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Wicked Witch Murder (Lucy Stone #16)

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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 charmi ...more
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Published (first published September 1st 2010)
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Pat
Nov 12, 2013 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

There is quite a bit of witchcraft and supernatural "happenings" which I am not comfortable with. Otherwise the story was okay.
Luffy
Jul 22, 2014 Luffy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Tracy
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Gina
Nov 30, 2010 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bookgirlr
Jan 11, 2012 Bookgirlr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lindsay
Aug 30, 2010 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joanne
Oct 06, 2015 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 vandali ...more
Donna Jo Atwood
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
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Philip
Oct 24, 2010 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Me
Oct 05, 2016 Me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael crage
Jun 30, 2015 Michael crage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good book. I was somewhat surprised at the ending of the book. Which is good when you are reading a mystery and have enough information no to be surprised like this book had.
Peter Barr
Mar 11, 2017 Peter Barr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 16th Lucy Stone mystery by Leslie Meier. The main character is a part time reporter for a small town newspaper in Maine and she gets involved in the investigations of murders. In this story, a Wiccan moves to Tinker's Cove and opens up a shop selling candles, herbs and witch paraphernalia. Soon a member of her coven is murdered and a number of townspeople begin to object to her presence in the town. The story evolves with the season in the town and comes to a conclusion on Halloween. ...more
Christina T
Oct 22, 2013 Christina T rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 readin ...more
Melissa
May 12, 2017 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #17 read in 2017

This was a great read!
Andrea Guy
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
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Sandy
Feb 16, 2017 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just one of those fun cozy mysteries. Nothing special though.
Samantha Smith
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
Marian
Jan 16, 2013 Marian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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Amy
Sep 24, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amelia-Irene
Nov 02, 2011 Amelia-Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julie P
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
Rachael
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
Meikoningin
Oct 15, 2011 Meikoningin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 En ...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
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Kassandra Lea
May 17, 2016 Kassandra Lea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Beverly
Feb 20, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 everyth ...more
Ricki Treleaven
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
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Lynn
Sep 20, 2010 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy spending time with Lucy in Tinker's Cove. This time it was a little darker and a smidge weirder than in previous adventures but that just made it more interesting. The leader of a local coven is found tied to a tree and burned to death and, of course, Lucy discovers the body. Lucy and her young daughters get involved with Diana, the high priestess of this coven, as well as with Abby, another teen-aged "seeker" who comes from what appears to be a troubled Fundamentalist household w ...more
Zuleima Salazar
In all honesty the book wasn't horrible, but I wouldn't call it a mystery book. Lucy was not actually trying to be a sleuth and when she would find things out. They were things anybody could really find out, no wonder Detective Horowitz was annoyed by her theories because that's all they were. I'm also glad that the killer was not who she suspected and she was finally proven wrong and who she thought was the killer actually ended up helping her. The witchcraft part was pretty interesting and I'm ...more
Lucy Crowe
Sep 03, 2014 Lucy Crowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was fun! I don't read cozy mysteries steadily - I have to intersperse with something heavier once in awhile - but when I do, I really enjoy them. Kind of the chocolate cake of reading, I think. Lucy Stone has the makings of a great series, and I was thrilled to see that there are a ton of these books. I've been missing out! Here is a lovable heroine with a reporter job that lands her smack in the middle of endless trouble. In this particular novel, the trouble involves witchcraft, and I ...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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