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Pumpkin Picking with Murder

(An Otter Lake Mystery #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  54 reviews
When murder strikes in the Tunnel of Love, Erica Bloom has to rock the boat to catch a killer…

For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples and pumpkin pies—even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sh
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book more stars! Sunday morning I was up before 5 am and finishing Pumpkin Picking with Murder. I have to tell you that this 2nd book in series is just as wonderful and funny as the first one. Otter Lake is a very exciting place well at least when main character Erica comes home for a visit. Erica and her best friend Freddie have one of the most fun cozy mystery friendships I have ever encountered. I laughed and enjoyed myself reading their antics and adventures. I loved ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series hosts quite interesting characters. Lots of laughs and some head shakes included. Not exactly your average mystery. :)
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
2 out of 5 stars, it was just okay. This book took me a lot longer to get through than usual. I kept having to put it down because something in it just pulled me out of the story and it was frustrating.

Honestly, this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I expect cozy mysteries set in small towns to have some eccentric characters. that's how it is with small towns. What I don't expect is that they will ALL be that way. Every last character seemed to be "quirky," the main character, Erica, still rebell
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Another fun outing with Erika and her buddy Freddie. Their murder-solving is putting some obstacles in her budding relationship with Grady, but this time its personal. This is a silly book, but endearing.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Auralee Wallace
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
I was terrified to write this book!!!
Not only because I knew with certainty that this book would see the light of day, but also because the fall fair in my town in a really big deal :/
Anyway, as always, I had a blast being with Freddie and Erica.
Bridgett Strawbrich
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
On the scale of one to Coco, I am proud to give this the highest rating possible: COCO! The first non-Parra book to get that distinction! This was a fantastic mystery and absolutely hilarious. Auralee Wallace is a great writer who gets the cozy genre and takes it to new heights. I can't wait to read the rest of her books. Do yourself a favor and purchase the best fall cozy out there!
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the first book I read in the Otter Lake Mystery Series and I really had mixed feelings about it. When I started the book, I almost put it back down. The author just seemed like she was trying too hard to be funny. The characters in Otter Lake all seem to be rather eccentric. Names like KitKat and Tweety, along with the retreat belonging to the mother of the main character holding a vow of silence retreat and the mom miming when she tries to communicate with her daughter just seemed to be ...more
Stephanie Adams
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud cozy mystery. Definitely going to read the rest of the series.
Jill Tool
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 star review. This is the first book that I read in the series, I did like the characters as I found so many funny events, saying, the way they acted, to where my husband had to keep turning the t.v. up so he could hear it over me laughing.

Erica Bloom has returned to her hometown of Otter Lake in time for their fall festival, her best friend Freddy Ng has opened his own security firm and is the security guard for the festival it isn't long before Erica and Freddy hear screams coming from the t
Shelleen Toland
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a cozy mystery and I received it from NetGalley for a review. Erica and her friend Freddie like to solve mysteries in their small town despite the sheriff's warnings as well as family and friends. Freddie was a character that kind of got on my nerves. Erica has a relationship with the sheriff but she keeps jeopardizing it. There is a murder at the fall festival and Erica and Freddie are out to solve it. They get in trouble and risk their lives. I did enjoy it and it was a quick read.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the second book in the otter lake series. It is the annual fall festival in Otter Lake and Erica who has recently returned home is trying to enjoy herself. But when a body is found in the tunnel of love and Erica's surrogate aunt is the prime suspect Erica makes it her mission to find the killer.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Erica and her friend Freddie. It was an enjoyable read.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
So far so good.
Dawn Frazier
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book, one of my favorite series. Looking forward to the next one.
Ashley Mariner
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pumpkin Picking with Murder is the second book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery Series. Erica Bloom has returned home to Otter Lake for the annual Fall Festival but more importantly to spend time with hunky Sheriff Grady, her childhood crush. Unfortunately for them both, a man dies at the fair and Erica's "grandmother" is suspected of the crime, once again leading Erica and her BFF Freddie on a madcap search for a killer.

Wallace has created a unique town in Otter Lake where all the citiz
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
About a 3.5. This is the second book in the series, but the first I read -- grabbed it off a library "October" display. The main character is a woman in transition. Having moved away to the Big City in order to get away from her identity as either "the daughter of that weird woman" or "the one who accidentally flashed everybody when she was a teen", she returns to town in order to spend part of her vacation with the local sheriff -- who just so happens to be the person she's been chatting up onl ...more
Stacie Amelotte
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is a hilarious, quirky diversion from the typical cozy mystery. Ms. Wallace does a wonderful job 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. In this adventure Erika and Freddie, BFF’s from high school, find themselves in the midst of one misadventure after another and soon discover there are things in the past that someone is trying hard to keep hidden. Plenty of suspects and hjinxs ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Erica envisions an idyllic, romantic vacation with her long-time crush, back home at Otter Lake. But, since her crush is Grady, the local sheriff, a sudden death disrupts their plans. When it turns out that the husband of the richest man in town may have been murdered, Grady must question the last person seen with him--Erica's close friend Tweety, whose identical twin Kit Kat warns Erica to stay out of the investigation. But Erica's BFF Henry Ng has different (and grandiose, as usual) ideas. All ...more
Jamie Canaves
I picked this up because I needed something fun and seasonal to read and saw a review complaining that the characters were all too ridiculous–which to me sounded perfect. Erica Bloom visits her hometown (Otter Lake, New Hampshire) hoping that this time nothing goes wrong and she can finally get a relationship with the town’s sheriff to work. Enter a dead man, Erica’s “aunts” being looked at as suspects, Erica’s mother currently taking a vow of silence, and her best friend Freddie who has now dee ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This series is growing on me. I read the first one, a summer one, this summer. I read this Halloween one now. I've got more seasonal ones waiting for the appropriate time. I like the hijinks that Erica and Freddie get into. Sometimes her mom's weird retreats get on my nerves. I'd like Erica and Grady to get together for good, but I suppose most stories have the same conflict/love thing going on in them.
I'm looking forward to snow season, so I can read the next book.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Otter Lake series and I haven't read the first one but I found it an odd little book.

I just couldn't like the main character at all. She was weird and immature and her mother was worse. I have the third book and will read it but with little expectation of enjoyment.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A festive fall festival with a few mishaps along the way. Or a lot, maybe it was a lot of mishaps. A surprise visitor in the end reveals some interesting family dynamics.
Erin L
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-tourism
Another ok read in the cozy genre. I do enjoy a comedic cozy (see Stephanie Plum and Miss Fortune) and this series has promise but doesn't quite deliver in the end.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
I wanted to read this because I thought it would be Halloween themed, but it’s not! There’s no pumpkin picking going on either. The title and cover are misleading. So far it’s my least favorite.
Jinianne Gorg
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
One outrageous event after another. But will they solve the murders?
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Read on vacation... A fun October read...
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
fun book not to heavy not to mushy, good stuff
Nancy H
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
The second entry in the Otter Lake Mystery series, this book features Erica Bloom back in her hometown, hoping to get together with the handsome sheriff, who also wants to get together with her. However, when she witnesses a dead man on a swan boat coming out of a ride at the local carnival, in the presence of Tweety, who is like family to Erica and her hippie mother. When Tweety is accused of the murder, Erica and her gay, Asian, mega-rich best friend Freddie must put aside all of their persona ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't a particularly good one either. It was OK. I like quirky characters, but it seems this author works a bit too hard to make EVERY character quirky. They mystery wasn't bad, but I do have some problems getting around some of the characters. I have the 3rd book. We'll see how it goes. If it's the same as this and the first one, probably done with the series.
DelAnne Frazee
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Pumpkin Picking with Murder - Otter Lake Mystery Book 2
Author: Auralee Wallace
Published: 8-30-2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery;
ISBN: 13-978-50077783
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 4 Stars

I received a copy of Pumpkin Picking with Murder from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Erica Bloom has come home to Otter Lake to explore a possi
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, cozy-mysteries
Pumpkin Picking with Murder by Auralee Wallace is the second book in An Otter Lake Mystery series. Erica Bloom is returning home to Otter Lake, New Hampshire for a visit. She is looking forward to spending time with Grady Forrestor, boyfriend and local sheriff as well as enjoying the Otter Lake’s Fall Festival. Unfortunately, their time together is cut short when they hear screaming at the fair. They rush over to find Tweety (who is like an aunt to Erica) in a swan boat with Mr. Masterson exitin ...more
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Auralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blond mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to one rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights ...more

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