The residents of Tinker's Cove, Maine enjoy staying
away from the hustle and bustle lifestyle of big city
living as found in Bangor or Portland. Crime is rare in
the tiny hamlet, but when a homicide occurs all the locals
know that Pennysaver reporter Lucy Stone can found be in
the midst of the investigation.
Currently, Lucy works on a more difficult project than
murder. She is helping her best friend plan a wedding
reception. Things go so wrong right from the start so that
Lucy wonders if Murphy was an optimist, as he never had to
deal with the wealthy groom's mother who has her own ideas
that she expects implemented. The two families hate each
other, but the townsfolk back the bride's side because the
groom's brood is interfering with the local livelihood.
When the groom's body is found floating in the nearby sea,
a victim of murder, almost everyone within the town's
radius had a motive, making a plethora of suspects for Lucy
to learn who had the opportunity.
The Lucy Stone mysteries engage fans of cozies as the
violence occurs off stage leaving the heroine and her who-
done-it inquiries to share the starring roles. Lucy, her
family, and those locals the reader meet seem genuine and
very likable some in a more crustacean manner. On the
other hand, the odious groom's family feel more like Robin
Lynch drawing caricatures of the rich and famous. Still
cozy fans will enjoy Leslie Meier's latest Stone adventure.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 7, 2001