Pumpkin Picking with Murder, by Auralee Wallace is one of those books that you read the first few sentences and then can’t put it down.
When murder strikes in the Tunnel of Love, Erica Bloom has to rock the boat to catch a killer…
For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples, and pumpkin pies—even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when a swan boat sails out of the heart-shaped exit of the tunnel with a dead man slumped over a wing, her own romance will have to take a backseat.
Speaking of love affairs, the other passenger in the boat—and only witness to the elderly Mr. Masterson’s swan song—is not his wife. It’s Erica’s beloved and feisty “aunt,” Tweety, who quickly becomes the prime suspect. Vowing to clear Tweety, Erica teams up with her sassy BFF and self-appointed security expert Freddie Ng to solve the murder—despite the objections of Grady, who’s convinced the amateurs are going overboard in their investigation. And he just may be right. But as Erica and Freddie start to dredge up long-kept small-town secrets, will they heading straight into troubled waters?
Let me be upfront and say I mistakingly thought this book was a Christian book. It has some places where the Lord’s name is used in vain (which makes me cringe), but really no other cussing. It is a clean book, but if you are a “Christian Books Only” type of reader, you will not want to pick this one up. However, I enjoyed this series enough to want to purchase the other books. The characters and the writing are just that great.
With that said, Pumpkin Picking With Murder was a delightful book. The characters are crazy and funny – these characters popped right off the page in the first few paragraphs. The mystery is perfectly written and keeps you guessing all the way until the big reveal. Plus, there is a sweet little love story tucked in between the lovable characters and the plucky dialogue. I started reading the book and couldn’t stop.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.