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Trick or Treat Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery    by Leslie Meier order for
Trick or Treat Murder
by Leslie Meier
Order:  USA  Can
Kensington, 2004 (1997)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

My friend Libby just gave me some books in a new (to me) cozy series by Leslie Meier. Trick or Treat Murder is fun and easy to read. It's full of domestic life that somehow makes the book comforting, but also makes readers realize that the same set of circumstances could happen to them. The book is a little older, but like fine wine (and me) just gets better with age.

Lucy Stone is a new mother with baby Zoe almost permanently Velcroed to her chest in a baby sling. Three other children in varying ages, and a hardworking husband (who restores historical buildings for a living) make up the rest of her household. After several old buildings in the tiny town of Tinker's Cove, Maine, burn to the ground, a pyromaniac is suspected. As in most cozies, the heroine decides the police and fire police aren't doing enough to find the arsonist and feels she must exploit her own detecting abilities to discover the culprit.

Lucy's investigative skills aren't that good, but her continuing to ask questions puts herself at risk. Three quarters of the way through the book, a clue is tossed out that immediately spotlights the criminal but Lucy doesn't quite get it yet. Her life is put in jeopardy but 'Mighty Mouse' (her husband) arrives 'to save the day'. Trick or Treat Murder is a fun book, a good read with believable characters. I have three more in the series that I shall get to soon.

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