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Bake Sale Murder
by Leslie Meier
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Kensington, 2007 (2006)
Hardcover, Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Bake Sale Murder is Leslie Meier's thirteenth book in the Lucy Stone Holiday Murder series. And a welcome addition it is. Meier writes with a sense of humor that carries her story and lightens the severity of her plots. After all, murder is not to be laughed at.

Lucy Stone is a local newspaper reporter in Tinker's Cove, Maine. Apart from being a working woman, she is a wife and mother with all the attendant trials and tribulations that accompany those titles. A bake sale to raise money for yet another needy cause is in progress when one of the volunteers doesn't show up for her shift. Lucy arrives at the woman's house to find her dead with a knife in her back.

This is a clever plot that has Lucy using her investigative skills to find the woman's killer. The fact that the woman was not well liked doesn't help Lucy. Just adds to the suspect list. Tinker's Cove is the sort of town we all would like to live in - or at least to vacation in. The inhabitants are run of the mill characters but each has their own persona that adds to the atmosphere of the town. Bake Sale Murder is a delightful cozy.

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