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    It’s Fall y’all!

    Abby McCree Is busy working on multiple committees as a resident of Snowberry Creek and with Halloween looming, she and her fellow committee members are busy preparing for the festivities. Apparently so is a local resident who is carving pumpkins that resemble local residents. It’s a fun mystery for the locals as they look to see has been immortalized next and try to figure out who the artist is. A local pumpkin farmer isn’t too happy though as his pumpkins keep disappearing and he suspects a transient veteran of being the thief. When the farmer runs across the veteran in town he gets into a heated discussion with him and the police are called. When Abby takes one of her elderly friends to pick up some pumpkins from the farmer, Abby finds him murdered in the middle of the corn maze. Some locals believe the veteran that had an altercation with the farmer is guilty. Abby doesn’t believe it and her renter, Tripp, refuses to tell the detectives where to find the veteran and is jailed. Abby being home alone is never a good thing when a murderer is on the loose and this time is no exception. While not actively looking to solve the murder, Abby is trying to get Tripp out of prison and she ends up finding the killer…and hopes she isn’t the next victim. A good series that highlights small town life, challenges some of our veterans face, and the strength of friendship. Enjoyed this second book in the series and look forward to the next installment.
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    I got the book for free, in exchange for my honest opinion by NetGalley. I'm a sucker for any and all Halloween themed books. Whether it be horror, middle grade, or as this book falls into; mystery. Unfortunately, this story is a little played out. It's' the age old story, kind of like the "Boy meets Girl" story. We have a woman aged between 30-50 who is either single or married. She suspects or witnesses a crime, usually a murder, and inserts herself into the police investigation. The police tell her she's too nosy, but she ends up cracking the case. The next time crime comes to town, the cycle is started all over again. Add in a holiday and its a overused story. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not ragging on stories with this plot. One of the series' I enjoy reading has one of these plots. But execution is key. And this just fell flat for me. I know its an advanced copy, but the grammar left something to be desired. There were several times over the course of a single chapter that I had to read, re-read, and re-re-read, to understand the point. Overall, the words didn't mesh well together and it was clunky. While I'm an avid lover of curse words, I don't expect the books I read to have them. The author really went above and beyond to make sure the story was free of those types of words. That's fine. But I don't think those phrases were well-written. I'm backtracking and saying again, its clunky. Some books and movies, you can guess the "Who-Dun-It?" before finishing, it didn't even take half the book for me to figure it out. It was fairly quick, and saw the plot twist coming from a mile away. It made reading the rest of the difficult as I just wanted to wrap it up and be done with it. I just feel this is just another basic story that blends in with the rest. There's not really anything that sets this story from the hundreds of others with the same plot. If you haven't been turned onto a story like this before, its great. However, if you're like me, you may just want to skip this one.
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    The second An Abby McCree Mystery

    Death by Jack-O’-Lantern by Alexis Morgan is the second An Abby McCree Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Abby McCree has been “volunteered” to help with the planning of the Halloween Festival. When Glenda’s driver bails because of the pouring rain, Abby takes her neighbor out to Ronald Minter’s farm to pick up the pumpkins for the festival. Abby finds the cranky farmer dead in a shed in the middle of the corn maze. When Tripp and his friend, Kevin Montgomery find themselves afoul of the law, Abby begins searching for the guilty party. I thought Death by Jack-O’-Lantern was easy to read with a charming town and a variety of quirky characters. Abby keeps getting herself “volunteered” to committees and projects (I think gullible is written on her forehead). When Abby is not helping others, she is whipping up baked goods that come in handy for bribes and to offer to police when they inevitably end up at her house. Zeke, Abby’s dog, is my favorite character. He is such a lovable and smart fellow. Gage Logan, the chief of police, is a good guy. He is a fair minded individual who cares about his daughter. I wish Gage was Abby’s love interest. The murder of Ronald Minter provided a couple of suspects along with misdirection and direct clues. I would have liked the mystery to be more challenging. It seemed like the author was pointing a giant neon arrow at the culprit. I thought the reveal was interesting and entertaining. There were some appealing aspects to the crime, and I appreciated that it was completely resolved. The pumpkin carving sculptures were a delightful addition to the story especially Gage Logan’s. I would have liked less repetition of case details (I got it the first time). Death by Jack-O’-Lantern is a cute Halloween themed cozy mystery with purloined pumpkins, copious cookies, a humorous hound and a vigorous volunteer enforcer.
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    Fun Halloween cozy

    This is a new to me author. I'm so happy that I gave this book a try. It was such a fun and fast read. First off, I want to move to Snowberry Creek. It seems like a great town to live. Only a couple murders so far! My bigger fear is getting roped in to all the committees. I really like Abby and Tripp. They have the potential to become one of my favorite cozy couples. I appreciated the veteran angle. My husband is retired Navy so anything to do with veterans is a bonus. Also, can I say how much I loved Zeke? I really enjoyed the little side mystery of who carved the pumpkins. That was really cute and unique. Even though I guessed the murderer early on, I didn't mind. I loved this Halloween cozy from start to finish and this author is now on my must read list. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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    I liked it.

    I received a free copy of DEATH BY JACK-O’-LANTERN (Book 2 of the Abby McCree Mysteries) by Alexis Morgan in exchange for an honest review. The small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, is taking full advantage of having the extremely organized Abby McCree living there. In the prior book, Abby had been guilted into running the quilting guild, into “temporarily” serving on the council on aging, and into participating in several other town committees. In the current book, her replacement councilman has suffered a health setback and won’t be available until November, so Abby has been responsible for directing the council on aging’s participation in the Halloween Festival. Also, her tenant, Tripp Blackston, manipulates her into organizing fundraisers for the town veterans’ group. Several of her responsibilities are impacted when a local pumpkin farmer is murdered with a military combat knife, when the police focus their investigation on a local homeless veteran suffering from severe PTSD, and when Tripp is jailed for refusing to give the police access to the veteran. Certain the police are wrong about the veteran’s guilt and sorely tried by Tripp’s imprisonment, Abby can’t resist asking questions even though she’s vowed to not investigate. Can the police find the killer before Abby’s curiosity get her killed? I enjoyed the first book in this series and looked forward to this one. I liked this book as much as the first one or more. I recommend this book to those who enjoyed the first book and to fans of cozy mysteries with a small-town focus. #DeathByJackoLantern #NetGalley
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