I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Berry the Hatchet by Peg Cochran
Length: 8 hours
Published by Berkley on May 3rd 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Romy Nordlinger
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Also by this author: Berried Secrets, Dead and Berried
Cranberry farm owner Monica Albertson is once again bogged down in murder in the second Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.
The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year. But it’s the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice. INCLUDES CRANBERRY RECIPES
What I thought of this book.
Berry the Hatchet was a good second book in the Cranberry Cove Mystery series. It had been a while since I had been with this group of people but once I got my barrings I started to remember things from the last one and then off it went. 🙂
Things were going okay for Monica, they were still trying to turn around the Cranberry farm and she was doing well with her baking. She was getting used to her stepmother being in town and the Mayor had a great idea of a Winter Walk to get some revenue going into their town during what is normally their down time during winter.
Then her mother comes to town. Not only does her mother come but she announces that she is there to see Preston the mayor because they had been dating. The same Preston that her stepmother is dating. Just when she thought things couldn’t get worse the Mayor is found dead in the carriage he was supposed to be in during the opening ceremonies for the Winter Walk.
The police have accused her mother or stepmother but they are asking them questions. They are also looking into another lady who lives in Cranberry Cove who is a little different cause she has sort of a new ageish type shop. And the murder weapon was something she would have had in the shop. So Monica digs in and tries her best to put the clues together along with her new boyfriend Greg so she can find a killer.
I like Monica, she came back home to help her brother with the cranberry farm and she is starting to fit in really well. Her husband had passed away and she needed a new place to be and now she has a man interested in her and she has decided to go for it. She has the patience of a saint to be able to put up with her mother and stepmother being in the same house! Though it seems they have bonded over mutual man hating. (Her father has left both of them and Preston was the scum who was seeing both of them and they didn’t know it.)
It has some good secondary characters. I like Greg he owns a bookstore and loves mysteries. Her mother and stepmother were pretty fun. Her brother Jeff is a real interesting character as he is having a hard time coming to terms with his life after the military. He as only one good arm and a lady who is willing to overlook that but it is more him having the problem with it than anyone. I was happy to see him doing a bit better in this story.
The mystery was really good and I really didn’t blame anyone for wanting to kill the scum…lol.
Overall, it was a good one and I can’t wait to listen to another one but since this is all that is out right now I have to wait..sighs. 🙂
Recommended for those who love cozies!
Romy Nordlinger is one of my favorite narrators and she has done both fantasy and mysteries and done them well.