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Candy Corn Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Candy Corn Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Написано Leslie Meier

Озвучено Lisa Larsen


Candy Corn Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Написано Leslie Meier

Озвучено Lisa Larsen

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3.5/5 (8 оценки)
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Издано:
Aug 25, 2015
ISBN:
9781681414713
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Lucy's getting very annoyed that her husband Bill and his friend Evan have been working seemingly nonstop on their potentially prize-winning pumpkin catapult. But when the day of the big contest arrives, Evan is nowhere to be found - until a catapulted pumpkin busts open the trunk of the Dodge. Amid the pumpkin gore is a very deceased Evan. Bill is on the hook for the Halloween homicide, so Lucy knows she's got some serious sleuthing to do. With each new lead pointing her in a different direction, Lucy sees that time is quickly running out. If she wants to spook the real killer, she'll have to step into an old ghost story...

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Aug 25, 2015
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LESLIE MEIER is the acclaimed author of over twenty Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. She is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery. Readers can visit her website at www.LeslieMeier.com.


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  • (4/5)
    This was a fun Hallowe'en story. With Hallowe'en coming, Tinker's Cove decides to use the holiday to boost the tourist trade by holding "The Pumpkinfest". They had the biggest pumpkin contest, pumpkin toss using catapults, carved pumpkin contest, scenes using pumpkins and more to drum up tourists and it worked. The story took a long time to get to the actual murder and investigation, but the lead up was interesting.

    Lucy Stone, local reporter, is caring for her grandson while his parents are away for 4 months. Bill, her husband, is building a catapult to enter the pumpkin toss contest as well as growing a pumpkin for the biggest pumpkin contest. Evan, a local unemployed handyman, is helping him. Lucy does not like Evan or all the drinking that he and Bill have been doing. There seem to be some malicious pranks going on in town, such as smashing the pumpkins and vandalizing the displays. One of Lucy's daughters is becoming involved with the local scuba club president and Bill is not too sure about that. Her daughters and some of her friends are participating in the local "Take Back the Night" march. There is a side story going on that takes place in 1979 that involves women's rights, that you know will somehow be part of the mystery. When someone turns up dead in the trunk of a car, Bill is under suspicion and Lucy gets involved trying to find the real murderer as the police seem set on her husband and are not looking elsewhere.

    All the goings on come together in the end to add a surprising ending to the story.

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    I enjoyed this book. In a small town in central Maine, someone gets the idea to have a giant pumpkin festival to draw tourists. Someone else doesn't want it to happen. People die, displays are trashed, upstanding citizens are arrested and things are generally in an uproar. Lucy Stone is a local who manages to track down the murderer and figure out what is happening. She does.This was an easy read. If you are looking for something to pass some time and keep your attention, this just might be it.
  • (4/5)
    Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier is a cleverly written cozy mystery that kept me guessing. It was entertaining & enjoyable. Lucy is an especially well developed character. I gave it four stars.When Lucy thought about her husband Bill she described it like this: "He stood up, & even after twenty-plus years of marriage, Lucy's heart skipped a beat. He was the same handsome guy she fell in love with in college, tall & lean, but now his beard was touched with gray."Lucy took a long overdue lunch break. "Chewing steadily, Lucy had worked her way down to the bun, which still contained plenty of lobster. This was her favorite part, where the buttery roll & the succulent lobster combined in exquisite deliciousness. She sighed, expressing bliss."I would like to thank Kensington Publishing Corporation & NetGalley for a complimentary kindle copy. That did not change my opinion for this review.
  • (3/5)
    I've read all of the Leslie Meier Tinker Cover mystery series and have noticed are very well written and others seem to be written in a hurry. This one was pretty good and had some well-developed characters and story line, until the end. Then it really wrapped up in a hurry, The ending was also no surprise. I had hoped for a little more explanation of how the original crime took place, not the current one. Also, Lucy Stone seems to be unaware of simple things. Why would you just drop off a 4 year old at daycare, without walking him in and be indignant when told this is not proper procedure? And if you were wearing a shoulder seat belt, I doubt that your chest would hit the steering wheel if you stopped quickly. But overall, I do like to visit Tinker's Cove and have enjoyed watching the Stone family grow up.
  • (4/5)
    I liked the callbacks to the first mystery in the series, not only the Country Cousins focus, but the starting of each chapter with a press release (in the first book, it was a catalog item write-up). The very ending felt a tiny bit rushed. As usual, some nice topical issues, including Lucy (mostly) and Bill taking in their grandson for a few months.
  • (3/5)
    I didn't care much for the family dynamics and what a pushover the main character is with her young grandson.
  • (3/5)
    While I haven't read all of Meier's holiday themed titles, I can certainly appreciate that the characters have aged and evolved appropriately as the years have gone by. In fact, Lucy and her husband are watching their 4 year old grandson in this title, while their son and daughter in law are in Haiti. The murder was so far into the story, I actually thought the mystery to solved in this book was going to be about the vandalism going on for the First Giant Pumpkin Fest in Tinker's Cove. Lucy is covering the festivities for the Pennysaver, along with attempting to get an interview with the new leader of Country Cousins, a young man who'd left town with his mother years ago. There is also a historical timeline in play, as the story of a long ago fall murder plays out in the 'past' section sand the goings on in the countryside in the present will help solve that mystery as well. I like how Lucy has remained so busy as each chapter of her life comes along. And the pumpkin theme is perfect as summer winds down!
  • (4/5)
    Yesterday was our first cool day of fall so I decided to curl up with a light blanket and a good book. I picked "Candy Corn Murder" and I am glad I did. This is a well written mystery about a small town's Halloween that held my interest until the very end. It was so good, I finished the book in one sitting. The characters were well developed and although I thought I knew who the murderer was, I was wrong.
    I received this arc free from NetGalley for an honest review.
  • (2/5)
    I have read a couple books in this series. They are quick reads. They are also cozy mysteries. Which in both cases this book was a quick, cozy read. Yet, I sadly had a hard time connecting with the characters and found the story bland. In fact, I would start reading in bed and grow sleepy quickly after just a few chapters. The storyline was fine but with no connection to the characters and the action mild, the book as a whole just did not work for me. Although I will read other books in this series as they are fun to read.
  • (4/5)
    It's almost Halloween in Tinker's Cove and the town is set to celebrate in a big way, hoping to bring in tourists. Lucy has her hands full since their young grandson is staying with them for a few months, her husband is building a pumpkin catapult ( with Ev, not one of Lucy's favorite people) sand her job as a reporter for the local Pennysaver. Then Ev is found dead and Lucy's husband is the prime suspect. A quick read with light moments that manages to incorporate the very serious issue of abused women.
  • (4/5)
    Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier is the twenty-second book in the Lucy Stone series. Lucy is watching her four year old grandson, Patrick while his parents are in Haiti. Lucy’s son, Toby is going to school for a business degree. He was offered a four month fellowship to study fish farming (I have no idea what a business degree has to do with fish farming). Molly, Toby’s wife, went with him to Haiti. Lucy has enrolled Patrick in Little Prodigies Day Care (with Lucy and her husband, Bill paying the fees). Little Prodigies has a unique philosophy (I personally would have found a new day care center). Tinker Cove, Maine is getting ready for their first ever Giant Pumpkin Fest. There will be a giant pumpkin contest, pumpkin regatta, displays of pumpkin people on Main Street, and a pumpkin catapult contest. Bill has decided to enter the pumpkin catapult contest with the encouragement of his friend, Evan Wickes (goes by Ev). Lucy is not fond of Ev. He is constantly hanging around the house drinking beer. He does not have good bathing habits and Lucy has to make sure to stand downwind. Bill is spending a fortune on wood for the catapult (which is messing with Lucy’s budget). The day of the contest Ev fails to show up. Bill is the first to compete in the catapult competition. They are aiming their pumpkins at a car that was recently in an accident. Bill does great. Lucy goes to get close-up shots of the car and notices fabric similar to Ev’s shirt in the trunk. Upon investigation they find Ev dead in the trunk of the car. Unfortunately, the normal police detective is on vacation. The two detectives assigned to the case believe Bill is responsible (since he does not have a rock solid alibi). Lucy sets out to prove her husband’s innocence. When the police search Ev’s home, they discover a pot growing operation (a big one) in the basement and $17,000 in his mattress. There was more to Ev than met the eye!The local police have their hands busy when someone is sabotaging Pumpkin Fest. Someone is taking an axe to people’s giant pumpkins. Then the Main Street pumpkin people display is attacked (the women characters were viciously destroyed). Buck Miller has returned to town and is working as Vice President of Marketing at Country Cousins. He left town over twenty years ago when his father was murdered (he was five at the time). Buck seems a little too eager and is making many changes to Country Cousins. Can Lucy solve Ev’s murder before her husband is convicted of the crime? Who is trying to ruin Pumpkin Fest and why?You will have to read Candy Corn Murder to find out! I enjoyed reading Candy Corn Murder. I have read every book in this series and loved every one of them. I give Candy Corn Murder 4 out of 5 stars. The murder was very easy to solve. I wish it had been a little more complicated. Candy Corn Murder can be read without having read any of the other books in the series. It does, though, help to have read the first book (of course, then you will be hooked) Mistletoe Murder since it directly relates to this book.I received a complimentary copy of Candy Corn Murder from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
  • (4/5)
    I have read other books in this series, and after reading this one, decided this is not my favorite. In this book, Tinker Cover prepares for its first Giant Pumpkin Fest. There is a lot planned for the event. Lucy Stone’s husband Bill is planning to enter two competitive events: The pumpkin catapult (Punkin’ Chunkin’) and the pumpkin weigh in. Lucy is skeptical about the catapult event, mostly because Bill has teamed up with a town citizen, Evan, who she finds to have poor hygiene habits as well as to possibly leading Bill to drink more beer with him than she finds good for Bill’s health. When Ev is found murdered, Bill becomes a suspect because he has no alibi and he is the last person to have seen Ev alive. Lucy unleashes her sleuthing abilities to get to the bottom of this mystery and to ensure he husband does not end up in jail for the murder he did not commit. In addition, the story weaves in a sordid tale about the family who owns Country Cousins, Tinker Cove’s once-quaint general store, now a big Internet player. This is an interesting cozy mystery, involving the sleuth Lucy Stone, but, in my opinion, some rather poor characters as well as a plot that left me wanting. I had figured out the ending about a third of the way through. I also found Heidi, the preschool, college grad, who runs the preschool despite her crazy ideas about what constitutes good schooling and behavior of toddlers and young children, difficult to like from the start. Towards the end, the author makes a feeble attempt to bring Heidi into the reader’s good graces, though that fails miserably. I am not really sure why Heidi was included, except that she provided some events/actions that focused on Lucy’s grandson Patrick, who was staying with Lucy and Bill while his parents were on business in Haiti. The other character I found not always cute and adorable, as youngsters his age generally are, is Lucy’s grandson Patrick. Sometimes, this child came across as a very spoiled brat who really did not care much about anyone else but himself, though sometimes he was cute as a button. I realize being separated from his parents is difficult at this age, but the author tended to take this to an extreme, without much counterbalance. I think the author wanted to give us a new side of Lucy, but did not quite achieve her goal. The town people in the story are typical small town folks, and really did not need that much development. However, for someone who has not read other books in the series, a bit more back story would have been helpful (though not necessarily something the author had to include to make the story more enjoyable). I don’t remember much about Bill from the other stories I have read in the series. It has been a while. In this story, Bill did not come across as a shining example of a good, solid responsible husband and father, but he may have already fulfilled that role in other stories. Still, he came across as a bit flaky in this one. This is a good summer, beach read, though it covers a time frame that sits in mid-Fall. If you have read and enjoyed any others or all of the other books in this series, this one will probably appeal to you. It also can be a stand-alone read if you have not read any others. It is not all that long and moves along smoothly and quickly. I think readers of cozy mysteries will enjoy it. As I said, it is not my favorite in the series, but it may easily be yours. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.
  • (3/5)
    Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier is a 2015 Kensington Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Fall is right around the corner and there's a little nip in the air for the residents of Tinker's Cove. That means it's time to gear up for Halloween the Giant Pumpkin Fest!Lucy's heart doesn't appear to be in it though, as her husband is obsessed with his pumpkin and is spending a great deal of time with Ev, a man Lucy is not overly fond of. To top that off, Lucy and Bill are caring for their grandson for a while and Lucy is having a hard time adjusting to the strict rules of the daycare center. Apparently Lucy is not the only one disinterested in this year's pumpkin festivities, as it seems someone is out to sabotage the activities. But who? And why? This is the 22nd installment in the Lucy Stone series, which took me by surprise. Twenty- two! Well, I admit I have read a few here and there, but not all of them. These are fun stories with interesting small town characters who will surprise you sometimes. I found myself feeling very invested in Lucy's struggles with Bill, her grandson, and the daycare center, but, I didn't have much of a choice because the murder mystery didn't develop until midway through the book. Not long ago I answered an author survey about mystery novels. The question was: Should the murder happen at the beginning of the book, or do you want to get to know the characters first? I think I gave some generic, and an oh so helpful response, of “It depends”. I still think that, but I can be a little decisive here and say that after twenty- two books, we know the main characters well enough that the murder probably needs to happen before the half way point in the story. I have really gotten into cozy mysteries over the past couple of years and read them more and more often these days. So, I do know the main attraction isn't necessarily the murder mystery, which can often seem like a side story. What keeps people coming back for more is the recurring characters and their on going dramas and comedies in life. So, I do get the formula and understand this is the secret to the longevity if these series, but in this case I was seriously beginning to wonder if the pumpkins were going to be the only victims of a crime. Once we got the ball rolling though, things really picked up with several story lines taking shape and I found myself having to hustle to keep up with it all. Small towns can really be amazing sometimes, hiding behind a facade of gentle, cozy, living without the harsh realities of city life intruding upon them, but, they can also, harbor dark and sinister secrets, so, you can count on a few of those coming to light before all is said and done, proving big cities are not the only place danger can lurk. This an enjoyable enough read and certainly put me in the mood for fall weather and activities and thinking of Halloween costumes and treats! Overall this one gets 3 stars.