“Tainted by a recent murder, the Cherry Orchard Inn is struggling to attract guests . . . until celebrated portrait painter, Silvia Lumiere, books a room for the summer. Whitney Bloom, the inn’s new manager, can’t believe her good luck. Between her scrumptious cherry scones and the painter’s remarkable talent, the inn swiftly becomes the center of the Cherry Cove art scene.
However, all is not the bowl of cherries it appears. There’s a rotten core in the portrait painter that only Whitney and her friends can see. And just as Whitney’s baking skills and patience are pushed to their limits, another death occurs at the inn. With all fingers pointing at her, Whitney realizes it will take all her cherry-tastic talents to bake her way out of this one.” Amazon
I had to give this series a try, since it takes place in Wisconsin, and I am pleased that I did.
The way Darci Hannah describes this small town is spot on. I lived in a town similar to this one when I was growing up, and have visited many places like this in Wisconsin.
This is the second book in A Very Cherry Mystery series, but Hannah gives you enough back story, that you won’t be confused if you didn’t read the first one, Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies. And for a second book, her characters are very well developed. I would love to live in this fictional town, and be friends with most of the people Hannah has written about.
I was a bit concerned about the possible love triangle. After reading so many series that have had love triangles, I cringe when I see one coming on. There have been times I’ve stopped a series just because I couldn’t deal with the triangle any more. Hannah handled this one perfectly though. On that alone, I want to continue this series!
There were plenty of twists and turns, with misdirects thrown in. I didn’t see where this one was going until the killer was revealed. Which doesn’t happen too often any more with all the cozies that I read.
I highly recommend this book, and series, and am already looking forward to the next book in A Very Cherry Mystery series.