Berry the Hatchet – Peg Cochran

260679293/5 Cranberry Pecan Raisin Breads

On The Back:

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.


My Thoughts:

The sophomore book to a series set in an idyllic location, Berry the Hatchet dropped the ball.

First of all, Monica compared herself to Sherlock Holmes and Watson during one portion, and her boyfriend was always comparing her to other literary detectives! Stop, please. That alone annoys me to no end. Sure in a longstanding series I can believe that a character would be compared to a famous detective, but not in the second book! She was also way to forward in her sleuthing. It was annoying.

However, there were some very redeeming characters in this book. I absolutely love Detective Stevens, and I hope she gets a bigger part in the next book. Jeff, Nancy, and Gina are also redeeming characters. I really hope Jeff is also featured more in the next book because his backstory is so unique and real. The VanVelsen sisters also are awesome characters.

The mystery was okay. There were a lot of intricate parts to it, but I guessed the killer about a hundred pages from the reveal. The real star of the book was the setting. I absolutely love it! A cranberry farm is so fresh for a cozy setting, and I love learning a little bit more about the processes that happen on the farm.

Overall an okay book. Monica and the mystery fell short, but, besides that, it wasn’t too bad. I’ll read the next one.


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