I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.  Published by Kensington Books via NetGalley.

First in a New Series.

Marlee Jacob returned to her childhood home of Oriole Point, Michigan three years ago, after she was involved with a murder case of one of the chefs on the show she produced.  Now she owns and runs the Berry Basket, a berry emporium to suit everyone’s tastes.

The only problem is that every June the murder case is dragged up on tv…only this time the murdered man’s mistress has written a book and is hell bent on seeking revenge on Marlee!

On top of that is the fight her friend Irina has with her husband, smacking him on the nose with an instrument from their shop, and then her disappearance.  Plus at the Oriole Point Business forum that evening it comes to light that someone has brought up the Strawberry Fields and zoning has been passed for commercial businesses, and it’s the same people that own her shop.  And it’s Irina’s disreputable husband Cole and he’s going to make sure Marlee is going out of business!

On the night of the Strawberry Moon Bash, someone bashes Marlee on the head and pushes her into the water to drown.  After being resued, no one believes that she was attacked, thinking that she was drunk and fell and hit her head before entering the water.

When the man causing all the planning upheaval is murdered.  When a couple of Marlee friends are accused, she must sift through the secrets people are hiding to expose a murderer and her attacker…before they try to get rid of her again, permanently!

I really enjoyed this first outing of the Berry Basket mysteries, with it’s crazy cast of characters, and well plotted and written story.  Hope to see more of these books.

5 Stars*****


With seasonal crowds flocking to its sandy beaches, lively downtown shops, and the Berry Basket, a berry emporium with something for everyone, the lakeshore village of Oriole Point is ripe for summer fun—and murder.
Much has changed for Marlee Jacob since she returned to Oriole Point, Michigan, three years ago. Between running the Berry Basket, dodging local gossip, and whipping up strawberry muffins, smoothies, and margaritas to celebrate the town’s first annual Strawberry Moon Bash, the twenty-nine-year-old hardly has time for her fiancé, let alone grim memories of her old life in New York . . .

But unfortunately for Marlee, Oriole Point is muddled with secrets of its own. First her friend Irina disappears after an ominous dream. Next the seediest man in town threatens to crush her business. Then an unknown person nearly kills her on the night of the Bash. When she discovers a dead body while searching for Irina, Marlee realizes she’ll have to foil a killer’s plot herself—before the past permanently stains her future.

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