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Berried Secrets

(Cranberry Cove #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  786 ratings  ·  154 reviews
The small town of Cranberry Cove has a deadly harvest in the first mystery in this delightful series from the author of the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries.

When Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cove--a charming town on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan--to help her half-brother Jeff on his cranberry farm, the last thing she expects to harvest is a dead body.

It seems that Sam
Mass Market Paperback, 292 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Berkley Books
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Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cove to help her half-brother Jeff. Jeff's cranberry farm is about to go bankrupt and she wants to help him keep his business. Just after she notices some anomalies in the farm's financial records, the former manager's body is found floating in the cranberry bog during harvest. Apparently, Sam Culbert was stealing from the farm the entire time Jeff was fighting in Afghanistan, making Jeff the prime suspect in his murder. But, Monica knows Jeff isn't a murderer ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Cranberry cove feels like a home away from home

To be honest I waited a little to long to write this review after I listened to the book, which I know I shouldn't do because I have forgotten some of the things I wanted to write in this review but I will do my best.

I love reading about Cranberry Cove, I've had this book on my TBR list since I first heard about it. I am starting to become a big fan of farm themed cozy mysteries. I think its the feeling they give me, if there's animals, harvesti
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author Peg Cochran has a new series! YAY!

Already being a fan of author Peg Cochran’s writing (I so miss her Vintage Lingerie series written as Meg London), I was beyond thrilled to hear about her new Cranberry Cove Mystery series. When I finally got a copy of BERRIED SECRETS in my hands, I was as excited as a child on Christmas Day!

For sure worth the wait, BERRIED SECRETS was everything I had built it up in my mind to be….no, wait…it was more! I was hooked on the book from page one and the bea
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is a very intriguing mystery with vibrant characters.

We meet Monica Alberston. She has brother, Jeff, a veteran who was injured while deployed, leaving one arm basically useless. I can relate due to my own right arm left paralyzed after an accident 15 years ago. Jeff has a cranberry farm and also a store where they sell cranberry baked goods and related merchandise. The former owner, Sam Culbert, ran the farm while Jeff was overseas and it isn’t making a much of a profit
Monica Albertson coaxed her ancient Ford Focus up the last hill, past the boarded-up vegetable stand, the abandoned barn and the Shell Station.

Monica leaves Chicago for Cranberry Cove to help her brother Jeff run Sassamanash Farms. A quick look at the books shows that Mayor Sam Culbert embezzled money from the farm while he was managing it. Unfortunately, Sam's body is found in a cranberry bog before Jeff can confront him. It comes to light that many people were unhappy with Sam and anyone could
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, I really did, so why a lower rating for me at three stars? I think it was the slow start, combined by the fact I never really warmed to Monica. The woman thinks showing a bit of skin is scandalous and would normally wash all her dishes immediately; not something that appealed to me. It was like she tried for perfection and the more she tried the less I liked her. What I did like though were the other characters; Gina, Jeff, the twins. Even the promise of a kitten in the next book ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This took me a while to get into then I kept pushing it off to keep up with my book clubs. I really did end up liking it. I love it's set in my home state Michigan! It was interesting learning about the cranberries.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Peg Cochran book, I can guarantee it won't be my last. This book had me guessing right up to the end. The author brilliantly paints the town of Cranberry Cove in your imagination from the quaint downtown streets to the cranberry farms beautiful colors. The storyline was tight and the "who done it" was unexpected. I enjoyed the theme of cranberry farming and the characters were easy to imagine as well. I was salivating over the mentions of the tasty goodies. Berried Secrets was a ...more
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Mark Baker
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, mystery
Monica Albertson has moved to Cranberry Cove to help her half-brother, Jeff, run his cranberry farm. But when a body is found in one of the bogs on the first day of the harvest and the victim is someone who was stealing from Jeff, Monica soon realizes she must save him from being arrested for murder.

The book started out very slowly as it was setting up characters and the location. Unfortunately, I still had a hard time connecting with the characters until the second half. Likewise, the plot does
Vicki Highley
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book from the first paragraph. Peg Cochran ' s description of Cranberry Cove had me. Since it was going to be a mystery I knew I would enjoy it. It had just the right about of surprises and twist and turns a good mystery should have. Of course a mystery should have a good reason for the main character good reason and this one does to save her brother. I loved learning about harvesting cranberries and of course the recipes in the back once the weather turns cooler I will be making Sas ...more
Berried secrets by Peg Cochran is the first book in the Cranberry Cove mystery series. Monica Albertson moves to Cranberry Cove to help her half brother Jeff manage a cranberry farm only to find the body of their previous manager in one of the bogs during the harvest.
I enjoyed this first book in the series. It was typically cozy and a bit slow paced and I found the information on cranberry farming interesting. Some of the medical inaccuracy of insulin overdosage spoiled it a little for me at the
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monica Albertson has left Chicago and her failed cafe to return to her home town of Cranberry Cove, MI so she can help her half brother, Jeff, with his cranberry farm. Who knew that town mogul, Sam Culbert, the man who sold Jeff the farm, would turn up murdered in one of the cranberry bogs during harvest? Jeff is already Detective Stevens' prime suspect but it'll be even worse if it comes out that Sam was embezzling Jeff while he watched over the farm during Jeff's Afghanistan deployment.

The las
Berried Secrets, the first book in the Cranberry Cove cozy mystery series by author Peg Cochran, is a pleasant and very easy mystery to read. The town of Cranberry Cove is situated on the edge of Lake Michigan, and is where Monica Albertson has moved to to help her half-brother, Jeff, run his cranberry farm. After Sam Culbert is found dead in the bog during the cranberry harvest, Monica must help her brother clear his name while also helping to save his business from financial ruin. Several char ...more
Malka Essock
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book was a delight, from the first page to the last, except, that at one point i said to my self.... oh i hope she is not going to make "so and so" the murderer, and she did :( the only other problem with this book, is, it left me REALLY wanting coffee cake! (Fortunately there is a recipe for it in the back of the book) even with the murderer being who it was, i REALLY enjoyed this one, and can't wait to read the rest!
Dawn Michelle
Excellent beginning of a new [to me] series; I really enjoyed this one a lot. I like the characters [even the crazy Gina] and the mystery was very good with a lot of red herrings thrown in. I wasn't surprised at who the killer was, but I WAS surprised at the why.

Looking forward to reading the next one in this series!!
Jessica Wilhoite
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this book, but it drew me in and was very good.
Jessica Robbins
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Berried Secrets is the first book in the new Cranberry Cove Mystery series and devotees to the cozy genre will find much to like within its pages.

Monica Albertson finds herself available to move to Cranberry Cove, Michigan, after the failure of her café and death of her fiancé. Her half-brother Jeff has purchased a cranberry farm and, being a disabled veteran, could use Monica’s help with his first harvest. On the firs
Jennifer Brown
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Loved this book! I felt like I could live in this town and be content with life! I loved all the characters and their own uniqueness. I have always told my husband that I've wanted to live in a small town and this fits with that.

The story starts with Monica travelling to town where you get introduced to some of the townies and right away you're hooked. After finding the body of the town bully, she gets sucked into the
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Peg Cochran book but it won't be my last. I love the quaint little town of Cranberry Cove. Monica comes home to help her brother Jeff run the Family Cranberry Farm. He is a wounded Veteran. A very well written cozy mystery filled with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end of the book. Amazing cast of characters too. I loved every minute of the book and look forward to the second book in the series!
New Series

Monica leaves Chicago after her fiance dies and her business fails.
She arrives in Cranberry Cove to help her brother Jeff with his berry farm and maybe kick start a new life for herself.
As they start the harvest, Sam Culbert's body is found in a bog. The most disliked man in town. And of course Jeff is prime suspect.
To top it off his mother had come to visit, the woman Monica blames for the break up of her parents marriage.
So of course to clear her brother Monica begins investigating.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel filled with bland. Bland characters, town, plot, dialogue ect. In a few days I'm sure I won't remember much of anything about this book other then the fact that cranberries are one of America's native fruits. I managed to get 90% of the way through the novel before calling it quits. Once the murderer was discovered, it was immediately deleted off my Kindle. I was able to guess who the killer was within the first few chapters and kept reading hoping that I'd be proved wrong and th ...more
Katherine Decker
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Monica initially comes to Cranberry Cove to help her brother, Jeff with the cranberry farm. The harvest stars in the cold of the early morning, but it's not the temperature that gives the crew shivers. That would be the dead body that floats up in the bog. Plenty of people had an issue or tow with Sam Culbert, but Monica must find out who was willing to oust him from their lives permanently.
The book was a good start to a promising series. It took a little time to get going and to sort out the ch
Cheryl Bradley
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
After the failure of her small café and the death of her fiancé, Monica Albertson flees Chicago to come to Cranberry Cove, Michigan to help her half-brother, Jeff, run his struggling cranberry farm. Monica keeps the Sassamanash Farm store supplied with fresh-baked cranberry scones, muffins, coffee cake, and cranberry salsa. Jeff is newly home from a tour in Afghanistan. He bought the cranberry farm from Sam Culbert, also the mayor of Cranberry Cove. Sam Culbert ran the farm for Jeff while he was ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mystery, cozy
So I just had to pick this up for three reasons:
1) I love me a punny title.
2) I had just harvested cranberries with my husband friend and her wife on a farm in MA.
3) It’s set in Michigan where my husband is from.

That’s a lot going for it, and I don’t have too high of a bar with cozies (I just want to be entertained, for the resolution to the mystery to not be painfully obvious, and for the main character to be likeable OR someone you love to hate). This one didn’t meet the bar, though, which was
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Berried Secrets is the first book in the A Cranberry Cove Mystery.

A wonderful beginning to a new series from Peg Cochran.

Since Monica Albertson has closed her cafe, she has moved to Cranberry Cove to help her half-brother, Jeff on his cranberry farm. Harvesting time is quickly approaching and Jeff is hoping for a good harvest, since the farm is barely holding on. As Monica is getting a feel for the business, she feels certain the Sam Culbert, who Jeff bought the farm from, has been skimming mon
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Monica Albertson has left the big city and moved to the quaint town of Cranberry Cove. There, her half brother, Jeff, owns and operates Sassamanash Farms. Jeff has recently returned from deployment with a paralyzed arm and could use some extra assistance running the cranberry farm. Monica bakes all of the goodies for the on sight store, oversees the paperwork and conjures up new business ventures. She also unfortunately discovers a dead body while harvesting one of their cranberry bogs. In her a ...more
A start to a series with extremely relatable characters and an absolutely stunning setting, this was a winning debut to a series!

The characters were wonderful. They were all relatable and well-developed,a dn I found myself falling into their lives with ease. I love the fact that Jeff was a veteran, that’s not a typical cozy character background but I’m really glad that Ms. Cochran saw fit to add it; it adds another layer onto him. Monica is also not the typical “runs back home” first book MC, sh
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s cranberry picking time—in an all-new mystery series from the national bestselling author of the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries…
When Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cove—a charming town on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan—to help her half-brother Jeff on his cranberry farm, the last thing she expects to harvest is a dead body.
It seems that Sam Culbert, who ran the farm while Jeff was deployed overseas, had some juicy secrets that soon prove fatal, and Jeff is ripe for the picking as a prime
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