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Pumpkin Picking with Murder By Auralee Wallace: Review/Giveaway

IN THE September 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Pumpkin Picking with Murder. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Eight years ago, Erica Bloom fled Otter Lake in embarrassment, leaving behind her reputation as Boobsie Bloom, the daughter of a hippie and the girl who accidentally flashed an audience during the Raspberry Social. In Chicago Erica was able to blend in anonymously as anyone she wanted to be, whereas in New Hampshire she was the quick-tempered, stressed-out, daughter of a hippy. She’s put those issues behind her—mostly—and has returned for one week in the hopes of resolving her long distance relationship with former crush Sheriff Grady Forrester. book

Fate has different plans for Erica, as during the Fall Festival she and her best friend Freddie Ng have the bad luck to discover the body of Mr. Masterson in the Tunnel of Love. His being found with Erica’s eccentric surrogate aunt Tweety is certainly disconcerting, but not as upsetting as the fact that his death may have been murder. Despite Erica’s vow to focus on plans with Grady, and both Tweety and her twin Kit Kat warning Erica to stay uninvolved, there’s very little chance of either happening. Now that the wealthy, Asian, and gay Freddie has managed to get himself hired as Otter Lake’s Security CEO, a company of one, he’s taking his fellow former outcast along for the ride to clear Tweety, solve a decades old mystery, and perhaps discern Erica’s true place in life.

The second in the Otter Lake Mystery continues to deliver hilarious scenarios that succeed in blending in with moments of serious emotional resonance. Freddie may be dressed as a seventies’ porn version of a sheriff, but he’s not wrong in his assertions that when investigating, he and Erica finally feel alive and at home. As Erica comes to realize, what good are all the options in Chicago if she never uses them? Readers will thoroughly enjoy the chaos as Erica slowly embraces Otter Lake and its residents, although her mother’s Silence of the Soul retreat strains all of Erica’s very limited skills at playing charade. Destiny does seem intent on throwing snafus in the path of the two star-crossed lovers, and Erica may have to choose between detecting and a life with Grady. The surplus of suspects will challenge Erica, Freddie, and even Grady, with events steadily build towards a truly suspenseful conclusion. Readers will embrace Otter Creek and its quirks, and the delightful characters and clever dialogue never failing to entertain.

To enter to win a signed copy of Pumpkin Picking with Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “picking,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 1, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathleen
Twitter: @Kathleen
September 24, 2016 at 3:21pm

sounds like a good read.


2 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
September 24, 2016 at 4:34pm

This is a new series for me. Thanks for the chance to win this book so I can give it a try!! lindaherold999@gmail.com


3 Donamae Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
September 24, 2016 at 5:58pm

Looks and sounds really interesting!


4 Dianne Casey September 24, 2016 at 7:18pm

This is a new author and series to me. Sounds like an interesting Fall read. Looking forward to reading.


5 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
September 24, 2016 at 9:36pm

LOL… Boobsie Bloom and Raspberry Social this is so funny I love it already. Please enter me.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


6 Judy Weaver September 25, 2016 at 8:02am

I can’t wait to meet these characters!! Sounds like another great “holiday” read!


7 Barbara September 25, 2016 at 8:21am

Looks ok. A good holiday read


8 Valerie Hoynacki September 25, 2016 at 10:18am

I love fall and all that it encompasses, especially in New England!! PLEASE, give me a chance to read this one!


9 Beverlee Smith
Twitter: @CactuspareBev
September 25, 2016 at 10:30am

What a combo, pickling and pumkins! Sounds different.


10 Beverlee Smith
Twitter: @CactuspareBev
September 25, 2016 at 10:37am

sorry picking not pickling


11 Brittany Abbott
Twitter: @ilovefinnegan
September 25, 2016 at 1:42pm

This sounds like a great read. I’m always excited to find a new to me author.


12 Penney Wilfort
Twitter: @PWilfort
September 25, 2016 at 2:26pm

Great review this is a new Author for me, loved the review I’m looking froward to reading this, thanks
Penney penneyw(at)sbcglobal.net


13 Doward Wilson September 25, 2016 at 4:34pm

Sounds like a hilarious read. Thanks for the great post & giveaway.


14 Donamae Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
September 25, 2016 at 10:11pm

Sounds really fun to read! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com


15 Karen B September 26, 2016 at 6:01am

I’m laughing already! Super review – and giveaway.


16 KarenM September 26, 2016 at 6:44pm

I chatted online with this author and asked whether Auralee was a family name. She said it came from an Elvis Presley song. In any case I think her name is lovely and makes it easier to remember her series.

Karen 94066 at aol dot com


17 Anne September 27, 2016 at 7:23am

I have the first book Skinny Dipping with Murder. Your review of Pumpkin Picking made me put it at the top of my pile.



18 Della Williamson
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
October 1, 2016 at 8:27pm

Bunch of new author and books! So hoping this will be an early start.


19 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
October 10, 2016 at 10:10pm

We have a winner!


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