Berried Secrets

Berried Secrets

by Peg Cochran
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Berried Secrets 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well developed characters and a great story keep your interest to the end. I'm looking forward to finding a new mystery and my next visit to this town full of charm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is new to me. The book is well written. The plot well thought out with enough twists and turns that had me guessing who done it. I did figure it out and had alot of fun doing it. I am looking forward to reading more of this series. Review by Dorey 4/10/2016 PS: There was no bad language or sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this a lot. Enjoyed the cranberry information. Mystery good, took me awhile to figure out who did it. Looking forward to more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Berried Secrets is the first in the Cranberry Cove Mystery series. I am fairly new to the "Cozy" scene, with just getting into them within the past couple of years. I can tell you they are addicting!!! I am always game to try a new series. This one caught my eye especially because I am from Michigan and the main character Monica's family cranberry farm is on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Since this is the beginning of the series there are a lot of character introductions and descriptions which I don't mind at all. I find that this helps me in making me feel as though I am a part of the book. This is true as to how the author describes the town and the stores. When Monica travels to town - you get introduced to some of the town folk and get a description of various places. This will get you hooked. Then when the mystery of finding out who killed the town bully you will not be able to put the book down until you know 'whodunit.' There were some twists and turns in this. I had a hard time putting it down. I had my guesses throughout the book as to 'whodunit' but I was wrong (once again) at the end. Also as a bonus - YUMMY recipes - I think this might just be a keeper on my shelf so I can make some of the recipes. This was a 'new to me' author. I am looking forward to reading more of this series and other books by the author.
bwilhoite 3 months ago
This took me a while to get into then I kept pushing it off to keep up with my book clubs. I really did end up liking it. I love it's set in my home state Michigan! It was interesting learning about the cranberries.
dibbylodd 6 months ago
A tasty beginning of a series. The nuances of the characters are very solid. Jeff's post Iraq injuries are all too believable. The murder victim is worthy of his demise. The guilty party is an interesting twist.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Slow Start to a New Series Over the last couple of years, I’ve heard many people rave about the books of Peg Cochran, but I have yet to pick any of them up. When Berried Secrets came out, and I saw it was the first in a new series, I decided to give it a try. After all, I love cranberries, so it sounded promising. Sadly, it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be. Monica Albertson has moved to the town of Cranberry Cover to help her half-brother, Jeff, get his cranberry farm running. He’s having serious issues with the finances, and she soon discovers that Sam Culbert, someone Jeff thought was a friend, was embezzling from him. The morning the cranberry harvest begins, Sam’s body is found floating in the first bog the crew tries to harvest. While Sam wasn’t well liked in town, Monica is worried that her brother will be arrested for the crime. Can she find the real killer before that happens? Despite the murder happening fairly early in the book, the first half was rather slow. I get this is the first in a series, so we need time to meet the characters, but even so, the balance just didn’t work for me. Even as the mystery became more focused in the second half, the twists and clues were fewer and farther between then I would have liked. Still, we do reach a logical and suspenseful climax, and the various threads were wrapped up well. The characters were a bit slow to grow on me, too. By the end, I did care for several of them, those who will obviously become series regulars, but it took a while. While I don’t always mention it, one of my biggest pet peeves is slips in the timeline. There’s a major one here. It’s almost like the author completely forgot about a day that happened in the book. Unfortunately, it should have had an impact on things, which really bothers me. Of course, we do get three cranberry related recipes at the back of the book. And with my love of cranberries, they do sound delicious. I’ve seen others who are usually fans of this author who were a bit cool to Berried Secrets as well. It’s not that the book was bad, but the flaws kept it from being as great a read as I expected it to be. Here’s hoping that now that the characters have been established, the next in the series is a stronger read. NOTE: I was sent a copy of this book in hopes I would review it.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This is a very intriguing mystery with vibrant characters. We meet Monica Alberston. She has brother, Jeff, a veteran who was injured while deployed, leaving one arm basically useless. I can relate due to my own right arm left paralyzed after an accident 15 years ago. Jeff has a cranberry farm and also a store where they sell cranberry baked goods and related merchandise. The former owner, Sam Culbert, ran the farm while Jeff was overseas and it isn’t making a much of a profit as Jeff had hoped. Monica has come to Cranberry Cove to help Jeff turn things around. Finding a dead body in the cranberry bog is not what she had in mind though. In fact it may mean the end of her brother’s farm. Monica and Jeff share a father but have different mothers. We meet Jeff’s mother in this story too. Monica is a strong, smart, woman, a perfect protag. She uncovers something very surprising when she goes over the accounts. I really like Jeff. He has a battle ahead of him as he adjusts to his new reality. His mom, Gina is different than I expected. I was afraid evil stepmother thing would come out and am thrilled that I was wrong. She and Monica make a great team. The supporting cast is great too. Just to name a few, we have the VanVelsen sisters, identical twins, who own the candy store. They also have a black cat, named Midnight. Greg Harper owns the local bookstore. And Bart, owns on old fashioned butcher shop. They all have great depth for the first installment of a new series. The story bends around and twists. The deceased wife doesn’t seem that upset, are there some secrets to be uncovered? Could she have killed her husband? The man may have owned a lot of property and be the mayor but he wasn’t very well liked. The police may think Jeff had motive but there are so many other possible suspects. Peg Cochan has written one heck of a mystery. She had me guessing all the way to the end. A delightful setting and engaging characters including a great amateur sleuth has this series off to a fantastic start. Book 2, Berry The Hatchet, comes out May 3.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Monica Albertson moves to Cranberry Cove to help her partially disabled half-brother Jeff with his cranberry farm. A much hated man from the town is found dead at the farm, which puts Jeff under suspicion of his murder. Monica, with some help from Jeff’s spunky mother Gina, tries to sort the clues to find the real culprit before Jeff loses everything, including his freedom. This story kept me guessing until the end.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
Berried Secrets is a wonderful first installment in what promises to be a fabulous new cozy series "A Cranberry Cove Mystery". I loved the characters and the setting. Monica Albertson is very likable as the main character and I would love to have her as a friend. Her half brother Jeff is a stoic yet somehow sympathetic character who I hope will continue to be a main part of this series. I was prepared to hate his mother/Monica's stepmother when she blasted on to the scene. But I have to say I ended up enjoying her character as well. Peg Cochran is a fabulous writing and among the very best in the cozy scene. Entertaining storyline, great mystery, enthralling writing all make for one tart and tasty new cozy series. I cannot wait for the next to come out.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
A wonderful start to a new series from Peg Cochran. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Monica Albertson has recently moved to Cranberry Cove, Michigan to help her half- brother, Jeff run his cranberry farm called Sassamanash Farm. Jeff has recently returned after a year long deployment to Afghanistan, where his left arm was paralyzed. While Jeff was away, he trusted the farm and the running of it to its former owner, Sam Culbert. Sassamanash Farm is running in the red and when Monica looks at the financials, she discovers Sam was embezzling money from the farm. It’s harvest time and as Monica is helping Jeff and his staff harvest a cranberry bog, she discovers the body of Sam Culbert. Not only is there a dead body to deal with, Jeff’s mother and Monica’s step-mother, Gina arrives. Monica is sure the police are going to discover Sam was stealing money from Jeff and the farm and she’s afraid they’ll make him the prime suspect. Monica and Gina form an unlikely alliance and team up to discover who really killed Sam. Once Monica starts asking around, she discovers Sam wasn’t a very well-liked person and thus trying to figure out who killed him is more difficult. I love the cast of characters Peg has created for the Cranberry Cove series. Monica isn’t one of those characters who truly openly does her own investigation, she just merely asks little questions and listens to what people tell her. The detective involved isn’t one of those “mind your business” types and is pretty open to what Monica has to say. I would love to say I figured out who the true culprit was early own, but I didn’t. I did however figure it out, the why was a different story. Berried Secrets is a wonderful start to Peg Cochran’s Cranberry Cove series. I will admit I’m not a lover of cranberries, but I swear everytime Monica started cooking one of her delicious recipes I wished I could jump into the book and eat a few. I can’t wait to actually attempt to make one of the recipes included in the book myself. I also can’t wait to read the next book in this series. **Received a copy from Berkley in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Peg Cochran has a new series! YAY! Already being a fan of author Peg Cochran’s writing (I so miss her Vintage Lingerie series written as Meg London), I was beyond thrilled to hear about her new Cranberry Cove Mystery series. When I finally got a copy of BERRIED SECRETS in my hands, I was as excited as a child on Christmas Day! For sure worth the wait, BERRIED SECRETS was everything I had built it up in my mind to be….no, wait…it was more! I was hooked on the book from page one and the beautiful image of Cranberry Cover author Cochran painted of the quaint town. I wanted nothing more than to climb into the book and explore more of the town, meet the people. Monica Albertson is a fantastic new protagonist. She’s strong and spirited, but very real and relatable. I’m not sure who I’m going to fall in love with, but it’s a tossup between Monica’s brother Jeff and Greg Harper, the owner of the local bookstore. And the twins that own the candy shop, well, I’ll let you meet those ladies yourself.  This was a wonderful story from the beginning until the last page, everything in this book flowed so well. It was a fast paced, intriguing mystery that urged me to keep reading, to turn another page, and I did. Before I knew it, and much too soon I was at the end. Oh, and major points to Peg Cochran for an amazingly original place to find a body! And don’t miss the delicious cranberry recipes you’ll find at the back of the book! If you are choosy about the new series you start, I would suggest adding this one to your list. I can’t say enough good things about it. Well, I can’t but this review would be as long as the book!