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Death by Jack-o'-Lantern

(Abby McCree Mystery #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Overcommitted committee member Abby McCree gets in a patch of trouble trying to solve the murder of a pumpkin farmer …

The small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, is gearing up for the Halloween Festival, and naturally Abby is on the planning committee. As part of her duties, she's picking up a pumpkin order from ornery farmer Ronald Minter. But what she finds in
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Published August 27th 2019 by Kensington
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Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death by Jack-O'-Lantern by Alexis Morgan is a 2019 Kensington Books publication.

Snowberry Creek is gearing up for the annual Halloween festival and Abby McCree, the committee queen, is busy with the preparations. When she heads out to pick up an order of pumpkins from the least popular guy in town, Ronald Minter, she discovers his body in a corn maze with a knife in his back.

Abby gets sucked deeper into the investigation when her tenant, Tripp, volunteers her for yet another planning committee, a fundr
Natalia  Ramlal
Abby McCree has her hands full working on several committees and preparing for the Halloween festival. She goes on an errand to pick up pumpkins for the festival only to find the farmer killed in his corn maze. The police immediately suspect Tripp's friend, a homeless veteran named Kevin, who was seen arguing with the farmer. Tripp, convinced of his friend's innocence, goes to great lengths to protect him from the police, resulting in him being arrested. Abby is determined to find the real kille ...more
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Abby McCree just doesn’t know how or get the chance to say “NO!”. Still filling in for her deceased Aunt Sybil, she is also part of the planning committee for the Halloween Festival and soon will be volunteered by her tenant Tripp to help with another event. With one of the Halloween committee down sick Abby is recruited to pick up the pumpkin order from Ronald Minter’s farm. While searching the farm for its owner she comes upon his corn maze. Thinking he must be i
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Amateur sleuth Abby McCree is back on the case. While prepping for the Halloween Festival in Snowberry Creek, Abby, on a mission for one her many local committees, heads off to pick up pumpkins from a grouchy farmer, Ronald Minter. Unfortunately, she finds him at the center of his corn maze— dead. Immediately, the police form a case against Kevin, a homeless veteran. But Tripp, who rents Abby’s guest house, knows Kevin isn’t the murderer, and soon he’s arrested while trying to shield him from th ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abby is on the planning committee for the Halloween festival, so she goes to pick out a pumpkin a cross farmer’s field. Instead she finds his body in the middle of the corn maze. A homeless veteran is blamed, Abby’s tenant a former veteran is blamed. Abby knows neither of them did it. She follows several clues to find out who did it.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Ah, I was so very happy when I received the notification that I'd been approved for this book. I loved the romance in the first book, between Abby and Trip, and I loved her easy friendship with Gage. her love of baking; well that was another romance altogether! Basically I lived for Abby/Tripp moments, and with her working to clear his name we sure get plenty of those!

This is a two for one mystery,
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Death by Jack-o'Lantern by Alexis Morgan is the 2nd book in the Abbey McCree Mystery series, and a great addition. I really loved this book and can't wait for the next book in the series. Abby McCree moves to Snowberry Creek, after inheriting her Aunt Sybil home. Abby is ready to start a new life after a bad divorce, so she moved there with her dog, a Mastiff, named Zeke. Abby goes to the pumpkin patch to pick up pumpkins, and finds the owner, Ronald Minter, dead. Ronald was a grumpy man, who w ...more
Lisa Morin
This is a fun cozy mystery that I really enjoyed.
I love cozies that take place in the Fall, especially with Halloween themes.
This book was definitely in my wheelhouse and I knew from the very beginning that I was going to love this book.
Abby is working on several committees and preparing for the Fall festival and Halloween is keeping her extremely busy.
When a simple errand leads to a full blown murder investigation, Abby turns to her neighbor and friend, Tripp, for help.<
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Abby McCree Mystery series by Alexis Morgan.

The book starts out with Abby’s neighbor Tripp offering her up as one of the heads of the Halloween Festival’s planning committee. She agrees only if Tripp co-chairs. She spies Tripp going out at night all dressed up in his combat fatigues and looking like he is ready to go out on patrol like he did when he was in the military. Abby follows him and gets the stuffing scared out of her when
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Second Abby McCree Mystery

As Halloween looms ever closer Abby McCree once again finds herself working on a slew of committees and her tenant, Tripp, has just volunteered her for another one! But committee work is halted when instead of a bunch of pumpkins she finds the body of the town curmudgeon. When a homeless veteran who Tripp is mentoring is wanted for questioning, Tripp refuses to help law enforcement find him, and instea
The Cozy Review
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: An Abby McCree Mystery – Book 2
Author: Alexis Morgan
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Holiday
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 304

Publishing Date: August 27th, 2019

From Kensington Books comes the second cozy book in the Abby McCree Mystery series, Death by Jack-O-Lantern. This book is a great addition to this series. Although only the second book it is quickly becoming a favorite for cozy book fans everywhere.

Abby always has something to do, wheth
I am loving this new cozy series! In this second book in the series, Abby has a Halloween murder to solve. With her friend and tennant, Trip sitting in jail because he refuses to give up a friend’s(and a person of interest in the case) whereabouts, it’s up to Abby to do some sleuthing on her own, to get Trip out of jail. This is a fun mystery. I enjoyed the fall/Halloween time frame of the mystery and it had quite a few surprises along the way. I am definitely keeping this series on my must keep ...more
Sheila Samuelson
Thank you to Kensington Books for picking me to win this in a goodreads giveaway, I truly appreciate it!!

This book was amazing, it had Thriller vibes to it with lots of Cozy Mystery in it as well. Abby is my fave character in this book/series. So many twists and turns made this book amazing!!

The Plot, Characters and Setting made for it an enjoyable read in October!! At first I thought it was the 1st person who killed Ronald but was shocked when it was revealed who really killed him which I did
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this cozy mystery and since some time had passed after finishing the first one, I did not mind the recap of the first book within the story. The characters are likable, the mystery interesting
And Zeke, the dog, is wonderful! An enjoyable read.
Cozy Cat Reviews
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the "Abbey McCree" mystery series. I loved the first in series and was delighted to receive this for review. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My opinion is my own. The author's writing is flawless and she has created wonderful charcters here that are fun to know. A very Halloween centered story with even mysterious pumpkin carver running amok in town makes this such a fun read.

Abbey McCree is actively volunteering on many different committees
Coralee Hicks
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A colorful scarecrow jack-o-lantern invites the reader into book 2 of the Abby McCree Mystery series. Halloween is fast approaching, and an already over committed, Abby seethes a bit when Tripp informs her he has blithely volunteered her to chair a fund raising activity. The nerve! It is a worthy cause, however, Tripp's veteran's group is a fine asset to the Snowberry Creek Community.
First things first. At the moment, Abby is still chairing the Mayor's Committee on Senior Affairs, has just fini
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
When reading the second in a series always think about the sophomore slump. Will the second book be as good as the first? In this case the answer is yes. Abby and her 'lodger' Tripp along with Abby's dog, are people I enjoy reading about. With a touch of romance between them, that's a nice extra story thread. Abby would like to have more time to herself, maybe some time to spend with Tripp would be good but no, not going to happen. She seems to have a 'volunteer me' target on her back and no mat ...more
Emma Molyneux
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reviews
I got the book for free, in exchange for my honest opinion by NetGalley.

I'm a sucker for any and all Halloween themed books. Whether it be horror, middle grade, or as this book falls into; mystery. Unfortunately, this story is a little played out. It's' the age old story, kind of like the "Boy meets Girl" story. We have a woman aged between 30-50 who is either single or married. She suspects or witnesses a crime, usually a murder, and inserts herself into the police inves
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since moving to Snowberry Creek, Washington, Abby McCree finds herself “volunteered” for one committee after another. With Halloween coming up, she is even busier than ever. Her most recent good dead is to go to Ronald Minter’s pumpkin farm to pick up an order for the local senior center. Instead of a box of pumpkins, Abby finds Ronald’s body. Her friend police chief Gage Logan warns Abby not to get involved in the investigation, but she can’t help but adding the investigation to her already ful ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of DEATH BY JACK-O’-LANTERN (Book 2 of the Abby McCree Mysteries) by Alexis Morgan in exchange for an honest review. The small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, is taking full advantage of having the extremely organized Abby McCree living there. In the prior book, Abby had been guilted into running the quilting guild, into “temporarily” serving on the council on aging, and into participating in several other town committees. In the current book, her replacement councilm ...more
Susan Johnston
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Abby cannot say no. She is a busy lady who continually gets corralled into doing even more and more projects. You might think as such a busy lady, she would hardly have time to investigate murders, especially after she was so nearly the victim the last time she did it. Everyone tells her to leave it alone. She even questions her own sanity and whether she has crossed the line into the too stupid to live category. But press on she does.
She feels obligated to help h
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd installment of the Abby McCree mystery series and this is becoming one of my favorite series. Abby is back trying to determine the next steps in her life as she is finishing up her commitments on various committees in town. She is worried about Tripp her boarder who seems to be going out late at night and it becoming distant. She follows him one night and finds herself “captured” by Sergeant Montgomery who Tripp has been helping out in the forest. Abby agrees never to follow Trip ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abby McCree Is busy working on multiple committees as a resident of Snowberry Creek and with Halloween looming, she and her fellow committee members are busy preparing for the festivities. Apparently so is a local resident who is carving pumpkins that resemble local residents. It’s a fun mystery for the locals as they look to see has been immortalized next and try to figure out who the artist is.

A local pumpkin farmer isn’t too happy though as his pumpkins keep disappearing and he su
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is the second book in Abby McCree Mystery series. I was familiar with the first book and already liked the characters. The mystery was kind of easy to know the guilty part, but the author did made me guess if I was right until the end. Abby still don’t know what to do with her professional life after leaving her husband and is in charge of a few committees before Halloween. What I didn’t like was the artificial way that her and Tripp become apart because of his time in jail. Cozy myst ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love a Halloween cozy mystery?! Abby McCree and the town of Snowberry Creek, Washington are preparing for the Halloween Festival. Unfortunately, a death in the community has put a damper on the holiday anticipation. And Abby's tenant/love interest is in jail for obstruction of justice. Abby needs to keep all of her committee activities moving forward while trying to figure out how to help her tenant and the suspected murderer.

This was very well-written. It's the second in the Abby M
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death by Jack-o’-Lantern is the first of this cozy mystery series I have read written by Alexis Morgan. I had always enjoyed her paranormal series and loved the Sergeant Joe's Boys Series so I was looking forward to reading this one. While it has her excellent writing style, it has a slower pace to the story with only a hint of romance.

While reading it I thought of Murder She Wrote of how how Abby could be the next TV female protagonist. I could see America tuning in each week to see
Debra Dowling
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, easy to read mystery.
Abby is starting over in a new town after her divorce and has volunteered for many committees trying to form friendships and a place in the community. One of the committees she is on is working on the Halloween Festival. As she goes to the local farm to collect the pumpkins, she finds a dead body. All evidence and fingers point to a homeless vet, Kevin Montgomery, who lives in the forest next to the town. The problem is that no one can find him to ask him qu
The small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, is gearing up for the Halloween Festival, and naturally Abby is on the planning committee. As part of her duties, she's picking up a pumpkin order from ornery farmer Ronald Minter. But what she finds instead is the farmer in the middle of his corn maze with a knife in his back.

The police suspect a homeless veteran named Kevin Montgomery, who was seen arguing with Minter when the farmer accused him of trespassing and stealing pumpkins. Ab
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, fiction, netgalley
This was a fun cozy mystery read. Abby is roped into leading multiple committees as her small town prepares for the annual Halloween Festival. As she's running an errand at a local pumpkin farm, she finds the owner - Ronald Minter, curmudgeon extraordinaire - dead in his corn maze. Meanwhile, pumpkins carved to resemble local residents are appearing around town and causing a bit of trouble for some people, but nobody knows who is carving them. When Abby's tenant is jailed, she knows she needs to ...more
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Alexis Morgan grew up near St. Louis and received a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She and her husband have made the Pacific Northwest their home for more than thirty years, where she launched her career as a writer. She is published in paranormal romance, fantasy romance, American West historicals, and most recently, contemporary romances with her new Snowberry Creek s ...more

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