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The Sour Cherry Surprise (Berger and Mitry #6)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  294 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

Something has gone very wrong on bucolic Sour Cherry Lane. A straight-arrow high school student has started throwing wild sex parties. The distinguished history professor across the lane has gone missing. His estranged wife, a popular author of children’s books, is strung out on crystal meth. And the new man in her life is under surveillance by a joint federal and stat

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Minotaur Books
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Oct 21, 2015 Fred rated it liked it
Fun mystery cozy.
While I didn't agree with a main plot line, the whole book came together very well at the end, including a surprise murderer (to me)!
Liz Clappin
Mar 19, 2017 Liz Clappin rated it liked it
A very different feel obviously than the rest of the series, not just because Berger and Mitry aren't... well Berger and Mitry, but also because the murder is almost peripheral to the plot line. The characters are very well done, grabbing at the sympathetic readers heartstrings as does the star crossed lovers plot, however other than that it's fairly lackluster. The meth plot feels straight out of Breaking Bad (they debuted the same year not so coincidentally) and it felt marathon paced. Overall ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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"I was crushed when I read the first chapter - they had broken up! Of course, considering it's the ""Berger and Mitry series,"" there wasn't much doubt in my mind that they would get back together over the course of the book, but I found it really unbelievable that Des would take back her ex-husband in the first place. Not consistent with her character's clear view of the world - I just don't see her overlooking or forgiving someone who cheated on her. It was nice to see Mitch's makeover, which ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it
This is the 6th book in the Berger & Mitry series. I grew up in Old Lyme, CT which is the setting for the fictional town of Dorset. This series is fun for me as it is easy to recognize the landmarks and buildings that the author describes and sometimes I can even identify the people that he is talking about (although names are changed).

Sour Cherry Surprise was an enjoyable read although I did have a few issues, primarily the lack of proofreading that went into the final copy. The typos were
May 03, 2008 Ali rated it really liked it
I was surprised at the direction this book took with the co-lead protagonists and because of it some of the magic was missing. The plot still dealt with serious and gritty subject matter but the book seemed too short to handle the weight and severity in a fulfilling way. The book was still quite good and the characters were intriguing as always. I have always respected the way this series doesn't end on a bright and shiny note for all the characters, it realistically deals with the consequences ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Desiree Mitry, the resident trooper of Dorset, Connecticut has broken off her relationship with film critic Mitch Berger and taken up again with her ex-husband, U.S. Attorney Brandon Stokes. Mitch has moved back to New York, undergone a major makeover, and launched a television career. However, nine-year-old Mollie Proctor, aspiring basketball star, is not going to let Mitch sever his ties with Dorset that easily. The murder mystery with a missing history professor and a drug cartel operating in ...more
Nancy H
Nov 27, 2012 Nancy H rated it really liked it
I have really gotten into these Berger and Mitry mysteries, and this is one of the best ones yet. At the beginning of the book, they are leading their separate lives, and Des is trying to protect the people she serves in the small town of Dorset. But Des is having major health problems and when there is a murder in her town, things spiral out of control. This one is a fast read, as the reader is turning pages rapidly to find out what really happened to Molly, an innocent 9-year-old, her abused m ...more
Jan 01, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Movie critic Mitch Berger's heart is broken when policewoman Desi Mitry decides to accept her ex-husband's plea for a reconciliation. But life goes on. Mitch moves to New York, where the media empire he works for decides to give him a make-over into a media personality; Desi convinces herself that she's happy with Brandon. When she gets involved with the troubles of the people on remote Sour Cherry Lane, she also inadvertently finds herself helping with an FBI investigation into drug smuggling. ...more
Chi Dubinski
Nov 28, 2014 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it
State trooper Desiree Mitry is back with her ex-husband, U.S. Attorney and potential political candidate Brandon Stokes. She’s investigating crimes on Sour Cherry Lane—an honors high school student is throwing sex parties, a history professor has gone missing, and his estranged wife is strung out on meth. In the past, she had her lover, film critic Mitch Berger to turn to in trying times. But Mitch has returned to New York, has a new editor, and has been approached to appear as a television show ...more
Nancy Rogan
Mar 24, 2013 Nancy Rogan rated it it was amazing
This is a great series. I have read most of them (library doesn't have all of them) and they are always good. The mystery is not easy to figure out (I didn't) and the characters are well-developed and interesting. There is humor and romance in just the right amounts. There are cats, but they don't talk or take up too much of the story. His style is easy to read and the story moves along nicely. What more could you want? Highly recommend these books.
Mar 07, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it
I do not like any of these people right now...

They were not themselves, they were not happy, they were trying to make themselves round when they are supposed to be square... Bella was the only adult to keep her head, and Molly (who will make a great general one day) was fantastic. I was ridiculously happy with the ending, although I still cannot fathom why the author felt that it had to happen this way.
Dec 10, 2012 judy rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I've enjoyed this series because of the unique and unlike pairing of the detecting team -- and because I'm a complete sucker for New England. I'd lost track of it for awhile (or maybe he took a break) but was happy to discover the series again. Unfortunately, this book barely worked for me. Still, I can't quite give up on Berger and Mitry. If you love them too, you'll probably have to read this. Can't see a way around it.
Pat Garcia
Jan 21, 2016 Pat Garcia rated it it was amazing
Another excellent Berger & Mitry novel. Again, David Handler has taken my emotions on a topsy turvy ride. I almost gave up the series when Mitry chose to go back to her ex-husband who had cheated on her and degraded her morally. But I decided to stick with it and was rewarded with Berger and Mitry's relationship becoming eternal. They can't live without one another and this is what makes this series so special for me.
I found this book on the new ariival shelf at the library. The story is set in small NY town on a lake about 3 hrs from NYC. Its the 6th book in this series. The main characters are a NYC movie critic of the thoughtful, studious type and a young female NY state police officer who is assigned as the resident officer in a small town. I enjoyed the book a lot. Interesting characters and a plot right out of the headlines.
Apr 23, 2009 Divisionred rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. I was so upset that when the story begins Des and Mitch have broken uo at the end of the previous book they had just gotten engaged. Then Brandon came back into Des life and she drops Mitch. I could have cried. The story line was excellent I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down.
Oct 08, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
David Handler is a delight to read. Light, but his characters are fully fleshed out and always interesting. This is the 5th in this series. The "Man Who" series is a gem of a series. Mystery with intelligence.
Chris Burland
Jul 20, 2011 Chris Burland rated it liked it
I'm half way through this one. Handler was in a bit of a rut with his two main characters and breaking them up sure shook the tree. Probably pissed off a munch of fans but at least there's some wiggle-room for character development going forward.

Only marginally better than his previous work!!
Jul 14, 2009 Grace rated it liked it
I'm always looking for someone new to read and this one was good. Only problem is it's the latest in the series so I'm thinking I'm going to read the series backwards. I liked the characters, the setting, the supporting cast, the fact that it didn't get raunchy.
Jul 24, 2011 Temple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Des & Mitch are back!
Des has talked herself out of the best relationship she's ever had & she's suffering emotionally & physically. But, as ever, she's gonna need Mitch's support to solve her case.
Aug 13, 2008 Kelasher rated it it was amazing
Great mystery series, but you have to start with the first one.
Aug 19, 2012 Einkerem rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Just didn't do it for me. Am reading the series in sequence and this is the first I said-it just didn't do it.
Jun 12, 2015 Tricia rated it it was amazing
Best one yet!
Dec 16, 2015 Mare added it
I love this series. It's an unlikely partnering, but it works. The town and its characters make me want to visit.
Amanda Meggs
Jun 06, 2012 Amanda Meggs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, berger-mitry
Very well written. Character properly thought out and realistic. Excellent story.
Mar 03, 2011 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Great read, I could not put it down. Molly was the hero of the story for me.
Mar 05, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Any of the Berger & Mitry books are worth reading. The characters are so real that you feel as if you are part of their inner circle.
Joan Colby
Jul 13, 2012 Joan Colby rated it it was ok
I mildly enjoyed some of the earlier mysteries in this series, but this one was predictable and the writing seemed tired
Michelle Paters
Apr 15, 2013 Michelle Paters rated it liked it
Not all that interesting. It was a quick read for me but it didn't leave me feeling satisfied. *I also noticed a lot of grammar/spelling issues :/
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David Handler, who began his career in New York as a journalist, was born and raised in Los Angeles and published two highly acclaimed novels about growing up there, Kiddo and Boss, before resorting to a life of crime fiction.

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