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Easter Bunny Murder (Lucy Stone #19)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,051 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
Spring has sprung in Tinker's Cove, and Lucy Stone has a mile-long to-do list. From painting eggs with her grandson, to preparing the perfect Easter feast, to reviving her garden after a long, cold winter, she hardly has time to hunt for a killer with a deadly case of spring fever... Lucy has always loved covering the annual Easter egg hunt for the Pennysaver. Hosted by el ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Kensington
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Mar 14, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
One of the best I've read in this series- Lucy wasn't as negative as she can often be and this had a nice Easter/springtime theme. I do wish the author would play up the Maine setting more in her books- where are the bears and moose??
Mar 25, 2013 Marian rated it really liked it
Shelves: readit, 2013
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Feb 13, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Lucy Stone is excited to bring her three-year-old grandson to his first Easter Egg hunt hosted by Vivian Van Vorst at her oceanfront estate. Lucy, little Patrick, and the rest of the crowd are horrified when the “Easter Bunny”, actually Vivian’s middle-aged grandson Van, stumbles across the grounds and collapses. Lucy soon things the sudden death of this healthy man in the prime of his life seems suspicious and is afraid the elderly Vivian, affectionately known as “VV”, may also be in danger. Lu ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Easter Bunny Murder is a fun book about Lucy Stone, a writer at a local paper, and a rich, local family. Lucy takes her daughter and her grandson to the yearly Easter egg hunt at the Pine Point estate, which is put on by Vivian Van Vorst. When a member of the rich family dies suspiciously in front of everyone, Lucy decides to find out what is going on. As more dead bodies of the rich family keep turning up, Lucy learns this is much more involved then she had originally thought.

This book was a fu
Jeanne Stephens
Feb 01, 2013 Jeanne Stephens rated it it was amazing
This was a great addition to the series. Lucy Stone takes her Grandson to the annual Easter egg hunt in Tinker's Cove, Maine. Every year, one of the country’s richest women holds an Easter egg hunt on the grounds of her beautiful mansion. For some reason when Lucy, her daughter in law, and grandson arrive at the event the gate is closed and when the Easter Bunny does come out of the mansion, he drops dead! Lucy uses her investigative skills to make many surprising finds. Just when you think you ...more
Julie Barrett
Jan 31, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
I like reading this type of mystery/holiday book and have read others by the author so when I saw she had this new one coming up, I asked the publisher to send me an ARC.
Love the traditions they have because they resemble the ones I grew up with also.
This one starts out where Lucy and other locals are heading to the annual Easter egg hunt at VV's, the McMansion house on the hill. In the plastic eggs are usually certificates for money or schooling or day care.
Kari Anderson
Feb 17, 2013 Kari Anderson rated it it was amazing
It’s Easter time and time for the annual Easter egg hunt at Vivian Van Vorst’s house. VV is one of the wealthiest women in the country and always uses the holiday to give back to the children in the community through saving’s bonds and scholarships… not your normal Easter goodies. But this year, the gates are locked and it looks like the hunt is off. Until the man in the bunny costume comes bouncing out with his basket of eggs. But he doesn’t make it far before he falls… dead.

This is the first
Sharon Chance
Feb 13, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
This is the 21st mystery from Leslie Meier, and it is as fresh and fun as the very first one! Meier's keeps the action fast-paced, the characters interesting, and the mystery intriguing in this springtime novel of who-dun-its and why-did-theys!

Fans of cozy mysteries, holiday themed mysteries, and good, old-fashioned well written mysteries will enjoy this lastest treat! I highly recommend it!
"Easter Bunny Murder" kept me up late reading. It took me a while to get into it, something that's been happening to me a lot lately, but once I did, I was hooked. I've read one or two books from this series and was 'meh' about them but I read some reviews of this one that intrigued me and then I was offered a copy for review. Swayed by the reviews I'd read, I said 'yes' and I'm glad I did.

I love cozies but sometimes they don't come across as real. The circumstances are unlikely, the ease in so
Feb 11, 2013 Froggarita rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading a Lucy Hale book and it won’t be my last. Leslie Meier writes a family oriented small town mystery that is centered in the cozy town of Tinker’s Cove and their annual Easter egg hunt. The mystery starts when Lucy takes her grandson to the annual Easter egg hunt held at Pine Point Estate and they see the Easter Bunny come out of the mansion…and drops dead!

There was this very memorial chapter when Lucy sneaks upstairs and finds VV, a woman she remembers as always bein
Feb 06, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-maine
Small town journalist (and grandmother) Lucy Stone is on hand for the traditional Easter Egg Hunt that aging millionaire Vivian Van Vorst sponsors each year, but the gates of the beautiful property are locked until the Easter Bunny--or someone wearing the costume--comes out to open them. Unfortunately, the Bunny falls to the ground, victim, it seems, of a heart attack of a similar misfortune. But all is not as it seems in the luxurious mansion, and the rich have problems, too.
Mary (BookHounds)
Feb 21, 2013 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it

Lucy Stone, reporter for the Pennysaver in Tinker's Cove, is set to take her grandson to the annual Easter Egg hunt at Vivian Van Vorst's palatial estate, Pine Point. Something strange is up at the site when they arrive with the rest of the town to find the gates locked and no hospitality when her son, Van Vorst Duff (Van), comes out dressed as the Easter Bunny and drops dead on the porch. Even more strange is that VV has withdrawn from her social engagements and the charity c
Feb 15, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This was my first Leslie Meier Lucy Stone mystery and it won't be my last. Even though I started with book #19 I didn't see it as a problem. Yes I would have known a little more about the characters if I would have read the previous 18 books, but since this is a mystery and the books are focused on the mystery plot it wasn't too much of a problem coming into book #19 and learning the characters on the fly. I felt like Ms. Meier gives good background into each of the main characters so that I nev ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it
My mom instilled me with a love of cozy mysteries. I venture into more hardcore thrillers at times, but often find the violence and other crimes too grotesque and gratuitous. I mean, if you read my reviews, you know that I love me a violent book. But there's something particularly ugly about the ways bodies are described in certain mysteries. However, you can trust a cozy mystery to be light on the gore and heavy on the gossip.

Lucy Stone is a reporter for the Pennysaver. She's not on duty when s
Nancy Narma
Feb 26, 2013 Nancy Narma rated it really liked it

“Jellybeans, Secrets and Murder Abound”

It’s almost Easter as we travel back to Tinker’s Cove, Maine. There we find “The Pennysaver” Newspaper Reporter/Amateur Sleuth, Lucy Stone helping her Daughter-in-Law, Molly, get Grandson, Patrick ready for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the palatial estate of elderly millionaires, Vivian Van Vorst (affectionately known as VV). They join the gathering throng , waiting for the gates to open and the hunt to begin. But, something is wrong. The crowd grows uneas
Christopher Hicks
Apr 21, 2013 Christopher Hicks rated it it was ok
This is the 19th book in the Lucy Stone mystery series. I've read all if them as well as 2 other Lucy Stone stories that were published in other books. I've always loved these books. I enjoy how the author ages the characters as the years pass. I've read as Lucy has raised her children from babies to adults to even parents themselves. Each book has taken us on a journey with the Stones, their Friends and extended families. The family aspect has always been what i've enjoyed most. This book howev ...more
Tamera Lawrence
Mar 17, 2013 Tamera Lawrence rated it it was amazing
Easter is a time to celebrate life and the new arrival of spring. So when Lucy Stone takes her grandson to the annual Easter egg hunt in Pine Point, she is stunned to find no eggs on the beautiful Van Vorst estate’s lawns. It gets even worse when the Easter bunny stumbles out the door with a basket of eggs, only to drop dead right in front of the crowd. Stunned, Lucy Stone’s reporter instincts take over. Why would the grandson of one of the most prestigious family in town suddenly die? It just d ...more
Melanie Adkins
Mar 27, 2013 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing
The big Easter egg hunt at Pine Point mansion was due to start any time. Lucy Stone and her daughter-in-law, Molly, were taking three year old Patrick for the first time. Everyone was to be dressed for the occasion and most were. As they waited at the big gates to see the Easter Bunny come out of the house, questions began to filter through the crowd. Where was VV? Were they even having the Easter egg hunt this year? Why were the gates locked? Suddenly the Easter Bunny comes out the front door, ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Marie rated it really liked it
In Easter Bunny Murder, Lucy Stone, reporter for the Pennysaver, is attending the annual Easter egg hunt at Pine Point, the private estate of Vivian Van Vorst (VV). She's attending with her daughter-in-law Molly and her grandson Patrick. When the three of them show up, along with many others, something is obviously wrong. The gates are locked and there are no festivities in sight. Suddenly, a staggering Easter Bunny shows up, then collapses before he reaches the gate. When resuscitation efforts ...more
Janice Liedl
May 13, 2013 Janice Liedl rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I borrowed this from the library: my previous experience with Lucy Stone not being so good (I'd read one of Meier's shorts in Gingerbread Cookie Murder and been put off by Lucy's self-sabotaging ways. Here, in this standalone, Lucy fares much better. Her annoying tendency to dive in where angels or law enforcement fear to tread is minimized relative to the rest of the storyline.

The mystery begins in a clownish fashion where an Easter egg hunt goes off the rails and a local man, Van, in the Easte
May 03, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This book was on the top of my mom's to read pile. I just couldn't wait to read so I got to read it first. I love Leslie Meier and her Lucy Stone mysteries. She has a way of writing a wonderful mystery with humor thrown in as well. I've been reading Ms. Meier's work for a couple of years and I always enjoy her wonderful stories.

What started out as a normal day that Lucy and her daughter-in-law expected to be a fun Easter Egg Hunt for Patrick, suddenly took a turn for the worse when the Easter b
May 26, 2013 Stasha rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-books, mystery
If you're a fan of tightly written mysteries which stick to the main story line, this is not for you. The book wanders between the mystery, tales of trying to get Lucy's husband to plan for the future, kids still living at home, kid's living away (still trying to figure out what the side trip to Florida did for the plot), and working with the small town paper. I got this as an available audio book from the library and it did stand alone although I do get the feeling that some of the character de ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
In Tinker's Cove, Maine, local multimillionaire VV Vorst always has an Easter egg hunt at her mansion. When the crowds show up this year, though, nothing is set up. They do see someone in an Easter bunny costume come out of the house with a basket of eggs, but before he reaches the main gate, he collapses, dead. The bunny turns out to be VV's grandson, who, according to his fiery ex-common-law-wife Maxine, had no health issues. Lucy Stone, reporter for the local paper, takes this all in, and com ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Emma rated it did not like it
Shelves: usa, cozy-mystery, easter
I am so glad this is finally over! I was very excited about reading an Easter-themed book (my very first) right before Easter.... and then... this happened.

Yes, I've noticed cozy mysteries are often "hit or miss" for me but nothing had prepared me for this one: absolutely nothing interested me about Lucy Stone's life, family, job (what is she exactly, a caring grandma or the next Pulitzer winner? She could be both, I agree, but the book switches awkwardly between one and the other, this is unpl
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Apr 20, 2014 Lorraine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like a light holiday mystery.
Shelves: fiction, mystery-cozy, own
Happy Easter Everyone !! I just finished Easter Bunny Murder, and wished to write the review today. I love Maine, having spent almost 30 summers in the Great State of Maine !! I have a great 'picture' of Tinker's Cove, and I have seen beautiful houses such as VV's and was lucky enough to spent some time in one, a friend from school family's summer home in Prout's Neck ! Luckily, nothing happened as compared to the Easter Bunny Murder's prolific killer and all that the killer accomplished. I am d ...more
Apr 18, 2014 David rated it it was ok
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier was an OK mystery. I enjoyed it well enough. However, it's premise as set-up in the first chapter wasn't carried through. It would have been nice if the Easter theme could have been maintained. As it was, the story meandered its way to the heat of summer. As for the murder victim, that was introduced in the first chapter but the story digressed well away from the victim. It became more of a sub-plot. We, the reader, weren't even informed that the culprit exist ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Cat rated it really liked it
Lucy Stone is a part-time reporter for the weekly Pennysaver in a small town in Maine. She takes her young grandson with her when she goes to V.V. Van Vorst's annual Easter Egg Hunt at the mansion but finds a large crowd waiting outside the locked gates. Eventually a huge Easter bunny emerges from behind the metal grille in the doorway of the home, staggers down the steps, and promptly drops dead before the kids have had a chance to collect any eggs. Everyone, parents and children alike, are tra ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Another good Lucy Stone novel, this time starting off at the annual Easter egg hunt. I like that these books take place in real time where things aren't solved in a matter of days.
Karen B.
Mar 28, 2016 Karen B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I was home sick on Easter Sunday so I wanted something light to read. I read this in e-book format but also listened on audio as I sometimes drifted half asleep. This was the perfect read for the afternoon! Lucy Stone once again gets herself involved in a murder and mystery. The mysterious, wealthy VV plans for her annual Easter Egg Hunt but this year things are very different. It begins with the death of the Easter Bunny, that is her son. It later turns out that Van was murdered. ...more
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