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Turkey Day Murder (Lucy Stone Series #7)

Turkey Day Murder (Lucy Stone Series #7)

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by Leslie Meier

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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


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. . .

"I like Lucy Stone a lot, and so will readers." --Carolyn Hart

"Meier writes with sparkle and warmth." --Chicago Sun Times

Editorial Reviews

Toby Bromberg
Domestic mysteries are an extremely popular subgenre and Leslie Meier’s are among the best. Lucy Stone is immensely likeable and her reactions to situations, her relationship with her friends and family all ring true. This, combined with a well-plotted mystery, makes for an irresistible read.
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite all her volunteer work and family responsibilities, not to mention her part-time reporting job for her local paper, valiant Lucy Stone manages to maintain her poise in her seventh busy outing (after Christmas Cookie Murder). For Lucy, escorting a preschool field trip to a turkey farm, baking pies for charity or entertaining her husband's difficult clients and son's college roommate for Thanksgiving dinner is all part of her routine in rural Tinker's Cove, Maine. For Native American Carl Nolan, life is full of conflict, whether with his boss, the board of selectmen or the local museum's anthropologist. As Thanksgiving approaches, Lucy covers a town meeting at which the main agenda item is whether the selectmen will support the Metinnicut Indian tribe's petition for recognition by the federal government. Approval would enable the tribe to build a casino on land belonging to Nolan's employer. The ink on that story is barely dry when Nolan's body, his head smashed with a priceless tribal artifact, turns up at the high school Thanksgiving football game. When Lucy accepts the challenge to solve the crime, she finds no lack of suspects. Meier clearly establishes her characters' motives early on, and portrays smalltown life both realistically and sympathetically. Sadly, the story loses some of its impact in a constant stream of minutiae that should leave Lucy, along with readers, gasping for breath and longing for a few minutes of peace and quiet. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Although much of her time is spent on family, fund-raising, and helping her best friend with day-care kids, Lucy Stone (Valentine Murder)--the sleuthing reporter of Tinker's Corner, ME--promises an elderly friend that she will find out who murdered a confrontational local Native American. Recent selectmen board meetings regarding the Metinnicut Indians have been getting out of hand. Most of the townsfolk believe that the Natives want federal recognition only so that they can open a casino, but the dead man thought otherwise. Lightweight, approachable prose; cozy, small-town ambiance; and a down-to-earth sleuth make this a good choice for most collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Kirkus Reviews
That acme of small-town American culture, Tinker's Cove, Maine, is pulling out all the stops for Thanksgiving. Not only is there the Boot and Mitten Fund's traditional pie sale, the traditional pep rally, and the football game between the Tinker's Cove Warriors and the fearsome Gilead Giants, but this year, there may be an Indian uprising as well: the remnant of the town's Metinnicut population has petitioned the Town Council for support in seeking federal recognition as a tribe in order to build a tribal casino, courtesy of Boston-based Mulligan Construction. When tribal leader Bear Sykes-flanked by Mulligan exec Jack O'Hara, tribal lawyer Chuck Canaday, and Andy Brown, whose turkey farm would become the site of the casino-raises the issue at a town meeting, he's shouted down by rival Curt Nolan, who sees gaming as an insult to the Metinnicut's heritage of environmental concern. But volatile Curt's outrage is cut short by a Metinnicut war club, a valuable artifact on loan to the pep squad from the Winchester College collection curated by Professor Fred Rumford. Curt's friends ask Tinker's Cove's amateur sleuth Lucy Stone (Christmas Cookie Murder, 1999, etc.) to find his killer. But Lucy has a more pressing mystery to solve: how to make a tasty, nutritious Thanksgiving dinner suitable for her diet-conscious teenage daughters, her ungrateful college-freshman son, his two vegan houseguests, and two total strangers from New York.

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Lucy Stone Series , #7
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4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(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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Turkey Day Murder (Lucy Stone Series #7) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lucy Stone and her family live in Tinker's Cove, Maine. Her son Toby is coming home for the first time from college for Thanksgiving. They are awaiting his arrival, she probably more than the others. It had been hard on her having Toby gone. She is kept busy with her work as a journalist for the Pennysaver, the weekly newspaper. She attends the meetings of the Tinker's Cove Board of Selectmen. Many of the meetings are long and tedious. That was before the ancestors of the Metinnicut Indians are trying to get the Metinnicut recognized as an official Indian tribe. At one of the meetings, discussion gets quite heated when discussing their proposed casino. Curt Nolan was a very outspoken advocate of the Metinnicut tribe and the casino. He ruffled many people with his abrupt ways. Then he is found dead behind the refreshments stand at the local high school football game on Thanksgiving. Not only did Toby come home for Thanksgiving, but he brought friends. Friends that were not anticipated by Lucy. She didn't get to have long talks with Toby as she had hoped. She barely got to see him, let alone talk to him. Lucy is having a tough time dealing with this. Then Miss Tilley gets Lucy to agree to look into Curt's death. She doesn't want to do it because her husband, Bill, had explicity told her not to. But, Miss Tilley can be quite persuasive. Lucy also agrees to take Kadjo, Curt Nolan's dog, since he no longer has a home. She is afraid that Bill will be upset, but he accepts the new dog into the family without any problem. I like this series a lot. Lucy and her family are your every day average family. She just ends up involved in investigating murders. And she always ends up putting herself and sometimes her family or friends in danger. This book is especially good what with the added stress of Thanksgiving and Toby's return to spice up her life. I always enjoy mysteries set in New England, especially Maine. The descriptions of the area are very enjoyable and make me feel like I've been there. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Turkey Day was an "alright read" but not like the last few books in the series. I just couldn't really get into the story. In fact, it was fairly blah. Better luck next time. Stephanie Clanahan
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Pebbles730 More than 1 year ago
Finished reading this one on Thanksgiving night and I could identify with getting ready for the family and all the work that goes into it but also the excitement of the coming season.
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