Dying for Strawberries by Sharon Farrow is the first book in the NEW “Berry Basket” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, October 2016

Dying For StrawberriesWith 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.

This was a good read that was evenly paced with a comfortable tone that was easy to follow. The mystery was set-up nicely with subplots that augmented with the telling of this story. The narrative was very adept at moving this drama along in such a way that it kept me intrigued in all that was happening with the residents of Oriole Point. A good job was done with the pool of suspects and some strategically placed clues that included some twist and turns which added to my reading pleasure. I enjoyed this engaging whodunit that boasts a wonderful cast of characters and good dialogue and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Marlee’s world.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.

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