Title: Death by Jack-o’-Lantern
Author: Alexis Morgan
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Page Count: 304
My rating: 4 stars
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Overcommitted committee member Abby McCree gets in a patch of trouble trying to solve the murder of a pumpkin farmer …
The small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, is gearing up for the Halloween Festival, and naturally Abby is on the planning committee. As part of her duties, she’s picking up a pumpkin order from ornery farmer Ronald Minter. But what she finds instead is the farmer in the middle of his corn maze with a knife in his back.
The police suspect a homeless veteran named Kevin Montgomery, who was seen arguing with Minter when the farmer accused him of trespassing and stealing pumpkins. Abby’s tenant Tripp Blackston, a veteran himself who’s been helping Kevin, is sure he’s innocent. Together, Abby and Tripp follow the twists and turns of the case to corner the corn maze killer—before someone else meets a dead end …
Death by Jack-o’-Lantern by Alexis Morgan is the second book in the cozy Abby McCree Mystery series. As with most cozy series each book in the Abby McCree Mystery series has it’s own mystery that is solved within the book so each can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. Those that follow along from the beginning of the series will have some character development that carries over from book to book though.
This series introduces readers to Abby McCree who had just gotten divorced and had to sell her half of the business she shared with her husband over to him when she found out what her Aunt Sybil left her in her will. Needing a fresh start Abby decided to move into her Aunts former home and make it her own in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington. After arriving in the small town Abby found herself surrounded by her aunt’s old friends who are turning to her to fill the hole that her aunt had also left in their lives and trying to get Abby to volunteer for project after project.
Now Abby has again volunteered her time to help with the town Halloween festival and has joined the planning committee. One of the tasks Abby has to organize for the festival is picking up the pumpkin order from a local farmer, Ronald Minter. When Abby arrives at the pumpkin farm though she comes across the body of the farmer obviously having been murdered. The police have a suspect in mind but Abby finds herself again investigating the murder with her tenant Tripp Blackston.
The Abby McCree Mystery series is one that I found there’s some laughs, likable characters, a darling dog and even a bit of romance included in the stories. With Abby and Tripp working together in these a bit it almost has the feel of a touch of romantic suspense at times although a much cleaner cozy version. With another solid mystery with plenty of twists and suspects I’ll be happy to continue with this series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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