Berried Motives by Peg Cochran has Monica Albertson baking cranberry treats while her brother is busy harvesting the cranberries. Jeff tells Monica that they are going to appear on What’s Up West Michigan with Betsy DeJong. They will film the harvest with Jeff explaining the process and Monica will give a tour of the farm store explaining the products the offer for sale including her baked goods. Despite Jeff’s nervousness, the filming goes well. Later that day, Betsy is found dead in a ditch near the farm. One of Jeff’s employees ends up at the top of the suspect list. Monica does not believe the man committed the crime and sets out to prove it.
Berried Motives by Peg Cochran is the sixth novel in A Cranberry Cove Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series, but you will be missing out on some good stories. I thought Berried Motives was well-written with developed, relatable characters. The story moves along at a good pace. The mystery was nicely done with multiple suspects along with misdirection. Monica actively questions people in her quest to clear Jeff’s employee off the suspect list. There are good clues to help readers solve the whodunit and the mystery was nicely wrapped up at the end. I had a good time following the investigation and solving the crime. It was interesting learning about cranberry harvesting. It is a fascinating process. The ending was happy and heartwarming. There are recipes at the end for some of the items Monica made. I enjoyed reading Berried Motives and I look forward to the next A Cranberry Cove Mystery. Berried Motives is an engaging cozy mystery with cranberry bogs, a happy hound, scrumptious salsa, a departed reporter, a suspicious senatorial candidate, and a healthy harvest.
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