Title: Berry The Hatchet
Author: Peg Cochran
Series: Book 2 Cranberry Cove Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Reviewed by: Tina
It's cold and snowy in idyllic Cranberry Cove home of Sassamamash Farm and Monica Albertson who lives there with her half- brother, Jeff who is a cranberry farmer along with Gina, Jeff's mother who lives in town and also surprising Monica her mother Nancy also is coming to town and Gina and Nancy have a hard time getting along . The Winter walk event is coming, tourists and visitors walk along the light twinkled store fronts and merchants open their doors and offer up hot chocolate, and people can shop.
Monica is baking several cranberry delights for the event like muffins, bread, salsa made from the farm's cranberry harvest. Tempest Storm is a business owner and is doing a imbolic ritual at the winter walk to hurry spring so winter will end.
The mayor, Preston Crowley wants to ban the ceremony and it angers Tempest to no end.
The mayor and his niece “Miss Winter walk” Candy are due to ride down the street in a horse drawn sleigh but when the mayor arrives alone in the sleigh with a bloody ceremonial dager stuck in his neck, Monica is shocked and together with her love interest and book store owner Greg but on their mystery solving thinking caps to try to find a murderer with no shortage of suspects including Monica's mother and step-mother who were both dating the mayor at the same time and with another murder of the mayors niece, Candy. Monica can't help but have a sour taste in her mouth.
I did not enjoy Berry the Hatchet as much as I did the first book, Berried Secrets. The story line just fell flat and was not as much of a page turner the Winter walk and the imbolic ritual did not interest me. It was an engaging read with a murder victim you loved to hate and a killer with a past that was not so unexpected. The Cast of Characters is what made this story exciting. Monica and her love of baking cranberry treats make her one of my favorite ameteur sleuths. I will love to read the next book in this series.
FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are our own.
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