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I've heard great things about Kathi Daley's books from other reviewers, and now I see what all the fuss is about. Pumpkins in Paradise is an enjoyable and entertaining cozy mystery, guaranteed to get you into the Halloween spirit.
After finding her elderly recluse friend, Zachary, dead in his home, Tj senses something isn't quite right with his death. After the police close the case as natural causes, Tj is compelled to investigate. To find a killer, Tj must solve the puzzle of Zachary's past and uncover his tragic secret.
While the plot was pretty easy to figure out, I really enjoyed the "treasure hunt" puzzles, I love a mystery within a mystery, and I enjoyed trying to solve the clues along with Tj. Zachary sounded like he was a fun and interesting guy to know, I'm a little sorry that his introduction in the story was his death. He was a touching character, and the funeral scene made me sniffle, all that heartbreak, loss and regret was very moving. Tj is a good-natured and likable character, and her loyalty to her friends and family is admirable. While the other characters weren't very developed, this is the first in the series and I look foward to getting to know them better in later books.
Overall, Pumpkins in Paradise was a delightful read, perfect for Halloween book club reads or just to curl up with on a chilly fall day.
Thank you to Henery Press and Netgalley for providing a copy to read and review.