Dead and Berried

Dead and Berried

by Peg Cochran

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ISBN-13: 9780425274552
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: A Cranberry Cove Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 387,332
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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

Romy Nordlinger is a New York City-based actress whose TV credits include roles on Law & Order, All My Children, and One Life to Live. As an audiobook narrator, she has lent her talents to over two hundred titles ranging in genres from romance and self-help to sci-fi and mystery.

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Dead and Berried 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Mystery, lots of fun with the charcters from before, able to figure it out before end but still enjoyed the story. Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winning series.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Book 3 is set during the time of pollination for the cranberry bushes, so bees are brought into the story as workers and possible culprits. Since bees are an important topic in the natural world nowadays, I liked this addition to farm life. Peg Cochran does a great job of incorporating local lore into this series, so I have new recipes and customs to look up for more information. Lake Michigan is adds a lot of character! Good characters, including a smart police woman, make Cranberry Cove a worthwhile travel stop.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Dead and Berried by Peg Cochran is the third book in A Cranberry Cove Mystery series. Monica Albertson lives on Sassamanash Farm in Cranberry Cove, Michigan and provides baked goods to the farm store on the property. The cranberry bogs are full of blooms, and it is time to pollinate the flowers. Jeff, Monica’s half-brother and owner of the farm, has hired Rick Taylor of Rick’s Bees. Rick and his assistant, Lori Wenk arrive at the farm with the bees, but are unable to release them that day due to the weather (honey bees do not like wet days). Monica is back in the farm kitchen finishing her baking when Jeff comes running in asking for her to call 911. Jeff found Lori on the ground near the bee hives. Bees are swarming near the hives where someone let them out and stirred them up. Lori was stung many times and has passed away. Detective Tammy Stevens arrives and starts asking questions. It appears to be an accidental death until the toxicology report proves otherwise. Rick is at the top of the suspect list and his wife, Nora is distraught (she works at the farm store). Monica begins making inquiries about Lori and discovers that Lori had been stirring up a hornet’s nest of her own. Could this have led to her murder? But what happens when Monica gets too close to discovering the killer’s identity? Dead and Berried contains good writing, great characters (except Gina), charming small town and a good pace (makes it a pleasure to read). I thought Dead and Berried was an engaging novel that held my attention. I like that Monica does not sneak around behind Detective Stevens back doing her own investigation (I appreciate that there are no nasty cops either). The two work together (share information) to find the killer (such a nice change). Dead and Berried can be read alone (if you really want to). The author provides the necessary background information so a reader will not be lost or confused. I give Dead and Berried 4 out of 5 stars. One issue that I had with this book was the mystery. I could identify the killer early in the story (right after the body was discovered). I wish there had been a good twist (I love it when I do not solve the crime until late in the book or not at all). I liked the information about shipwrecks that occurred in Lake Michigan (a writer has moved to town). I found it fascinating. It was also interesting to discover that cranberry flowers need migratory honey bees (or bumble bees) brought in to help pollinate the flowers. They are not capable of self-fertilization. The one character that I do not like is Gina, Monica’s stepmother. She is a piece of work. I found her extremely annoying and self-centered. I keep hoping the author will decide to make Gina a victim of murder! The ending is sweet and romantic (happy sigh). There are cranberry recipes at the end of the book. I look forward to reading more books in A Cranberry Cove Mystery series.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
I love the newest installment in Peg Cochran's Cranberry Cove cozy mystery series. It is the best yet. The characters are like my friends, well most of them that is. Very well written and the mystery is fun and entertaining. What a great method of murder too, lol. Well almost that is. I love Monica and her brother Jeff and the wonderful relationship they have. I really enjoy that Monica is not one of those crazy amateurs that are always getting themselves in trouble. Instead she works with her local police and is smart and intelligent in her detecting. This is one seriously enjoyable read. You are going to love it. I cannot wait for the next in this super series. I was given a copy by the publisher with no expectations. My views are an honest review and my own.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s all about the bees in this berry of a mystery. Time to pollinate the blossoms at the Sassamanash Farm so Jeff calls in Rick Taylor, his assistant Lori Wenk and their bees to do the job. Unfortunately Lori gets stung and has a deadly reaction, or did she? She is dead but it looks more like murder than a bee swarm. All eyes turn to their owner Rick, but why would he want his assistant dead? Monica quickly finds the woman had her share of enemies and she knows she needs to clear Rick and the farm’s reputation. But is she going to end up getting stung? I was excited to see a character named Lori, but that is where our similarities end She didn’t deserve to be killed but she sure wasn’t the nicest person. Monica Albertson is a unique amateur sleuth. She doesn’t work behind Detective Stevens’ back, she assists and turns over any evidence she finds quickly. The work the case together as much as they can. All the characters in this series are engaging. I still identify strongly with Monica’s brother Jeff. We share a disability of having one arm that is basically useless. When I see his independence and how hard he works it really gives me hope. While my right leg is also useless I still want to try harder to do more things. Jeff is quite an inspiration. They are surrounded by a wonderful cast. This time we get to know Nora, the beekeeper’s wife and the main clerk at the the farm’s store better. The Albertson’s also have a new neighbor and the women in town, including Jeff’s mom are all vying for his attention. The mystery weaves its way through Monica’s life as she strives to keep up with her baking and relish making all while trying to find out who could have killed Lori. We also learn more about cranberries, bees, and ships buried in Lake Michigan. As a resident of neighboring Wisconsin I found the shipwrecks very interesting. I was amazed that when Monica eliminated almost all the suspects and the one I was leaning toward was actually the killer. That rarely happens. Peg Cochran’s descriptive voice draws me right in to the happenings in and around Cranberry Cove. I really feel like I have traveled there instead of just read about this town. It’s like a mini Michigan vacation every time I read one of these books. I may have to make an actual trip to the state and check things out. Until then, I will anxiously await the book in this series!
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Monica is working hard to make baked good to sell in the farm store and relish to sell to a grocery store in her new industrial farm kitchen. meanwhile her brother Jeff is working the cranberry farm which includes bringing in bees from a bee farm to pollinate the cranberry bogs. The bee keeper's assistant is found dead with an angry swarm of bees near by and stings to her face. With so much on her plate, Monica still finds time to ask the right questions and try to find the killer before everyone in town thinks the farm is jinxed. I really enjoyed learning so much about the cranberries pollination and other facts related to running a cranberry farm. I look forward to the next book in this series.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Dead And Berried is the third book in the A Cranberry Cove Mystery series. Monica Albertson’s side of the business has really blossomed and is kept busy baking muffins and making salsas that she sells in the store and is making available to stores around town. Meanwhile, the bogs are also loaded with blossoms and Jeff has contracted with Rick Taylor to bring in two hives of bees to pollinate the blossoms. What with an approaching storm they decide not to release the bees and everyone leaves. A short time later Monica hears the screams of her assistant, Arline, when she goes to see what is the matter, she finds Taylor’s assistant, Lori, dead. Lori has apparently died from bee stings, the main question that is foremost in everyone’s mind is why were the bees released, who released them and where is Lori’s protective gear. It soon becomes apparent to Monica that there are several people who might have wanted Lori out of the picture and some might even be close to her. Monica continues search the alibis of the most likely suspects, hoping she doesn’t get stung herself. Once again the supporting cast of character are around to provide so light-hearted moments. Even with Gerda VanVelsen in the hospital, her twin Hennie, owners of the Gumdrop shop continues to have a positive outlook. Greg owner of Book ‘Em bookstore is around to try and keep Monica safe. Maybe a little romance might be buzzing around for Monica and Greg. Then there is Monica’s stepmother, Gina. Gina moved to Cranberry Cove in the previous book and has opened an aromatherapy shop. Despite her snobby times and trying to run Monica’s life, she does or says something that will make the reader chuckle Delicious sounding recipes are also included in the book. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A splendid installment to an amazing series. Every time I have a new Peg Cochran book, I know I’ll need to set aside a day where all I can do is read, because I never want to put down one of her books once I’ve started. (Seriously, I even take them in the bathr . . . Opps . . . TMI ) DEAD AND BERRIED was no different. I inhaled this book! DEAD AND BERRIED was an excellent story. From the fascinating facts about the running of a cranberry farm, and bringing in bees to pollinate the plants, to the discovery of the body . . . kudos to the author for a creative new death, and the subsequent investigation, I couldn’t tear myself away! As I mentioned above, I can’t put down one of Cochran’s books. I’m a fan of every character in this series. I love the scenes where I go to town with Monica Albertson, and visit with the folks in the local shops. I always feel as though I am right there with them. Ms. Cochran’s description of each location is so detailed (without being overly long winded), I can envision each and every place. Is there anything missing from this book? No! It even has an array of tasty cranberry recipes that are sure to make your stomach grow. Already bogged down by your reading list? Well, never let that stop you from harvesting a new book. Especially when it’s DEAD AND BERRIED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greg sets the bowl of potatoes on the table and Monica helps herself to rice. Does anyone edit these books.