Trick or Treat Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #3)
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Trick or Treat Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #3)

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Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove…

It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping he...more
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Published September 1st 2008 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 1996)
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Ali
OK, I can't even really speak to the story, which became obvious near the end, because I was so frustrated with the author that I could barely concentrate on it. Clearly the author is a LLL psycho who only wrote in the new baby to have the opportunity to preach about breast feeding every other paragraph. It distracted from the story, and I was really put off by the constant talk of tingly boobs, milk being let down, and lifting up one's shirt to give a snack. Enough already. We get it. You're an...more
VJ
I believe this is my last Lucy Stone mystery. I just don't like the characters! Lucy is nosy, stupid, immature, has no self esteem and "no" doesn't seem to be in her vocabulary. Her husband is manic depressive and borders on abusive when in the depressive state. Her kids are sullen and whiney. The "mystery" is never really the focus of these books.

The writing style reminds me of young adult books but the subject matter is very grown up. With hundreds of other books available, I just can't see w...more
Becky
Entertaining, but not a good book. I know that statment is at odds with itself, but here me out. The supposed amateur detective Lucy Stone did not do very much detecting. The only reason she discovered the culprit was because he tried to kill her... twice! But I found the atempted murder odd because she really had no clue what was going on...none!

People really like this series, so I might try another one. I liked the setting, atmosphere and characters enough to give the series one more attempt....more
Teddi
A quick read and the first book in the series that i've read. I usually like small town quirky series but this one was quite repetitive, especially regarding the main character and her baby. I thought if she wrote about her breastfeeding one more time, i'd scream! Not much of a mystery either in that our amateur sleuth didnt do much detecting and she did do that nosy woman bit that annoys me.
Will try the next one i've got and see if it gets any better.
Toni
It was okay. I took away one star because I did not care to read about her breastfeeding multiple times throughout the book. I am all for breastfeeding but do not want to read about it or visualize someone else doing it while trying to read a mystery book. This is my first book by this author. I do plan to go back and read the first one and hopefully it will be better.
Jessica Bronder
Lucy is busy with the new baby, her three other kids, and her husband. But when she learns that a client and good friend’s body has been discovered in the burned remains of her pet project house, Lucy is devastated. But this is not the only fire that has been started. Several historical buildings have been burned down.

Then Lucy’s husband, Bill, a historic carpenter, is asked to join the local historic committee by former librarian Miss Tilley. Miss Tilley has had an iron control on the committe...more
Sarah
I have been sidetracked from my to-be read pile with the Lucy Stone murders. Quick and easy reads centered around a holiday or significant event during the year, Lucy is a very likeable character in an awesome Maine setting.

This time, someone is setting fire to several historic homes / buildings in Tinker's Cove. Lucy is sad to see such beautiful old buildings ruined and gone forever and starts to investigate the case on her own in between joining the gym and caring for her new baby, Zoe. Hallo...more
Jo Anne
This was an okay murder mystery; not really worth writing a review, but I had to warn people--BEWARE if you don't like babies or breastfeeding women. I don't like either and I had to squirm through several passages where the author describes the main character nursing her baby. I don't want to read about nipples spraying milk, or milk dropping down or babies...period.

There is one part, near the end of the book, where I have to call BS. The main character is in the hospital. She is NURSING, as w...more
Laura
When I first picked this book up I didn't realize it was the 3rd book in a series, but it definitely served fine as a standalone. Although I probably would have known the characters a bit more going into it had I read the books in order, I didn't feel lost reading this one first. After reading this book though, I would like to get my hands on the first couple books in this series, but that's simply because sometimes i'm in the mood for a nice mystery novel to break up all my other reading.

I want...more
Melissa (Take Joy)
More of a 2.5, closer to 3 star.
An arsonist is on the loose in Tinker's Cove and has thankfully only set their sights on older abandoned buildings. That is until tragedy strikes and they burn down the oldest home in town with the owner Marcia inside. She wasn't supposed to be there but after a fight with her husband she had run to the house to heal and instead lost her life. Now everyone is a suspect, especially her husband and the aerobic studio owner he was having an affair with. Lucy won't re...more
Tiffany
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Luffy Monkey D.
Wonderful book. My tentative faith in this series lives on. This is the story of Lucy Stone loosely investigating a series of arson crimes. In the process we get to observe her daily routines. Her husband Bill gets some of the spotlight too. It's a fascinating read as this is the type of coverage I won't get in any TV show or movie or website or comic book. The 5 star rating was clinched when Lucy had to survive being burnt, twice. No, on second thoughts I was pretty sure it would get that perf...more
Mom
Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove…

It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the lat...more
Denise
This is the 3rd book in the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier. This was pretty good but I will say "shame on you, Leslie Meier" for writing a scene where the protagonist, Lucy, who is a nursing mother is injured and ends up in the hospital. She is given perscription pain pills and goes home and nurses her baby daughter. Then it says that the baby is fast asleep. Well, duh. You just gave this child whatever pain medicine you took. I know that might be nit picking but really what a stupid thing to...more
Kari
I keep seeing the new titles in this series come out - I think she is up to 18 or 19 by now - so I am stepping back to the beginning. This is the third book in the series, and I started reading it around Halloween - just took me a little longer to get through than expected!

An arsonist has burned several buildings in the Historic District of Tinker's Cove, Maine. One fire(unexpectedly?) kills the wife of a couple that is only there in the summers. Lucy Stone, newborn baby in tow, older children n...more
Candace
I finished this one last week and I've already forgotten who was killed by whom and why. No, wait ... it's coming back to me ... there was serial arson involved... Postcard of a little town in ... Maine, I think. The sleuth is a wife and mommy, and so in that way it was kind of fun, as she wove her detecting and dangerous exploits in and around her family, but I *do* recall thinking that if all the detailed scenes of wrapping and unwrapping the new baby (Zoe -- I remember the baby's name better...more
Tabby Kat
Not content with a flickering jack-o'-lantern for Halloween, somebody has torched the old Hopkins Homestead. It's the fourth case of arson Tinker's Cove has seen in five months, and the most deadly, since Homesteader Monica Mayes, enjoying a rare off- season overnight stay at her summer house, was killed in the flames. Whodunit? The obvious suspect for Lucy Stone (Tippy-Toe Murder, 1994, etc.) is the widower, Dr. Roland Mayes, who's been extending his gynecological research to bodybuilding bimbo...more
Talia
This book was okay. I like series that take place in small towns, but nothing jumped out to really make me want to keep reading more books in this series. Lucy Stone is okay as a main character, but it was kind of annoying that the author kept focusing on her breastfeeding. Weird, but maybe I just can't relate because I'm not a mom. (view spoiler)...more
Mary
I bought it knowing it was a cosy--which I don't usually read--because it is Halloween and the cover was appealing. It was a cosy, which says it all for me. Small towns with everyone knowing everyone. I have no problem with that--there is that other series that are cosies set in New England that I like--the main character is restoring an old house on an island. The one jarring element in this book was when the main character ends up in the hospital, and her family is completely absent and the st...more
Joyce Rawlins
I enjoyed this book. A little unrealistic that Lucy Stone could do as much as she did. Mother of four, school & church volunteer, and amateur detective.I thought her injuries were a little too much
being attacked twice in tn two days.
Andrea
The mother of four and amateur sleuth Lucy Stone once again finds herself in a twisting and turning suspenseful mystery. Leslie Meier writes about everyday small town simplicity mixed up with the ever increasing pressure from the outside to make changes. Those that are wanting those changes cause chaos and disruption in this quiet, bucolic setting and resort to any means to get their way. Lucy Stone is on the case when something doesn't look right, that's when she can spare a moment between bak...more
Kj
This is not the greatest series I have ever read, at least so far BUT I enjoy a no brainer every now & again so this is it. She complains too much & really does not do much detective work so it is hard to relate and get into the series and characters. It has potential being a sleepy town with some people that can develop into good characters but no real depth to anyone. Lucy is always pregnany or dealing with a new baby and that is already getting old.
Glad these books are cheap or I woi...more
Kim Ranocchia
If you like cozy mysteries this is a good series.
Linda
Fun, fast read, with a not-too-obvious conclusion.
Rachel
I really enjoyed this book. Even though it was the third book in the series it was the final book I read. I loved this series and look forward to more books from Leslie Meier.
Linda C
This Lucy Stone mystery, set in Tinker Cove, Maine, revolves around a series of suspicious fires. Lucy, mother of 4, ages 11 to 6 weeks, asks questions and tries to figure out the source. I liked this character because, although she is inquisitive and is sometimes in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is not doing stupid things. Her relationships with other town characters are believable, her family life is not superficial and she is not superwoman.
Karen
I just won't pick up one more Lucy Stone mystery. The mystery isn't ever the focus, the protagonist isn't good at detective work, dumb bad things always happen to her because she can't figure out who the bad guys are, and generally the plots fall flat (for me) because too much non-mystery-related stuff is included. Now, if you love her small-town-life descriptions and plot devolutions, you may enjoy the Lucy Stone series.
Tracy
Aug 05, 2011 Tracy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a fast, light, dime-a-dozen mystery
This was a pretty okay mystery, but I would have liked to see the plot itself more fleshed out. I'm not sure I really care much for the cast of characters. All that really sticks out is random details about Lucy's life, like her obsessing over her weight and changing her newborn's diapers. There really wasn't that much Halloween in a book whose title sounds "Halloweeny". Still, this was just a fun, light read the same.
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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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