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Chocolate Covered Murder (Lucy Stone #18)

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As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer's Chocolates. But when a local fisherman drowns suspiciously, Lucy's certain her investigative skills could be put to better use. Everyone is shocked when Fern's Famous Fudge loses its status as 'Best Candy on the Coast' to Chanticleer's pricey newfangled confections. And Lucy soon disco ...more
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Published January 24th 2012 by Dreamscape Media (first published December 27th 2011)
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Hannah
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
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Bekah
Mar 10, 2012 Bekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure you need to be a member of the Red Hat Society to enjoy this.
Janet Robel
Cute cozy mystery set in Tinker's Cove. I enjoy reading about Lucy Stone and watching her kids grow up as the series progresses. Lucy is always in the middle of a murder investigation while trying to live her life in a small town where everyone knows each other.
Pat
Apr 25, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alannah Davis
Apr 09, 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
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Rebecca
Sep 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim j
Nov 07, 2012 Kim j rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
M.L.D.
Feb 06, 2016 M.L.D. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nancy
Oct 21, 2014 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Linda
Feb 13, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
kathy
Jun 05, 2012 kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Gennielc
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
Jeannine Stewart
OK Maine cozy. I enjoyed the characters and the setting but the plot seemed to drag along until the last quarter of the book by which time I already figured out most of the mystery.
Abeni
Feb 27, 2013 Abeni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a decent read with a gangsta element to it! lol. While entertaining, I don't feel the need to read books 1-17.
Kim
This got two stars because a lot of the plot points didn't work well together. For instance, there is a side plot with an older couple, which was put to get wayside until the very end, but then seemed unresolved. I think it fit the overall theme, but it added little to the plot and did nothing to develop the murder mystery aspect. There's also a drug abuse side plot, which does tie into the murder but I think it could have been hinted at more, perhaps cutting the couple in favor of one of Lucy's ...more
Jess McDonald
A delicious tale of two murders, an assortment of sweet characters, and tons of unique chocolate highlight this cozy who-dun-it centered around Valentine's Day.

Lucy, who's tired of writing snoozing articles in the community section of the local Pennysaver, dreams of something bigger...A story that will uplift her career. She gets more than she can bargain for when a local ends up dead and shortly after, the town's home-wrecker is found naked and covered in chocolate, she sets out to prove that t
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Barb
Mar 12, 2017 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer's Chocolates. But when a local fisherman drowns suspiciously, Lucy's certain her investigative skills could be put to better use. Everyone is shocked when Fern's Famous Fudge loses its status as 'Best Candy on the Coast' to Chanticleer's pricey newfangled confections. And Lucy soon discovers sultry store manager Tamzin Graves is only too eager to serve her male clientele. Leaving a throng of jealous women in h ...more
Terri Gilbert
An easy-reading mystery. Lucy Stone, the protagonist, is a mother and newspaper reporter for a very small paper in a very small Maine town. It's always fun to read about other places and other climates. Maine winters are brutal along the coast. Characters are true to life, plot is typical exaggerated circumstances. An enjoyable read. Would be happy to read another featuring this character.
Mary
Mar 12, 2017 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Endless babbling about the minutiae of life. Isn't there supposed to be a mystery in here somewhere?
Melissa
Book #23 read in 2017

Not my favorite in the series, but good.
CD
Mar 21, 2012 CD rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Narma
Dec 21, 2011 Nancy Narma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Nora-adrienne
Dec 23, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Thomas Bruso
May 31, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Yvonne
Mar 03, 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
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Suspense Magazine
Jun 21, 2012 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Dlytle
Feb 15, 2017 Dlytle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light reading about a small town murder. It was a good way to pass some time without much exertion of brain cells. I will probably read more of the Lucy Stone mysteries.
Kris
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
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Julie Barrett
Nov 15, 2011 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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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