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44 Cranberry Point (Cedar Cove Series #4)

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by Debbie Macomber

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Peggy Beldon

44 Cranberry Point

Cedar Cove, Washington

Dear Reader,

I love living in Cedar Cove, but things haven't been the same since a man died at our bed-and-breakfast. Turns out his name was Max Russell, and my husband, Bob, had known him briefly in Vietnam. We still don't have any idea why he came here or-most important of all-who killed him.


Peggy Beldon

44 Cranberry Point

Cedar Cove, Washington

Dear Reader,

I love living in Cedar Cove, but things haven't been the same since a man died at our bed-and-breakfast. Turns out his name was Max Russell, and my husband, Bob, had known him briefly in Vietnam. We still don't have any idea why he came here or-most important of all-who killed him. Because it now appears that he was poisoned. I sure hope somebody figures it out soon!

Not that we're providing the only news in Cedar Cove these days. I heard that Jon Bowman and Maryellen Sherman are getting married. And Maryellen's mom, Grace, has more than her share of interested men! The question is: Which one is she going to choose? Olivia-I guess it's Olivia Griffin now-is back from her honeymoon, and her mother, Charlotte, seems to have a man in her life, too. I'm not sure Olivia's pleased....

There's lots of other gossip I could tell you. Come by for a cup of tea and one of my blueberry muffins and we'll talk.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The books in Macomber's contemporary Cedar Cove series are like a box of assorted Krispy Kremes: light and fluffy but irresistibly delicious and addictive. In this fourth entry, Peggy and Bob Beldon, owners of the Thyme & Tide B&B, are still recovering from the shock of discovering Bob's war buddy, Max Russell, murdered in one of their rooms. Bob suspects that Max's death has something to do with a horrible experience in Vietnam and now finds himself looking over his shoulder, fearing for his own safety. More unsettling is Max's fragile daughter, who shows up on a stormy night seeking shelter and answers. Almost everyone from Macomber's previous books (311 Pelican Court, etc.) makes an appearance in this one, each with his or her own bit of drama. Readers will be eager to learn whether Celia and Ian will have the courage to try for another baby after the premature death of their infant daughter, or whether Maryellen can convince Jon to forgive his parents before their wedding day, or whether the charming man courting Olivia's 70-year-old mother is really who he says he is. While most of these questions are left unanswered, this installment ties up the Beldons' story with a satisfying and surprising denouement. Agent, Irene Goodman. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

In this installment of her "Cedar Cove" series, Macomber again brings listeners into the world of a small town in the Pacific Northwest. A murder occurs at Peggy Beldon's B&B, with implications that directly impact her and her husband, Bob. Other subplots add to the novel's depth and give it a bit of a soap opera feel. Jon Bowman and Maryellen Sherman plan to get married, Olivia Griffin returns from her honeymoon, and her mother, Charlotte, has a boyfriend, something Olivia finds difficult to absorb. The town almost becomes a character as well. Narrator Sandra Burr has worked on local, regional, and national television; her voice lends a sensuous, slightly smoky feel to the story. Each CD begins and ends with an appropriate announcement indicating the number of each CD in the book, thus avoiding mix-ups. Recommended for public libraries with a commitment to light or women's fiction with little explicit content. [The prolific Macomber won the 2005 Quill Award for Best Romance novel.-Ed.]
—David Faucheux

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44 Cranberry Point

By Debbie Macomber

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7783-2073-1

Chapter One

Peggy Beldon walked into her newly planted garden, taking real pleasure in the sights and smells that surrounded her. This was her private place, her one true source of serenity. The fresh briny scent of the water off Puget Sound drifted toward her as she watched the Washington State ferry glide from Bremerton toward Seattle on its sixty-minute journey. This was a typical May afternoon in Cedar Cove - comfortably warm with just a hint of a breeze.

Peggy uncoiled the garden hose and moved carefully between the rows of leaf lettuce, sweet peas and pole beans. She had a strong practical streak, expressed in her vegetable and herb gardens; she satisfied her craving for beauty with the flower gardens in front. Looking back at the house that always had been her dream, Peggy smiled. She'd grown up in Cedar Cove, graduated from the local high school and married Bob Beldon on his return from Vietnam. The early years had been difficult because of Bob's reliance on alcohol. But then, to her eternal gratitude, he'd discovered Alcoholics Anonymous; it had saved their marriage and quite possibly Bob's life. Until AA, Bob had spent most nights drinking, by himself or with friends. When he drank, he became a different person, no longer the man she'd married. She didn't like to think about that time. Thankfully, her husband had remained sober for twenty-one years.

Walking between the rows, Peggy gently watered the seedlings. Several years earlier, Bob had accepted early retirement and with the severance package, they'd purchased the house on Cranberry Point. Peggy had loved it for as long as she could remember. Situated on a point of land overlooking Sinclair Inlet, the two-story structure, built in the late 1930s, had seemed like a mansion to her. Over the years, it had changed owners a number of times and had started to deteriorate, since no one had cared enough to provide the maintenance it needed. By straining their finances, Bob and Peggy had managed to buy it for a price far below its current market value.

Her husband was a talented handyman and within a few months they were able to hang out a sign for their Bed and Breakfast. Peggy hadn't known how much business to expect, how many guests would be attracted to the Thyme and Tide B and B, as they'd called it. She'd hoped, of course, that they'd make enough to supplement their retirement income - and they had. She was proud of the success they'd achieved. Their traditional home, warm hospitality and her cooking had brought them steady customers and a growing reputation. They'd even been reviewed in a national magazine, which had reserved its highest praise for the food, especially her baking. The reviewer had spent two whole sentences describing her blueberry muffins and homemade fruit cobbler. She had twenty blueberry bushes and eight raspberry canes, and she pampered them lovingly. Each summer she was rewarded with an ample supply for her guests and her family. Life had seemed about as perfect as it could get.

Then the unimaginable happened.

More than a year ago, a stranger had knocked on their door in the middle of a dark, stormy night. If it hadn't been so cliched she might've been amused, but this was no laughing matter. The man had rented a room and then promptly locked himself inside.

A hundred times since, Peggy had regretted not insisting he complete the usual paperwork. It was late, and he'd seemed so tired that they'd simply shown him to his room. They could deal with the necessities in the morning, over breakfast.

But by morning, the stranger was dead.

Ever since, Peggy had felt as if they were caught in some kind of whirlwind, tossed about by forces beyond their control. Bad enough that the man had died in their home, but then they'd learned that he'd carried false identification. Nothing was as it seemed. By the end of that day, after hours with the sheriff and the coroner, there'd been more questions than answers.

She saw Bob pull the riding lawn mower out of the garage. At the sound of the engine, Peggy paused in watering her seedlings, one hand shading her eyes. Even after all these years of marriage, she never grew tired of their life together. They'd survived the bad times with their love intact. And their attraction, too. Bob was tall and had kept his shape, his sandy brown hair neatly trimmed. His arms were already tanned from exposure to the sun. He loved his workshop and she was genuinely impressed by what he could do with a few pieces of oak or pine. She'd fallen in love with Bob Beldon as a teenager and she loved him still.

Now, however, she was worried. She didn't want to think about the dead man, but it was unavoidable, especially after what they'd recently found out. Sheriff Davis had identified their mystery guest as Maxwell Russell. To say Bob was shocked would be putting it mildly. He'd been with Max in Vietnam. Dan Sherman, who was also dead, Bob, Max and another man named Stewart Samuels had belonged to that squadron. They'd gotten lost in a Southeast Asian jungle with tragic results.

Once the identity of the dead man was established, another shocking revelation had come to light. The sheriff, with the help of local private investigator Roy McAfee, had discovered that Max Russell's death was no accident.

He'd been poisoned.

The water bottle he'd carried with him had been laced with odorless, tasteless Rohypnol, commonly known as the "date rape" drug. The dose had been large enough to stop his heart. Maxwell Russell had gone to bed, tired from a long day of travel, and he never woke up.

Bob rode past her on the lawn mower with a quick wave, and Peggy continued to water her garden, but a pang went through her. At this very moment Bob could be in danger, but he seemed content to ignore any risk rather than admit her concerns were legitimate.

As she set aside the hose, Peggy caught sight of Sheriff Davis's patrol car coming down Cranberry Point. She immediately felt the tension between her shoulder blades. She hoped he planned to talk some sense into Bob.

Her husband must have seen the patrol car at the same time Peggy did because he cut the engine and climbed off the lawn mower. Sheriff Troy Davis turned into the driveway, then stepped out of his vehicle. In the beginning, when it looked like Bob might be a suspect in the murder case, Davis wasn't nearly as welcome here as he was now.

The sheriff, who was probably a little heavier than he should be, took a moment to hike up his pants and adjust his gun before heading across the lawn to meet Bob. Unwilling to be left out of the conversation, Peggy shut off the water and hurried across the half-mown grass.

"Peggy." Davis touched the brim of his hat and nodded in her direction. "I was just telling Bob it might be a good idea if the three of us sat down and talked."

Peggy nodded in return, appreciating the fact that he wanted to include her.

Bob led the way to the patio, and Peggy was grateful she'd taken time that morning to sweep it off. The three of them sat at the round pine table Bob had built several years earlier. He'd painted it a deep gray-blue, a color that complemented the white siding. The striped umbrella was up and the patio was awash in sunshine.

"I thought I'd update you on my conversation with Hannah Russell."


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Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at www.DebbieMacomber.com.

Brief Biography

Port Orchard, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1948
Place of Birth:
Yakima, Washington
Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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44 Cranberry Point (Cedar Cove Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 165 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By accident I picked upone of the cedar cove series books. That was the best "accident" I have ever had!!! I LOVED that book and immediatly had to go buy all of the rest of them! I highly reccomend reading all of them before the series comes on the Hallmark channel in June 2013.
period-reader More than 1 year ago
The Cedar Cove series begins its tale with the usual introduction of characters, character development and good story line. By the time you get to the 4th book in the series, you feel as though you know the characters personally. I fully expected Charlotte to show up on my doorstep with one of her new recipes! You begin to really care about the lives that are intertwined with each other. Although the stories are a little predictable at times and are written with rose tinted glasses, you can't help but feel a little hopeful that life could really be like it is in Cedar Cove. A lovely series and I am now reading the 12th book. Although each book can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend starting at the first book and reading your way through.
matildaMM More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK Is part of a series,I highly recommend you purchase all the books and start reading from the 1st one and go forward. this book is very well written as well as the others. its an effort to put the book down to do other things. it really is THAT interesting. you don't have to imagine the scenes,they are very detailed. its as if you were in the room with the characters and at times gets very exciting. you feel every emotion that they do. its another of her wonderful books. i recommend you read all of her books. you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT author! I was not a big reader, until now. I picked up one of Debbie's books only because it sounded interesting and now I am hooked! She had me hooked from her first book of this series! As I have said before in my reviews, I lose a lot of sleep because I stay up reading all night! Well worth the read!
LDP23 More than 1 year ago
Love The Cedar Cove Series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this as much if not more than the first 3 in the series
CPK37 More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Debbie Macomber's books and this one was fun to read. Her synopsis of the characters at the beginning of the book make it easier to remember who is who. :-) Keem 'em coming, Debbie.
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PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel was like a warm hug in the arms of a good friend.  There is a natural flow to this story that mirrors the way that life happens.  It really gives you the full impact of the tales that Macomber tells.  She combines the sweetness of some of the best parts of life, with the heartache of the worst.  Everything is so real and alive that you can’t help but become a part of it, rather than simply a passive observer. I love how you feel like part of the town while reading this novel.  Macomber’s characters come to life in a very real & unforgettable manner.  They’re not just characters in a novel; they become your friends and neighbours while you’re visiting them through this remarkable tale.  The variety of ages of the characters also adds to this.  There are individuals from all walks of life, ensuring someone for everyone.   This novel was a fantastic trip back to Cedar Cove.  I enjoyed every minute of it & can’t wait to return with the next instalment.  
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JoyECS More than 1 year ago
Debbie is a real writer of family problems, health problem and our personal decision affects the outcome of situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I shall remainerino here too.
ReadingMom14 More than 1 year ago
Great book - 4th in the Series. Just keeps getting better
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/abridged audio: What a disappointment. Did Ms. Macomber phone this story into her publisher? First, let me say that I've listened to some of the Blossom Street series out of order and I liked it. It is flat. The characters are one-dimensional. The plot line of pregnancy overlaps between too many characters. Either they are trying to get pregnant, secretly pregnant, miscarrying, or tricking their husbands to get them pregnant. With the characters having such common names and there being too many characters, the audio becomes too confusing. Evan, Grace, Roy, Peggy....name someone Roxanne or Thor! I didn't care about the murdered dude. I didn't care if the other guy ever talked to his parents. I didn't care about the stalker. I didn't care about the chick and her old boyfriend. Or the guy cheating on his wife. There were ten other things happening and I can't think of what they are...and I just finished it. I felt cheated because there are only five discs instead of the usual six. However, by disc four, I couldn't wait for the bland narrative to end. Then on disc five, I was close to the end and wondering if I was missing a disc (?). Nope, the stupid book ends like a Flash Gordon serial! No ending! Unforgivable..
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RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Great book and series.  Looking forward to the rest in the series.  Recommend Very Highly!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just love the Cedar Cove Series. Start from the beginning, it's so relaxing to read.
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LMar More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this series. I tried watching the tv series on hallmark but was disappointed! But I love the books! I'm on book 6.
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