by Lee Hollis
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Format: Kindle, ARC
Published: Aug. 30th 2016 by Kensington
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
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"For Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Halloween is all about costume parties and holiday treats—until a killer crashes the party...
This Halloween, Hayley can’t imagine a worse trick than her ex-husband Danny returning to Bar Harbor. Her kids may be happy to see their dad, but Hayley’s determined not to be taken in by his charms, and suspects he’s in financial trouble—again.
Still, the haunted holiday is about to get a whole lot scarier after Danny’s moonshine-making uncle is found lying dead next to a tombstone in a cemetery—and Danny quickly becomes the prime suspect. To prove her ex is innocent, Hayley will have to dig deep into her own bag of tricks to unmask the real culprit . . . before anyone else—including her—ends up in the graveyard..."
The latest in this cozy mystery series, Death of a Pumpkin Carver is a wonderfully fast and enjoyable read. Hayley Powell is at is again as the town sleuth while she uncovers a sinister conspiracy afoot.
When stacked up to the other books I've read of this series, this book, although still a great read, paled in comparison. To me, there just seemed to be a lot of filler and slow build-up to a mystery that was so easily and quickly solved. I was also a bit dismayed to find it didn't contain as many humorous moments as the previous books.
I very much enjoyed the concept of the mystery and how the ultimately fit together. Although it was lovely being reunited with some reoccurring characters, such as Hayley's friends, I would have loved them to appear more in the book. Getting to know Hayley's ex-husband was a hoot! I loved Danny's characterization as it displayed his appealing qualities and many flaws, and how he and Hayley bounced off of each other.
In all, although it doesn't feel as developed as the previous books in the series, Death of a Pumpkin Carver was still a great fast read and a wonderful cozy mystery to relax with on a lazy weekend. I look forward to the next book!
Galley provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley
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