I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on 2015-08-25
Genres: Amateur Sleuth, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
Halloween is coming to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and local reporter Lucy Stone is covering the town’s annual Giant Pumpkin Fest for the Pennysaver. There’s the pumpkin-boat regatta, the children’s Halloween party, the pumpkin weigh-in…even a contest where home-built catapults hurl pumpkins at an old Dodge! But not everything goes quite as planned…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, bashed in the head and placed in the trunk by someone long before the contest started.
Bill is on the hook for the Halloween homicide—he was the last one to see Evan—so Lucy knows she’s got some serious sleuthing to do. The crime’s trail seems to always circle back to Country Cousins, the town’s once-quaint general store that’s now become a big Internet player. Though the store’s founder, Old Sam Miller, is long gone, his son Tom and grandson Trey now run the hugely successful company. But whispered rumors say things aren’t going well, and Lucy finds that this case may have something to do with an unsolved, decades-old Miller family mystery…
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…
So much fun! Although this is a mystery and mysteries are not normally my favorite, this reminded me a lot of the Cat Who books. Cute little town, funny and memorable residents, lovely setting and plot!
The interaction between the residents was fabulous. I was a little worried because I received this through Netgalley without realizing that this is actually #22 in the series. Much like the Cat Who series it did not matter that I had not read the previous stories. I was able to jump right in and felt quite at home while reading.
Lucy is hilarious. And boy, she has quite a bit on her plate! The thing about mysteries that sometimes doesn’t work is how the person deals with a situation, or in this case MANY situations. Lucy’s life is up in flames, almost literally at one point, and she is falling apart but trying to keep everything together. Just this made me love the book! Her characters is amazing. I just love, love, love her!
The actual plot was very interesting as well. I was flipping the pages and trying to read faster as I got closer and closer to the end. The town is all in uproar for a festival and Halloween but there’s a murder. It takes the full story to know what is happening though. There are plenty of clues strewn throughout but not really too many to give it away too early either.
I have never read Leslie Meier but I’m very curious about her mysteries. I definitely want to pick up the other books and read from the beginning.
|Overall:||4.8 / 5|