"Dying for Strawberries" is the first book in the Berry Basket mystery series. Marlee Jacob owns a store called Berry Basket in Oriole Point, Michigan, where she sells berries like strawberries, along with other berry related items like jams, smoothies, and t-shirts. On the night of the town’s Strawberry Moon Bash festival, someone tries to kill her.
I love reading cozy mysteries, and this one blew me away! I enjoyed it immensely. From page one, I connected with the characters and loved the quirky, historical town of Oriole Point. It’s a bit darker than most cozies, but still fun nonetheless. It’s very well-written as well and I’m in love with the author’s writing style.
I really liked Marlee! She’s tough, smart and compassionate. I could see myself in her. The other characters in the story were endearing and realistic, reminding me of people in my own life, which really helped me emotionally connect with the story.
The mystery was very intriguing and thought out. I loved that it wasn’t so cut and dry. There are twists and so many suspects that the reader will be guessing until the end. Most cozies have a predictability element to them, but this one didn’t, which is why I’ll gladly pick up the next book in the series and anything else by this author.
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 Natasha 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 Natasha, Marlee realizes she’ll have to foil a killer’s plot herself—before the past permanently stains her future.