Saturday, August 31, 2019

Review: Mulberry Mischief (A Berry Basket Mystery) by Sharon Farrow (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Mulberry Mischief
(A Berry Basket Mystery)
by Sharon Farrow

About the Book

Mulberry Mischief (A Berry Basket Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722612
ISBN-13: 978-1496722614
Kindle ASIN: B07L2FVR11

Autumn has arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan, but Marlee Jacob, proprietor of The Berry Basket, is feeling a chill for other reasons …
With the Harvest Health Fair in full swing, Marlee makes sure to stock up on elderberry products for cold and flu season. But this year there's also a run on mulberry when an eccentric customer wants to use the dried berries to ward off evil forces. True, it's almost Halloween, but something else seems to be spooking Leticia the Lake Lady, Oriole Point's oddest resident. She believes someone plans to kill her—and the ghost. Only mulberries can protect them. Marlee doesn't take her fears seriously until a man named Felix Bonaventure arrives in the village, asking questions about a mysterious woman.
The next day, Marlee finds Bonaventure dead on Leticia's property—shot through the heart with an arrow made of mulberry wood. And Leticia has disappeared. Marlee soon learns the Lake Lady has a deadly past that is connected to the famous Sable family who are in town for the health fair. A bunch of clues start to come together—and figuring out what's going on puts Marlee in a real jam …
Includes Berry Recipes!
My Review

Halloween is approaching the small town of Oriole Point in Michigan. The mayor’s wife insists on combining it with the Harvest Health Fair and having Marlee Jacobs be one of the speakers. Marlee much prefers staying in her shop, The Berry Basket, over giving talks about berries and their healthy value.

One of the towns more eccentric citizens, Leticia the Lake Lady, has a special request of Marlee. She needs a huge amount of mulberries to protect her from evil. She’s convinced someone is out to kill her. When Marlee finds a dead body on Leticia’s property, she wonders if Leticia could be the dangerous one.

It turns out that Leticia has a dark past and Marlee is determined to find out how it connects to the dead body she found.

This is the fourth book in the series, but you really don’t need to read the previous ones to enjoy this book. The entire mystery plot is contained in this book. However, it’s always fun to watch the characters grow from the first book to the present. I have only read books 3 and 4 but I intend to read the first two.

The book is fast-paced and I was sorry to see it end. I wasn’t totally surprised by who the culprit turned out to be, but the author gave us so many different suspects. I was convinced it was someone else.

The characters are well developed. The secondary cast supports Marlee very well. I love the rapport she has with her friends. I, also, enjoy her budding romance explored.

This is a delightful series and I’m really looking forward to the next one. Before that, I do hope to catch up with the first two books.

For reading challenges:

Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2019
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2019 (Michigan)

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Sharon Farrow

Sharon Farrow is the latest pen name of award-winning author Sharon Pisacreta. A freelance writer since her twenties, she has been published in mystery, fantasy, and romance. Sharon currently writes The Berry Basket cozy mystery series for Kensington. The series debuted in 2016 and is set along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline where she now lives. She is also one half of the writing team D.E. Ireland, who co-author the Agatha nominated Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mysteries.

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  1. Oh this looks fantastic! I'm curious about the mysterious woman the victim was asking questions about and this is definitely a series I'd like to try.

  2. That sounds good, I love all things fall. My hubby made elderberry wine a few years ago. He never will again, it makes a big mess.


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