"Death by Jack-O’-Lantern" By Alexis Morgan: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

After moving to Snowberry Creek, Washington, Abby McCree decided that implementing her ingrained organizational skills in community activities would be the best way to make the new town feel more like her home. That has, of course, led to her being volunteered to lead an increasing amount of town committees, from the quilting guild that provides comforting quilts for the fire and police departments to being the “temporary” head of the Committee on Senior Affairs.

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Now, her tenant Tripp Blackston is using no small amount of guilt – he did save her life, after all – to coerce Abby into chairing his veterans group’s Main Street Trick-or-Treating event. As irritated as Abby may be by her undeniably heroic tenant’s tactics, she is also concerned by the late-night walkabouts he’s been taking after donning full combat gear. Her impulsive and rather reckless attempt to follow Tripp leads to the discovery of another veteran camped in the woods, one who has not adjusted well to life back as a civilian.
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While Tripp ensures that Abby’s introduction to Sergeant Kevin Montgomery ends peacefully, he’s not around for the confrontation between Kevin and town complainer Ronald Minter. The pumpkin farmer accuses the war veteran of stealing pumpkins from his farm, but despite Mr. Minter’s best efforts Kevin escapes arrest. Unfortunately, that also makes him the top suspect when Abby finds Ronald Minter stabbed to death in his pumpkin farm, looking disconcertingly like a dressed-up scarecrow. When it is Tripp who lands himself in jail protecting Kevin and his roving whereabouts, Abby doesn’t hesitate to hurtle herself in to the investigation despite the stubborn Tripp’s and the chief of police’s protests.

Along with the investigation into the death of a most irritating man, the town is plagued by a talented prankster leaving carved pumpkin portraits on their inspiration’s doorsteps. When combined with descriptions of pie-eating contests, costumes, and decorations, readers will feel as involved in the Halloween events as Abby herself. Abby’s snark and refusal to back down make her a spunky heroine as determined to track down a killer as she is to fulfill her quilt deliveries. While never shying away from the many challenges that war veterans face, the novel delights in the humorous interactions between Abby and the many quirky residents. This follow-up to the debut Death by Committee delivers another fun mystery depicting the exploits of Abby and her guardian mastiff Zeke.

To enter to win a copy of Death by Jack-O’-Lantern, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "lantern,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 19, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win, we will not use your address for any other reason. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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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).

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  2. Looking forward to reading this. Perfect time of year for it, too.

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  4. This is a new author to me. Sounds like a book I would love to read.

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  7. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. I love Alexis Morgan, I'd love to win this. Thanks for the chance. 💖

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