There are a number of different ways to fill this square: pumpkin on the cover, someone whose pet name is pumpkin, a book where the characters eat pumpkin pie. The easiest to find are the ones with pumpkins on the cover, and a lot of those tend to be cozy mysteries, for some reason! You can find a good compilation of possibilities in Murder By Death’s Pumpkin Square post - title of post links you to the original!
This was a fun one for me. Pumpkins pretty much equal Halloween.
Also I had no idea until recently how many books out there have pumpkins on the cover or deal with a pumpkin. Is the book loving world obsessed with pumpkins? I swear doing this bingo has me falling into all kinds of research black holes. I will be thrilled when we start in a few days.
So here are my three suggestions plus what I chose to read for the bingo.
1. Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #36) by Agatha Christie. The book cover has a pumpkin on it. The central mystery/murder occurs on Halloween, there are mention of pumpkins and bopping for apples. I was actually tempted to re-read this one since it is one of my favorite Poirot books.
2. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. The cover has multiple pumpkins on it. This book also has Halloween tales, fits the horror square, and the young adult square too.
3. Halloween by by Paula Guran (editor). This is a collection and has stories from Stewart O'Nan, William F. Nolan, Walter Scott, Peter Straub and more. If it wasn't so long (528 pages) I would just pick it and read it for the bingo. The reviews I saw mentioned that the editing wasn't so great, so check it out via the library if you can if you are inclined to get this one.
My pick is Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. I keep reading rave reviews about this book so I am really excited to read it. This book also fits the Halloween square since it takes place on Halloween and is considered horror for those who are still looking for a horror book to read.
In addition to those books, these will also work:
1. The Haunted Season by G. M. Malliet. This is the fifth of the Max Tudor series, and is the second set in the fall. This series has a strong seasonal theme. I know it isn’t the first in the series, but it’s the only one with a pumpkin on the cover, and sometimes I just don’t feel like I need to start at the beginning
2. Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. This is book one of the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series, set in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire. I’m not going to lie - I stumbled on this one when I was searching for books to fit this square, but, honestly, it sounds charming. It’s a middle grade mystery. The plot summary from Goodreads:
“Now that Truly Lovejoy's father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy's Books, a struggling bookstore that's been in the family for one hundred years.
With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy's Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte's Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What's inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.”
3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: This one is pretty obvious, I’ll admit, strongly featuring a pumpkin at the end of the book. It’s also a very fast read, and there is a wonderful audio version available on audible that is only $6.95 (even for non members) and is narrated by Tom Mison. This would be a fantastic way to fill a square in an hour and fifteen minutes! Link to audible version here.
I will be re-reading Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, unless I decide to give Absolutely Truly a go.