Back to School Murder (Lucy Stone Series #4)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 meet 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.

"Captivating, well-written, and just plain fun." —Tulsa World

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lucy Stone of Tinker's Cover, Maine, is temping in the office of the small town's newspaper in this lively follow-up to Trick or Treat Murder (1996). The police report of a bomb scare sends the mother of four right to the elementary school where she observes the new assistant principal, Carol Crane, evacuate a disabled student moments before the blast. Police and FBI agents investigate the explosion but arrive at no solution to the crime before Crane is found murdered in her apartment. After the high school's chemistry teacher is arrested, Lucy, who is also taking a literature course at a nearby college, helps the newspaper's lone reporter investigate and learns that the dead woman, in league with a fundamentalist school board member, was forcing the suspension of the chemistry teacher, whom she accused of being the bomber. Unable to believe the charges, Lucy determines to find both the bomber and the murderer. But it isn't until she has some frank talks with her handsome English instructor, who has been making passes at her, that the engaging Lucy is able to nail the culprit and restore harmony to her family and community. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
The Maine village of Tinker's Cove is again awash in murder and mayhem (Trick or Treat Murder, 1996, etc.), but not to worry—Lucy Stone, wife to contractor Bill, mother of four; part-timer at the local paper; evening student at the local college; and above all, amateur sleuth—is on the case. Carol Crane, new assistant principal at the elementary school, has rescued a disabled child from inside the school just minutes before an explosive device goes off—an anonymous warning call to the police had evacuated everyone else. Lucy, helping Pennysaver editor Ted Stillings write the story, is intrigued by Carol's past, in which heroic rescues seem to have figured prominently, and by her connections to Lucy's seductive English professor Quentin Rea and to the town's fundamentalist preacher DeWalt Smythe and school politics. Carol's background assumes more urgency when she's discovered smothered to death in her apartment and well-liked high-school coach Josh Cunningham is charged with the murder. While police chief Crowley rests on his laurels, Lucy, unconvinced, scurries from home to job, to class, to daughter's day-care, to supermarket, finally, between chores, engineering a near deadly confrontation with the real killer.

A tad more substantial than the author's previous outings, but still bogged down in domestic detail, vacuous dialogue, and our heroine's mopey musings. Harmless ho-hum.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758288356
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Lucy Stone Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 305,880
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of thirteen Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. She lives in Cape Cod, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    leslie Meier book

    I love all of the books in this series I am waiting for the last to come out in paper back and hope she is going to be writing more I love all her books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Sam

    Runs in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Delilah... woops i forgot to mention that ill be gone because i

    Delilah... woops i forgot to mention that ill be gone because i got my nook taken away... :) silly me.. * gives hat back* i would not like death by beans... whatever that is... bye ALL!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Delilah.... Hey! wow... idk y i used my full name. but I got my

    Delilah.... Hey! wow... idk y i used my full name. but I got my nook taken away and am writing this from my computerat school. yeah the one i acccidently stole then toook back xD. anyways i am not dead or missing but i  am gonna b gone a couple days to maybe a week... idk :) Maybe i can be a thief in the night and steal it back... lol. But I luv you luke and i will see every one in a few days! :) ♥ *steals Ghost's "stetson" hat and dissapears* 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Kanjii

    Hey. U ok?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Bo

    "Come on sky i wouldnt do that." I kiss your hair then i stand up and wipe a tear from my eye

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    Lexi

    Wakes up her belly growling her head dizzy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Luke

    Brees locked out next res

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    Jonathon

    Lies down in a bench whistling U2 songs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Lil

    Bo will you be here tonight? Whyd cam leave?

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

    great read!

    This series is engaging, entertaining, and enjoyable! Start with the first one and you HAVE TO read the rest!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    To ipodtouchgirl

    Why wait until september i live in tennessee and go to dresden middle and i go back on the 8th if august

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Back to school party right here sept1!

    Ok on september 1 st there will be a back to school party here . Sorry about the name of book i chose.i just put back to school res 1 and i thought it would come up something more back to school apropriate.anyway im ipodgirl and ( i actually dont have a ipod yet but for my b day on september 16 i will) and i hope you enjoy the party back to schoolers.you may chat tell what grade you are in and every thing but NO AND I MEEN NO INAPROPRIATE LANGUAGE!!! THIS PARTY IS FOR ALL AGES SO NO BAD LANGUAGE!!! IF THERE IS YOU OR THE PERSON WHO SAYS IT WILL BE DISCLINED FROM THIS BACK TO SCHOOL CELEBRAITON PARTY!! THANK YOU AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!!! LOVE, IPODGIRL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Great!!!!

    all Lucy Stone's books are great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    Disappointing After The Christmas Cookie Murder

    <P>After reading The Christmas Cookie Murder, I decided to read Back to School Murder because, well . . . it's back to school time. <P>I was so disappointed. I couldn't believe these two novels were written by the same person! In Back to School Murder, Lucy seems more concerned about her feelings for her night school professor, her older kids are quite a bit more than handfuls and Bill is not someone I would want to know, much less be married to (which could account for Lucy's feeling toward her night school professor.) In Christmas Cookie Murder, Lucy came across more sympathetically, her older kids weren't quite as bad and Bill's *moments* were not as many. The mystery seemed to take back seat to the trials and tribulations of Lucy Stone. By the time I finished the book, I didn't care who the murderer was, nor did I care about any of the characters. <P>When I posed this opinion to a mystery fan list, it was suggested I skip the author's earlier works and try the one coming out in November, Turkey Day Murder. I think I will take this suggestion.

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