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TINKER COVE'S OWN AMATEUR SLEUTH Lucy STONE DISCOVERS THAT SCHOOL DAYS CAN BE MURDER. It's back to school time in the peaceful Maine town of Tinker's Cove, and for mother-of-four Lucy Stone it isn't a moment too soon. But trouble at the local elementary school soon has the sometime crime-solver juggling family, job, and night classes with another mystery to solve. And it starts with a bang. A bomb goes off with the noon lunch bell, but not before all the kids are safely evacuated, and Carol Crane, the new assistant principal, is hailed as a hero. But days later, Carol is found murdered and everyone is stunned when the most popular teacher at the school is arrested for the crime. However, not everyone is buying the open-and-shut case, including Lucy Stone, who senses there's more to things than meets the eye. It soon becomes clear that Lucy is flirting with danger, as sizzling secrets and explosive surprises provide a primer for the most diabolical of motives. Hot on the trail of a clever killer, the dedicated mom and seasoned sleuth must harness the courage and cool aplomb to uncover a crime that just might give her an education in the fine art of murder.
Ever since local developer Fred Stanton and his wife, Mimi, built five modular homes next door to Lucy Stones farmhouse, life just hasn't been the same. With Mimi complaining about everything from the state of Lucy's lawn to another neighbor's lovable dog, quaint Tinker's Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul-de-sac politics and backstabbing. And when Mimi doesn't show up for her shift at The Hat and Mitten Fund bake sale, the scent of burnt sugar leads Lucy to a shocking discovery: Mimi, face down on her kitchen floor-with a knife in her back. While the police start their investigation, Lucy gets busy writing up the murder for the local Pennysaver-and following a few leads of her own. Lucy knows the women in her neighborhood didn't like Mimi, but they certainly didn't want her dead... right? Could the murder have been committed by bossy Christine Cashman, an ex-marketing exec and current housewife who's running this year's bake sale like it's a board meeting? And who is that mysterious homeless man skulking around the cemetery?
The whole town of Tinker's Cove is looking forward to the celebration marking former librarian Julia Ward Howe Tilley's ninetieth birthday. Lucy Stone, Miss Tilley's closest friend, dreamed up the party idea-at about the same time she decided she's not getting old without a fight. Noticing crow's feet and a potential jelly belly, she's resolved to exercise more and purchase some heavy-duty wrinkle cream, asap! That sounds like a plan-until Lucy realizes her daughter's fourteenth birthday bash, a coed sleepover, may turn her hair white overnight. What was she thinking when she agreed to let Sara have the party? Obviously she wasn't thinking about the hormonal rampages of young teens. On her mind, instead, was the shocking death of Sherman Cobb, the town's oldest attorney, an apparent suicide. His law partner, however, thinks Sherman was murdered. Poking about in Sherman's papers, Lucy turns up an intriguing tie between the dead man and Miss Tilley. Meanwhile Miss Tilley's own past has come back to haunt her in the form of a mysterious niece named Shirley and a biker great nephew named Snake. Soon no one can get to see the elderly librarian because the brash, bossy Shirley says she's "failing." Is Miss Tilley in grave danger? Will Sara's party turn out to be a scandal? Now, as a killer's ruthless plan rushes toward a conclusion, Lucy needs answers fast-or else she and Miss Tilley won't live long enough to make a wish and blow out the candles on this year's birthday cake...
'Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Vfire waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit. "Candy Cane Murder" by JOANNE FLUKE Bakery owner Hannah Swensen feels a little stuffed in her elf costume-,but it's too late to count calories. Lake Eden's annual Christmas gala is upon her and eager children are waiting. Wayne Bergstrom, owner of Bergstrom's Department Store, happily ho-ho-hos his way through the festivities in his Santa suit. But when a trail of candy canes leads to his corpse in a snow bank, Hannah must find Kris Kringle's killer. "The Dangers of Candy Canes" by LAURA LEVINE When a wealthy suburbanite takes a lethal tumble off his roof while installing a giant candy cane, the roofing contractor being held responsible for murder asks freelance writer Jaine Austen to investigate. But solving this untimely holiday death means delving into the cutthroat Christmas decorating wars among scheming neighbors with dirty secrets in their stocking. It takes a fruitcake hiding a weapon and a stunning confrontation to expose the mastermind of this holiday murder. "Candy Canes of Christmas Past" by LESLIE MEIER Twenty-some years ago, Lucy Stone arrived in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and discovered her knack for solving mysteries when she met Miss Tilley, the town librarian, whose mother took a fatal fall down the basement stairs one Christmas Eve. The "accident" left a cloud of suspicion on Miss Tilley's father and a slew of other suspects. The only clue was a glass candy cane found crushed to bits by the victim's body. Now Lucy will learn the mystery of the glass candy cane as she unlocks the doors of Christmas past, exposing secrets, scandal, and a killer who got away with murder.
As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer's Chocolates. But when a local fisherman drowns suspiciously, Lucy's certain her investigative skills could be put to better use. Everyone is shocked when Fern's Famous Fudge loses its status as "Best Candy on the Coast" to Chanticleer's pricey newfangled confections. And Lucy soon discovers sultry store manager Tamzin Graves is only too eager to serve her male clientele. Leaving a throng of jealous women in her wake, it's almost no surprise when Tamzin is the next to turn up dead, covered in chocolate. Could a bitter ex-wife be behind the crimes? As Lucy closes in on the culprit, she may find herself locked in the clutches of a half-baked killer.
It's Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and Lucy Stone is excited about her acting debut in the town's production of A Christmas Carol. But a real life Scrooge has everyone feeling frosty, and with a murderer on the loose, Lucy will have to unwrap her sleuthing skills faster than she can say, "Bah Humbug "Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year, Tinker's Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling to make ends meet, Christmas festivities are a luxury some can't afford. But the story's not so bleak at Downeast Mortgage, whose tightfisted owners, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in profits from everyone's misfortune. Half the town is in their debt, so when the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. . . It's hard to feel merry amidst all the yuletide chaos. Between her reporting duties at the Pennysaver and nightly rehearsals for the Christmas play, Lucy hardly has time to search for a killer--especially one whose victim left behind so many possible culprits. Scribner believes Marlowe's ghost has come to warn him of his own impending demise, and when he starts receiving death threats, Lucy wonders if there's more to the omen than the ravings of a bitter old pinchpenny. . . Can Lucy solve the case and deck the halls before the killer strikes again? In a season of giving, receiving a deadly Christmas present is definitely not what Lucy had on her wish list this year. . .
For Lucy Stone, the best thing about Christmas in Tinker's Cove has always been the annual Cookie Exchange. But the usual generosity and goodwill is missing from this year's event which turns out to be a complete disaster.
[from inside dust jacket flaps:] "Spring has sprung in Tinker's Cove, and Lucy Stone has a mile-long to-do list. From painting eggs with her grandson, to preparing the perfect Easter feast, to reviving her garden after a long, cold winter, she hardly has time to search for a killer with a deadly case of spring fever ... Lucy has always loved covering the annual Easter egg hunt for the Pennysaver. Hosted by elderly socialite Vivian Van Vorst at Pine Point, her luxurious oceanfront estate, it's a swanky event where the grown-ups sip cocktails while their children search for eggs that are as likely to contain savings bonds as they are jelly beans. But when Lucy arrives with her threeyear-old grandson, VV's normally welcoming gates are locked, and a man dressed as the Easter Bunny emerges only to drop dead moments later ... Lucy discovers that the victim is Van Vorst Duff, VV's grandson, and soon learns that not all is as it seems at idyllic Pine Point, where the champagne and caviar seem to be running dry. Always a social butterfly, VV has been skipping lunch dates with friends, and her much-needed donations to local charities have stopped with no explanation. Maybe she's going senile, or maybe her heirs are getting a little too anxious to take over her estate ... As Lucy gathers a basketful of suspects, she's convinced that someone's been hunting for a lot more than eggs. And she'll have to chase the truth down a rabbit hole before the killer claims another victim ..." The prior 19 books in Leslie Meier's cozy mystery series about a full time mother and part time newspaper reporter in a small Maine town are in the Bookshare collection. Each book features a special day like the first day of school, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, wedding day, Thanksgiving, Father's Day and more. The novels feature a few recipes and celebration ideas at the end of the text.
Between a busy family and her duties as a reporter for the Tinker's Cove Pennysaver, Lucy Stone could use a break. So when a friend tells her about a trip to England sponsored by Winchester College, she jumps at the chance for a girls getaway. But when tour leader Professor George Temple dies mid-flight after an asthma attack, Lucy's glad she packed her sleuthing skills. . . In London, Professor Quentin Rea, a ladies' man and former flirt of Lucy's, arrives to take over the tour--and she finds that while his hairline has receded, his amorous intentions have not. Lucy also begins to notice peculiar behavior among other members of the group. And when she discovers all of them have pasts connected to the late Professor Temple, she suspects his death was an elaborate act of revenge. Then another tour member dies, and Lucy is suddenly ensnared in a daring scheme that could lead her to a mastermind of murder--or make her the next victim. . . "Leslie Meier writes with sparkle and warmth. " -Chicago Sun Times"Leslie Meier has created a town I'd like to live in and sleuth I'd love to meet. " -Jill Churchill"Fans of Murder, She Wrote may want to try this latest in a series that is well written and enjoyable. "-The Evansville Courier and Press
When her part-time reporting gig gives Lucy the opportunity to attend a Boston newspaper conference, she looks forward to the vacation from domestic bliss. But upon leaving Tinker's Cove, she quickly discovers that alone time can be kind of... well, lonely. And in between libel workshops and panel discussions, Lucy takes a guilt trip. She feels terrible that she won't be home to help her husband celebrate Father's Day. The festivities-and Bill's traditional Bloody Mary-are now in her kids' enthusiastic but inexperienced hands. But when Luther Read-head of a nearly bankrupt newspaper dynasty, father to several resentful children-suddenly drops dead, Lucy has other things to think about. Murder, for instance. She's not buying the theory that Luther died of an asthma attack. The man just had too many enemies. Like the newspaper editor who was fed up with Luther's liberal leanings, and the features writer who was worried about her job. And then there's Luther's feuding family. Would one of his own kids have resorted to murder? It's impossible for Lucy to imagine how any child could commit patricide-especially so close to Father's Day. But Lucy's heard that Luther was planning to unload the fiscally impaired family business. How would his kin feel about that? Always the intrepid snoop, Lucy vows to investigate. But she can't help wondering if her name will end up on a byline-or in an obit...
Joanne Fluke Christmas Bundle: Sugar Cookie Murder, Candy Cane Murder, Plum Pudding Murder, & Gingerbread Cookie Murderby Joanne Fluke Laura Levine Leslie Meier
The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas--until murder is added to the mix. . . When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion--and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. 'Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit. . . Candy Cane Murder By Joanne Fluke When a trail of candy canes leads to a corpse outfitted in a Santa suit on a snowy bank, Hannah Swensen sets out to discover who killed Kris Kringle. . . The yuletide season in Lake Eden, Minnesota, guarantees a white Christmas, delectable holiday goodies from Hannah Swensen's bakery, The Cookie Jar--and murder. As a shadow hangs over her friends' Christmas wedding, Hannah's determined to cook a killer's goose before anyone else gets burned. . . The Cookie Jar's busiest time of the year also happens to be the most wonderful time. . . for Christmas cookies, Hannah's own special plum pudding--and romance! She also gets a kick out of Lunatic Larry Jaeger's Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot, a kitschy carnival taking place smack-dab in the middle of the village green. But then Hannah discovers the man himself dead as a doornail in his own office. . . Nothing's better on Christmas Eve than waiting for the stroke of midnight with a cup of eggnog and a plate of warm gingerbread cookies. But in this merry collection of holiday mysteries, murder is making its own special delivery. . . Gingerbread Cookie Murder By Joanne Fluke When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah's Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that's as long as her holiday shopping list.
MAIL-ORDER MURDER... As if baking cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn't smell right. Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa's Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously close to the truth, she's about to receive a present from Santa she didn't ask for--a killer who won't be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself.
Spring in Tinker's Cove, Maine, finds local reporter Lucy Stone wishing she were digging in her garden instead of languishing in her office at the Pennysaver newspaper. But flowerbeds will have to wait when Mother's Day rings in a feud between two neighborhood moms--and the fallout is fatal... Two of her four kids may be out of the nest, but Lucy knows only too well that mothering is a lifetime commitment. At least she gets to kick back and enjoy a fancy Mother's Day brunch with her brood--that is, before the festivities are interrupted by a nasty scene courtesy of Barbara Hume and Tina Nowak. Opposites in every way, the only thing these mean moms have in common is the need to best each other at every turn, using their teenage daughters as pawns in elaborate games of one-upsmanship... The hostilities only escalate when Bar and Tina team up to host an after-prom party for local teens. Lucy--persuaded to participate so she can keep an eye on her own daughter, Sara--has a front row seat for the fireworks. But even after witnessing the women's claw sharpening rituals, she never expects to see actual blood spilled--until Tina is shot dead on the public tennis court, right in front of Lucy. Having witnessed Tina's death, Lucy naturally expects to cover it for the Pennysaver but when her boss snatches the story, she's relegated to backing him up instead of taking the lead. It's an exercise in frustrating, especially since Lucy can shake neither the image of Tina's last moments nor the suspicion that the evidence against prime suspect Bar isn't as cut and dried as it seems... Lucy is determined to unravel the close-knit knot of suspects, even if she doesn't get the byline. But when the threads threaten to entangle one of her own, Lucy will come face-to-face with a killer who has a thing or two to learn about motherly love...
As excited as Elizabeth is to hit the Big Apple, Lucy's less thrilled to be heading straight into post-holiday shopping crowds in the middle of a flu epidemic. But, Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine and Lucy is in. The pampering is nice (never underestimate the transformative powers of a $500 haircut) and the glitz and glamour of haute couture is bizarrely fascinating, but bitterness and aggression lurk behind the Jolie's hipper-than-thou facade. And things turn downright ugly when self-absorbed fashion editor Nadine Nelson falls mysteriously ill and then dies. But this Manhattan murder mystery hits too close to home when Elizabeth gets rushed to the hospital with symptoms that are disturbingly similar to Nadine's. Now, it's up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square...
St. Patrick's Day MURDER Not many people in Tinker's Cove, Maine, knew Old Dan Malone. The grizzled barkeep's social circle was limited to the rough-hewn lobstermen and other assorted toughs that frequented his bar, a derelict main street dive called, appropriately, the Bilge. But when his body is found bobbing in the town's icy harbor, Lucy Stone, ace reporter for the Pennysaver newspaper, makes getting to know more about Old Dan a priority. And apparently, there's lots to learn. Like the fact that local musician Dave Reilly insists Old Dan conned a winning lottery ticket worth five grand from him. And that handyman Brian Donohue claims that Old Dan stiffed him for repair work he'd done at the bar. There are even whispers about some connection to the Irish Republican Army. The confusion surrounding the death is only compounded by the arrival of actor Dylan Malone, Old Dan's brother and a prominent, if fading, attraction of the Dublin stage. Dylan has come to direct the production of "Finian's Rainbow," the featured event at Our Lady of Hope's annual St. Patrick's Day extravaganza. He's also come to help his brother renovate the Bilge, turning the dingy tavern into an authentic--if decidedly upscale--Irish pub. Was Dan killed by someone he'd cheated, someone he'd loved, or someone who just couldn't stand the idea of losing their favorite watering hole? While Lucy can't be sure, one thing is abundantly clear--the stage is set for a murder mystery with a killer ending!
Lucy Stone Is in the doghouse--with her next-door neighbor Mrs. Prudence Pratt. It seems that Kudo, the Stones' misbehaving mutt, has developed a taste for Mrs. Pratt's blue-ribbon winning chickens. And he's also developed an escape artist's talent for sneaking out, no matter how hard Lucy tries to keep him on her property. With the Fourth of July coming up, Lucy doesn't want to set off any more fireworks with the crabby Prudence. As if Lucy needed any other sign that the crazy days of summer are in full swing, a group of naturists--a.k.a. nudists--descends on Tinker's Cove, skinny-dipping at the pond which borders Mrs. Pratt's property, and giving her another reason to complain. To make matters worse, the local lobstermen are upset about poachers--and suspicion falls on Mrs. Pratt's husband and son. Then the July Fourth fireworks are canceled to protect a patch of extremely rare purple-spotted lichen. The whole town is in an uproar--and Lucy is kept on her toes covering the goings-on for the Pennysaver newspaper. But the biggest story of her career occurs right next door when Mrs. Pratt is the victim of a hit-and-run. Tinker's Cove is full of suspects, but none with so personal a motive as the Stones. Their feud with Mrs. Pratt has put Lucy and her family at risk of losing their freedom this Independence Day--unless Lucy can start things off with a bang by catching a red, white and blue killer...
Little League, ballet slippers, and small-town charm are no match for murder in this neck of the Maine woods. But Lucy Stone certainly is.' Fresh from her sleuthing triumph in Mail- Order Murder, Lucy Stone of Tinker's Cove is taking time off from work to organize her three children and get ready for a fourth. But besides shuttling the kids to school, baseball practice, and Madame Tatiana's ballet studio, Lucy finds herself on the trail of Caro-Caroline Hutton-a retired dance teacher who has mysteriously disappeared. And to make the summer really murder, the irascible local hardware merchant, Morrill Slack, takes a deathblow to the head with a video camera, and Franny Small-the hapless salesgirl with the perfect motive-has no alibi for how she spent the afternoon of the murder. When Lucy's not eating peanut butter-and- fluffernutter sandwiches (which the newest member of the Stone family seems to crave incessantly), she's busy hitting up police detective Barney Culpepper for everything he knows. With a little research and a few trips to the library (between sewing tutus and broiling burgers), Lucy tries to discover just what happened to Caro-and whom she was protecting when she vanished. Racing against the clock to save her neighbor's life-and get her own seven-year-old prima ballerina on stage-Lucy wraps up the Big Case just in time for a visit from the stork.
HAUNTED-HOUSE PARTIES AND GHOSTLY GALAS. GRINNING PUMPKINS, MAYHEM AND MURDER. ITS GOING TO BE ONE HECK OF a HALLOWEEN FOR LUCY STONE AND TINKER'S COVE... It's October in Maine. The air is crisp, the foliage brilliant, and everyone in Tinker's Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up crateloads of orange- frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters' Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker's Cove. Someone is systematically putting a torch to the town's architectural treasures- the aging seaside marvels that Lucy and her carpenter husband, Bill, are dying to restore to their former glory. The discovery that the latest fire has just claimed the life of the owner of Tinker's Cove's oldest house turns arson into murder. As the local residents of Tinker's Cove work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festivities and the local lifestyle expert gives classes in jack-o-lantern carving, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Suddenly, innocent mischief masks true evil; every jack-o-lantern sports a menacing leer. As trick-or-treat turns deadly, a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to the shocking truth that could send all her best laid plans up in smoke.
Once again, Leslie Meier gives mystery fans a reason to give thanks for the eccentric charms of Tinker's Cove and the intriguing exploits of its resident amateur sleuth, Lucy Stone. TURKEY DAY MURDER Tinker's Cove has a long history of Thanksgiving festivities, from visits with TomTom Turkey to the annual Warriors high school football game and Lucy Stone's impressive pumpkin pie. But this year, someone has added murder to the menu, and Lucy intends to discover who left Metinnicut Indian activist Curt Nolan deader than the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey-with an ancient war club next to his head. The list of suspects isn't exactly a brief one. Nolan had a habit of disagreeing with just about everybody he met. Between fixing dinner for twelve and keeping her four kids from tearing each other limb from limb, Lucy has a pretty full plate already. So what's a little investigation? But if she's not careful, she just may find herself served up as a last-minute course, stone-cold dead with all the trimmings...
It's Valentine's Day in Tinker's Cove. And while the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her children will have pink frosting and candy hearts, Lucy's thoughts aren't centered on sugary sentiments. She's barely arrived at her first board meeting of the newly-renovated library when Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is found in the basement with a bullet in her heart. Shot dead only minutes before story hour was to start. The agitated board members assume that Bitsy was killed by an outsider, until Detective Lt. Horowitz arrives on the scene and shocks them all by announcing the killer is among them. As far as he's concerned, every member had ample opportunity to shoot Bitsy. Not only was each of them in the library at the time of the murder, but there were no footprints in the snow outside the basement door. And while he warns Lucy to keep her nose out of police affairs, she can't help but throw herself into the case. Lucy was already aware that Bitsy's uppity big city ways rubbed some people in Tinker's Cove the wrong way. Then there was her tendency to gossip about the books her readers borrowed. But Lucy had a hunch that motives for the librarian's violent death ran a lot deeper. From her conversation with former librarian Miss Tilley, a gossip in her own right, she learns there were sharp divisions between Bitsy and some board members. But would any of them be irked enough to murder her? From Hayden Norcross's elegant antique shop to Gerald Asquith's sedate study, to Corney Clark's chic kitchen, where the life-style consultant strives to rival Martha Stewart, Lucy relentlessly snoops into the curious lifestyles and shocking secrets of Tinker's Cove's most solid citizens... secrets that will plunge her into a terrifying confrontation with a conniving killer...
Already juggling four kids' hectic schedules, a rambunctious dog, an attention-craving husband, and a part-time reporter job, Lucy Stone can't possibly squeeze in another responsibility. . . or can she? When Sue Finch asks for help planning her daughter Sidra's wedding to Internet millionaire Ron Davitz, loyal pal Lucy willingly dives into the world of white lace, roses, and chair rentals. What could be more perfect than a backyard summer wedding in the Stones' newly-built gazebo? Live doves and a hot air balloon, according to overbearing climber Thelma Davitz. But the groom's mother's elaborate ideas and constant complaints are the least of Lucy's troubles. With the nuptials looming along with her latest deadline, the arrangements are in utter chaos -- and so is Lucy's investigative piece on lobsters. Meanwhile, Ron is making enemies at every turn, including the bride's father, several local lobstermen, harbormaster Frank Wiggins, and the Stones' friend, Geoff Rumford -- who still happens to be carrying a torch for Sidra. When the groom's body is found floating beside his yacht, Lucy isn't convinced it was an accidental drowning. From the picturesque waterfront to Norah Hemmings' mansion on toney Smith heights Road, Tinker's Cove is awash with suspects. Now, fresh from planning Sidra's wedding, Lucy finds herself contemplating her own funeral as she launches the harrowing pursuit of a killer who will do anything to keep from being unveiled.
With planning the town's annual Halloween Party, and the weather wreaking havoc, Lucy Stone's got her hands full this fall ... In the tiny town of Tinker's Cove, Maine, a newcomer seems to suit the Halloween season. Diana Ravenscroft has just opened Solstice, a charming little shop featuring candles, crystals, jewelry, and psychic readings. But after an unnervingly accurate reading by Diana, Lucy starts to get more than a little spooked ... Then there's the dead body Lucy finds, way up on one of the old logging roads behind her house. The deceased is Malcolm Malebranche, a seemingly harmless magician who worked at children's birthday parties. Ike Stoughton, a prominent local businessman, starts a campaign against Diana, blaming "the witch" for everything from the unseasonal dry spell to his wife's illness and his pumpkins' lack of plumpness. But Lucy's not so sure that Ike himself is innocent. As the town Halloween party approaches, Lucy's more concerned about baking orange cupcakes and Beastly Bug cookies. But a killer plans a lethal celebration of his own--and Lucy's the guest of honor. Contains three Halloween recipes at the end of the novel. Most of the books in this well plotted mystery series about a small town, New England, working mother are in the Bookshare collection. Lucy Stone has a nose for news and curiosity that beckons her to delve so deeply in her reporting that she learns enough that her life is always interesting, and sometimes in danger. Look for: #1 Mistletoe Murder, #2 Tippy Toe Murder, #3 Trick or Treat Murder, #4 Back to School Murder, #5 Valentine Murder, #6 Christmas Cookie Murder, #7 Turkey Day Murder, #8 Wedding Day Murder, #9 Birthday Party Murder, #10 Father's Day Murder, #11 Star Spangled Murder, #12 New Year's Eve Murder, #13 Bake Sale Murder, #14 St. Patrick's Day Murder,and #15 Mother's Day Murder, with more on the way.
In "A Winter Wonderland" by Fern Michaels, Angelica Shepard leaves New York for Christmas in Colorado to relax and unwind-but an out-of-control snowboarder almost has her laid to rest. When she wakes up in the hospital, all she remembers is the handsome angel who saved her. "The Joy of Christmas" by Holly Chamberlin introduces Iris Karr, who thinks "not all happiness is good for you," when she decides to move away instead of marrying her sweetheart Ben. Even years later, living with that decision isn't easy-until a familiar face comes to call her home for the holidays. In Leslie Meier's "The Christmas Thief," Elizabeth Stone is ready for a white Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine- until a fancy Yule ball at the Florida hotel where she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor's jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about her ties to a cute mystery guest. Good thing Elizabeth's mother, Lucy Stone, flew down to surprise her. 'Tis the season for a little investigating. In "The Christmas Collector" by Kristina McMorris, estate liquidator Jenna Matthews isn't one for Christmas nostalgia. But when one grandmother's keepsakes suggest a secret life, unwrapping the mystery leads Jenna-and her client's handsome grandson-to the true heart of the holiday spirit.
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