Berried Secrets Lib/E: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 5 January 2016
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (5 January 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1799997030
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799997030
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About the Author
Peg Cochran is the author of the nationally bestselling Gourmet De-Lite Mystery series, including Allergic to Death, Steamed to Death, and Iced to Death. She lives in Michigan with her family. Visit her at pegcochran.com.
Romy Nordlinger is a New York City-based actress. As an audiobook narrator, she has recorded nearly a hundred titles, ranging from romance and self-help to science fiction and mystery. Her television credits include roles on Law & Order and One Life to Live. She is a member and committee head of the League of Professional Theatre Women and has appeared in hundreds of off-Broadway and regional theater productions and readings. She has also done voice-over work for numerous commercials, industrials, and public service announcements.
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I am looking forward to the next one. And an added bonus are the recipes!
I read the one and two star comments. I will agree the main character did jump around too much trying to decided who the killer was. With a whole town that hated this man, she needed to take more time to see who had the most motive to kill him.. There were also some inconsistences with how handicapped her brother was. It did break the mold in one area. The main character didn't have a copy boyfriend who too easily talked to her about the investigation.
The last thing Jeff needs at the moment is his mom Gina hovering around but she's also decided to make Cranberry Cove her new home and open up an aromatherapy shop so she can be close to her son. Monica decides she needs to prove her brother's innocence as well as Mauricio, a suspicious acting Portuguese worker that is on Jeff's work team. She sets out to sleuth, sometimes accompanied by flamboyant but well-meaning Gina. Can these two unlikely sleuthing partners uncover the real killer, or killers now that there's been a second murder? Will Monica or Jeff be next?
I found it hard to put this book down because most of the chapters (which were nice and small!) ended with some type of suspense. Since that's a throwback from what I loved in Nancy Drew books, of course I kept on reading. While I'm not particularly interested in the cranberry industry, it's apparent the author did extensive research on the subject of cranberry farming. I found the mystery to be very interesting and well-written.
I wasn't really expecting to like Gina but she was a lot of fun. I could just picture her and Monica dressing up and going to that crummy bar, overdressed, and attracting all those guys. Gina was a real character that's for sure and turned out to be very likable. It was also interesting to have a female detective who was very pregnant. That just seemed to make her more human and show that not all detectives are perfectly put together like some TV shows want you to think, they're normal people. The town may not have been the most exciting town but the characters were warm and realistic, just like in a typical small town and they cared for one another. And like any small town, they knew what people were doing before the people themselves even knew.
I thought there were enough likely suspects, maybe not tons of plot twists but that's ok, I like a variety in my mysteries. There were still quite a few possibilities of who the killer could be and I didn't guess the killer. I would like to continue the series and see what my new friends in Cranberry Cove are up to next time around.