Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Pumpkin Picking with Murder

Title: Pumpkin Picking with Murder
Author: Auralee Wallace
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Recommended If You Like: Janet Evanovich, funny cozy mysteries, kick butt female protagonists, romance, unique characters and settings

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

The Book:

Erica Bloom is back in Otter Lake for the Fall Festival--and for a shot at romance with her childhood crush. But when a boat emerges from the Tunnel of Love with a dead body inside, and a member of Erica's family becomes the prime suspect, Erica will have to team up with her best friend Freddie once again to solve the case.

What I Liked:

I love the characters and setting in this series. Wallace is so good at creating unique, real characters, and her Otter Lake is extremely vivid and different from any other small town mystery setting I've ever read.

This is a funny mystery series too! It reminds me in a lot of ways of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series--really hilarious, a great romance you can't help but root for, and an excellent mystery as well.

Anything I Didn't Like?

Honestly, no. If I had to pick something, I would say the book didn't need the addition of a love triangle, but that didn't really detract from the story at all.


The Otter Lake series is absolutely one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It's funny, charming, clever, and unique, and I highly recommend it.

ARC August Tally:

1) The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay
2) I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ayaji
3) Murder in the Secret Garden by Ellery Adams
4) The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
5) American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
6) Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
7) Pumpkin Picking with Murder by Auralee Wallace


  1. Bout of Books 17 was fun. I meet my reading goal. How'd you do? Hope you'll be back in January! I love this book cover.
    Oh, and if you come across a new book by a first-time author, please let me know! - J

    1. I had a lot of fun with it too :) I did pretty good, I got 2 books done, and parts of a third and fourth. I definitely plan to be back in January. Isn't this book cover fun? This series has really fun covers.

      I will, for sure!

  2. I need to check this series out! Sounds like one I would enjoy!

    1. It's such a fun series, and definitely one I would recommend!

  3. I'm always looking for a cozy mystery and this one sounds interesting. Added the first book to my TBR!

    1. I'm so glad! It's a really fun read :)