Halloween is coming – and everyone knows that pumkins are on the carving board! What better way to get into the spirit with a new mystery from the writing duo Lee Hollis, with the eighth book in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series? Please read on for my review of
Death of a Pumpkin Carver
Set in Bar Harbor, a favorite summer destination when I lived up north, even with picking up a series partway through, I was excited to get into this one.
Food editor of the local paper, Hayley’s life is moving along nicely and she’s excited for the upcoming holiday until her ex-husband, Danny, arrives on the pretext of spending time with the kids.
Hayley doesn’t believe him, no matter how excited the kids are, and she turns out to be right when Danny’s Uncle Otis, the moonshiner is found bludgeoned. Sure enough, Danny is hiding the fact that he owes money to some Boston mobsters who won’t give up until they get their cash back.
Filled with plenty of twists, humor and some wonderful stories that reminisce and share wonderful fall recipes, the story whips forward nicely – with wonderful dialogue and description. While I could have used a few less references to the discord that ended the marriage, Danny did manage to show his disreputable side in ways that wholly supported Hayley’s position, even as she did her best not to put the kids in the middle.
I truly don’t know how I missed this series – and with 7 earlier installments, I have plenty to catch up on!
This is the perfect read to toast with a pumpkin martini or two…. (recipes included)
Title: Death of a Pumpkin Carver
Author: Lee Hollis
Series: Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #8
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 30 August, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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...
Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.