Berry The HatchetA day here on Sassamanash Farm in Cranberry Cove, Michigan usually starts with sugar and spice and everything nice. Well, at least the sugar and spice part! I’ll be doing a lot of baking this morning—cranberry scones, muffins and bread and whipping up batches of cranberry salsa.

Today is the first day of the Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by Mayor Crowley and as much as I think he’s a pompous you-know-what, I have to admit it is a very good idea.

January is dead in Cranberry Cove. The summer tourists are long gone, the sightseers on autumn color tours left before the last leaf fell and the guests who came to see the town all done up for Christmas are warm and cozy in their own homes.

So we’ve decorated Cranberry Cove to the hilt and Beach Hollow Road, where all the shops are, will be turned into a pedestrian walkway for the weekend.

This morning I was up to my elbows in flour and sugar when there was a knock on the backdoor and it opened.

“Yoo hoo, anybody home?” My stepmother Gina stuck her head into the kitchen. “It smells heavenly in here.”

People in Cranberry Cove view Gina as something of a rara avis. It’s her penchant for animal print clothing and stiletto-heeled boots. She doesn’t even try to blend in.

“I saw your boyfriend this morning as he was opening up Book ‘Em.”

I felt my face begin to flush. “He’s not my boyfriend.”

“He could be if you put a little effort into it,” Gina said continuing a conversation we’d already had many times before.

I like Greg, I really do. But right now I’m not ready for a serious relationship. I’ve got to help my half-brother Jeff get the farm going.

“I hope this Winter Walk is a success,” Gina said looking out the window where fat snowflakes were beginning to fall.

“I’m sure it will be.” I patted out some dough and cut it into crescents for scones.

“I don’t know. I have a funny feeling about it,” Gina said, twirling a piece of expensively highlighted hair around her finger.

Later I thought back to our conversation. I don’t know what Gina expected to happen at the Winter Walk, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t murder!


Berry The Hatchet is the second book in the Cranberry Cove mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, May 2016.

Cranberry farm owner Monica Albertson is once again bogged down in murder in the second Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.

The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year.

But it’s the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.

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About the author
Mystery writing lets Peg indulge her curiosity under the guise of “work.” As a kid, she read the entire set of children’s encyclopedias her parents gave her and has been known to read the dictionary. She put pen to paper at age seven when she wrote plays and forced her cousins to perform them at Christmas dinner. She switched to mysteries when she discovered the perfect hiding place for a body down the street from her house.

When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, cooking, spoiling her granddaughter and checking her book’s stats on Amazon.

A former Jersey girl, Peg now resides in Michigan with her husband and Westhighland white terrier, Reg. She is the author of the Sweet Nothings Lingerie series (written as Meg London), the Gourmet De-Lite series, the Lucille series and now the Cranberry Cove series. Her newest series, the Farmer’s Daughter, debuts with No Farm, No Foul in September 2016.

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