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Pumpkin Picking with Murder

(An Otter Lake Mystery #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  68 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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Elle's Book Blog
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mysteries
Series: The Otter Lake Mystery series #2 -- Series Link

I really enjoy this series because the characters are quirky, hilarious, and completely relatable. I find this series also steers away from the typical cozy genre but still holds true to it. When I say this, I mean that while there is sleuthing going on and a murder that is being investigated by normal citizens, the characters have a certain flair for the dramatic. They don't take the s
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
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. :)
 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.
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
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!
Janet Robel
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Super cute mystery! I love Erica and Freddie teaming up to solve a murder. The book is very humorous. Freddie always has me laughing. I didn't know there was a first book, but I would like to read it along with future ones in this series. Definitely appealing for cozy mystery fans.
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
Nancy Baker
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Erica Bloom goes back home for a vacation to try and figure out her relationship with sheriff Grady Forrester but a murder in the tunnel of love during the annual fall festival changes everything. Instead, Erica finds herself involved in a murder investigation trying to clear her "aunt" against Grady's wishes.

This cozy mystery mixes in some humor and romance and will keep you guessing about who really did it until the very end.

I received an ARC from net galley in return for an honest review
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.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to have fun with Pumpkin Picking with Murder since I love cozy mysteries but I just struggled throughout the entire story. The plot was all over the place with so many eccentric characters I could not keep them straight. The love triangle with the main character was boring and not entertaining at all I just wanted to smack her for supposedly having a boyfriend yet leading on two other guys at the same time.
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this fun cozy mystery series. It is full of great quirky characters, humor, and mystery. I can not wait to read the next book in the series, keep them coming.
Dawn Frazier
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book, one of my favorite series. Looking forward to the next one.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Read on vacation... A fun October read...
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Erica Bloom lives in Chicago, and has been looking forward to a visit to Otter Lake, where she grew up and couldn't wait to escape from. The reason being that there was an embarrassing incident years ago and it sent her scurrying across the country to forget it. But now that she's home again she can't wait to see her old boyfriend, now sheriff, Grady Forrester.

When she returns home to the island she grew up on, her mother, who runs spiritual retreats, is hosting a "Silence of the Soul," and isn'
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
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This cozy series is a too quirky at times. The best friend, Freddie, has stopped being a phone psychic and is now trying to recreate every stereotype of Ponch from CHIPS. He and Ericka view themselves as super-sleuths, but really just get in the way of the police, reading more like a wacky sit-com. The chief of police is written as though he is the star of a steamy romance, when he should be telling these two to to back off. Honestly, when Eddie 'happened' to have a backhoe to exhume a body, I r ...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.
I bought this book at The Dollar Tree and glad it only cost me $1.00. The book was just too silly and too many quirky characters. I was annoyed by Ms Wallace's overuse of the words "hand" and "hands". Sometimes up to four uses on a page (p. 295). A lot of "hands in the air". Also, I didn't really get the connection between the title "Pumpkin Picking With Murder" and the actual story. Unsurprisingly, I will not be recommending this book and series or reading anymore books in the series.
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.
Sarah "Kat"
2.5* started out strong with a good cast of characters but they lost their charm 200 pg. in and I was ready to be done. Skimmed to the end to find murderer. I will say that it was a bit of a nice change w/cozies that there were actually 3 murders (two in the present) as opposed to the standard one. That added a layer of intrigue.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I picked this up based on the cover. I was out of town and stopped into the local Friend's of the Library store. This is just what I needed for my trip. It was light-hearted and easy to read, but it also held my attention. I found myself looking forward to reading it and trying to fit in a few extra pages at each setting!
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