Blackberry Burial

Blackberry Burial

by Sharon Farrow

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Between a booming art scene and elaborate Independence Day festivities, July in lakeshore Oriole Point, Michigan, is always a blast. Especially when an explosive murder case crashes the fun . . .
As owner of The Berry Basket, Marlee Jacob has learned a thing or two about surviving the summer tourist season in Oriole Point. So she gladly agrees to help run the annual road rally in honor of the local Blackberry Art School’s centenary celebration. While alumni arrive from around the country, Marlee hopes the expansive Sanderling farm will make an appropriate starting point for the race—despite rumors that the land is cursed . . .
But when Marlee surveys the property, she stumbles upon a long-dead body hidden in the bramble. It’s a horrifying mystery to everyone except her baker, who’s convinced the skeletal remains belong to a former student who had gone missing twenty years earlier. As the Fourth of July activities heat up, Marlee must rush to catch an elusive murderer—before the next ‘blackberry victim’ is ripe for the picking!
Includes Berry Recipes!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496704887
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Berry Basket Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 169,393
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sharon Farrow is also the co-author of the Agatha nominated Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mysteries written under the joint pseudonym D.E. Ireland. A freelance writer since her twenties, she has been published in mystery, fantasy, and romance; one of her short stories has been optioned for film. Sharon currently lives along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline where the Berry Basket series is set. Visit her online at, on Facebook @SharonFarrowAuthor, or Twitter @SharonFarrowBB.

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Blackberry Burial 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps your attention all the way through. Interesting characters in what seems like a nice place to live
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and entertaining read. It was the first book in the series I read and I easily jumped into Marlee’s world as owner of The Berry Basket in Oriole Point, Michigan. If you are looking for an exciting mystery with a great setting and great characters, Blackberry Burial is for you.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this second book of the series Marlee is helping with the Blackberry Art Schools Centenary Celebration. While looking for a location to start the annual Blackberry Road Race Marlee comes across some bones her friends dog, Charlie, has dug up. When it comes to light it's the body of a girl who went missing twenty years earlier she wonders if a killer can be found after all this time. Theo, the baker for The Berry Basket, new and cared for the girl and wants Marlee to help figure out just what happened all those years ago. With her business to run, the rally, and visiting friends will she be able to find a conclusion to this mystery? Follow along as she works her way through the suspects who have returned for the Art Schools Centenary Celebration. Could it have been a lover, a friend, or maybe a stranger passing through? I love how much the characters have developed and look forward to reading and seeing their ever growing personalities.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
Charlemagne, the Great Dane, was on a mission racing through the woods looking for treasures. When Marlee Jacob finally caught up to him he was frantically digging up a bone. Unfortunately, it was a human one complete with the rest of the skeleton. Marlee soon finds out that this cold case isn't so cold after all and finds herself literally racing to save her own life as well as her best friends. I really liked that a prominent part of this story featured Theo Foster, a baker, who had developmental problems due to a closed head injury. The author raises awareness in the prejudices people with an impairment face and how they are a valuable part of society. This entertaining story is the second in A Berry Basket Mystery series and comes complete with recipes. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Barbara-Tobey More than 1 year ago
Loved it! A skeleton is unearthed by a Great Dane and the mystery begins. The timing is perfect for a reunion at the local art school. The African Grey adds fun and humor to the tale. Friendships and a hint of romance. A few exciting moments and some heart felt ones. I eagerly await the next one in this series. The publisher provided a copy via NetGalley for my voluntary review.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Old Skeletons Don’t Stay Buried It’s always a pleasure to return for book two of a series and find it is just as much fun as book one. That’s exactly the case with Blackberry Burial, Sharon Farrow’s second Berry Basket Mystery. This book picks up just weeks after the first book ends. It’s days before the 4th of July, but that’s not what Marlee Jacob is focused on. Instead, she and her friend Piper are attempting to lock down the starting location for the Blackberry Road Rally, an annual event in the resort town of Oriole Point, Michigan. This year, it will be art themed since it is happening during the centennial celebration for the nearby Blackberry Art School. When Marlee and Piper head out to check on their latest lead, Piper’s dog gets lose. By the time Marlee catches him, the dog has dug up a human skull. It’s actually Marlee’s baker back at her shop, The Berry Basket, that is able to identify the skeleton. 20 years ago, Theo had been part of that summer’s class at the art college, and he thinks that the dead body is that of Sienna, a student who disappeared at the end of that summer. However, her clothes were found in Lake Michigan, leading everyone to assume she had accidentally drowned. If that is her remains, how did she come to be buried away from the lake? The book starts well, with Marlee finding the bones and the identity leading to some questions. However, the story really picks up when the centennial celebration starts. That’s when any potential suspects in this cold case arrive, and the tension rises, too. The further into the book I got, the harder I found it to set the book down. That only increased when I got to the climax, which left me racing to get Marlee safe. I really came to love Marlee and her home town of Oriole Point in the first book, and it was great to be back. This is the kind of place I’d love to visit on vacation. Well, except for the murder rate, obviously. The characters are a huge part of that charm, and the ones we met in the first book are all back. We have a strong slate of suspects that are obviously hiding things from Marlee and the police. We got to see much more of Ryan, Marlee’s fiance, in this book. My impression of him hasn’t changed, and I’m actually wondering just where the romantic sub-plot is going in this series. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find that there are four recipes in the back of the book, all four of which feature blackberries. We get everything from a salad to a gluten free muffin. They sound delicious. Over the course of Blackberry Burial, we find out about some pretty obscure berries, and I’m thrilled. Why? That means this series can run for a long time. Once you meet Marlee Jacob, you’ll be rooting for the same thing. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Although this is the second book in this series, I didn't feel that I was missing much by not reading the first book. I am definitely going to read it as soon as I can because I loved the characters and the setting so much. The Berry Basket sounded like a store that I would like to visit and the descriptions of the ice cream and the pastries made me hungry for them. I have never been to Michigan, but this book made me want to visit Oriole Point, if only I could. The mystery kept me guessing if it was a murder and if so who the killer was. I was on the edge of my seat near the end. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I would like to thank Sharon Farrow for a copy of this book. This did not influence my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How satisfying when an author doesn't let her fans down A great way to spend reading a mystery.. trying to solve the "who done it" along with the heroine every step of the way. Thank you Sharon Farrow. Now hurry and write next one please, and more yummy recipes.
ekehlet More than 1 year ago
NOTE: I voluntarily read and reviewed a free copy provided to me by the author. Marlee and friends are back in the 2nd Berry Basket Mystery, and I enjoyed this one even more than the first. While surveying a possible starting location for the annual road rally, Marlee finds the body of a girl missing for 20 years hidden in the overgrowth.  Can she catch a killer when the murder happened so long ago? I enjoy reading about Marlee and her friends, and I would love to visit Oriole Point. With such a great combination of characters, setting, and suspense, I'm already looking forward to book #3.