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Trick or Treat Murder (Lucy Stone Series #3)

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"A charming setting and likable cast. . .enjoyable reading. " —Publishers Weekly

Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas. . .grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It's going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker's Cove. . .

It's October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker's Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters' Halloween ...

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Overview

"A charming setting and likable cast. . .enjoyable reading. " —Publishers Weekly

Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas. . .grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It's going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker's Cove. . .

It's October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker's Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters' Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new bay, an arsonist is loose in Tinker's Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town's oldest house, arson turns into murder. . .

While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick-or-treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke. . .

"Lucy Stone is an endearing sleuth. " —Dorothy Cannell

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The serenity of Tinker's Cove, Maine, is shattered when an arsonist creates havoc and sends amateur sleuth Lucy Stone, introduced in How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams, on her second adventure. After several historic buildings are damaged or destroyed by fire, the stakes escalate when the body of socialite Monica Mayes is found inside the charred wreckage of her summer home. Lucy, mother of four, including new baby Zoe, casts a suspicious eye on Roland Mayes, Monica's unfaithful husband, and decides to do a little investigating of her own. Lucy's husband, Bill, a restoration carpenter, has reluctantly joined the local historic commission, which has recently denied the plans submitted by unsavory Randy Lenk to remodel his gas station. Another suspicious fire coincides with Halloween trickery and leads to a red hot finale. Although the plot is thin, the charming setting and likable cast, including crotchety old Miss Tilley, former librarian and head of the historic council, and Lucy herself, juggling motherhood and murder, make for enjoyable reading. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Not content with a flickering jack-o'-lantern for Halloween, somebody has torched the old Hopkins Homestead. It's the fourth case of arson Tinker's Cove has seen in five months, and the most deadly, since Homesteader Monica Mayes, enjoying a rare off- season overnight stay at her summer house, was killed in the flames. Whodunit? The obvious suspect for Lucy Stone (Tippy-Toe Murder, 1994, etc.) is the widower, Dr. Roland Mayes, who's been extending his gynecological research to bodybuilding bimbo Krissy Wright. But would Mayes really go to the trouble of burning down all those other buildings in preparation for offing his inconvenient wife?

Forget the mystery; the burning questions here (and the only time the tale flickers to life) concern the commercialization of rural Maine, the need of older drivers to turn in their licenses, and the breast-feeding of Zoe, the latest among fecund Lucy's progeny.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758278425
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Lucy Stone Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 338,083
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of fourteen Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen's Mystery magazine. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery.
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  • Posted April 9, 2012

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    Lucy is busy with the new baby, her three other kids, and her hu

    Lucy is busy with the new baby, her three other kids, and her husband. But when she learns that a client and good friend’s body has been discovered in the burned remains of her pet project house, Lucy is devastated. But this is not the only fire that has been started. Several historical buildings have been burned down.

    Then Lucy’s husband, Bill, a historic carpenter, is asked to join the local historic committee by former librarian Miss Tilley. Miss Tilley has had an iron control on the committee, but things are changing and not the way she likes. She thinks Bill will bring that control back to her. But when they are asked about renovating a local gas station, things start getting dicey when Lucy gets a threatening call in the middle of the night and paint on her car.

    I though this was a cute cozy mystery. The historic factor about the houses and such was well described. I admit that I didn’t know who was the arson until the last moment. I did feel for Lucy juggling her family and other tasks.

    This was a good story, but I hate to admit that is was not one that I just have to go out and buy the next one in the series. I was cute but nothing super special. If you like cozy mysteries, I think you will like this one.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Super cool author

    Loved her books

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Leslie Meier has done it again

    Another one of the great books in Leslie Meier's series. She seems to always to get Lucy Stone into an almost impossible situation, but always seems to let Lucy come out on top. I am reading the next to last book in the series. Her last book was the first one I read, so I am hoping her next book comes out soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    Very enjoyable easy read

    This is a very relaxing easy read. I read it on halloween and had a great time! Not the most sophisticated, but I will definitely read others in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    A normal mom with 4 kids somehow gets mixed in with murder

    Lucy Stone is just catching her breath from Tippy Toe Murder and is now mixed in with a halloween murder. She is tring to solve this murder. She is also having to help Toby (her oldest kid) stop being a bad boy. It is all just too much.

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