By: Leslie Meier
Copyright January 2012
Between a cutthroat dessert contest and her daughter’s new job at the fanciest chocolate shop Tinker’s Cove has ever seen, Lucy Stone is on a steady diet of tempting treats! But with a killer on the loose, and Valentine’s Day around the corner, there may be nothing sweeter than revenge. . .
It’s frigid in snow-covered Tinker’s Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues–and her widening waistline. No one in their right mind would vacation in Maine this time of year, but to boost the economy, the town is launching a travel promotion for Valentine’s Day. As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer’s Chocolates, and its deliciously handsome owner, Trey Meacham. 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 there’s another tantalizing tart behind the counter. Sultry store manager Tamzin Graves is only too eager to serve her male clientele–who find her as mouthwatering as her beef-jerky-spiked truffles. Leaving a throng of jealous women in her wake, it’s almost no surprise when Tamzin is the next to turn up dead, her body covered in chocolate. . .
Could a bitter ex-wife be behind the crimes? Or a candy shop competitor? There’s no sugar-coating the truth, and as Lucy closes in on the culprit, she may find herself locked in the clutches of a half-baked killer. . .
It’s cold and icy out, that’s the first thing Lucy notices as she exits the basement of the town hall, where she attended a meeting for her job as a reporter for the Tinker’s Cove Pennysaver. This evening’s earth shattering topic was the lack of enough toilet facilities at the town beach. It ranged from continuing to rent Porta Potties, or to build a new permanent structure. The groups, both pro and con on this topic helped supply what would be a very lively article.
As she drove home on automatic, she watched the sunset with its beautiful blazing reds and let her mind wander as she created the opening lines of her article. She was so absorbed in her thoughts that she was startled to see a dear leap over a snowdrift and landing in front of her, causing her to lose control, sliding, and fishtailing into the snowbank on the opposite side of the road.
This inauspicious beginning sets the stage for a very nasty murder. I mean really, you have to be very twisted to turn your victim into a chocolate covered treat. Plus wasting that much chocolate is a crime against humanity by itself. Lucy will find that there is no shortage of suspects in this case.
I’ve been a Lucy Stone fan right from my first reading of “Mistletoe Murder”. Leslie Meier has a fantastic imagination which takes us (the readers) deep into the lives and world of Lucy and her neighbors in Tinker’s Cove.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher who asked only for a fair and impartial review.