Pumpkin Picking With Murder: An Otter Lake Mystery by Auralee WallacePumpkin Picking With Murder: An Otter Lake Mystery by Auralee Wallace

Pumpkin Picking With Murder: An Otter Lake Mystery

byAuralee Wallace

Mass Market Paperback | August 30, 2016

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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?

Pumpkin Picking with Murder is the second book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery series!

Auralee Wallace is the author of the Otter Lake Mystery series which includes Skinny Dipping with Murder. She has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn't writing humorous nov...
Title:Pumpkin Picking With Murder: An Otter Lake MysteryFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.72 × 4.14 × 0.94 inPublished:August 30, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250077788

ISBN - 13:9781250077783

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than the first I enjoyed this book better than the first in the series, probably because I was more used to the author’s style of writing, and the characters develop more. But her Mom’s role, Summer, was super stupid throughout this entire book as she declares a vow of silence for herself and the people who attend the current retreat. Erica suggests that her Mom through the years does this vow of silence. Erica gets to see her Uncle, her Mom’s brother who is more “normal”, after years. He starts to explain things to Erica of his past with her Mom, who supposedly is so intune but can’t forgive her brother for what she considers slights to her from years ago. They may get to see more of each other in future books? I enjoyed this book more but I still think that the Sheriff, Grady, is a huge jerk and not worth Erica’s time. I like the other guy who wants to date Erica. The entire town is filled with very quirky people.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second book in series! Pumpkin Picking with Murder by Auralee Wallace is the second book in An Otter Lake Mystery series. Erica Bloom is returning home to Otter Lake, New Hampshire for a visit. She is looking forward to spending time with Grady Forrestor, boyfriend and local sheriff as well as enjoying the Otter Lake’s Fall Festival. Unfortunately, their time together is cut short when they hear screaming at the fair. They rush over to find Tweety (who is like an aunt to Erica) in a swan boat with Mr. Masterson exiting the tunnel of love. The problem is Tweety is the only person still alive in the boat. This is the end of Grady’s time off. Erica knows that Tweety would never hurt anyone. Erica teams up with her best friend, Freddie Ng (who doing security for the fair and thinking about becoming a private detective). Erica is determined to find the real culprit for Tweety and to get to spend more time with Grady. Will they succeed? Join them for their hijinks in Pumpkin Picking with Murder. Pumpkin Picking with Murder is easy to read, but I thought the author was trying too hard to be humorous. It ends up coming across as just ridiculous. It was one silly thing after another. It seemed like every single person in this town was eccentric (Grady might be the only normal person). The mystery can easily be solved. One clue is the key (if you even need that). Erica and Freddie run around town trying to solve the murder and they acted like two kids instead of adults. It was one over-the-top thing after another through the whole book. Pumpkin Picking with Murder was just not my type of book. I wanted to give the series a second chance, but An Otter Lake Mystery series is just not for me. I like books with the small town charm, engaging (likeable) characters, and a complex mystery. I give Pumpkin Picking with Murder 3 out of 5 stars. While this series is not my cup of tea, it will appeal to other readers. I suggest you get a sample of the book to see if it appeals to you (for those of you with e-readers). I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good cozy mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I only wish I had read the first in the series beforehand. Delightful characters, long held secrets, and a whodunit that kept me guessing. I look forward to reading more in the series! I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-07-27

Editorial Reviews

"The Otter Lake series is absolutely one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It's funny, charming, clever, and unique, and I highly recommend it." - The Bookkeeper's Apprentice

"Pour yourself a big mug of hot cider, curl up in front of the fire, and settle in for a little bit of romance, a little bit of mystery, and a whole lot of wild and wacky fall festival adventures." -Nights and Weekends