Monday, September 5, 2016

My Nails and My Book Review - Death of a Pumpkin Carver by Lee Hollis


Title: Death of a Pumpkin Carver
Series: Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #8
Author: Lee Hollis

Goodreads Summary: For Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Halloween is all about costume parties and holiday treats—until a killer crashes the party...

This Halloween, Hayley can’t imagine a worse trick than her ex-husband Danny returning to Bar Harbor. Her kids may be happy to see their dad, but Hayley’s determined not to be taken in by his charms, and suspects he’s in financial trouble—again.

Still, the haunted holiday is about to get a whole lot scarier after Danny’s moonshine-making uncle is found lying dead next to a tombstone in a cemetery—and Danny quickly becomes the prime suspect. To prove her ex is innocent, Hayley will have to dig deep into her own bag of tricks to unmask the real culprit . . . before anyone else—including her—ends up in the graveyard...

My Review: **I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

Poor Hayley has her hands full this Halloween. Her ex-husband is back in town, her daughter is working for her ex-boyfriend, and to top it off, she ends up stuck in the middle of yet another murder mystery. There are a couple minor story lines along with the murder, although the romance sub-plot seems to take over the story at times. Overall a nice, quick, easy read.

My Manicure: Is it fall yet? This summer has been ridiculously hot and humid, and even in September temps are in the 80s. I'm really looking forward to fall - the cooler weather, the decorating, the cute clothes, and of course pumpkin spice everything. Ok, back on topic, this book was just begging for a jack-o-lantern manicure. I mean, it's right there in the title. The base is China Glaze Sun Worshiper, a neon orange that is nearly impossible to apply nicely. I stamped using MoYou Festive 15 and Sinful Colors Black on Black. MoYou has this awesome thing where you can buy their plates with regular or XL images. With the regular size, I'd be lucky to fit the image on my nails and I'd have to watch the length of my nails. The downside to the XL images is that there are fewer images per plate, but the ability to stamp easier totally makes up for that. And they have the cutest packaging ever. Each plate comes in a sleeve decorated with the collection it is in.

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