#FridayBookShare was created by Shelley Wilson for book lovers to share what they’re reading. The idea is to answer a few simple questions about the novel and post on Fridays. Anyone can join in!
Today, I’d like to share Death by Pumpkin by N. A. Granger
Death by Pumpkin is the third novel in the Rhe Brewster Mysteries, set in Pequod, a fictional town located in the coast of Maine. It can be read as a standalone, but the main characters are so engaging you’ll enjoy the series more if you start reading from book one, Death on a Red Canvas Chair reviewed here. And book two, Death on a Dacron Sail, review here.
First line of the book.
“Come on, mom! We’re going to be late and miss everything!”
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.
At the annual Pumpkin Festival in the coastal town of Pequod, Maine, Rhe Brewster, an ER nurse and Police Department consultant, responds to screams at the site of the Pumpkin Drop. Racing to the scene, where a one-ton pumpkin was dropped from a crane to crush an old car, Rhe and her brother-in-law, Sam, Pequod’s Chief of Police, discover the car contains the smashed remains of a man’s body. After the police confirm the death as a homicide, Rhe embarks on a statewide search to identify the victim and find the killer. During the course of the emotional investigation, she survives an attempt on her life at 10,000 feet, endures the trauma of witnessing the murder of an old flame, and escapes an arson attack on her family’s home. There is clearly a sociopath on the loose who is gunning for Rhe and leaving bodies behind. With Sam unable to offer his usual support due to an election recall and a needy new girlfriend, Rhe realizes that the only way to stop the insanity is to risk it all and play the killer’s game. Maine’s most tenacious sleuth is back, this time to confront a menace that threatens to destroy her life and those closest to her. The latest installment of the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Death by Pumpkin, is a murder mystery and thriller that tests the limits of Rhe’s strength and resolve like never before.
Introduce the main character using only three words.
Rhe is intelligent, resourceful, and loving
(if I could add more than three, I’d also say brave, adventurous, and generous, determined, and resilient. Her only negative quality is that she’s a terrible cook, although she’s learning!)
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Anyone who likes crime fiction set in an American small town with engaging characters and a great plot.
Your favourite line/scene.
Rhe is very brave and adventurous as a police department consultant, but sometimes dangerous events come her way, such as this near accident on a plane, as a result of being stalked by a deranged killer who has born a grudge against her since childhood.
She finally manages to land the plane with instructions from the control tower. Of course, she would!
Anybody for a cosy mystery this weekend?