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Posted January 31, 2013
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
I like reading this type of mystery/holiday book and have read others by the author so when I saw she had this new one coming up, I asked the publisher to send me an ARC.
Love the traditions they have because they resemble the ones I grew up with also.
This one starts out where Lucy and other locals are heading to the annual Easter egg hunt at VV's, the McMansion house on the hill. In the plastic eggs are usually certificates for money or schooling or day care.
Community service is done by all age groups, love the ideas. Lucy Stone is there to get a story for the Pennysaver newspaper as she writes for them. What happens next is not your typical annual event. The man wearing the Easter bunny suit has a heart attack. Turns out it's VV's grandson and afterwards Lucy is confronted with his ex wife, but he never married her, just had a child together. She's got some information that would prove he had just been to the doctor and somebody murdered him.
Lucy gets a friend Sue to help out at the mansion for the funeral service and buffet and she is able to go around the house to find any clues. She thinks a few things are not as they should be and with others help from the community she is able to piece together things.
Seems when she finds one clue and solves it two other clues need solving...
Light reading and love the community and the holiday and yes there are recipes in the back of the book. Love catching up with the ongoings of the town...
The call from the hospital in Florida changes her plans to follow up but she will get back to it...That leads to a real PI coming from NY to their town and she finds all kinds of clues and it leads to a court trial.
Just when that is solved the mystery is NOT over as we find out the past details of events and the real killer...
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Posted March 27, 2013
The big Easter egg hunt at Pine Point mansion was due to start any time. Lucy Stone and her daughter-in-law, Molly, were taking three year old Patrick for the first time. Everyone was to be dressed for the occasion and most were. As they waited at the big gates to see the Easter Bunny come out of the house, questions began to filter through the crowd. Where was VV? Were they even having the Easter egg hunt this year? Why were the gates locked? Suddenly the Easter Bunny comes out the front door, then staggers. He only gets a few eggs "hidden" when he drops to the ground. Willis, the butler, was trying to open the gates when he turned and saw the bunny fall. Terrific! Now all these children, ages 3-8, just witnessed the Easter Bunny's death. Or maybe he was simply sick.
Quirky, fun and with a surprise ending you won't believe. This is one of the most fun books I've read lately. I adore bunnies and was unsure about the title. Rest assured it's not the REAL Easter bunny. (WHEW!) With so many people involved and so many well executed twists and turns, you'll be guessing until the end. There are some terrific Easter tips in the back of the book and yes I did try two of them. WONDERFUL! For you mystery lovers, this one you need on your TBR pile and then in your Keepers pile.
I found no issues with this one.
I gave this one 5 out of 5 cheers because I had fun following Lucy Stone around! ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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Posted July 12, 2013
Posted March 18, 2013
Reviewed by Tamera Lawrence for Readers' Favorite
Easter is a time to celebrate life and the new arrival of spring. So when Lucy Stone takes her grandson to the annual Easter egg hunt in Pine Point, she is stunned to find no eggs on the beautiful Van Vorst estate lawns. It gets even worse when the Easter bunny stumbles out the door with a basket of eggs, only to drop dead right in front of the crowd. Stunned, Lucy Stone’s reporter instincts take over. Why would the grandson of one of the most prestigious family in town suddenly die? It just didn’t make sense. The man was in perfect health – his girlfriend claimed he was just given a clean bill of health from his doctor. Now Lucy decides to do her own investigation into what she fears to be a crime and enters the grand estate under the guise of kitchen help. But what she finds in the mansion is chilling. What exactly is going on and who is targeting the family? Lucy grows determined to find out the truth herself.
"Easter Bunny Murder" by Leslie Meier is a fun mystery with sleuth reporter Lucy Stone at the helm. This easy flowing tale has interesting characters and takes a closer peek behind the mansion’s walls. The Easter theme is different and unique and so are the diverse characters. Another big plus is that this book wraps up with some Easter tips and recipes for the holiday. A good read by a talented author.
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A young kit pranced around the nursery. He was the oldest, the biggest, and the strongest. At least that was what his mother said he was. You see, Bramblekit is an only-kit, so his mother is ways trying to cheer him up. He WAS pretty strong, and definately bigger and older then the other kis... letting his thoughts pass, Bramblekit reminded himself that today was his apprentice ceremony. Bramblekit couldn't wait. The hours that passed seemed like moons. Finally, the time has come to be a apprentice. "Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey gather here at Highstone for a clan meeting," called Burntstar, Bramblekit's father. Bramblekit zoomed up next to his father. His brown coat glistened and the dark red striped on his uniqe pelt made him stand out. His ice-blue eyes had exitment in them. He couldn't wait. Ater the cats gather under Highstone, everyone stared at him, confused. Even his own father stared at him. "Err.. Bramblekit?" His father bent down and whispered in his ear. "Yea?" Bramblekit responded. "Sorry if i hadn't already told you, but your apprentice ceremony is delayed," said Burntstar. "Hmm? What could be more important then your own son's apprentice ceremony?" Asked Bramblekit. "Well, remember your grandfather, Hawkfrost? Son of the great Tigerstar?" "Yea, kind of," responded Bramblekit. "So?" His father rage went up. "SO, MY DAD, HAWKFROST, GOT GREENCOUGH! HE IS ALREADY OLD, SO HE MAY NOT LIVE!" He roared at his son. "MY FATHER'S SICKNESS IS WAY MORE IMPORTQNT THAN MY STUPID SON BECOMING AN APPRENTICE! GET OUT, BRAMBLEKIT! JUST ET OUT OF MY LIFE!" (Go to the next result for part 2)
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Posted April 24, 2014
Everyone in Tinker's Cove is eagerly getting ready for Easter and with that comes a annual Easter Egg Hunt at Vivian Van Vorst's massive house. When people get there they find something isn't right. Nothing has been prepared for the festival. And not long does Van dressed up as the Easter Bunny. As people in town begin to notice that something isn't right in the Vorst's house. Everything from Vivi's treatment to people being fired and not getting what standard pay is. As a slew of deaths start to pile up it's up to Lucy to figure out what is going on.
There are no shortage of suspects between Vivi's granddaughter Vicky and her husband to their questionable lawyer. To any number of people who might have been wronged by Vivi. Who is the guilty party and what are they hoping to gain by this?
This was a great seasonal themed book. I loved reading about Easter themes intertwined with the story of a great murder mystery. I really was left wondering who committed the horrible crimes, it was such a page turner and one I would read on another Easter when I'm needing my Easter Egg fix!
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The black cat says to the bunnies, "I'm sure Sniffystar would love you to join! I just hope it's okay with him that I let you join."
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Posted June 17, 2013
Leslie Meier knows how to write a good mystery. Lately spolitical he has injected some politics into her writing. When I read a cozy, I want to be entertained, not subjected to the author's political views. They distract from, and have no bearing on the plot. It is the writer's equivalent of going to a concert that one has paid very well for and then being subjected to the group's political views. I want to sit back and read a cozy, not be subjected to the author's opinion on single payer health care, the Republican party, or climate change. If Ms. Meier is concerned about those subjects, then she can write a book about them. As it is, she is subtly inserting her opinions into the text with no bearing on the plot what so ever. Please, Ms. Meier, keep the politics out of your mysteries and let us just enjoy the cozy that we expect.
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Posted May 19, 2013
That was really funny when the dad yelled at bramblekit.. the five stars r for your story not the story im supposed to be rating.
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Posted May 10, 2013
Posted May 3, 2013
This book was on the top of my mom's to read pile. I just couldn't wait to read so I got to read it first. I love Leslie Meier and her Lucy Stone mysteries. She has a way of writing a wonderful mystery with humor thrown in as well. I've been reading Ms. Meier's work for a couple of years and I always enjoy her wonderful stories.
What started out as a normal day that Lucy and her daughter-in-law expected to be a fun Easter Egg Hunt for Patrick, suddenly took a turn for the worse when the Easter bunny collapses in front of everyone. Traumatized Children and parents are left watching a scene of the ambulance taking away Van Vorst Duff. Van doesn't make it to the hospital. From there lots of mysterious things happen, another death in the family, and VV who has been forced to be bed ridden, VV's staff is slowly being fired, and valuables are disappearing. Some bad is happening but who is behind it all?
Lucy Stone is a reporter for the local newspaper. She has a way of really getting involved in everything that is happening. She is one of my favorite characters of all time. I love Lucy, she finds herself in some really interesting situations. I always love reading how she gets herself out of them.
There is just so much drama and mystery in this book that it certainly kept me turning pages. Easter Bunny Murder is one of those books that had me on the edge of my seat wondering who committed the crimes.
If you enjoy a good mystery with fun characters I think you will enjoy Easter Bunny Murder.
Posted May 1, 2013