#FridayBookShare Death by Pumpkin by N. A. Granger @rhebrewster

#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!

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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.

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First line of the book.

“Come on, mom! We’re going to be late and miss everything!”

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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).

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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.

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She finally manages to land the plane with instructions from the control tower. Of course, she would!

Anybody for a cosy mystery this weekend?

See my complete review on amazon.

 

 

#FridayBookShare ‘Trust me I Lie’ by #Author @LouiseMarley

I’m joining in Shelley’ Wilsons’s Friday Book Share with some suggestions for entertaining books to read for the weekend.

Check out the hashtag #FridayBookShare on Twitter. You’ll get great ideas for weekend reading.

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This Friday I’d like to tell you about ‘Trust Me I Lie’ by Louise Marley. I haven’t finished it yet, I’m about half way through and loving it so much that I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

First line of the book.

The rain fell thick and fast and hard. It machine-gunned the roof of Ben’s car and bounced off the road in front of him.

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When Milla Graham arrives in the picture-perfect village of Buckley, she tells everyone she’s investigating the murder of her mother who died eighteen years ago. But there’s already one Milla Graham buried in the churchyard and another about to be found dead in the derelict family mansion.

Obviously she’s lying.

Detective Inspector Ben Taylor has no life outside the police force. Even his own colleagues think he’s a boring stick-in-the-mud. But now he’s met Milla and his safe, comfortable life has been turned upside down. She’s crashed his car, emptied his wallet and is about to get him fired.

He knows she’s a liar because she cheerfully told him so.

Unless she’s lying about that too …

Introduce the main character using only three words.

I’m not sure who the main character is yet! I suppose it’s Milla, but it could be Ben, I love Ben! So I’ll do both:

Milla is fiercely independent, turbulent, and witty. She’s also a liar and a bit of a disaster-area!

Ben is very focused, perceptive and shrewd (career wise), but he’s lonely and lost/drifting in his personal life.

Together, they are perfect! Not a quiet moment in sight!

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

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The cover’s nice, but for me it doesn’t put across the feel of the book, which has a strong heroine, a crime and a dark family secret, and lots of humour.

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

According to actress, Emma Thomson: “Books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.”

I’ve been reading some intense thrillers lately, which I loved, but I needed a break!

You’ll love ‘Trust me I Lie’ if you like ‘cosy’ crime fiction with an English/British setting. A crime in the English countryside, including dark family secrets, an abandoned country house, a feisty heroine, a cantankerous grandmother, a tormented young man, a dark villain, and an adorable hero who says he’s not interested in playing the part, but the author has other plans!

Your favourite line/scene.

Two short scenes: one humorous and one more serious.

An amusing one at the beginning of the novel, when Ben literally runs into Milla in the middle of the road on a stormy night and takes her home:

“You’ll need to get out of those wet clothes.”

Well, that was incredibly fast work.

“The bathroom is upstairs,” he added. “You can use it first. If you leave your clothes on the landing I’ll put them in the washer-dryer and they’ll be ready for you to wear again by morning. There are fresh towels in the cupboard and a robe hanging on the door. I’ll heat up some soup.”

She sincerely hoped her mouth hadn’t dropped open.

“Will you marry me?” she said.

But instead of returning her banter he smiled tightly and disappeared into the kitchen.

Play nice, she told herself firmly, as she climbed the stairs. Or find yourself right back outside in the storm.

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A serious one related to the family secret/crime:

“Who the fuck are you?” He spoke so softly, so cordially, that at first the obscenity didn’t register.

“You know who I am,” she said carefully. “You were the one who contacted me.”

“You say you are Camilla Graham and no doubt you have the documents to prove it, or you wouldn’t be sitting here, but who are you really? You’re not my little sister, because she’s been dead for years _ and I know that for certain, because I watched her die.”

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Trust me I Lie is entertaining, delightful, humorous, and well written, and it’s only 0.99. Just get it and read it asap!

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Me-Lie-Louise-Marley-ebook/dp/B01HDYDJZ8

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trust-Me-Lie-Louise-Marley-ebook/dp/B01HDYDJZ8

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Want to join in sharing a book you enjoyed?

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare. Grab the banner on Shelley’s blog.

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

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