More Details A Very Cherry Mystery 1. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. After being fired from her advertising job Whitney took up baking cherry treats but when she gets a phone call from home that a murder has occurred at the orchard she immediately heads back. Guests at the the Cherry Orchard Inn had gone out into the orchard when they came across the body of the orchard manager.
I have to admit the whole mystery in this one started reminding me a bit of an episode of Scooby Doo so it may not be for everyone but that reminder made me like it all the more. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. View all 10 comments. Apr 06, Elle's Book Blog rated it really liked it Shelves: cozy-mystery.
I am scrambling to find new series that are releasing and this book was one of them. While I enjoyed the book as a whole, the sleuths constant use of things like "Holy Guacamole" started to get on my nerves. It sort of felt like a 10 year old was talking when in fact, it's a grown woman.
Other than this, I liked Whitney, and of course the setting. I will continue on in the series in hopes that the way Whitney speaks will diminish. View 2 comments. May 26, Cat Tutt rated it it was amazing. This book was a lot of fun! It's a little edgier, a little more risque, than your average cozy. But I liked that about it. It's definitely still not more than PG, though. And boy did it make me crave cherry pie.
I need to search some out to get rid of the obsession! The writing was well done and the characters were awesome. I particularly enjoyed the relationship that developed between Whitney and Jack. I thought it was absolutely adorable and I loved seeing them see each other differently tha This book was a lot of fun!
I thought it was absolutely adorable and I loved seeing them see each other differently than they did in high school. All in all, I really enjoyed this one and recommend it highly to anyone who loves a good slice of cherry pie, or just a good mystery! May 28, Patty rated it it was amazing. Whitney Bloom is a baker in Chicago, but she returns home to help her family get ready for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Door County, Wisconsin. Her parents own the Cherry Orchard Inn, along with the cherry orchard. When the orchard's manager is found dead, and Whitney's father is the prime suspect, she vows to solve the murder.
I loved this book, and can't wait for the next book in the series. I found this book to be a quick and fun read, with a well developed plot and characters. If you love fun cozy mysteries, which are my favorite, you will love this book.
Strongly recommended. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Aug 20, NicoleG rated it it was amazing. A fun first in series cozy mystery! The setting of the cherry orchard was unique and I enjoyed the likable characters. The well planned mystery had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end! I thought there might be the beginning of a love triangle which I think is overdone in cozy mysteries but I was pleased to find out this was not the case!
I am eager to read the next book in this series. Mar 07, Lisa Morin rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley. Whitney Bloom has returned home to Wisconsin because her father has been accused of murder. The story line itself was good but the love of all thing cherry was a bit over the top, Cherry Blossom Festival has just kicked off at the Cherry Orchard Inn in Wisconsin and now that her father has become a suspect in a murder, Whitney feels she needs to solve the mystery on her own.
This is a hard book to review, I enjoyed the story and the mystery was interesting, but there was nothing that grabbed my attention. Nothing about the story screamed unique. I will read the next book, sometimes it is easier to re read a first in a new series, there is a lot of information that an author needs to include. I got this book last year and wanted to be sure I read it before reading the second book in the series which just came out.
It was a good murder mystery, and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. I had part of the mystery figured out, but there was a great twist that I hadn't seen coming. The showdown was pretty awesome, but remember that looks can be deceiving. I was glad that there was closure to everything and it was all explained at the end. It does look like Whit will be having t I got this book last year and wanted to be sure I read it before reading the second book in the series which just came out.
It does look like Whit will be having trouble deciding between two guys she cares a lot about, which I guess is a mystery for the next book! Not being a fan of triangles, I do hope it's resolved in the next book.
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Mar 23, Siusan rated it it was amazing. Whitney Bloom, former ad exec turned cherry pie baker, works intensely to prove her father innocent and solve who killed family friend Jeb. She leaves Chicago behind and heads to her hometown of Cherry Cove. The description of the town makes me want to move to Wiscons Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies by Darci Hannah was a hilariously fun, cozy murder mystery.
The description of the town makes me want to move to Wisconsin and the description of the pastries makes my mouth water for cherries. The delicious wit and the humorous, scary, slightly romantic scenes makes this book all that better. If you love humorous mysteries with spectacular scenery, both men and food included, this book is right up your alley.
May 01, Kirsti rated it really liked it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! What a cute cozy! The Cherry theme was consistent without being over the top. I enjoyed reading the story from Whit's perspective, although she tends to find super obnoxious men attractive. Like seriously? All in all I enjoyed the story and the writing very much. Four stars! Mar 10, Valerie rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book. I did feel like cringing at certain of her actions, like telling her anonymous email pal all about the investigation when she knew there was a chance he was in the area but I admire her stick-to-itness.
Jun 11, Mary rated it really liked it. This is the first in a new series featuring Whitney Bloom. I find this highly unbelievable but you have to suspend belief a little bit to continue with the rest of the story. She is running her own online business Bloom N Cherries and although she is trying to get back into advertising is holding h This is the first in a new series featuring Whitney Bloom.
She is running her own online business Bloom N Cherries and although she is trying to get back into advertising is holding her own. She receives a call from her Mother to tell her Father is the suspect in the murder of Jeb Carlson their family orchard manager.
Whitney heads home to Cherry Cove and the annual Cherry festival. The police officer in town is a high school classmate who she used to butt heads with. They work together reluctantly because Whitney is going to investigate whether Jack wants her to or not. Jack and Whitney also have some chemistry that is hard to ignore. Throw in her former boyfriend Tate, an online admirer named Cbomb on her business site and she seems to have lots of romance options.
Loved the characters in this story including Jenn her Grandma, Tay and Hannah as her best friends along with Giff who comes to judge the pie contest from Chicago. There is a lot going on in this story. Perhaps a bit too much but it is the first in a series. She definitely makes mistakes that most people would do so that part is believable.
I did enjoy the mystery, the setting and the characters.
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This is a good new series and I look forward to the next installment. Feb 27, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: cozy , mystery. I do, too, which is what drew me to this book initially, but the story, setting, and characters got me hooked 'til the end. Protagonist Whitney is realistic, loyal, and funny. When she finds her family inn at the center of a murder investigation, she's determined to find the murderer.
While she pokes around for clues, she makes several foolish mistakes. As does Jack, Cherry Cove's only police officer. To be fair, he mostly has to work alone and doesn't have experience with homicide in town. The supporting characters - namely Whit's family and close friends - are likeable and I hope to learn more about them in future books. The mystery is layered and a bit complex, with several suspects and motives, so it kept me thinking and guessing to the very end. The story takes place during the Cherry Blossom Festival and there's no shortage of cherry-filled treats around town.
I actually went to the store to get a cherry pie because all the foods sounded so tasty! I'm drawn into this series, and look forward to reading the next one when it comes out! I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Jul 10, Ann Busbey rated it it was ok. I was drawn to the lovely cover and the excitement of a new cozy author but I was sorely disappointed. After about 50 pages I was ready to give up on this one but I hate not to finish a book so I trudged on.
The heroine of this book was not very likeable and seemed a very bad friend. She was also fairly stupid in her behaviors and despite my suspense of disbelief, her actions made the story less than enjoyable. I was also a bit distracted by the errors - grammar, typos, omitted words, and using I was drawn to the lovely cover and the excitement of a new cozy author but I was sorely disappointed.
I was also a bit distracted by the errors - grammar, typos, omitted words, and using the wrong name of a character - and I was reading the actual published book. That said, I loved the idea of the town and the cherry themes. I may give Darci Hannah another shot but I'm not committing just yet.
Aug 07, Kristina rated it it was ok Shelves: , cozy-mysteries , netgalley. Whitney Bloom lives in Chicago, Illinois where after creating a disastrous Superbowl commercial, she finds herself blacklisted by ad agencies as well the laughingstock of the advertising world.
Not for me, unfortunately. Jul 16, Sue Em rated it really liked it. Fired from her advertising job in Chicago after a colossal misfire of a tv ad, Whitney Bloom created a web store selling fresh baked cherry treats while still scheming how to get her job back. Her old employer just scheduled any hope of that when Whitney received a frantic call from her mother about a murder at the family cherry orchard and inn.
What's worse, it looks like her father is the prime suspect.
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View 1 comment. May 19, Dawn rated it liked it. A solid 3.
Did I enjoy the book and story? However, I felt like I was on a teeter totter with the pace of the book. It was a little slow going in the beginning, then it would take off then then pace would slow again. Back and forth. I did enjoy the story enough to continue on in the series. Apr 03, Laura Salas rated it did not like it Shelves: didn-t-finish , , e-book , mystery , netgalley. Please note that I was reading an uncorrected proof, so maybe these problems will all be fixed by publication. I sort of doubt it, but it's possible. The constant problems with spelling, usage, and grammar were enough to set my teeth on edge.
And cliches. When I got to, Please note that I was reading an uncorrected proof, so maybe these problems will all be fixed by publication. When I got to, "Her chin quivered and her eyes glistened with unshed tears," I gave up. Review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Jun 19, OpenBookSociety. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival has just kicked off at the Cherry Orchard Inn in Wisconsin, and the manager of the Bloom family orchard has been found dead beneath the cherry blossoms. I found Whitney to be a well rounded, funny, compassionate and caring character.
Though her sleuthing skills may need a little work. Whitney receives a call from her hysterical mother. During the call, her mother informs Whitney that Jeb Carlson has been murdered. During the Cherry Blossom Festival weekend? Is this your idea of a joke, Mom? I wish it was. As an added bonus, she can get away from the catastrophe her professional life has become all due to one ill-timed advertisement during the super bowl.
Once in town, it quickly becomes apparent, well at least to Whitney, that she cannot leave the local constabulary to prove her father innocent. The local Cherry Blossom festival, as well as the family business, are all in peril if this mystery is not solved. The pseudo swearing had me giggling: Holy cobbler! Or Fudgesicles. Also made me realize how often some people swear.
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Doc Fisker country coroner and chief medical examiner is certainly a character. I do so love a mystery. Why, I was up there earlier this spring and do you know what I saw? Jeb had those girls — Jenn, Jani, the Robinson girl and a few of the younger waitresses-dressed in flowing white gowns with flowered wreaths in their hair, holding hands and dancing around the budding trees. Was suspiciously pagan. I had worked hard to resist those captivating cheek-dimples but, for the love of cobbler, they were a powerful weapon.
It certainly allowed for a variety of red herring side stories to throw one off the scent of figuring out who the real killer was. I also felt that there is enough going on in Cherry Orchard for this series to continue on and hold my interest. This is the first book I have read by Darci Hannah and I predict it will not be my last.
I cannot wait to read about the further antics of Whitney and all the characters in Cherry Orchard. Mar 09, Marie rated it it was amazing. This book had me turning the pages. Likable characters, an interesting story made this a welcome escape. Not to mention the food! I highly recommend this one for cozy lovers and foodies alike. May 28, Randee Green rated it really liked it. Whitney pitches in to help her parents handle the festival, do damage control for the Inn, and find the real killer. The murderer, the motive, and the additional crimes that took place were all interesting.
The main character, Whitney Bloom, is the typical bumbling, amateur detective. Her father is the number one suspect, so she sticks her nose into the police investigation to help clear his name. While a likable enough character, Whitney got a little annoying at times. She came off as very immature, reckless, and boy crazy in some scenes.
Whitey finds at least four men attractive — jumping between which one she is the most interested in faster than the cherry blossoms fall from the trees. Some of the other secondary characters — especially the ones who are roughly the same age as Whitney — also come off as a bit immature and reckless. Feb 18, Linda Millard rated it liked it. Holy Cobbler! Holy Hogwarts! Swingin' dingles??? Holy Mother! Dear Heavens! Holy HELL!!! These exclamations were driving me insane as they appeared over and over again.
Maybe I have been gone from the Midwest for too long. My second problem was Tate. The constant calling Whitney Babe made me just hope she would finally say I'm not your Babe since you couldn't keep the swingin' dingles under control. I have a loathing for men calling their wives or girlfriends anything like Babe, Honey, Darlin' o Holy Cobbler! And I cannot stand women giving cheaters another chance. No matter if they save your life or the lives of your whole family, a cheater is a cheater and will always cheat again. Then what could have been the final straw was the secrecy about "That.
I would have been foaming at the mouth if the ad that got Whitney fired had never been described. As I have found with other books where a horrifying secret was kept from the reader the reveal made me say Meh, this was it? I do not know if the author had any background in advertising, but the whole scenario was off from the beginning. Super Bowl ads usually cost quite a bit to produce and millions to air. To imagine both the head of the ad agency and the owner of the company the ad was produced for wouldn't have approved of every second is nonsense! So, with all of these issues aired I could still enjoy this series.
Jack should emerge quickly to elbow Tate aside. Everyone should learn to leave the exclamations in sixties Batman episodes. And maybe, Whitney really could solve the mystery instead of having her friend text her they had discovered who someone really was. Keeping my fingers crossed for a more successful outing in book two. Maybe I'll enjoy it more with a slice of cherry pie and a glass of milk.
Apr 01, Brenda rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley. Having recently been fired from her job in one of Chicago's big advertising firms thanks to a feminine hygiene ad that run during the Super Bowl, Whitney has turned to running an online bakery featuring yummy cherry treats, Bloom 'n Cherries. Whitney receives a phone call from her mother saying that the manager of the family's cherry orchard, Jeb Carlson, had been been bludgeoned to death and the weapon has been identified as a croquet mallet belonging to Whitney's father.
Desperate to help clear her father's name, Whitney heads to Cherry Cove to track down a killer. Jack has no experience investigating a murder and although he's a little over his head, he resents Whitney's interference. Tatum "Tate" Vander Hagen, her ex boyfriend, has managed to infiltrate his way into her family's good graces and Whitney's not sure if he's trying to win her back or simply distract her from finding the real killer. A fast paced plot with plenty of twists, turns and suspects, a bit darker than a traditional cozy. A likable cast of characters although Whitney is a little too self-absorbed and man crazy.
Delicious sounding and mouthwatering cherry treats will have you running to the store. Signs of the dreaded love triangle surface and I hope that the author doesn't drag it on in future installments. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion. Jun 07, Phillip Albright rated it it was amazing. Whitney Bloom has done something strange. She was the force behind the advertisement of a feminine hygiene product during the "Super Bowl".
Well that was not a success. The ad blew up and destroyed the company that made the product. Whitney has been dropped by her boss and was forced into a new position. There are many things that cherries can be made into it seems. While a my Whitney Bloom has done something strange. While a mystery man C-Bomb is emailing Whitney, she gets a call from her mother. Whitney's father is accused of murder. The same inn where Whitney's father is a suspect of murdering Jeb. The story is cherry filled. One thing that I was amazed with the discussion of cherries.
It seems a little overwhelming at times. The suspect list in this mystery is long, and twisting. I did enjoy the talk of Sasquatch. If your reading, pay attention to all the details in the beginning. They tell the most about how the Orchard Inn works, and leads all the way threw the book.
That darn advertisement plays a part. The wrap up was a little long. I was loving the book. It was well written. But the ending chapter seems to go on and on. I was going, "can we wrap it up? April 20, Archived from the original on August 12, Retrieved August 12, What other classic '90s teen ensembles do you want to see get back together? Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 10, Retrieved May 27, Contact Music. May 23, Retrieved May 23, Retrieved June 12, Retrieved July 13, May 18, Retrieved May 22, Retrieved June 30, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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