Title: A Pumpkin Spice Killing
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: July 6, 2021
Page Count: 90
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Angie Turner’s Idaho restaurant, the County Seat, owes its success not only to its farm-fresh fair, but also to its devoted and passionate staff. But a team-building retreat turns into much more than they bargained for . . .
Angie and her County Seat staff are all prepared for some much-needed R&R. Hope’s been hinting at an arts-and-crafts themed retreat. Instead, they end up at a military veteran’s home, where it’s their job to get it spic and span for summer. In between weeding the garden and painting the rooms, Angie starts up a conversation with an older vet who wants to make amends with his son before it’s too late. Unfortunately, he has no idea of his son’s whereabouts. It’s the perfect side job for the County Seat team, but someone keeps blocking their efforts. And the more they try to find out why, the more they’re certain someone’s life might be in danger . . .
A Pumpkin Spice Killing by Lynn Cahoon is the third companion novella in the cozy Farm-to-Fork Mystery series. There are also five full length books in the series in addition to the three novellas with this third novella coming after the fifth full length book. Each of the books in the series however could be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so with all containing their own mystery that is solved within. There is always a bit of character building carrying over from book to book though for those who follow from the beginning.
In this series Angie Turner has moved back to her hometown in rural Idaho after her grandmother’s passing and opened up a new restaurant, the County Seat. Angie’s restaurant has really taken off in the small town offering fresh ingredients straight from the surrounding farms. Angie has also gotten pretty good at solving the murders that keep turning up in the area although she keeps hoping to be done with her crime solving.
This time around Angie and her employees of the County Seat restaurant have planned to have their quarterly team building activity to take place at a military veteran’s home. The group volunteered to help get the home up to code by doing repairs, painting, and cleaning etc. After arriving at the home however Angie finds things don’t seem quite right with the veterans there. Making friends with one vet Angie agrees to help him find his son after years of separation and also plans to do some snooping into the events happening at the home.
I have been a fan of the Farm-to-Fork Mystery series from the very beginning and have really enjoy this small town quirky series. The characters involved are lovely people which shows in this latest novella with their volunteering their time. The mysteries are always fun and there’s always some laughs to be had too so I will happily continue picking up this series in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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