By Monica Albertson
From Peg Cochran’s Cranberry Cove Series
I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and spent many years living in Chicago itself so small town living came as a surprise to me. People here in Cranberry Cove seemed to know I was coming to town even before I did! And when I got here—they already knew everything about me—my name, what I was doing in town, where I was living and what my favorite food was. Okay, kidding about that last one but not the rest. A small town is definitely not a place to try to keep a secret. If nothing else, the VanVelsen sisters, elderly identical twins who run Gumdrops, the candy store on Beach Hollow Road, will have ferreted it out. They are the town historians, archivists and keepers of secrets.
My first month here I was constantly astonished when I’d walk into a shop—like Bart’s, the butcher, only to discover Bart already knew not only my name but quite a lot about me. It’s a bit like living in a fishbowl, but I suppose I’ll get used to it in time. I must say, it’s been handy in the murder investigation I was involved in. Someone did manage to keep a secret for a very long time—and the only other person who knew it wound up dead. I guess sometimes it’s better not to know.
Do you live in a small town? Is it hard to keep anything a secret there?
Berried Secrets will be out in August! And Berry the Hatchet is in the works right now.