It's Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and Lucy Stone is excited about her acting debut in the town's production of A Christmas Carol. But a real life Scrooge has everyone feeling frosty, and with a murderer on the loose, Lucy will have to unwrap her sleuthing skills faster than she can say, "Bah! Humbug!"
Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year, Tinker's Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling to make ends meet, Christmas festivities are a luxury some can't afford. But the story's not so bleak at Downeast Mortgage, whose tightfisted owners, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in profits from everyone's misfortune. Half the town is in their debt, so when the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. . .
It's hard to feel merry amidst all the yuletide chaos. Between her reporting duties at the Pennysaver and nightly rehearsals for the Christmas play, Lucy hardly has time to search for a killer--especially one whose victim left behind so many possible culprits. Scribner believes Marlowe's ghost has come to warn him of his own impending demise, and when he starts receiving death threats, Lucy wonders if there's more to the omen than the ravings of a bitter old pinchpenny. . .
Can Lucy solve the case and deck the halls before the killer strikes again? In a season of giving, receiving a deadly Christmas present is definitely not what Lucy had on her wish list this year. . .
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Christmas tradition and mysteries
(Thursday, December 19, 2013)
Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier
This Tinkers Cove, Maine story starts off with a protest due to the bankruptcies and mortgage company run by Jake Marlow and his partner have had to foreclose on many of the houses.
Jake's house, being the hoarder he is loses his house to a fire.
Lucy Stone was one of the first on the scene as she was witnessing the protest with her daughter Sara-who had skipped college class. Lucy worked at the Pennysaver newspaper.
The mail bomb had killed Jake and now Lucy was hot on the trail to find out who had sent the bomb in the mail. Lots of town meetings depending on the day and location where many would meet and just talk. Small town community where everybody knows about everybody.
Things escalate as other events occur around town: ghosts in the Christmas Scrooge play and also in real life to the other owner of the mortgage company...
Every little clue is very important to solving the mystery, even the tiny clues...
The story she was to investigate leads to many more sad facts then what she was prepared for that involved town employees...
There are many uprisings in town as the residents protest with hopes to change things...
Lots of good Christmas traditions and some new ones.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
“Christmas Carols, Contempt and Crime in Tinker’s Cove”
(Monday, October 21, 2013)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma
As we journey back to Tinker’s Cove we join the St0ne family getting ready for Christmas, while curmudgeon/hoarder/ co-owner of “Downeast Mortgage” Jake Marlowe finds a Christmas parcel in his mailbox. Scrooge-like Marlowe can’t imagine who could be sending him a present. Meanwhile, feisty “Pennysaver” reporter Lucy Stone, is up to her armpits, between work and family issues especially where Daughter Sara is concerned. She’s a freshman in Winchester College and has gotten involved (much to her parent’s dismay)in the “SAC” ( Social Action Committee), headed by older and very persuasive Seth Lesinski—who rubs both Lucy and Bill the wrong way. Anger, resentment, and arguments plague the family. The SAC is demonstrating against foreclosure and student loan issues outside Seaman’s Bank when a tremendous explosion occurs—erupting in a massive fire in Marlowe’s “ stuffed to the rafters” Victorian house ,a headline story for the Pennysaver, and an opportunity for Lucy to don her sleuthing cap once again. The incident becomes suspicious when it is learned that someone may have perished in the fire—Who could it be? Jake Marlowe! But who would want the cold-hearted, old miser dead? And why? He had no family except for his ex-wife, Virginia—hmmmm. Perhaps she hatched the plan?? Could it have been
his partner, Ben Scribner? Or maybe one of the dozens of residents whose homes were foreclosed upon by Downeast Mortgage, as they could not keep up with their ballooning payments due to dwindling salaries. As if Lucy hasn’t got enough on her plate, she agrees to portray Mrs. Cratchit in the Community Players’ rendition of “A Christmas Carol”. With each new volume of Ms. Meier’s, I feel like I have returned to a familiar place and have been re-acquainted with old friends. Lucy’s a bit snarky in some spots in this cozy, as well as Bill is a tad aloof while Sara’s trying to assert her independence. (I presume we’ll get to that point with Daughter, Zoe in upcoming adventures.) Even though this is a bit predictable, it is an enjoyable , easy addition to your yuletide reading not to be missed.