Berry the Hatchet

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Peg Cochran
Berry the Hatchet

Winter can be a quiet time in the small town of Cranberry Cove near the shores of Lake Michigan. With the tourists long gone and the holidays over, it may be a little too quiet. So the mayor, Preston Crowley comes up with the idea of having a Winter Walk – a festival of sorts that will light up the downtown businesses and boost the local economy. Snow begins to fall just in time for the grand kick-off event which is to be heralded by the arrival of the mayor and the Winter Walk Queen by horse-drawn sleigh.  But the picture postcard scene is disturbed when, several minutes ahead of schedule, the horse and sleigh races down Main Street - minus the queen, but with the mayor slumped over with a knife in his neck.

While the whole town is buzzing over the shocking murder, Monica Albertson who runs the market at her step- brother’s cranberry farm, feels compelled to do some detective work of her own. Her mother, her step-mother, and a friend and owner of the New Age shop in town are all implicated as possible suspects. Monica knows that none of them can possibly be guilty – but can she prove it?

This is the second book in the Cranberry Cove series which delightfully captures the west Michigan setting and Dutch influences. Highly recommended for readers of cozy mysteries and Michigan fiction. Check the catalog.

Sue A., Reference

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