3.5 out of 5 Hoots
Pumpkin pie parting is actually book 14 in the Murder in the Mix series, but that should not stop you from picking his book up! Each book is written as a stand alone, but can of course be read sequentially. I will be honest, I have no idea how I stumbled on this book but I am glad I did! This cozy mystery is unlike any other that I have read before. Yes I have read cozies with bakers, pets, and even some with ghosts but this book has all three!
The book follows Lottie Lemon, a baker who can see dead people….and dead pets. Mainly she just sees pets and can communicate with them. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that when these pets show themselves it means that their owners are about to die! In this addition of the Murder in the Mix series we get to meet a llama who wants Lottie to help catch the person that murdered. Lottie of course can’t say no, and with the help of her friend/love interest Everett she does indeed solve the murder.
The cast of characters in this book were hysterical, although I don’t know if that was on purpose. You have Lottie’s mother who owns a haunted hotel, is a budding writer, and is trying her hand at some erotica. You have her husband (well technically) who is in a coma and visits her in ghost form once in a while, which is not exactly a good omen for him waking up from that come. And then you have Everett because of course there needs to be a weird sort of love triangle. Lottie does have several siblings but it was a little confusing on who was who…that is part of the reason that I didn’t give the book a higher rating.
Overall this book was a lot of fun. It reminded me of those crazy soap opera’s that they had when I was little. You had the drama of a possible pregnancy, a love triangle, a murder, and a dizzy llama who made me laugh out loud many times. If you are looking for a funny and light-hearted cozy this is the one for you. If you are looking for a cozy with a little more realistic feel and less soap opera drama you may want to check out these instead: Killer Focus, Case of the Love Spell, File M for murder, Whispered Voices (a paranormal cozy) , or the Secret, book, and scone society.