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Chocolate Covered Murder (Lucy Stone #18)

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Between a cutthroat dessert contest and her daughter's new job at the fanciest chocolate shop Tinker's Cove has ever seen, Lucy Stone is on a steady diet of tempting treats! But with a killer on the loose, and Valentine's Day around the corner, there may be nothing sweeter than revenge. . .

It's frigid in snow-covered Tinker's Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues--an
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Kensington (first published December 27th 2011)
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Bleh. Just not my thing. Abandoned on page 103.

I spent two hours trying to get through this, so I'm going to go ahead and count it read...after all, I got further than the novella length.

Lucy is a part-time reporter. She's more concerned with her body image than spending time with her husband, though she says she has a happy marriage. Her primary method of getting clues is through her job at the paper. She doesn't like her boss and is continually making snide comments about her coworkers. She l
Mar 28, 2012 Bekah rated it did not like it
I'm pretty sure you need to be a member of the Red Hat Society to enjoy this.
Apr 25, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
It's frigid in snow-covered Tinker's Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues--and her widening waistline. No one in their right mind would vacation in Maine this time of year, but to boost the economy, the town is launching a travel promotion for Valentine's Day. As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer's Chocolates, and its deliciously handsome owner, Trey Meacham. But when a local fisherman drowns suspiciously, Lucy's certain her investigative ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Lucy Stone is a part-time reporter in the small town of Tinker's Cove, Maine (and apparently has been for 17 other books before this one). In the chill of a Maine winter (which, from reading about Hannah Swenson in the mystery series set in Minnesota, where everyone has to plug in their cars so the batteries don't freeze, is actually relatively balmy), a local man drowns while ice-fishing, and Lucy suspects a murder. She doesn't do much investigation, however, until the second murder at the new ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge, bingo
Another good Lucy Stone mystery, this one centering around Valentine's Day and chocolate. I enjoy that Lucy is very real and these books deal with current issues and problems. The mystery was done very well.
Thomas Bruso
May 31, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing

In Leslie Meier's spirited 18th Lucy Stone mystery, "Chocolate Covered Murder," the author veers into adult and sometimes dark territory--a rare circumstance for this cozy author. But the story is richer and more complex than previous books.

Right from the beginning, Meier's writes with enough gust and suspense that the reader has no choice but to keep turning the pages to see what happens. And the storyline, unlike anything she as ever written before, seems almost out of place in the cozy town o
Apr 16, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
The Lucy Stone series is a cozy series. The story is good and the mystery is too, but the action drags a bit. However, I don't really mind reading about Lucy's job as a part-time reporter and about the various activities going on in the small Maine town of Tinker's Cove where she lives with her husband and two teenaged daughters. If you like a good cozy mystery, this is the series for you. However, if you like non-stop action and heavy drama, try another series.

In this story, Valentine's Day is
Jun 05, 2012 kathy rated it liked it
a sweet (literally) cozy mystery. i love this series & have been reading them from the beginning. my kids were older than the main character's children, but fun to relate as a parent with kids when i started!!
Feb 06, 2016 M.l.d. rated it it was ok
I picked this up mostly because I wanted to read a Valentines Day themed mystery, so, perhaps unsurprisingly, was disappointed. Not much mystery here: the culprit is obvious, as is the motive. I was actually surprised that the motive was relatively mundane. It would have been so much cooler if (view spoiler)

And, also, if your wife should
Delores Thomas
Jul 28, 2014 Delores Thomas rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this mystery completely. Not to mention all the different uses of chocolate made me hungry for chocolate. This small town in Maine has a weekly newspaper and with a housewife as the secondary reporter. An ice fisherman turns up dead and his wife owns the chocolate shop. When the woman who runs a new chocolate shop is found murdered and covered with with chocolate things hit the fan. This is a very straight and simple murder mystery but it is nice to have the woman solve on once in a wh ...more
Another winner from my favorite cozy author! What can I say, I probably am a little biased! I think I was the first person to check this one out - I put my name on the library waiting list while it was being cataloged. Yeah, I roll like that sometimes!

Winter in Maine, brr! Chocolate, fudge, and Valentine's Day? Yay! Food and murder - it's what makes a cozy after all!

After discovering this series a couple years ago, and most definitely not reading them in order, it's been a lot of fun to watch th
Alannah Davis
Apr 13, 2013 Alannah Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Flabby to nonexistent characterization. Inconsistent storyline. Boatloads of comma splices that wouldn't make it past my high school English teacher. Hell, they didn't even make it past ME. Is the economy really so bad that Kensington Publishing can't spring for a proofreader? This book reads like a first draft.

The mystery itself could have been interesting, but it was surrounded by characters I didn't care about and an unlikable sleuth. In the first half of the book, mom/reporter of newspaper p
Mar 21, 2012 CD rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense, mystery
There is a new Fudge Queen in town. She's taking no prisoners and the boys like her milkshake. Just what is she selling besides 'award winning' chocolate morsels flavored to a real man's tastebuds? Why does she wind up dead lavishly covered in her luscious confectionery offerings? Is it her candy rival the widow of a Korean War veteran who started a small home based business to support herself decades before? Is it someone else such a jealous wife or girlfriend? Or are there more devious things ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
Chocolate Covered Murder
By: Leslie Meier
Copyright January 2012
Publisher Kensington

Between a cutthroat dessert contest and her daughter's new job at the fanciest chocolate shop Tinker's Cove has ever seen, Lucy Stone is on a steady diet of tempting treats! But with a killer on the loose, and Valentine's Day around the corner, there may be nothing sweeter than revenge. . .

It's frigid in snow-covered Tinker's Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues--and her widening waistline. No one in their
Nancy Narma
Dec 21, 2011 Nancy Narma rated it really liked it
"A Gooey, Sweet Crime Not to be Missed"

There’s never a dull moment in Tinker’s Cove, Maine…or so it seems to the “Pennysaver’s” star reporter, Lucy Stone. After sitting through a seemingly never-ending town meeting about wastewater issues (which was about as exciting as watching grass grow) Lucy heads back to her home on Red Top Road, only to end up stuck in a snow bank while trying to avoid hitting a deer. Shaken, but okay, Lucy pictures her frozen demise on the front page of the Pennysaver. O
Suspense Magazine
Jun 21, 2012 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
2012 may be a mild winter in most parts of the Northeast, but it’s frigid in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, the setting for the delightful Lucy Stone mysteries by Cape Cod author Leslie Meier. In an effort to boost tourism in this non-ski part of the state, the town is hosting a special travel promotion for Valentine’s Day. Lucy, a reporter for the local newspaper, is assigned to do a feature story on the new shop in town—Chanticleer’s Chocolates—and its yummy owner, eligible bachelor Trey Meachem.
Oswego Public Library District
Chocolate Covered Murder by Leslie Meier is our book for February’s Mystery Book Discussion. This fast-paced whodunit is in the cozy Lucy Stone series and takes place in small town Tinker’s Cove, Maine. As the town gets ready for Valentine’s Day and bundles up from the cold snowy days, a friend of Lucy’s is found frozen. Another surprise hits the town when the beloved Fern’s Famous Fudge loses to the new and expensive Chanticleer's Chocolates. Lucy’s investigative skills shine as she interviews ...more
Julie Barrett
Nov 15, 2011 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Chocolate Covered Murder by Leslie Meier

Typical New England seaside town where in a small town everybody knows everybody.

She is a newspaper reporter and there's a lot going around in town during the winter.

Death on the ice while ice fishing, chamber of commerce meetings how to promote the town
so others will visit and celebrate Valentines Day, award to 1st and 2nd best New England
chocolate shops-both are in town and in competition with one another, returning military
man, tourists looking for a
Mar 10, 2012 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s Valentine’s Day in the small Maine town of Tinker’s Cove and the competition for being the best chocolate in town is becoming very bloodthirsty. Fern’s Famous Fudge has been an icon in Tinker’s Cove for years, but now in comes a new competitor, Chanticleer’s Chocolates, very fancy and expensive chocolates.

Reporter Lucy Stone is assigned to cover Chanticleer’s Chocolates with a newspaper article, but when she discovers that the manager of the new chocolate company is a flirt who appears to b
May 09, 2013 Ericka rated it really liked it
This is the 18th book in the Lucy Stone mystery collection. Lucy Stone is a reporter for the local newspaper and two people that she knows were murdered in this town. A local fisherman winds up drowned and the manager of the upscale chocolate store Chanticleer's Chocolates Tamzin Graves winds up dead. Lucy was assigned to write a story about the chocolate store and the owner, Trey Meacham. Are these two murders connected? At first the police don't think so. Due to Lucy's good reporting she finds ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Nancy rated it did not like it
Sometimes I find a gem when I pick up an audio book by an author unfamiliar to me. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times. Meandering story lines, undeveloped characters, scenes so ridiculous that I laughed out loud. I finished listening to this book only because it helped to pass the time during my road trip and my thoughts could wander without missing anything of substance.
Jan 10, 2014 Fmorlan rated it really liked it
Lucy Stone reporter in tinkers cove but an amateur sleuth. She has a friend who appeared to die by accident . Lucy didnt buy it. When the very lovely Tamzin from the new chocolate shop is murdered - Lucy believes the deaths are related. It is Valentines in Maine and she also has to make a dessert, plan to get Bill to go to the dance and do her job. Lucy is frustrated getting the puff pieces, so on her own she follows clues on the murder. In her effort to stop the drug issues in tinkers cove, she ...more
Jacqueline Corcoran
Jun 19, 2012 Jacqueline Corcoran rated it really liked it
I always eagerly await Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone mysteries and recently found her latest, Chocolate Covered Murder in the New Books section of my local library. Leslie Meier ably captures the small details of life, illuminating the small-town setting and its characters, family life, and the winter season. And what cozy fan can resist chocolate as a theme, with not one but two chocolate stores featured?

Generally, Lucy Stone is a likeable character, but in this book, she comes across as sometimes
Aug 07, 2014 Lynne rated it liked it
This is a fun little cozy. The main character is a Mom and Grandmother. She works part time for a small newspaper in a small town in Maine. I don't know why I the story didn't catch my attention. It was a good story with lots of characters. Maybe it was just that I couldn't find the time to read--stealing moment here and there. That can make it hard to get involved in a book.
Vickie Backus
Jan 18, 2016 Vickie Backus rated it liked it
A cozy mystery set in Maine. The heroine is Lucy Stone, a reporter for the local Pennysaver newspaper and Mother of 4. This is my first one read although it is quite late in the series. Lucy is the most realized character; most of the others are fillers. A good beach read and I'll read more in this series.
Jan 13, 2015 Eva rated it really liked it
The Lucy Stone mystery series is one of my favorites, and this installment really delivers, with two murders to solve. As always Lucy and her family and friends are realistic, sympathetic characters the reader can relate to. The Tinkers Cove community is one I would love to be a part of!
Mar 06, 2016 Gennielc added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
i like silly cozy mysteries, but too much talk about her weight and her obsession with the woman who flaunts her breasts as a "bad influence" for her daughters. and can't find anything redeeming about the book or story line, so I'm putting it away. bah!
good reader though
Kathy El-Mahmoud
A candy business makes a great cover

Loved how the story twined thru different potential murderers. Drugs are a serious problem even in small town Maine. I really enjoy ready about Lucy Stones adventures.
Mar 01, 2014 Eileen rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Valentine's day figures heavily in this installment of the Lucy Stone series as you might guess from the title and cover. A timely read for me since it was February. The mystery was ok.
Kim j
Sep 07, 2013 Kim j rated it liked it
Shelves: meier
I will be glad when I am finished with the next book in this series NOT because I enjoyed them. That's what I get for buying cheap books. Lucy did not do any investigating and it was all the same complaints about kids, being fat, traditional husband, and friends that never change. It's like being in a time warp of the dominant husband in a little town and the barefoot pregnant women who have no say. I do not think this is uplifting for women and perhaps a downgrade from where we have come and wh ...more
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Leslie Meier lives in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the creator of 'Lucy Stone', a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England.

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