Author: Peg Cochran
Series: A Cranberry Cove Mystery #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published: May 2, 2017
Description: It's June in Cranberry Cove and Monica Albertson's plan to sell cranberry relish to chain stores is taking off. The cranberry bogs are in bloom, and local beekeeper Rick Taylor and his assistant Lori Wenk are bringing in bees to pollinate the blossoms. When a fatal prick fells Lori, the buzz is that Rick is to blame.
In trying to clear her friend’s name, Monica discovers that more than a few people in Cranberry Cove have felt the power of Lori’s venom, and it looks as if this time she may have agitated the hive a bit too much. With the fate of the farm on the line, Monica must get to the bottom of the crime before another victim gets stung.
For me, reading a Peg Cochran cozy mystery is like returning to visit old friends and this book is no exception. Ms. Cochran is so adept at creating quaint towns that fill us with comfort and then she fills them with fun, quirky, interesting characters while weaving a mystery and sometimes education on the theme throughout the story.
This is the third book in the Cranberry Cove Mystery series and can be read as a stand alone without a reader feeling lost or like they have missed out on something. I love Monica. She is settling in to her new life in Cranberry Cove, with the exception of murders occurring on the farm or in her new town. She is a smart and cautious amateur sleuth. She does not try to show up the police, but rather alerts them to any new clues and evidence she finds. I also like the relationship that is developing between her and her half brother Jeff, who owns the farm. Between the first book and the third the reader can see the growth in the characters and will enjoy the changes occurring in their lives.
The mystery was woven throughout the story and there seemed to be a few suspects who had motive to murder. There are plenty of twists as well as clues aimed at misdirecting the reader. It turns out the victim was not all that nice. I did suspect the killer about 1/2 way through the story, but it did not affect my enjoyment.....mostly because if you have read any of my reviews I almost never figure out the culprit.
Peg Cochran is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors and her books are always a pre-order or automatic buy on release day for me. If you haven't read one of her books but are a fan of well written stories, quaint, charming towns, well plotted mysteries and a cast filled with fun, smart, quirky and interesting characters, I would highly recommend you pick up one of her series and give it a try. Plus, Ms. Cochran always includes some delicious sounding recipes at the end of the books in this series. This one has a delicious cookie recipe and one for quinoa that I plan to try.