Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran


From the publisher: It’s cranberry picking time—in an all-new mystery series from the national bestselling author of the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries…

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?


I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but there are times you look at a cover and just *know* it's going to be a fantastic book, and this is one of those times.

It's September in Michigan and Monica Albertson has returned home to help her disabled half-brother Jeff during the harvest. Having recently suffered the closure of her business and the death of her fiance, it's the perfect time to make a fresh start. Then Sam Culbert, who managed the cranberry farm while Jeff was deployed, is found floating in the cranberry bog, and Jeff is the prime suspect when it's revealed that Sam has been embezzling funds. He was far from the only one to have a bone to pick with the victim, though.

I loved every single minute of this first book in Peg Cochran's Cranberry Cove mystery series. The characters are all unique and instantly likable: elderly identical twins who own local candy shop Gumdrops (and their kitty Midnight); Monica's love interest, a bookstore owner; Monica's unlikely partner in crime, her step-mother who she has always blamed for her parents' break-up, and the very pregnant lead detective.

I pinpointed the killer early on so the final reveal wasn't surprising (although I hadn't correctly guessed the motive), but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the mystery one bit. I fell in love with Monica's cozy little world and am counting down the days until I have the opportunity to revisit Sassamanash Farms!

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Monday, August 10th for your chance to win a copy of Berried Secrets. (US entries only, please.)

47 comments:

  1. EEEEKK!!!! I would absolutely love to win this book. My favorite genre - mystery and animals!!

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  2. This sounds like a good new series. Looking forward to reading this one.

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  3. Berried Secrets sounds like a exciting book, and the cover is adorable! Thank you for the review and giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Small town mysteries - just what I love!!

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  5. Been looking forward to Berried Secrets. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. Sounds like a fun series, thank you for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  7. It's always fun to get in on the beginning of a new series - and this one sounds terrrific! I can picture those 2 Ocean Spray guys standing in the cranberry bog (on the cover) doing their spiel!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  8. Sounds like a fun read—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  9. Have been so excited about this new series:) Thank you. You ROCK!!

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  10. Can't wait t to read it! Looks like so much fun!

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  11. I agree---that cover makes this book a must read. Thanks for introducing me to it. And thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  12. great review and love the cover -- would love to read this one, thanks for the chance --- jody.714@hotmail.com

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  13. My partner and I consume berries of all types in our diet. Heck, with the price of blueberries I've taken to buying them 10 pints at a time when they are in season and on sale. I have 7 gallons of them packed away in the freezer to last us through the winter (frozen blueberries at the supermarket are prohibitively expensive).

    I'd love to add this new series to my home library.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. Oh i love cozy mysteries i would love to win a copy

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  15. I am looking forward to reading Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran, Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran sounds wonderful.Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  16. Anyone who uses a black cat on the cover draws me right in. I have been waiting for this one to be released. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  17. The cover of Berried Secrets does grab you! I would love to win a copy of this book! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  18. It is a nice cover.... would love to win this one!
    afarage ( at ) earthlink. net

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  19. It sounds like the cozies I love: typically light BUT with different characters and interesting twists and settings.

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  20. Sounds like a great read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. Would love to read ..Cozies are my favorite ...ps. check is in the mail. :)

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  22. What a delightful and special feature and giveaway. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. Sounds like a great new series. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

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  24. Love Peg's books. thanks for the chance to win this one.
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  25. Excited for this new series! Looks like a winner. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Scouts579 (at) aol (dot) com

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  26. Sounds like a series I'd really enjoy. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thank you. pennyt at hotmail dot com

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  27. I love the cover on this and the thought of a cranberry farm sounds so interesting, I can't wait to read this one.

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  28. Boy am I stupid, I thought we only had cranberries in Massachusetts. Sounds like an interesting read and I love the cover.

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  29. this is one mom will add to her list....

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  30. This sounds like quite the mystery! I love books that are set in Michigan. :) That is a really cool cover. It's beautiful and mysterious at the same time.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  31. I've wanted to read this one from the first time I saw the cover, too, Melissa!

    patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  32. Thank you Melissa for your wonderful review and this awesome opportunity to win! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  33. This one looks like a charmer, Melissa. And that little black cat on the cover totally sells me. I will buy for my Kindle, and thank you!!

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  34. This book sounds like so much. Really want to read it.

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  35. Fun book for my wife. I appreciate all the wonderful book giveaways that you host.

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  36. This looks like a fun Fall read and the cover is great.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  37. This is such a great cover that it had to go on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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  38. Looks like a good book. I love a good mystery.

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  39. Wow, few places as fine in September as Michigan...certainly not in the desert where I live now. This sounds like a great intro to the series, hope to read it! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  40. I would love to read this book

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  41. Great review! And I know what you mean about the cover! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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