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Wicked Witch Murder (Lucy Stone #16)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,299 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
With planning the town's annual Halloween Party, the drought wreaking havoc on her garden, and her brood of four children, Lucy Stone's got her hands full this fall. As the air turns crisp and the trees blaze red and gold in the tiny town of Tinker's Cove, Maine, a newcomer arrives who seems to suit the Halloween season. Diana Ravenscroft has just opened Solstice, a ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Kensington
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I liked this cozy mystery. In giving it only three stars over four, there is indeed a reason. The premise of the story is as follows; Lucy Stone lives in small town Tinker's Cove, Maine. The town becomes wary and rumors start to fly when Diana Ravenscroft opens a store featuring Wiccan items, and offering readings and herbal charms, as well as starting an introductory class in witchcraft targeting young teenaged girls. The father of one of the girls lives as a Puritan with his family and rules ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Pat rated it it was ok

There is quite a bit of witchcraft and supernatural "happenings" which I am not comfortable with. Otherwise the story was okay.
Oct 05, 2016 Me rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery starring a small town reporter who has to contend with the local witches. Halloween recipes follow the mystery. The mystery itself isn't too gory and the "bad guys/gals" aren't immediately obvious. I will definitely read more of this series.
Jul 23, 2014 Luffy rated it did not like it
Inconsistency is the name of the game with Leslie Meier. She cannot string two good books together at the time of writing. Although the trademark fluidity of the prose was present, the style emphasized starkly the lack of buildup, pacing, plot, and twists in this Halloween themed book. I do know it's the lowest rated book of the series, and the fact that I dislike it is no coincidence.

Bill Stone was cruelly underused during the entire thing. He appears only to flip the television channels or i
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Nov 30, 2010 Gina rated it liked it
I picked this book at the library without ever having seen or read any of the other books in this series. I believe this is the 16th book in the series. I was intrigued enough to go back and start reading from the beginning.

Even though some of the characters, including the "heroine", can be pretty annoying it's a different premise from many other light suspense books. Plus we get to track Lucy as she progresses from stay at home mom to a part time job as her kids grow up and start to fly the nes
Jan 11, 2012 Bookgirlr rated it really liked it
Cozy mysteries are one of my dirty little secrets. I call them fluff books, and I love them. These cute little novels don’t play with my emotions and I don’t get so involved that I can’t put them down, but I still look forward to picking them back up.
I love how the Lucy Stone Mystery novels are all based on holidays. I picked up Wicked Witch Murder right before Halloween and had planned to read it during the holiday. However life had other plans, and so I am now catching back up on all of this
Apr 09, 2016 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This book wasn't super wonderful or anything, but I couldn't put it down, so it gets 4 stars.
Don't be fooled. The discription of the book makes it sound like it takes place during October, but it actually starts in June and the happens expand throughout the summer into October. I was a little disappointed in that.
Diana the witch comes to town and opens up a shop and no one seems to have a problem with her except over religious guy Ike who blames her for everything bad that is happening in Tink
May 04, 2016 Joanne rated it liked it
Shelves: seasonal-reads
I was surprised this cozy detailed as much as it did about Wicca and witches. Despite the burning at the stake of a witch/local magician and some risqué references to the nude and sexual aspects of the rituals, I was surprised that Lucy was as open minded to accepting Dinah into her house with her impressionable teens that apparently had taken some witchcraft classes at her shop. She basically “knew” the woman from a reading at her store and then she is staying with her after her shop is ...more
Donna Jo Atwood
Sep 11, 2011 Donna Jo Atwood rated it did not like it
I have grave reservations about this book (pun intended). The witches in question start off treated fairly sympathically, but the viewpoint gradually swings the other way. The opposition, portrayed as a religious nut with perhaps shadings of child and wife abuse, is a charicature of all that is wrong with intolerant people.
An economic motive for some of the crimes is floated off and away almost as soon it is mentioned.
Lucy is one of the scattiest women in the universe--repeatedly going off by h
Oct 24, 2010 Philip rated it really liked it
It is always a great trip to Maine with the Lucy Stone books. This book does not disappoint and is timely for reading around Halloween. The residents of Tinkers Cove are people you'd like to be friends with and Lucy is a go-getter, unafraid to pursue her leads. A great trip to New England every time!
Andrea Guy
Nov 27, 2016 Andrea Guy rated it it was ok
I love holiday themed books, so I around Halloween I started to read this one. Flash forward almost a month and I'm finally finishing this one.

Wicked Witch Murder, is a pretty ho hum story as far as cozy mysteries are concerned. The plot has great potential with a new resident and witchcraft and of course a religious crazy that doesn't believe in medicine and thinks that witch craft is evil.

There could have been a good witch hunt theme going on here, but it barely got off the ground.

The murder h
Ricki Treleaven
Oct 18, 2016 Ricki Treleaven rated it liked it
Recently I read Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier. This is the first Lucy Stone Mystery I've ever read, and it isn't the cozy mystery I was expecting.

I know that almost all cozy mysteries involve a murder, but this one is gruesome, and the prologue of the book depicts witches in a sexual pagan ritual. The Witch Diana tries to get several of the local teenagers to join her coven without parental consent, and the citizens who dare question the motives of Diana and the other witches are called bi
Christina T
Feb 24, 2016 Christina T rated it did not like it
Synopsis: With planning the town's annual Halloween Party, the drought wreaking havoc on her garden, and her brood of four children, Lucy Stone's got her hands full this fall- As the air turns crisp and the trees blaze red and gold in the tiny town of Tinker's Cove, Maine, a newcomer arrives who seems to suit the Halloween season. Diana Ravenscroft has just opened Solstice, a charming little shop featuring candles, crystals, jewelry, and psychic readings. But after an unnervingly accurate ...more
Nov 07, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it
A decent book with a lot of charm up until the lack lustre climax and ending. Felt like watching a build up to an overly simplified conclusion. BUT I would still say I really enjoyed it.
Oct 28, 2016 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday
Pretty cute Halloween book. Kept me interested and had a good story line.
Amy W.
I thought this was such a great book! I had not read anything before by Leslie Meier, but I will be getting more of her cozy mysteries!
Oct 02, 2016 Dolores rated it liked it
I liked this book but it wasn't awesome. Interested me enough to finish it.
Sep 21, 2016 Tammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-read
This was my first Lucy Stone book. It was a cute, no nonsense sort of mystery. I'd probably read another in this series.
Sep 19, 2016 Sandra rated it did not like it
I have read many of Meier's books and enjoyed them but this one was a major disappointment.

When an author has to resort to the supernatural to create and solve a crime, I think the bottom of the barrel has been reached.

What mother with any common sense would allow her very young daughter to become involved with self-confessed witches and covens?
Samantha Smith
Oct 29, 2012 Samantha Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This book was just ok. It was a very quick read and I did find the subject interesting and I wanted to solve the crime. The murderer and his/her motive kept me guessing until the end. There were lots of red herrings to distract me from the real killer and so I found the mystery aspect of this book appealing. However, there were certain things about this book I didn't like. I didn't like how the book jumped over a period of months in a single sentence. One minute we are in a high stress situation ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Marian rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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Oct 04, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Lucy Stone has got a lot on her plate. What with the annual Halloween party, her job as a reporter, and her four children, she's already got a lot going on. And then Diana Ravenscroft shows up in Tinker's Cove, Maine and things start to get a bit spooky. Diana, a self-proclaimed witch, is met with more than just skepticism in the town. And after Lucy finds a dead body in the woods, more and more people, including a prominent businessman, turn against her. Is Diana's witchcraft the reason for the ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Amelia-Irene rated it really liked it
I really haven't read this series in order and really wish I knew more where this book fits in. I do enjoy the series, but think that it would be easier to read them in order if possible.

Lucy's oldest is married and has a child in this one, Her oldest daughter is just mentioned as now being in college. And the two youngest are still in school middle and high. There is a new shop in town owned by the local coven's high witch. Lucy stumbles across a badly burned body and discovers it is the head
Julie P
Aug 09, 2011 Julie P rated it liked it
Think of the Wicked Witch Murder as Arthur Miller's The Crucible light. Well, it tries to be anyway. Here's yet another mystery where the mystery doesn't matter as much as the social interaction of the main character, Lucy Stone, with other residents of the small Maine village of Tinker's Cove. A witch, or rather a follower of Wicca, has moved into the village and opened a shop. Her activities as well as the newly-discovered burned body of the coven leader have become the proverbial line in the ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Rachael rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I was in the mood for a Halloween themed story and this was a nice, easy read. I'd never read a Lucy Stone mystery before and I have to say, I like her a lot more than some others. She's married and already has a life so there was no annoying "romance" awkwardly thrown in. As for the mystery, I wish it had been more of one. There were a lot of descriptions of house paint color and coven member garb but not enough suspense for me... and I can't really take suspense so ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Meikoningin rated it did not like it
Spoiler alert ! Wiccan shopkeeper Diana Ravenscroft and her cat familiar, Piewocket, stir up trouble in Tinker's Grove, Maine. Soon after Lucy, "a hardheaded reporter" for the town's weekly newspaper, receives a reading from Lady Diana, high priestess of the Silver Coven, warning her of approaching danger, Lucy and her Labrador, Libby, stumble over a burned corpse during a woodland walk. The victim turns out to be the Silver Coven's Malcolm Malebranche, a magician whom Diana believed to be in ...more
Barbara M
Nope. This one just didn't do it for me. Granted it is the 16th book in a series and maybe I picked up the dull one but this just didn't come together for me. I picked this up as a fun Halloween read but I'm going on to something with more substance.

Lucy Stone is the main character and she just didn't seem to have an continuity, one minute she's unhappy with the town witch, Diana Ravenscroft and the next minute she's bending over backwards like the with life-long friends, dropping everything to
Kassandra Lea
Aug 03, 2016 Kassandra Lea rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I've been a fan of the Lucy Stone Series for years now and each book is like visiting an old friend. When I realized this book was going to be dealing with pagans I got an icky feeling in the pit of my stomach. As a pagan I'm used to the misunderstandings that wind up in stories or the blatant Satanic overtone common in movies and TV shows.

With a Wiccan moving into Tinkers Cove the townsfolk are faced with something unknown and new. And then there's a murder. Guess who gets the blame. Who commit
Aug 04, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it
I always love to read a good cozy and some of my favorite's take place in Tinker's Cove with Lucy Stone trying to solve the latest crime in the constant crime wave there!! :) In this tale, it's coming up on the annual Halloween party but the atmosphere doesn't feel quite the same this year. The high priestess of a local coven has moved into town and opened a shop catering to those interested in all things Wiccan. One new family in the community is quite upset about this and believes that ...more
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