"Mulberry Mischief" By Sharon Farrow: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murhpy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Marlee Jacob runs the Berry Basket, your one-stop shop for all things berry, in Oriole Point. Piper, the town’s mover and shaker (and arm twister), has decided a fall or Halloween festival is too boring. She devised a Harvest Health Fair instead. Visitors can hear specialists speak on healthy diets, skin care, get screenings, and more. Surprising to some, it’s turned out to be a popular idea, partly due to volunteers wearing Halloween costumes so the spirit of the holiday isn’t totally lost.

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Oriole Point has its own eccentric, nicknamed Leticia the Lake Lady. She’s easily spotted because of her orange (really orange) hair and her habit of staring out over the lake in the early mornings. She approaches Marlee with an odd request. She wants enough mulberries to cover her cottage. Mulberries are said to have protective powers. Some might think it’s a Halloween prank, but Leticia is deadly serious—she believes someone is trying to kill her.
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When a stranger arrives in town, asking for Ellen Mulberry, Marlee suspects he might mean Leticia. She can honestly say, she knows no one of that name—and then leaves a phone message to warn Leticia.

The next day, the stranger is found dead on Leticia’s property, shot through the heart with an arrow made of mulberry wood. Leticia is nowhere to be found.

Marlee worries that most people will assume Leticia is guilty of murder, if for no other reason than she’s odd and a recluse. The more Marlee finds out about Leticia’s past, the clearer it becomes, Leticia was right to worry. Someone is out to kill her.

This is the fourth book in the series (Dying for Strawberries, Blackberry Burial, Killed on Blueberry Hill). Leticia is a haunted woman and with good reason. Marlee is willing to find out the truth for a woman she’s only spoken to twice. After all, who else will worry about the local nutcase? The mystery is a good one, intertwining the past with the present, contrasting the haves from the have-nots, and the powerful against the weak.

Information about berries is scattered throughout the story without distracting from the plot. At the back of the book find recipes for Mulberry Muffins, Martha’s Mulberry Pancakes, Halloween Bloody Cups (a berry version of peanut butter cups, using only three ingredients), and Strawberry Ghosts.

To enter to win a copy of Mulberry Mischief, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "mulberry,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 12, 2019. US residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. And if entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. An interesting premise. Count me in!

  2. A great series with fun recipes. Thanks for the chance.

  3. I would love to read Mulberry Mischief. I love cozy mysteries and this story sounds so good. Thank you for the chance.

  4. This book looks really good and this is a new Author to me so wonderful. Thank you for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  5. Love the cover! Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. This looks so fun!


  7. I really enjoy this series and would love to win this book!

  8. What an eye-catching cover. 'Tis the season for all things that go bump in the night, although I do that at other times too. Thanks for including Sharon Farrow's latest book on your page. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. Love the cover! Sounds like a great Halloween story. Looking forward to reading.

  10. You had me with the book cover. I’d love to read it! Thank you for the chance.

  11. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I enjoy reading new-to-me authors. (Mickeymania1@aol.com)


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