Review of Death Of A Pumpkin Carver


Death Of A Pumpkin Carver

Hayley Powell Food And Cocktails Mystery, Book #8

Lee Hollis

5 Stars


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!  (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Hayley is a strong willed spunky woman who is happy being single at the moment.  She is not very happy to see her ex-husband, Danny, back in her life.  She is happy for her children, since they get to spend time with him.  But for herself, she does not want to spend time with him and she does not trust him.   I enjoyed reading the interactions between the two and I do not blame her for not want to get back together with him.  

I really like the fact that in this series, the protagonist is an older woman with a family.  It is very refreshing because so many of the cozies I read have a younger woman with a group of friends that help to solve the crimes.  It was nice to have an older woman to be able to relate to, one with children to be concerned about.  

Another thing that I really liked about this book is that the protagonist never actually saw the dead body.  She did not stumble upon the body herself.  That is much more realistic, how many people do you know that have found a dead body in their life?  I also enjoyed the fact that Hayley did not take any unnecessary chances with her safety and she was not treating law enforcement like they were incompetent.  All of these things were a plus as far as I was concerned.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching the action and listening to conversations taking place.  I really enjoyed the blog posts that were included at the end of some chapters.  I thought this was a clever way to give some backstories on the characters  and that helped me to connect with the characters even more.

The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough twists and turns to keep this reader guessing.  I was not entirely sure who the killer was and I did not figure out the why either.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery that has humor, suspense and great characters.  Although this is the first book that I have read in this series I did not have any trouble following the characters and story.  I am not sure how I missed this series when it first came out but I do plan on reading all the books in the series until I am caught up.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.



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