Berry the Hatchet

Berry the Hatchet

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by Peg Cochran

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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


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.

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Praise for Berried Secrets
“A fun whodunnit with quirky characters and a satisfying mystery. This new series is as sweet and sharp as the heroine’s cranberry salsa.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries
“Cozy fans and foodies rejoice—there’s a place just for you and it’s called Cranberry Cove.”—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay mysteries, the Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries, and the Book Retreat mysteries
“I can’t wait for Monica’s next tasty adventure—and I’m not just saying that because I covet her cranberry relish recipe.”—Victoria Abbott, national bestselling author of the Book Collector mysteries

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Penguin Publishing Group
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A Cranberry Cove Mystery Series , #2
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Peg Cochran is the author of Berried Secrets, the debut novel in the Cranberry Cove mysteries. She is also the author of the national bestselling Gourmet De-Lite mysteries.

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Berry the Hatchet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
centraleast22 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading a book from an author new to me and went back and purchased the first book in the series as well. It was great to see the festivities that went on in the town and how they turned into a mystery as the mayor turned up dead. It sounds like a great place to visit (minus the murder). It was great reading and seeing how Monica was able to sort out the clues and find out who was responsible. It was a great book to read in a couple of sessions as it was easy to keep up with what was going on in the book. I received a copy of the book for free to read and review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Berry the Hatchet by Peg Cochran is the second book in A Cranberry Cove Mystery series. Monica Albertson is getting the Sassamanash Farm stand in town ready for the Winter Walk. Their mayor, Preston Crowley came up with the Winter Walk as a way to bring tourists to Cranberry Cove during the winter. People are waiting for the arrival of the sleigh with Miss Winter Walk (the mayor’s niece, Candy) and Mayor Crowley. All of the sudden the sleigh comes down the street at a very fast pace (run away sleigh). When they finally get the horse to stop, they find Preston Crowley inside with a unusual knife in his neck. Why would someone kill the mayor? Turns out that Preston was dating both Monica’s mother and step-mother at the same time (talk about a busy bee). Both women end up suspects. Monica is determined to get them off the suspect list. There have to be other people who were not happy with their esteemed mayor! Can Monica find the killer while not ending up a victim herself? Can her mother (Nancy Albertson) and step-mother (Gina Albertson) stand being in the same town without hurting each other? You will have to read Berry the Hatchet to find out! Berry the Hatchet was just delightful. The book has engaging characters, a beautiful setting (can you imagine a lovely, small town with snow), and a fun mystery. I just wish the murder mystery had been a little more difficult to solve. I did, though, enjoy following the clues (the author provided some good clues) to the conclusion (where I confirmed I picked the right killer). Berry the Hatchet can be read as a stand-alone book if you have not read the first book in the series. I look forward to the next novel in A Cranberry Cove Mystery series. I give Berry the Hatchet 4.5 out of 5 stars (if I had not been able to solve the mystery it would have been a 5). Berry the Hatchet had just the right blend of mystery, romance, friends (and quirky characters), and family. Peg Cochran did a very good job constructing Berry the Hatchet. I received a complimentary copy of Berry the Hatchet from the author (as a part of the Cozy Mystery Review Crew) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that I got the chance to visit Cranberry Cove again by reading this second book in the series. Peg's writing style flows nicely for me and I like how she keeps me guessing until the end of the book. I think it would be fun to stop by town and join in on the first annual Winter Walk although I would not like to find a dead person while doing so. Who would want to murder the mayor? That is what Monica sets out to find out especially since her mother and stepmother are the major suspects. I enjoy reading about this quaint little town and all the foods. It makes me wish I could live there. It would be fun to be friends with Monica and help her as she is trying to solve the town's mystery. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us in the next book. You can read this book as a stand alone but it is so much better if you read the first book first.
SewWrite 6 months ago
The second one is even better than the first. Monica's mother comes to town to not only visit Monica but to see a man she has been dating. Unfortunately he's the Mayor and he ends up dead. Not only does Monica need to clear her mother's name, she must clear her stepmother's name as well when it's discovered that they were both dating the same man. Great story throughout.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is an easy read but a fun who done it
Anonymous 11 months ago
I enjoyed the characters, setting & story & look forward to visiting again!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I ate this mystery right up! We are back in Cranberry Cove just in time for the Winter Walk. The mayor had this grand idea to bring tourists to town during the off season. Sadly he didn’t get to see the fruits of his labor. As the parade is ready to start the horse drawn sleigh carrying him takes off. When the horses are reined in the mayor’s body is found. In a unique twist both Monica’s mother and step mother are at the top of the list of suspects. It doesn’t help that a key piece of evidence is found on the family’s cranberry farm. Monica finds herself trying to clear both women of the crime, landing herself right in the killer’s sites. You wouldn’t think there would be much to be done to a cranberry bog in the winter but there is plenty to keep Monica’s brother Jeff busy. Monica is baking everyday, the farm store is still open and she is selling things at the Winter Walk as well. When her mother makes a surprise visit and there are no rooms available at the motel or B&B’s Monica finds herself with a house guest. She has been getting along with her stepmother but her mother’s visit may mess up that relationship. This was a fast paced mystery. The story never gets “bogged down”, the pages were turning pretty rapidly as we reached the climatic end. I really like these characters. They are engaging and believable. I love the relationship Monica has with Detective Stevens. They actually share information. Having both her stepmom and mom in town could really have gone wrong but the author really wrote the story is a wonderful way, even when another visitor came to town. This is another delightful cozy from Peg Cochran. She even makes winter in Michigan sound like fun, with the wind blowing and the chill in the air. Bundle up and enjoy this trip to Cranberry Cove.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
It’s the dead of winter in Cranberry Cove, Michigan and new mayor Preston Crowley has come up with the idea of Winter Walk, to bring in more tourists and an influx of cash to the town. All the stores along Beach Hollow Road are lit up with white lights and various booths are set up along the closed sidewalks. Tourists and residents are all excited but not everything is going smoothly. Only minutes before the Winter Walk is supposed to start, the mayor’s body is discovered. Questions start to arise as to who would kill the mayor and why. It seems the mayor wasn’t as honorable as he seemed, but how far does his transgressions go? During the investigation, it is discovered the esteemed mayor was not only dating Monica Albertson’s mother Nancy, but also her step-mother Gina. Knowing the prime suspect is usually the significant other, Monica isn’t about to let either woman go down for a crime they didn’t commit. Berry the Hatchet, the second book in Peg Cochran’s Cranberry Cove Mystery series can be read as a standalone and proves to be one very enjoyable and entertaining read. The story holds quite a few surprises for Monica and readers. I loved the mystery of trying to figure out who the mayor truly was and why someone would want him dead. I have to admit, I definitely didn’t see the “why” coming. Nancy and Gina proved to be a very interesting pair. I continue to love the characters in this series, who each prove to add a little information to help Monica along with her investigation. I love that Detective Stevens shares information with Monica, but I have to wonder if she’s hoping Monica will solve the case for her. I’m loving this series and I’m looking forward to more books. However, I really hope the next murder victim isn’t another mayor of the town. With two mayors killed in less than a six month time frame, I’m thinking at some point people will stop trying to run for office. **Received a copy from Berkley in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Berry the Hatchet is the second book in the A Cranberry Cove Mystery series. The residents of Cranberry Cove are busy getting ready for the first annual Winter Walk. Monica Albertson, who helps her step-brother, Jeff, run the Sassamanash Farms cranberry farm, is busy gathering up the products from the farm that she plans to see at a booth outside Gumdrops, a candy store, when she learns that her mother, Nancy will be arriving shortly in town. She is looking forward to spending some time with her mother, but then, her step-mother, Gina, has recently moved to Cranberry Cove. To put it mildly, Nancy and Gina are like water and oil, they just don't mix. Add to this, they re both dating the same man, Preston Crowley. A few minutes before the parade is supposed to start, a runaway horse pulling a sleigh is heading down the street. Bart Dykema is able to finally get the horse and sleigh stopped and to every one's horror, the lifeless body of Mayor Crowley, with knife sticking out his neck, is the only passenger. When it is learned that both Gina and Nancy had been dating Crowley., they of course become persons of interest. But Monica soon learns that there are others that have a reason to want the mayor dead. Roger Tripp, the owner of The Pepper Pot, a new restaurant that he hopes to have open in time for the Winter Walk. He wasn't able to open because he lacked the necessary permits and the mayor may have been just the one to hold them up. There is Tempest Storm, who wanted to hold an Imbole, a ritual to hurry Spring, something that the mayor was against. With the help of the help of Greg Harper, her potential boyfriend, she sets out to do a little sleuthing of her own to clear her mother and step-mother of any suspicion. I find this series to be very enjoyable and lighthearted, with an interesting cast of characters. I was concerned at first with Nancy and Gina both being in the book, bit Ms. Cochran skillfully handled the situation. There were times when they were at odds with each other, but also times when they put their feelings aside. Hopefully Nancy will come back in future books, I don't see them becoming “best friends”, but still it will be fun to see them interact. Delicious recipes are also included with the book. Definitely, will be watching for the next book in this great series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A superb story, and perfect addition to the Cranberry Cover Mystery series! I was pretty sure author Peg Cochran could not top, BERRIED SECRETS, the first book in this series. Of course, I am wrong, and happily so. I never should have doubted Ms. Cochran’s writing abilities. Every book I read by this author is more brilliant than the one before. The characters in the Cranberry Cove mysteries are simply a joy to read, and I have loved getting to know them. It really feels as though author Cochran has let the characters take on lives of their own. I could easily see myself living in the eclectic town of Cranberry Cove. BERRY THE HATCHET is a fast moving, exciting mystery that I read in one sitting. Chapter after chapter I found myself turning pages faster with the need to get to the reveal. Wow! The ending was not one I would had ever guessed! I’m already counting down the time to the next installment. Make sure to check out the back of the book for some fantastic cranberry recipes!