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Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

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Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#1 by Snowflake
» 11 Aug 2017, 22:26

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Death by Pumpkin" by N.A. Granger.]

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Death by Pumpkin is the third book in the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series by N. A. Granger. You don’t need to read the first two books in the series to enjoy this excellent mystery! This book stands quite well on its own. There is a helpful foreword that includes a glossary of the main characters that were introduced in the first two books. This is a well-crafted mystery and an enjoyable read.

The main character in Death by Pumpkin is Rhe Brewster. Rhe is an ER nurse who lives in the fictional town of Pequod, Maine. Part of the entertainment during the annual Pequod Pumpkin Festival is the dropping of a giant pumpkin, from a large crane, onto an old car. Unfortunately, this year there was a body in the car beneath the pumpkin! Since Rhe is also a consultant with the small town police office, she joins in the efforts to solve the mystery of who the victim was, and why he came to such a squishy end.

This book reminded me a lot of the The Cat Who… mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun. They both have an excellent small town feel with characters that could be your neighbours. This particular plot was well thought out and well-paced throughout the book. Even though the book was at a small town speed, the mystery added some very exciting elements.

I really enjoyed the fact that Rhe was an excellent and determined investigator. She worked through the mystery in a logical and realistic manner. She was a first-rate asset to the local police department and an excellent female role model. I also enjoyed the aspects of local life that were added into the story. Parts of the local culture and aspects of everyday life were woven into the fabric of the story in a realistic manner.

The only area where I felt there was room for some improvement was the dialogue text. It seemed a bit formal at times. There were phrases like “I would not know where to start looking.” instead of “I wouldn’t know where to start looking.”. This was a minor thing. Once I got used to it, it did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. I think it would also be helpful to add the pronunciation of the name Rhe to the glossary in the Foreword.

All in all, Death by Pumpkin was a great mystery with well-drawn characters and a solid plot. I really enjoyed the small town setting. Rhe was a strong female lead who was both intellectually and emotionally smart. The mystery and its impacts on Rhe’s life were woven together seamlessly. This book was an excellent stand-alone novel. It is also one that makes me want to read the earlier books so I can enjoy more of Rhe’s adventures! I give Death by Pumpkin by N. A. Granger 4 out of 4 stars. People who enjoy mysteries in a small town setting will really enjoy this book.

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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 16 Aug 2017, 07:41

This does sound really interesting. Rhe is an ER nurse who is also a consultant with the police department? Hmm... I think I'll have to pick this one up! Thanks for a good review.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#3 by CatInTheHat
» 16 Aug 2017, 11:25

As soon as I read the title, I started giggling. I do enjoy small town mysteries. This sounds like a fun read, thank you for such a great review.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#4 by Snowflake
» 16 Aug 2017, 13:10

Thanks for your comment. It was a good read!
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#5 by The Researcher
» 17 Aug 2017, 00:12

Nice review! I find the title of the book very interesting. The title and your review stating that its is good mystery read helped me make my decision to read this book. Thanks for sharing your views.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#6 by bookiegalke
» 17 Aug 2017, 02:01

when I saw the title to this book,I was curious to find out how on earth a pumpkin would cause someone's death. the writer, however, does employ a very tactical form of creativity to come with a book that is full of mystery.

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when I saw the title to this book,I was curious to find out how on earth a pumpkin would cause someone's death. the writer, however, does employ a very tactical form of creativity to come with a book that is full of mystery. great review.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#7 by Athena Moon
» 17 Aug 2017, 08:27

Giant pumpkins and murder, what could be better in a wait for Halloween. The story atmosphere sounds cozy enough to dip in. Thanks for the review! I loved it
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#8 by IsabelMay
» 18 Aug 2017, 14:43

Seems like a good mystery read. I'm a bit confused about the title, though, I think it would be something humorous in the end. I love the name the author picked for the protagonist, it's finally a name that's not as common in books. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#9 by Miriam Molina
» 20 Aug 2017, 16:00

Hi, Snowflake! This could turn out to be a favorite series for me. I am a crime story fanatic and enjoy forensic-science-derived clues which I'm guessing is Rhe's contribution to the investigation.

Very engrossing review you gave, too! Thumbs up!
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#10 by juliusotinyo
» 20 Aug 2017, 16:12

kandscreeley wrote:This does sound really interesting. Rhe is an ER nurse who is also a consultant with the police department? Hmm... I think I'll have to pick this one up! Thanks for a good review.


A consultant ER nurse for the local police department, I thought only MD or surgeons did those. Thanks for an insightful review. But, I am not a fan of crime and mystery books.
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Post Number:#11 by Bluecobia
» 20 Aug 2017, 21:22

This sounds like a good mystery novel. This is one I would like to read.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#12 by Snowflake
» 23 Aug 2017, 19:42

Thanks kandscreeley, CatInTheHat, The Researcher, bookiegalke, Athena Moon, IsabelMay, Miriam Molina, juliusotinyo and Bluecobia for your kind comments. They are greatly appreciated.

And yes, IsabelMay, while there are a few funny moments, this is much more a mystery than a comedy.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#13 by Marylynn
» 25 Aug 2017, 02:59

I like the fact that the book is a stand alone so one feels no pressure to read the rest of the books in the series. Thank you for the nice review.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#14 by Snowflake
» 25 Aug 2017, 08:23

Thanks Marylynn - yes, it worked well on its own. I did want to read the other stories but only because I enjoyed this one so much.
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Re: Official Review: Death by Pumpkin by N.A. Granger

Post Number:#15 by TrishaAnn92
» 26 Aug 2017, 07:19

Great Review!! I will have to pick up a copy of this book!
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