Sunday, February 26, 2017

Welcome to Book 'Em

By Monica Albertson
From Peg Cochran’s Cranberry Cove Series

I don’t think we’ve met—I’m Greg Harper, the owner of Book ‘Em in Cranberry Cove, Michigan.  I sell new and used books—sometimes first editions when I can find them—and I specialize in mysteries.

I’m in my shop right now.  It’s a rather untidy place, I’m afraid, but my customers don’t seem to mind.

You’ll have to excuse me.  The VanVelsen sisters just walked in.  They’re the identical twins who own Gumdrops, the candy store.

“Good morning, ladies.  What can I do for you today?”

“Good morning, Greg,” Hennie, the more assertive sister, said.  “We’re looking for our next read.  You know we love our cozy mysteries.”

Gerda looked at her sister and giggled.

“Do you know that the cozy mystery most likely originated with some of the grand dames of classic mysteries like Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh among others.”

“I do love English mysteries.”  Hennie clasped her hands together.  “What do you suggest?”

“If you like Miss Marple….”  Greg turned to the sisters who both nodded.  “Then you’ll surely like Miss Silver from Patricia Wentworth’s series.”

I couldn’t help but thinking that the sisters VanVelsen weren’t terribly unlike Miss Silver themselves.

“Patricia Wentworth was born in India under the Raj but educated in London.  And like other cozy or classic mysteries, the emphasis is on the puzzle and not forensic evidence or DNA samples.  That allows the reader to play along as detective.”

I led the ladies to a shelf where I had several Wentworth titles.

Hennie picked up one of the books and began reading the back cover blurb. 

“These seem to be right up our alley.  We’ll get two titles and then trade.”  She looked at Gerda for confirmation.

Gerda nodded.

“I’ll get these rung up for you then.”

What cozy mysteries do you enjoy?  Have you read some of the older English writers?

If you'd like to spend more time in Cranberry Cove, Dead and Berried, book #3 in the series, will be out on May 2nd.

AND GOOD NEWS!  I previously announced that book #3 in the series would be the end of Cranberry Cove, but the series has been picked up by Beyond the Page Publishing (in ebook format) with a new title coming out in early winter 2018!  And there may be a wedding in Cranberry a matter of fact, there may be two weddings!  Stay tuned to find out!

It's June in Cranberry Cove and Monica Albertson's plan to sell cranberry relish to chain stores is taking off. The cranberry bogs are in bloom, and local beekeeper Rick Taylor and his assistant Lori Wenk are bringing in bees to pollinate the blossoms.  When a fatal prick fells Lori, the buzz is that Rick is to blame.

In trying to clear her friend’s name, Monica discovers that more than a few people in Cranberry Cove have felt the power of Lori’s venom, and it looks as if this time she may have agitated the hive a bit too much.  With the fate of the farm on the line, Monica must get to the bottom of the crime before another victim gets stung.


  1. So happy to hear that life in Cranberry Cove continues!

  2. Good news that the series will continue. Thanks for the update.

  3. I'm glad that the series will continue and sad that I wont be reading them since I just don't do e-books of any flavor. I have a large phone with hundreds of books on it and my 10" tablet probably has almost 900 and I've only read one or two books in total with many just looked at and then closed.

    1. Nora, I believe plans may be in the works to expand into paperbacks, but right now I don't know for sure and can't make any promises. But fingers crossed!

  4. Congratulations on having the series continue!!! I love this series.

  5. I'm so very happy that your series will continue! Congrats!

  6. Congratulations! I'm so happy to hear the series will continue. It's one of my favorites!