Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Blackberry Burial (Berry Basket Mystery #2) by Sharon Farrow


Book Information

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Berry Basket Mystery (Book 2)

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (October 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496704886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496704887

Synopsis: Between a booming art scene and elaborate Independence Day festivities, July in lakeshore Oriole Point, Michigan, is always a blast. Especially when an explosive murder case crashes the fun . . .

As the owner of The Berry Basket, Marlee Jacob has learned a thing or two about surviving the summer tourist season in Oriole Point. So she gladly agrees to help run the annual road rally in honor of the local Blackberry Art School's centenary celebration. While alumni arrive from around the country, Marlee hopes the expansive Sanderling farm will make an appropriate starting point for the race--despite rumors that the land is cursed . . .

But when Marlee surveys the property, she stumbles upon a long-dead body hidden in the bramble. It's a horrifying mystery to everyone except her baker, who's convinced the skeletal remains belong to a former student who had gone missing twenty years earlier. As the Fourth of July activities heat up, Marlee must rush to catch an elusive murderer--before the next 'blackberry victim' is ripe for the picking!

Includes Berry Recipes!

Review: Although this is the second book in the series, I read it without having read the first one, and had no problem. Events from the first book are mentioned, but they are explained sufficiently to keep a reader from getting confused or lost.

I enjoyed all of the berry information provided in the story and reading about all of the berry-themed products Marlee sells in her store. I love her parrot, as well as Charlemagne, the Great Dane. Aside from Marlee, my favorite character is Theo. I don't think much of the romance between Marlee and Ryan...but there is another character I LOVE her chemistry with and hope things continue to heat up between them.

The mystery is very well-developed throughout the course of the story, and the reveal was a big surprise to me.  I definitely look forward to reading more about the folks in Oriole Point. (And I hope to try the recipe for Blackberry Chicken in this book, as well!)

Rating: Four stars

About the author
5195 Ikz Dz CL UX250 Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Sharon began submitting articles and short stories to magazines when she was just fourteen years old. Her award-winning first novel was released in 1998. Published in mystery, fantasy, and romance, Sharon has written under various pen names. As Sharon Farrow, she writes the Berry Basket cozy mystery series, which was inspired by the beautiful village she lives in along Lake Michigan. With her college best friend and fellow writer, Sharon is also one half of the writing team D.E. Ireland, who co-author the two time Agatha nominated Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mysteries.

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