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Berkley Prime Crime titles by B. B. Haywood

TOWN IN A BLUEBERRY JAM

TOWN IN A LOBSTER STEW

TOWN IN A WILD MOOSE CHASE

TOWN IN A PUMPKIN BASH

TOWN IN A
Pumpkin Bash

B. B. Haywood

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The recipes contained in this book are to be followed exactly as
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The publisher is not responsible for your specific health or allergy needs that may
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medical supervision. The publisher is not responsible for any adverse
reactions to the recipes contained in this book.

TOWN IN A PUMPKIN BASH

A Berkley Prime Crime Book / published by arrangement with the author

PUBLISHING HISTORY

Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition / February 2013

Copyright © 2013 by Robert R. Feeman and Beth Ann Feeman.

Cover illustration by Teresa Fasolino.

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ALWAYS LEARNING
PEARSON

For Sarah James and Drift,
and for Matthew

Table of Contents

Prologue

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

Seven

Eight

Nine

Ten

Eleven

Twelve

Thirteen

Fourteen

Fifteen

Sixteen

Seventeen

Eighteen

Nineteen

Twenty

Twenty-One

Twenty-Two

Twenty-Three

Twenty-Four

Twenty-Five

Twenty-Six

Twenty-Seven

Twenty-Eight

Twenty-Nine

Thirty

Thirty-One

Thirty-Two

Thirty-Three

Thirty-Four

Thirty-Five

Thirty-Six

Thirty-Seven

Thirty-Eight

Thirty-Nine

Forty

Forty-One

Forty-Two

Forty-Three

Forty-Four

Forty-Five

Forty-Six

Forty-Seven

Forty-Eight

Forty-Nine

Fifty

Fifty-One

Fifty-Two

Fifty-Three

Fifty-Four

Epilogue

Author’s Note

Recipes

PROLOGUE

At first he thought he had wandered into a graveyard.

He’d been looking down, careful of his footing in the darkness, and only when he glanced
up and around, spooked by a sound in the woods nearby, had he noticed the tall, arched
headstones on either side of him. Sprouting from a flat, open space, they stood like
black sentinels against the shadowy landscape, lit only by the angled beam of his
flashlight and the muted glow of a half-hidden gibbous moon, a few days from full,
its face smeared by a swath of thin, strung-out cloud.

Instinctively he took several steps back, horrified that he might just have walked
over someone’s dead body.

On somewhat safer ground, he stilled himself and listened. There had been a sound,
a whistle or low whisper from a stand of trees in front of him and to his left. He
was sure of it. He lifted the flashlight and shined it in the general direction of
the trees, flicking it around. “Hello?” he called into the darkness. “Is that you?”

He shifted the light from tree to tree, searching the shadows, but saw and heard no
one.

Not for the first time, he wondered if this was a good idea. The message had been
vague at best. Meet here, in this isolated pumpkin patch in Down East Maine, an hour
before midnight. It was an urgent matter, the message had said, though no more details
were provided. But the implications were too worrisome for him to ignore.

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