Death by Jack-o'-Lantern

Death by Jack-o'-Lantern

by Alexis Morgan

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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 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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ISBN-13: 9781496719546
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Abby McCree Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 23,987
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alexis Morgan is a USA Today bestselling author with more than thirty traditionally published books, novellas, and short stories to her credit.

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Death by Jack-o'-Lantern 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
bookwomen37 19 days ago
I had mixed feelings while reading this Halloween Cozy. I enjoyed the small town setting and some of the characters. The Halloween Holiday is a fun background. I really liked the carved pumpkins sub plot. The mystery was OK but it was easy to solve and there were some plot holes. There was a lot of repetition. I really disliked the main character Abby and the way she used food as a reward or punishment with the men in the book. The men were treated the same way as her dog. When they behaved they were rewarded with treats and when they misbehaved she took those treats away. I kept wanting one of them to stand up to her. The unhealthy relationship to food bothered me so much I had a hard time enjoying the rest of the book.
KrisAnderson_TAR 20 days ago
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.
StrangeBrewReviews 20 days ago
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.
the_judylwd 26 days ago
This is a new to me author. I'm so happy that I gave this book a try. It was such a fun and fast read. First off, I want to move to Snowberry Creek. It seems like a great town to live. Only a couple murders so far! My bigger fear is getting roped in to all the committees. I really like Abby and Tripp. They have the potential to become one of my favorite cozy couples. I appreciated the veteran angle. My husband is retired Navy so anything to do with veterans is a bonus. Also, can I say how much I loved Zeke? I really enjoyed the little side mystery of who carved the pumpkins. That was really cute and unique. Even though I guessed the murderer early on, I didn't mind. I loved this Halloween cozy from start to finish and this author is now on my must read list. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
SewWrite 3 months ago
Abby McCree finds a dead body soon after the victim was seen arguing with a veteran friend of Tripp's. The police would like to talk to Tripp's friend but he won't help them locate his friend which complicates the situation and leaved Abby on her own with a killer loose in town. Abby stays very busy working on several committees but still manages to end up on the killers radar. I really enjoyed this story. The veteran aspect added a new dose of reality to the town and the story. I also appreciate the way Abby can go about her normal life and stumble upon important clues without always going out of her way to follow leads. To me, that makes this series more believable. I look forward to reading the next book.
Dollycas 4 months ago
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 eve
Anonymous 4 months ago
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. 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.
PrincessGlor 5 months ago
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.
CozyUpWithKathy 5 months ago
a smart mystery with heart 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.
MCM917 6 months ago
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 Tripp again and plans to stay clear of Sergeant Montgomery when she witnesses an argument between Ronald Minter (a local pumpkin farmer) and the Sergeant on the street. The Sergeant walks away and Abby is able to defend him to the police. The next day when Abby has to go out to pick up pumpkins at Mr. Minter’s farm for the fall festival she finds him dead in his corn maze. Suspicion immediately falls to Sergeant Montgomery and Tripp ends up in jail for failing to tell the police where he is staying in the forest. The murder is not in Chief Gage Logan’s jurisdiction but Detective Ben Earle who has some funny run in’s with Abby. My favorite is when she asks for the brownies back! Abby is a strong character and does not go out of her way to solve the mystery but just stumbles upon things. The Detective and Gage look out for Abby as she is threatened a couple of times. This is an enjoyable read and this series is now an automatic buy for me. Looking forward to the next installment. Highly Recommend.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great mystery with believable characters.
Katherinestamps 6 months ago
I love the Abby McCree mystery series! Even though this is the second book in the series, this could be read as a stand alone novel. Abby McCree is relatively new in Snowberry Creek, Washington after inheriting a relative's home. Abby becomes involved with the senior affairs committee, the local quilting guild, and has now been asked to help a veteran's group organize a fund raiser. Abby is funny and spunky and I enjoy reading about her exploits. In this book, jack-o-lanterns carved into the likeness of local townspeople are mysteriously found around town. When the local pumpkin farmer, a cantankerous, mean man is found dead, the suspects are plenty! It seems like he has had run-in's with several townspeople recently and no one has a kind thing to say about him. When a homeless veteran is accused of his murder, Abby's renter Tripp is arrested for obstruction of justice for not telling police where he is. It's up to Abby to get to the bottom of things. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery and I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a great cozy mystery! Thanks to #NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
DebbieLTD 6 months ago
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 questions. Abby's tenant and friend, Tripp, works with Kevin in an outreach program and refuses to give any information on his whereabouts, as he believes he is innocent. Will they uncover the real killer before anyone else gets hurt? The book adds just the right amount of humor, mystery, and action to make this a great book. Highly recommend. I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
MKF 6 months ago
Abby's settled into small town Snowberry Creek and she's developed some nice relationships, including with her tenant Tripp. She's talked into helping more than she might like with the Halloween festival and when she goes to pick up pumpkins she finds the farmer dead, with a knife in his back. Cozy readers know what Roland Mintner had more enemies than friends and that the person the police suspect- Kevin- is not the man who did it, but who did? Tripp, convinced that Kevin is innocent, even ends up in jail. As always, our intrepid heroine investigates and finds the villain! This would have benefited greatly from a polish but it's still a good read. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Classic cozy and you'll be fine with it as a standalone.
CozyOnUp 6 months ago
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 suspects a transient veteran of being the thief. When the farmer runs across the veteran in town he gets into a heated discussion with him and the police are called. When Abby takes one of her elderly friends to pick up some pumpkins from the farmer, Abby finds him murdered in the middle of the corn maze. Some locals believe the veteran that had an altercation with the farmer is guilty. Abby doesn’t believe it and her renter, Tripp, refuses to tell the detectives where to find the veteran and is jailed. Abby being home alone is never a good thing when a murderer is on the loose and this time is no exception. While not actively looking to solve the murder, Abby is trying to get Tripp out of prison and she ends up finding the killer…and hopes she isn’t the next victim. A good series that highlights small town life, challenges some of our veterans face, and the strength of friendship. Enjoyed this second book in the series and look forward to the next installment.
TheCozyReview 6 months ago
Series: An Abby McCree Mystery – Book 2 Author: Alexis Morgan Genre: Cozy Mystery/Holiday Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 304 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.
BobbieLCLA 6 months ago
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 councilman has suffered a health setback and won’t be available until November, so Abby has been responsible for directing the council on aging’s participation in the Halloween Festival. Also, her tenant, Tripp Blackston, manipulates her into organizing fundraisers for the town veterans’ group. Several of her responsibilities are impacted when a local pumpkin farmer is murdered with a military combat knife, when the police focus their investigation on a local homeless veteran suffering from severe PTSD, and when Tripp is jailed for refusing to give the police access to the veteran. Certain the police are wrong about the veteran’s guilt and sorely tried by Tripp’s imprisonment, Abby can’t resist asking questions even though she’s vowed to not investigate. Can the police find the killer before Abby’s curiosity get her killed? I enjoyed the first book in this series and looked forward to this one. I liked this book as much as the first one or more. I recommend this book to those who enjoyed the first book and to fans of cozy mysteries with a small-town focus. #DeathByJackoLantern #NetGalley
KiahJT 6 months ago
4 stars This newest installment of the Abby McCree series is intense and enjoyable at the same time. Alexis Morgan touches on homeless vets and it is a welcome inclusion. I enjoyed this book very much and I recommend it. This book is fun and well written. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a honest review.