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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 instead 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 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. Abby's tenant Tripp Blackston, a veteran himself who's been helping Kevin, is sure he's innocent. Together, Abby and Tripp follow the twists and turns of the case to corner the corn maze killer--before someone else meets a dead end ...


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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 instead 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 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. Abby's tenant Tripp Blackston, a veteran himself who's been helping Kevin, is sure he's innocent. Together, Abby and Tripp follow the twists and turns of the case to corner the corn maze killer--before someone else meets a dead end ...

30 review for Death by Jack-O'-Lantern

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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 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 fundraiser for his veteran’s group. As it turns out, one Tripp’s buddy's, a homeless vet, named Kevin, has become suspect number one. Knowing Kevin is innocent, Abby sets out to find out who the real killer is. I’m in a cozy mystery mood and in the mood for Halloween themed novels, too, which made this book an obvious choice. Although it is the second book in this new series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone, so if you are looking for a fall/Halloween mystery, just dive right in. But, if you are like me, you’ll want to go back and read the first installment and continue with the series from here. While the characters are in the early stages of their developments, I can see a lot of potential and room for growth. The most intriguing character, for me, was Tripp. The mystery is very solid, with several likely suspects to keep one guessing. Abby’s amateur sleuthing is on the practical side, thankfully, avoiding any insult to my intelligence. I also liked her faithful dog companion, Zeke, as he plays a big role in the story and melted my heart more than once. Overall, this book is very nice Halloween or fall themed novel, with a solid mystery that kept me guessing to the end, plus I found a new cozy series to follow! 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Death by Jack-o’-Lantern by Alexis Morgan is the second book in the cozy Abby McCree Mystery series. As with most cozy series each book in the Abby McCree Mystery series has it’s own mystery that is solved within the book so each can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. Those that follow along from the beginning of the series will have some character development that carries over from book to book though. This series introduces readers to Abby McCree who had just gotten d Death by Jack-o’-Lantern by Alexis Morgan is the second book in the cozy Abby McCree Mystery series. As with most cozy series each book in the Abby McCree Mystery series has it’s own mystery that is solved within the book so each can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. Those that follow along from the beginning of the series will have some character development that carries over from book to book though. This series introduces readers to Abby McCree who had just gotten divorced and had to sell her half of the business she shared with her husband over to him when she found out what her Aunt Sybil left her in her will. Needing a fresh start Abby decided to move into her Aunts former home and make it her own in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington. After arriving in the small town Abby found herself surrounded by her aunt’s old friends who are turning to her to fill the hole that her aunt had also left in their lives and trying to get Abby to volunteer for project after project. Now Abby has again volunteered her time to help with the town Halloween festival and has joined the planning committee. One of the tasks Abby has to organize for the festival is picking up the pumpkin order from a local farmer, Ronald Minter. When Abby arrives at the pumpkin farm though she comes across the body of the farmer obviously having been murdered. The police have a suspect in mind but Abby finds herself again investigating the murder with her tenant Tripp Blackston. The Abby McCree Mystery series is one that I found there’s some laughs, likable characters, a darling dog and even a bit of romance included in the stories. With Abby and Tripp working together in these a bit it almost has the feel of a touch of romantic suspense at times although a much cleaner cozy version. With another solid mystery with plenty of twists and suspects I’ll be happy to continue with this series. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    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 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 killer to get Tripp out of jail. I enjoyed this second installment in the series. The mystery was solid, and I was unable to guess the culprit. The pacing and writing were perfect. Abby is such a fun character. I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times during her conversations with the new detective and Tripp. There is a wonderful romance brewing between Abby and Tripp and I really look forward to their relationship developing. Overall I highly recommend this series. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with this advance copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Extraordinaire

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  5. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    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 in there gett 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 in there getting ready for the expected crowds from the festival, she ventures in. She finds the man, but with that knife in his back, he will be of no help with those pumpkins. The prime suspect becomes Kevin Montgomery, a homeless vet that has been living in the woods. Tripp also a veteran has been trying to help the man acclimate and knows he didn’t kill Minter, in fact, he would stake his freedom on it. There are also some unique creations showing up around town that may tie into the case. Abby along with her sidekick Zeke, for the most part, a Bull Mastiff, a gentle giant, at least most of the time set out to find the real killer. Her friend Police Chief Gage tries to keep her safe knowing she will not back down. __________ I liked Abby right away in the first book of this series, Death by Committee, I love her now. Check out the way she takes a new detective down on notch with just her words. Please let me finish. What I was going to say was that I really don’t care who you are, Detective Whatever-Your-Name-Is, or why you’re here. As I’m sure Deputy Chapin told you, I have permission to be here and to stay as long as I like. I’m sure if you want time to talk to Mr. Blackston, Chief Logan will be glad to schedule you an appointment. This particular time slot, however, is already taken.” She wasn’t sure what her smile looked like at that moment, but Deputy Chapin backpedaled a few feet. “Now, if you’ll excuse us, Mr. Blackston and I were talking. I’m sure you can find something to occupy yourself until we’re done. I’m betting if you kick some money into the kitty in the bullpen, they’ll even let you have a cup of coffee. If not, there’s a nice coffee shop right down the street.” By that point, all three men were looking at her as if they hadn’t understood a single word she’d said. “I’m sorry, do you need me to repeat that, maybe slower this time?” Strong, smart, sassy, I laughed out loud and gave Abby a “You Go Girl!” Now if only she could stand up to that group of her aunt’s friends that keep volunteering her for everything under the sun. She is getting there but her kind nature I believe she will always be a soft touch especially when she feels is honoring her aunt. Ms. Morgan has surrounded Abby with a great supporting cast. We are getting to know Tripp Blackston a little better and the connection between him and Abby is getting stronger. He already has a big strong relationship with the lovable Zeke 🙂 Abby has a true friendship with Gage Logan and they are getting to understand each other. The ladies from the quilting group are always there to help, advise or butt in as needed. The author has written a strong mystery too. I was pulled in many different directions over the course of the novel. I knew in my heart who it couldn’t be but I would be lying if I didn’t tell you I was totally surprised by the big reveal. Alexis Morgan expertly pens a slow build the rachets up at a delightful pace all leading up a dramatic ending. She describes everything so clearly readers can feel like they are right there on the spot. I really have to applaud the author for the way she addressed homeless veterans and veterans, in general, dealing with veterans with PTSD and finding their way back in the world after surviving horrendous things can be a rough road. Many in Snowberry Creek were on the wrong side of this issue but thankfully there were those willing to help, some veterans themselves. Putting a hot topic issue like this into a work of fiction makes it more real and relevant. Death by Jack-o’-Lantern is a marvelous addition to this series. I loved the Halloween theme and was totally entertained beginning to end. Bring on Book #3!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    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 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 the investigation. Abby must find the killer, free Tripp, and plan a festival … before anyone else gets hurt. For fans of the first book in the Abby McCree Mystery series, Snowberry Creek proves just as charming the second time around. Abby, with her commitment to organizing social gatherings and baked goods, proves to also be a shrewd detective. Author Alexis Morgan has infused her with a careful investigative style— mostly keeping her away from unnecessary, ridiculously dangerous situations. And while this does cause the mystery to take its time ramping up, it’s done so in favor of solid world building that lays the groundwork for a seemingly realistic mystery. Unlike in some cozies, Morgan’s characters and their relationships show some clear development. Abby and Tripp have a natural chemistry that Morgan deliciously plays with. Similarly, Abby’s banter with her friend and police chief, Gage, as well as her interactions with the ladies of the quilting guild provide for plenty of fun moments that build from the previous book. Though Death by Jack-o’-Lantern works completely as a stand alone novel, these characters and their exchanges build from the previous book— there are no cookie cutter scenes here. Of course, the underlying buildup of tension hinges on the final reveal ending. As Abby doesn’t spend her time bouncing around crime scenes and bumbling through evidence, she relies on a healthy dose of local gossip and inferences. The result is a murderer who might seem obvious, but who is no less entertaining to uncover. With a light touch and an impeccable attention to characters, Morgan has written a solid followup for Abby. Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley. Review also posted at https://pluckedfromthestacks.wordpres...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    A Halloween cozy mystery that's great to read any time of year. I really enjoyed reading the hijinks presented . This is my first time reading this author, it was a quick read. Nice, enjoyable plot . Snowberry Creek, Washington, sounds like a nice town to visit or maybe even live in. I enjoyed the Halloween themed mystery with pumpkins a plenty. This won't be the last book I read by this author. Pub Date: 27 Aug 2019 I was given a complimentary copy . Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own. A Halloween cozy mystery that's great to read any time of year. I really enjoyed reading the hijinks presented . This is my first time reading this author, it was a quick read. Nice, enjoyable plot . Snowberry Creek, Washington, sounds like a nice town to visit or maybe even live in. I enjoyed the Halloween themed mystery with pumpkins a plenty. This won't be the last book I read by this author. Pub Date: 27 Aug 2019 I was given a complimentary copy . Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Rose

    Oh, how good it is to be back in Snowberry Creek with a brand new mystery! Ever since I finished listening to Death by Committee, I have been keenly awaiting this second installment, Death by Jack-o’-lantern, to help kick off the Autumnal season. I was not disappointed. First off, coming back to the community of Snowberry Creek felt much like revisiting old friends. The characters are so lovely and charming that you cannot help but develop a fondness for all of them. Although continuing from the Oh, how good it is to be back in Snowberry Creek with a brand new mystery! Ever since I finished listening to Death by Committee, I have been keenly awaiting this second installment, Death by Jack-o’-lantern, to help kick off the Autumnal season. I was not disappointed. First off, coming back to the community of Snowberry Creek felt much like revisiting old friends. The characters are so lovely and charming that you cannot help but develop a fondness for all of them. Although continuing from the first book, I still have a personal preference for Tripp (book crush?). In terms of the narration, it was wonderful to have Coleen Marlo back to bring the text to life; I think she did a fantastic job in both books 1 & 2 and have no complaints about her voicing style. However, while I loved Death by Jack-o’-lantern, I still have a few aspects of the books that irked me slightly such as the fact that Abby tends to be a bit on the defensive/petty side sometimes which was a bit annoying for me; also, similar to book one, I had the killer pegged fairly early on. Overall, aside from a few minor details, I thoroughly enjoyed Death by Jack-O'-Lantern and thought that it was a solid follow up to a promising new series of cozy mysteries. I look forward to reading more from Alexis Morgan in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elle G.

    My Rating: 4 Stars Genre: Cozy Mystery Death by Jack-O'-Lantern is the second book in the Abby McCree cozy mystery series. I read and loved the first one a while back and figured since this one has a fall theme to it that it was the perfect time to get reading. All in all, I enjoyed this one. I think it was the perfect addition to the series and it was fun to catch up with Abby, Zeke, Tripp, and the rest of the characters. However, there were a few things that got on my nerves which is why I ra My Rating: 4 Stars Genre: Cozy Mystery Death by Jack-O'-Lantern is the second book in the Abby McCree cozy mystery series. I read and loved the first one a while back and figured since this one has a fall theme to it that it was the perfect time to get reading. All in all, I enjoyed this one. I think it was the perfect addition to the series and it was fun to catch up with Abby, Zeke, Tripp, and the rest of the characters. However, there were a few things that got on my nerves which is why I rated this 4 out of 5 stars. More on that below. The murder that takes place happens in a Corn Maze to the man who owns the property. As with any cozy, you know that the point of the story is for an amateur sleuth (Abby in this case) to solve the murder before the authorities. All of that is great and clearly why I love reading these novels- amateurs solving crimes before the seasoned pros? So fun! However, some of the things that took place in this book were wholly unbelievable. For one, Tripp was detained for a good amount of time because he wouldn’t tell the detectives where his friend was living (his friend was only a person of interest). That in the real world could never happen- you can’t hold people because they won’t tell you specific details, especially for that amount of time. I know this because my husband works in the field, so it was extremely noticeable to me throughout the book. That’s probably why it bothered me so much! Another thing that got me feeling flustered was how hot and cold Abby could be. One minute she was the perfect hostess and the next she was taking back a dessert she freely gave someone because they made her mad. I guess for me, I would be uncomfortable doing this to someone no matter what they said/did, so it didn’t sit well with me. She’s certainly a fierce character with strong beliefs and gumption, but she way she bossed the men in her life around and did small things like that made me feel uncomfortable. Again, this is because I myself couldn’t do that! Other than those two small things I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to see what happens next and look forward to seeing a possible love connection between Abby and Tripp. They seem like a match made in heaven even though they bump heads on a lot of issues!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Death by Jack-O’-Lantern by Alexis Morgan is the second An Abby McCree Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Abby McCree has been “volunteered” to help with the planning of the Halloween Festival. When Glenda’s driver bails because of the pouring rain, Abby takes her neighbor out to Ronald Minter’s farm to pick up the pumpkins for the festival. Abby finds the cranky farmer dead in a shed in the middle of the corn maze. When Tripp and his friend, Kevin Montgomery fi Death by Jack-O’-Lantern by Alexis Morgan is the second An Abby McCree Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Abby McCree has been “volunteered” to help with the planning of the Halloween Festival. When Glenda’s driver bails because of the pouring rain, Abby takes her neighbor out to Ronald Minter’s farm to pick up the pumpkins for the festival. Abby finds the cranky farmer dead in a shed in the middle of the corn maze. When Tripp and his friend, Kevin Montgomery find themselves afoul of the law, Abby begins searching for the guilty party. I thought Death by Jack-O’-Lantern was easy to read with a charming town and a variety of quirky characters. Abby keeps getting herself “volunteered” to committees and projects (I think gullible is written on her forehead). When Abby is not helping others, she is whipping up baked goods that come in handy for bribes and to offer to police when they inevitably end up at her house. Zeke, Abby’s dog, is my favorite character. He is such a lovable and smart fellow. Gage Logan, the chief of police, is a good guy. He is a fair minded individual who cares about his daughter. I wish Gage was Abby’s love interest. The murder of Ronald Minter provided a couple of suspects along with misdirection and direct clues. I would have liked the mystery to be more challenging. It seemed like the author was pointing a giant neon arrow at the culprit. I thought the reveal was interesting and entertaining. There were some appealing aspects to the crime, and I appreciated that it was completely resolved. The pumpkin carving sculptures were a delightful addition to the story especially Gage Logan’s. I would have liked less repetition of case details (I got it the first time). Death by Jack-O’-Lantern is a cute Halloween themed cozy mystery with purloined pumpkins, copious cookies, a humorous hound and a vigorous volunteer enforcer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    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, with not just the murder 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, with not just the murder at play but the mystery of the Jack-o'-lantern's as well. Of course Abby ends up discovering all kinds of secrets and not just about the murder, but it was a fun journey to get there! A really great cozy series, and it's only warming up if you catch my drift ;) Five stars!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    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 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 was not well liked. Tripp, her renter, is thrown into jail because he refuses to tell where a homeless veteran, accused of murder, is. Determined to help Tripp, Abby want to find the truth. This book is very well written full of great characters, and a well thought out plot. When I started this book, it kept me reading page after page. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington

  14. 5 out of 5

    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. When circumstances take T 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. When circumstances take Tripp out of the picture, Abby still refuses to give up and goes in search of the answers. This story is fast paced and will grab the reader's attention from the beginning. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for approving me to read this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    PugMom

    This 2nd book in the Abby McCree mystery series was just as good as the first. Poor Abby is thrown into another "volunteer" position but she does her best to help out with the Halloween festival. Little did she know she'd come across another dead body! Sticking her nose into the mystery seems second nature to her even though she can't get help this time from Tripp who was thrown in jail for protecting the murder suspect. I loved the setting and the twists and turns kept me guessing until the ver This 2nd book in the Abby McCree mystery series was just as good as the first. Poor Abby is thrown into another "volunteer" position but she does her best to help out with the Halloween festival. Little did she know she'd come across another dead body! Sticking her nose into the mystery seems second nature to her even though she can't get help this time from Tripp who was thrown in jail for protecting the murder suspect. I loved the setting and the twists and turns kept me guessing until the very end. I love Abby and her little (BIG) dog too! I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gizzie

    Nice Halloween story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    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 she is captured by one o 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 she is captured by one of his fellow Vietnam Vet guys (Kevin) who is living around a corn maze owned by curmudgeon Ron Minter. Tripp saves her from the misunderstanding. When Minter’s dead body is found at the center of his maze, they want to question Tripp’s friend Kevin. Tripp refuses to give away Kevin’s location since he has been having issues of PTSD and he didn’t want to spook the man. Tripp is put into jail. Abby makes it her job to discover the real killer before Tripp falls on his own sword and ruin’s his life. I really enjoyed this book. The mystery was interesting. Not only the mystery of whodunit as far as the killing but who was carving all the very life-like pumpkins being left on people’s porches. The other thing I was digging was how well formed all the cast was. I could immediately tell who was who when they came onto the canvas. You don’t find that a lot with some cozy mysteries. Abby has three possible love interests in this series and I find that fascinating: Detective Ben Earle, Police Chief Gage Logan, and of course, Tripp Blackston. She shares a kiss with Tripp at the end. And frankly, that is not enough PDA for me. I would have liked to see a tad more romance in this story, but it certainly didn’t lack in anyway without it. It is just a personal preference. There are a couple of times in the story where you think they might have the culprit and then …. nope, it’s not them. Great red herrings. I like it when the plot surprises me. I wish there had been a bit of foreshadowing giving us that “ah ha” moment about the true killers and their motives. Maybe I just overlooked it when these people came on stage. All in all it is a great cozy mystery that everyone should enjoy wrapping themselves up in for an afternoon. Definitely check this one out. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    DEATH BY JACK-O'-LANTERN by Alexis Morgan 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 instead finds himself in troub DEATH BY JACK-O'-LANTERN by Alexis Morgan 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 instead finds himself in trouble with the law. As Abby once again finds herself embroiled in another murder she'll have to help Tripp and Kevin all while preparing the town for its trick or treat event! I absolutely love this smart sassy series. Endearing characters with strength of character, determination, and unwavering loyalty inhabit its pages. I admire Abby and her attitude. She's smart and able to give as good as she gets. I love how she denies people her baked goods when they make her mad. Her interactions with Detective Earle had my jaw dropping, then had me laughing out loud. Her relationship with Tripp is heartwarming and I look forward to them realizing they're more than just good friends, although their friendship is undeniable. I also like Abby's relationship with Gage, indeed with the whole police department. Of course, Zeke adds another layer of adorableness, as well as loyalty. The second Abby McCree Mystery is a story about loyalty and facades. For better or worse, people aren't always what they seem. And sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe in, no matter the cost. DEATH BY JACK-O'-LANTERN is a smart mystery with heart. The loyalty and good-natured bantering make me want to spend time with the people of Snowberry Creek...that and the baked goods. This book is an especially appealing autumnal read and I urge you to curl up with a copy. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    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, whether she likes it or not. She keeps getting volunt 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, whether she likes it or not. She keeps getting volunteered for committees and other projects around town. She never seems able to say no to anyone who wants her help. This characteristic is what endears her to readers and keeps the book moving. Other characters are also becoming an intrinsic part of the series. All the characters are personable, entertaining and loveable. The slight romantic connection between Abby and Tripp continues to grow and leaves readers happily anticipating the next book to see if Abby will come to accept her real feelings for her renter. The culprit will be a surprise to readers if they weren’t paying close attention to the clues presented. The unmasking of the killer is exactly what readers want in a cozy book, and leaves no questions unanswered. Death by Jack-O-Lantern is a thrill ride that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Ms. Morgan has crafted an electrifying adventure through small-town life, and relevant issues for Veterans of all wars. Her writing is impeccable, easy to follow and gives readers a sense of joy and peace. I highly recommend this cozy book and series to readers of all genres.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Abby only wanted to help out a friend and pick up some pumpkins, but instead she finds the owner, murdered. She really doesn’t want to get involved trying to find the murderer, but she just can’t help herself. Her tenant and friend, Tripp, defends one of his friends, a homeless veteran who has become a person of interest in the crime. The murder victim was the town grump, and though many people disliked him, Abby wants to find out who hated him enough to kill him. The mystery is quite intriguing Abby only wanted to help out a friend and pick up some pumpkins, but instead she finds the owner, murdered. She really doesn’t want to get involved trying to find the murderer, but she just can’t help herself. Her tenant and friend, Tripp, defends one of his friends, a homeless veteran who has become a person of interest in the crime. The murder victim was the town grump, and though many people disliked him, Abby wants to find out who hated him enough to kill him. The mystery is quite intriguing, and the characters, both the good and the bad, are delightful in their own way and well developed. The interaction between the characters was well written, and everything came together for an entertaining and interesting tale. Another positive aspect of the story was the careful and constructive way the author dealt with the problem of PTSD.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    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 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 up with list. I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Samuelson (BookAddict30)

    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 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 didn't suspect at all. I hope to read more book by Alexis in the future!! Can't wait to continue this series in the future!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    loretta

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Abby McCree has a problem with saying no. She has overcommitted herself this Halloween season on committees. As part of one of her committees, Abby goes to pick up pumpkins at Ronald Minter’s farm and stumbles over his body. Ronald Minter is a grumpy older gentleman that Abby witnessed in an argument with a homeless veteran named Kevin Montgomery just days before. Kevin is a friend to Abby’s tenant, Tripp. When Tripp is arrested for not telling the police where his friend is staying Abby can’t Abby McCree has a problem with saying no. She has overcommitted herself this Halloween season on committees. As part of one of her committees, Abby goes to pick up pumpkins at Ronald Minter’s farm and stumbles over his body. Ronald Minter is a grumpy older gentleman that Abby witnessed in an argument with a homeless veteran named Kevin Montgomery just days before. Kevin is a friend to Abby’s tenant, Tripp. When Tripp is arrested for not telling the police where his friend is staying Abby can’t help but get involved in the investigation. I really enjoyed the first book in this series but I loved this one. Abby is a fun unique protagonist. She is full of spirit, I couldn’t help but laugh when she referred to the detective as Detective Whatever-Your-Name-Is. She may have a problem say no when it comes to the committees her friends what her help with but this is because she truly wants to help her friends with their problems. This was a great Fall/Halloween read. The mystery has plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep the reader engaged. Also, I am pleased that the author addresses the subject of homeless veterans with PTSD. Our veterans need to be given more help and compassion. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Marie

    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 investigation. The police tel 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 investigation. The police tell her she's too nosy, but she ends up cracking the case. The next time crime comes to town, the cycle is started all over again. Add in a holiday and its a overused story. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not ragging on stories with this plot. One of the series' I enjoy reading has one of these plots. But execution is key. And this just fell flat for me. I know its an advanced copy, but the grammar left something to be desired. There were several times over the course of a single chapter that I had to read, re-read, and re-re-read, to understand the point. Overall, the words didn't mesh well together and it was clunky. While I'm an avid lover of curse words, I don't expect the books I read to have them. The author really went above and beyond to make sure the story was free of those types of words. That's fine. But I don't think those phrases were well-written. I'm backtracking and saying again, its clunky. Some books and movies, you can guess the "Who-Dun-It?" before finishing, it didn't even take half the book for me to figure it out. It was fairly quick, and saw the plot twist coming from a mile away. It made reading the rest of the difficult as I just wanted to wrap it up and be done with it. I just feel this is just another basic story that blends in with the rest. There's not really anything that sets this story from the hundreds of others with the same plot. If you haven't been turned onto a story like this before, its great. However, if you're like me, you may just want to skip this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    This is the first book I have read in this series, and it is definitely a “comfy relaxing don't have to think too hard and just enjoy yourself” type of mystery. I don’t usually read too many cozy mysteries (I usually go for the edge of your seat thrillers) but this was so enjoyable for me I’m wanting to get into them more. This is the type of book that if you don't read for a few days, you can easily pick up where you left off which is always nice when you can’t dedicate every single day to readi This is the first book I have read in this series, and it is definitely a “comfy relaxing don't have to think too hard and just enjoy yourself” type of mystery. I don’t usually read too many cozy mysteries (I usually go for the edge of your seat thrillers) but this was so enjoyable for me I’m wanting to get into them more. This is the type of book that if you don't read for a few days, you can easily pick up where you left off which is always nice when you can’t dedicate every single day to reading for whatever reason. It was very well written and had likable main character who has a quick whit and does not take any nonsense from anyone. I am a dog person, and I loved the dog “Zeke” and Abby’s relationship. I am looking forward to reading more from this series. ***I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to Goodreads, The publisher and/or author for the opportunity to read this book. My opinions are my own honest thoughts and were in no way influenced in any way****

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    #2 in the Abby McCrea mystery series, but the first book written by Alexis Morgan that I have read. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book and will definitely read the next one. Abby has put her organizational skills to good use with the charities in her new adopted town. Her unwanted skill at discovering dead bodies has her finding a murdered pumpkin farmer. And while she helps organize the town's fall festival, she needs to find some clues, get her friend out of jail, #2 in the Abby McCrea mystery series, but the first book written by Alexis Morgan that I have read. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book and will definitely read the next one. Abby has put her organizational skills to good use with the charities in her new adopted town. Her unwanted skill at discovering dead bodies has her finding a murdered pumpkin farmer. And while she helps organize the town's fall festival, she needs to find some clues, get her friend out of jail, all while baking dozens of cookies and brownies. A very good read! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/d... Death by Jack-O’-Lantern Abby McCree Mystery #2 By Alexis Morgan ISBN# 9781496719546 https://www.alexismorgan.com/ Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: 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 wit https://openbooksociety.com/article/d... Death by Jack-O’-Lantern Abby McCree Mystery #2 By Alexis Morgan ISBN# 9781496719546 https://www.alexismorgan.com/ Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: 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. Abby’s tenant Tripp Blackston, a veteran himself who’s been helping Kevin, is sure he’s innocent. Together, Abby and Tripp follow the twists and turns of the case to corner the corn maze killer–before someone else meets a dead end…. (Goodreads) Review: Abby McCree did not only inherit her aunt’s estate, but her committee obligations, too. In Death by Jack-O’-Lantern, the impressive second book in its series, she finds herself overcommitted with the addition of the Halloween Festival and a Veterans’ fundraiser in the works to her calender. When a cranky pumpkin farmer meets an untimely end in his own corn maze and a local homeless vet is named the prime suspect, Abby’s tenant and friend Tripp finds himself in a pickle while proclaiming Kevin’s innocence. Abby puts on her sleuthing cap to find the real killer. I really like this series, and author Alexis Morgan has no sophomore slump here with Death by Jack-O’-Lantern. The pace is good and the writing engaging. The mystery is solid with plenty of misdirection to keep readers guessing until the very end. I confess that I was blown away by the final reveal and did not see it coming. The author handles veterans’ post deployment issues with a thoughtful, deft hand. Abby goes about her investigating in a logical, reasonable way never falling into the “too stupid to live” category even when she faces life threatening danger. Abby is a delightful protagonist with a big heart. Even though she did not choose her now committee filled life, she is well suited for it, ever helpful and well organized. I enjoy her dog sidekick Zeke, and he is prominently featured. Also of note is Abby’s relationship with the local police chief. So many cozies put their protagonists at odds with the law, but Abby and Gage share a refreshingly genuine friendship and open communication. All of the recurring characters are well drawn and varied. From the enjoyable gaggle of Abby’s aunt’s elderly friends to other town residents, they are easy to get to know while still having plenty of room to grow. My favorite character is Tripp. He remains somewhat of an enigma but is slowly sharing more with Abby. I look forward to seeing how his character grows and their relationship evolves. Death by Jack-O’-Lantern is an entertaining read, perfect for the festive fall and Halloween season. Highly recommended. *OBS would like to thank the author for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    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 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 and activities for her Snowberry Creek Community. She is currently unemployed and has time to serve her community that she is new to. She has quickly gained respect from the townspeople for her local involvement . I love that this protagonist is not self involved and cares for others by volunteering. This is a wonderful aspect of this series. She has been volunteered by her friend and neighbor Tripp for the Halloween Festival’s planning committee. She agrees only if Tripp co-chairs. Tripp is a veteran and acknowledging veterans and their issues is a great addition to this book. Tripp is a important friend to Abbey and she knows he suffers from PTSD. Abby follows him outdoors one night concerned that he is in fatigues and going out in the dark. All of a sudden one of his friends grabs her who is a fellow vet. Kevin lives outdoors around a corn maze owned by curmudgeon neighbor Ron Minter. Tripp saves her and lightens the moment. When Minter’s dead body is found in the maze, the police assume Kevin is guilty. Both Abbey and Tripp are convinced he is not the guilty one and Tripp covers for him because as a vet he has PTSD. . The situation goes from bad to worse when Tripp is put into jail. Abby commits herself to solving the case and saving both her friend Tripp and Kevin. Soon Abbey is on the right track of a killer and putting herself in harms way . The added aspect of this story is mysterious carved pumpkins are appearing and no one knows who is responsible in town. A romance is slowly developing between Abby and Tripp but is just right for the story and not a focus as they find their way. I loved this Halloween themed next in series. The issues of PTSD are handled here with respect to our veterans and very appreciated. The author's writing is well crafted and enjoyable to read at a fast pace with multi layered clues to conclusion. A very nice addition to this series and I look forward to the next in series. Very well done to the author with respect to veterans and PTSD issues.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    In this second book in the Abby McCree Mystery series, we find Abby continuing to build relationships in Snowberry Creek, Washington. After inheriting her aunt's home and healthy estate, she does not need to work and spends her time volunteering. Many of the groups she works with were things her aunt was involved in and she also inherited her organization skills, so found herself volunteered to head up events. In this book, she is on the planning committee for the Hallowe'en Festival. When she a In this second book in the Abby McCree Mystery series, we find Abby continuing to build relationships in Snowberry Creek, Washington. After inheriting her aunt's home and healthy estate, she does not need to work and spends her time volunteering. Many of the groups she works with were things her aunt was involved in and she also inherited her organization skills, so found herself volunteered to head up events. In this book, she is on the planning committee for the Hallowe'en Festival. When she and a friend show up at Ronald Mintner's pumpkin farm, instead of finding pumpkins ready to pick up, she finds the farmer dead instead. When a homeless veteran is the prime suspect in the murder, Abby's friend and tennant, Tripp Blackston ends up in jail for refusing to divulge where Kevin might be hiding. Abby steps up and begins investigating to get Tripp out of jail, but also to help Kevin, who she is sure is not a murderer. This series is developing well and I enjoyed this story. Abby is such a fun character. I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times during her conversations with Police Detective Gage and Tripp. There is a new character, the Sheriff, who has jurisdiction over the crime and he and Abby did not hit it off well, but as the story progressed, they become sort of friends. Their prickly relationship also added some humor to the story. I love Abby's dog, Zeke. He also came with the estate, but he is definitely Abby's now and also her protector, no one gets past him unless they are a friend. There seems to be a romance developing between Abby and Tripp and I look forward to seeing where Alexis Morgan takes it. The mystery was solid and well-developed. There were a few suspects, but as they were cleared, I was left wondering. I finally figured out who the murderer was, but the motive had me flummoxed. The final reveal was well done and I was very satisfied with the ending of this one. The pacing and writing were perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. Coleen Marlo narrated this story and did a nice job. Her voice and expression were well done. The voices were okay, with the female ones much better than the male ones. Overall a very enjoyable listen and a book that I recommend to cozy mystery lovers.

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