Between a booming art scene and elaborate Independence Day festivities, July in lakeshore Oriole Point, Michigan, is always a blast. Especially when an explosive murder case crashes the fun . . .
As owner of The Berry Basket, Marlee Jacob has learned a thing or two about surviving the summer tourist season in Oriole Point. So she gladly agrees to help run the annual road rally in honor of the local Blackberry Art School’s centenary celebration. While alumni arrive from around the country, Marlee hopes the expansive Sanderling farm will make an appropriate starting point for the race–despite rumors that the land is cursed . . .
But when Marlee surveys the property, she stumbles upon a long-dead body hidden in the bramble. It’s a horrifying mystery to everyone except her baker, who’s convinced the skeletal remains belong to a former student who had gone missing twenty years earlier. As the Fourth of July activities heat up, Marlee must rush to catch an elusive murderer–before the next ‘blackberry victim’ is ripe for the picking!
Reviewed by Babs
5 tea cups
Blackberry Burial is the second installment in Sharon Farrow’s Berry Basket Mystery series and what a read it is. The Berry Basket Shop is a new and cute thing in the cozy. You can easily relate to Marlee. Her sister Piper’s dog is the one who finds the dead body. Everything points to Theo, Marlee’s baker. She knows he didn’t kill Sienna. So she sets out to prove it.
The reader will be on the edge of their seat waiting to see what happens. The author will keep you guessing until the very end. What I love most about this book is the value of friendship.
*** I am voluntarily reviewing an Advanced Reader Copy of this book***