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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Sacrifice (Murder in the Mix #3) by Addison Moore


Pumpkin Spice Sacrifice

Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published October 7th 2019 by Bookouture



Goodreads synopsis:
*A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore*

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead pets. Okay, so on occasion I see a dearly departed human, too. And, unfortunately for me, that horrible scenario is playing out right this minute. Worse yet, that good-looking ghost just so happens to look just like my friend, Everett, and it refuses to leave his side. I’m petrified of losing Everett, so much so that I too refuse to leave his side, which of course doesn’t exactly bode well with my newly minted boyfriend, Noah Fox, who is just as comely as his surname suggests. After two horrific murders just took place in our small town of Honey Hollow, I’m ready to put the last few months behind me, but when I come across another gruesome discovery, my entire world comes crashing down on me once again. 

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with. 
Living in the small town of Honey Hollow can be murder.

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4 Stars

This is the third book in the Murder in the Mix series by Addison Moore.

What a fun and pumpkin spicy read. There was definitely a lot of pumpkin spice everything in this book.  Plus there was more than spice than pumpkin as Lottie, Noah and Everett investigate a murder that leads to a spicy and exotic club. 

I am reading this book as a part of my own #BuzzwordReadathon featuring the word SPICE so it really fits my reading prompt. I love everything pumpkin spice.

Lottie Lemon is a baker and has opened a new bakery to sell her goods. Because of the good name she has garnered, Lottie is providing the baked goods for a local award ceremony.  At this ceremony a woman falls dead as she accepts her award. One of Lottie’s friends, Everett, is accused of the diabolical deed and Lottie makes it her focus to get him cleared of all charges. This seems like a no-brainer since Lottie’s new boyfriend, Noah Fox, is a police officer. All Lottie proves to do during the story is make Noah jealous of all the time she is spending with Everett. You begin to wonder which man is Lottie meant for? The ghost of Everett’s dead father makes an appearance here and there during the investigation since Lottie has the gift to see the dead. If there was a dead pet, like the synopsis above suggests, I didn’t notice them. And maybe I just thought they were alive and missed the whole “dead” aspect of the animal.

This cozy was quite a tame one since most of the “romance” of the story was forefront and the cozy mystery part of the story was pushed to filler to round out the novel. I wish there had been more attention to the mystery part. I think this book could have been fifty pages longer to fulfill that need.

I enjoyed digging into the life of Lottie Lemon and look forward to the many other books in this series since there are a fair few. If you love a good foodie cozy mystery with an abundance of romance, definitely check this one out!

As an afterword, I have to say that I really appreciate the cute and cool covers these novels have. What a great designer Addison Moore has tapped into!

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