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Between a booming art scene and elaborate Independence Day festivities, July in Oriole Point, Michigan is always a blast. Especially when an explosive murder case crashes the fun . . .
As owner of The Berry Basket, Marlee Jacob not only knows all about the local berries, she’s learned a thing or two about surviving summer tourist season in her Lake Michigan resort town. So she gladly agrees to help run the annual road rally in honor of the Blackberry Art School’s centenary celebration. While alumni arrive from around the country, Marlee hopes the 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 buried beneath the blackberry bramble. It’s a horrifying mystery to everyone except her baker, who’s convinced the skeletal remains belong to a former art student who disappeared 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!
Dying for Strawberries
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With seasonal crowds flocking to its sandy beaches, lively downtown shops, and the Berry Basket, a berry emporium with something for everyone, the lakeshore village of Oriole Point is ripe for summer fun—and murder.
Much has changed for Marlee Jacob since she returned to Oriole Point, Michigan. Between running the Berry Basket, dodging local gossip, and whipping up strawberry muffins, smoothies, and margaritas to celebrate the town’s first annual Strawberry Moon Bash, the thirty-year-old hardly has time for her fiancé, let alone grim memories of her old life in New York . . .
Unfortunately for Marlee, Oriole Point is muddled with secrets of its own. First her friend Natasha vanishes after an ominous dream. Next the seediest man in town threatens to crush her business. Then an unknown person nearly kills her on the night of the Bash. When she discovers a dead body while searching for Natasha, Marlee realizes she’ll have to foil a killer’s plot herself—before the past permanently stains her future.