PUMPKIN PICKING WITH MURDER by Auralee Wallace / An Otter Lake Mystery / Cosy Mystery / Released Aug 30, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples and pumpkin pies – even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when a swan boat sails out of the heart-shaped exit of the tunnel with a dead man slumped over a wing, her romance will have to take a backseat.
Speaking of love affairs, the other passenger in the boat – and only witness to the elderly Mr. Masterson’s swan song – is not his wife. It’s Erica’s beloved and feisty “aunt” Tweedy, who quickly becomes the prime suspect.
Vowing to clear Tweety, Erica teams up with her sassy BFF and self-appointed security expert Freddie Ng to solve the murder – despite the objections of Grady, who’s convinced the amateurs are going overboard in their investigation. And he just may be right. But as Erican and Freddie start to dredge up long-kept small-town secrets, will they head straight into troubled waters?
AURALEE WALLACE has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found pontificating about the Golden Age of soap operas or warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard.