Thursday, October 1, 2020

Hollyberry Homicide by Sharon Farrow-Great Escapes Tour-Review

About the book 
A cold wind is blowing off Lake Michigan, and murder is scaring the dickens out of everyone . . .

Considering her name, Marlee Jacob is an obvious choice for the role of Jacob Marley in Oriole Point’s production of A Christmas Carol. It’s just sad that the role has opened up because of the death of the elderly actor who’d originally been cast.
But Marlee, the proprietor of The Berry Basket, will do her best to keep spirits high—that is, until clues start mounting that there’s danger behind the scenes. There are accidents on set, the tree in the village square topples over, and worst of all, a body is found with a sprig of holly draped over it. If Marlee can’t wrap up the case, she may not have a berry merry Christmas . . .
Includes Berry Recipes!

And I thought
I was intrigued by the synopsis.  I loved the quaint quiet town and I wanted to visit the Berry Basket Shop. 
The first few pages lured me in. The author wasted no time setting the scene with the victim seemingly just dieing of old age.  But I knew better.  The cookies at the death scene were a giveaway.  I knew they would play a part  in the investigation!
I have to admit I did get bogged down with all the theatrical stuff revolved around the Dickens Play.  Sorry I am not a fan of theatre much less Dickens.  I know Gasp.  For me it just drug on.  I was a bit like Marlee although she stepped up to the plate and made sure the murder was solved and the Show went on.
The characters were charming.  I even enjoyed Marlee's Russian houseguest.  Even though she was a bit of a pain in the ___ and everyone kept asking Marlee why she put up with her.  In the end she there for Marlee helping her when things got dicey.
I am not sure if it was the authors intention to make the myster so easy to figure out.  But it was fun discorvering how the clues in the beginning played out to solve the mystery.

I enjoyed Hollyberry Homicide I've added this series to my favorites list.

I received a complimentary copy.
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