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Haunted Hayride with Murder: An Otter Lake Mystery    by Auralee Wallace order for
Haunted Hayride with Murder
by Auralee Wallace
Order:  USA  Can
St. Martin's, 2018 (2018)
Paperback, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I always like to have the latest of the Otter Lake mystery series on the top my book pile. Episodes combine a good suspenseful plot with a refreshing sense of humor in the writing. A touch of romance as well as out-loud laughter awaits readers after turning to the first page.

Ghostly stories have been told about a mysterious figure, known as the Apple Witch, for many years around Otter Lake camp fires. Tall tales, with few facts to back them up. Our heroine, Erica Bloom, loves the Fall with its changing leaves, apple cider, cozy sweaters - and a warming relationship between herself and Sheriff Grady Forrester.

However her feeling of complacency disappears when a boot (buried, obviously, for years) is discovered in the woods in a state park. No problem, right? Well, foot bones are found in that boot. The bones are thought to belong to a scandalous figure who dropped from sight many years prior to unearthing the bones in the boot.

Now all hands are on deck to scour the woods, looking for the rest of this individual's clothes and bones. Sightings of spooky figures roaming the woods spur more tales of the Apple Witch. The Otter Lake security team go all out to find a supposed murder victim.

Haunted Hayride with Murder is a satisfying read with guaranteed chuckles, and makes a fascinating addition to the Otter Lake series.

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