Jeff was overseas and it isn’t making a much of a profit as Jeff had hoped. Monica has come to Cranberry Cove to help Jeff turn things around. Finding a dead body in the cranberry bog is not what she had in mind though. In fact it may mean the end of her brother’s farm. Monica and Jeff share a father but have different mothers. We meet Jeff’s mother in this story too.

Monica is a strong, smart, woman, a perfect protag. She uncovers something very surprising when she goes over the accounts.  I really like Jeff. He has a battle ahead of him as he adjusts to his new reality. His mom, Gina is different than I expected. I was afraid evil stepmother thing would come out and am thrilled that I was wrong. She and Monica make a great team. The supporting cast is great too. Just to name a few, we have the VanVelsen sisters, identical twins, who own the candy store. They also have a black cat, named Midnight. Greg Harper owns the local bookstore. And Bart, owns on old fashioned butcher shop. They all have great depth for the first installment of a new series.

The story bends around and twists. The deceased wife doesn’t seem that upset, are there some secrets to be uncovered? Could she have killed her husband? The man may have owned a lot of property and be the mayor but he wasn’t very well liked. The police may think Jeff had motive but there are so many other possible suspects. Peg Cochan has written one heck of a mystery. She had me guessing all the way to the end.

A delightful setting and engaging characters including a great amateur sleuth has this series off to a fantastic start. Book 2, Berry The Hatchet, comes out May 3.

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24 thoughts on “Flashback Friday – Review/ #Giveaway – Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran

  1. I love books with recipes. I have actually made some and they have always been big hits!!! This book sounds like a good read 🙂

  2. I signed up for the cozy challenge for the first time. This would be a great one to put on my list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  3. This sounds like a great story and a wonderful way to start off this year’s reading. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I haven’t read a story about a cranberry bog. They look like such serene places. The story sounds great. And, some step-mothers are just wonderful people, like my mom was to my step-sister. She just couldn’t help but be herself and treat her as she did me.

  5. Love cranberries and this area of western Michigan. Definitely adding this one to my TBR list.

  6. Sounds like a Awesome read ?? Thank you for a chance to win ! I love mystery books. My husband says I’m so addicted to my books that its not funny ?

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