It’s Halloween and this year Chloe is certain she’ll win the pumpkin carving contest, but the night before the competition someone uses Mr. Jackman’s giant pumpkin to squash an unpopular dentist. This is publicity the town doesn’t need. Can Chloe solve the pumpkin caper and save Halloween?
If you are a fan of Nancy Pickard or Susan Conant you are going to love the cozy hometown feel of Moving Violation.
The Great Pumpkin Caper is the 10th book in the Chloe Boston mystery series and the last Chloe Boston novel I will be reviewing this month.
This story starts less than a month after the events in Haunted, and Chloe is back at work part-time. She still does not know what she wants to do with her life but she has begun looking for other activities to occupy her time such as taking online classes to get her private investigator license and participating in her Lit-Wit group. She has also taken to growing gigantic pumpkins and developing her own style of squash art. Until, the local dentist is crushed under one of the massive pumpkins and Chloe is pulled in to another murder investigation.
This is my least favorite of the three Halloween themed Chloe Boston mysteries. Now, this doesn’t mean it is bad because in actuality the story is quite good. It is just the majority of the story-line is dedicated to Chloe getting her life together instead of the actual murder mystery. Chloe felt lost during Haunted, and she is still somewhat frustrated about her future during The Great Pumpkin Caper. There are many sections dedicated to psycho-analyzing human violence and Chloe struggling to find the joy in small things.
It is still a nice October read and well worth it if you are interested in growing and carving pumpkins. Just expect to read more about ‘the questions of life’ instead of a daring murder mystery. Let me know what you think!