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Wicked Witch Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #16)

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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  915 ratings  ·  123 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 charmi ...more
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Published (first published September 1st 2010)
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Darlene
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 o ...more
Gina
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
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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Tracy
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Lindsay
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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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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Luffy Monkey D.
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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Philip
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!
Lucy Crowe
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
Aisling Van dam labauve
This was a pretty good book, entertaining and with a nice twist at the end. I felt like the representation of the magickal community could have been better, though. The way this book is written, it sounds like very little research was done with regard to the Craft and the characters in the book bear little resemblance to people I know who are actually living this spiritual path. I also found the main character, Lucy, to be abrasive and slightly annoying. Several times I wished I could reach insi ...more
Rachael
This book was a good way to start October. It isn't complicated or scary. It is a straight forward murder mystery. I had a hard time relating to the main character, Lucy, because she is a mom with adult and teenage kids. This book is probably meant for an older age group. Another stylistic problem of the book was: I kept wanting this to be written in first person. It isn't a bad thing that it isn't but I felt that first person would have been a better point of view for this book. I might not hav ...more
Pat
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 reading by Diana ...more
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
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
Amy
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
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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Christina T
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
Marian
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Barbara
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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Meikoningin
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
Lynn
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
Gail
Nothing new here. The book was given to me by a friend who only reads cozies. I've only read a couple Lucy Stone stories but let's face it, once a series goes beyond 4-5 books I find the authors usually run out of steam.
Becky
This is the first mystery I've read by Leslie Meier, and I enjoyed it. Fun, quirky characters and an interesting setting made for a quick, light read. I look forward to reading other books in the series.
Kitty
The first of this series I've read, and might be the last. Not horrible - just "blah". The whole storyline of this one was "okay", but I sort of felt like it was written by a non-Pagan trying to pretend they really knew what they were writing about. Not that it was entirely inaccurate - more like it didn't feel "genuine".

As for the series, it felt like a cozy mystery without the "hook" (ie: cross-stitch, knitting, scrapbooking, etc.). The main character is reasonably pleasant, but not in any way
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Rosanne
I have enjoyed every book in the Lucy Stone series, and this one is no different from the rest. I enjoy catching up on what is going on in the lives of Lucy and her family and friends in Tinker's Cove. The series has taken Lucy from a stay at home mom with young children to a working mom with older children. She's busy running her household while helping others, working and solving the latest murder in their small New England town. There are a lot of similarities to the daily grindstone for all ...more
Jennie
Good day for a good book and Leslie Meier delivers again with an great Lucy Stone story.
Fmorlan
Lucy Stone is a reporter in Maine. Her family live outside of Tinkers Cove. Its summertime. Lucy and her friends meet Diana Ravenscroft a self proclalimed witch of the Wiccans. Diana does readings for the ladies but Lucy is skeptical. When odd things start happening Lucy takes another look at wichcraft which her girls are into. Of course there is a body in the book and murder. This was good as it covered a few months and showed that some murders are put on the back burner. i enjoyed that it was ...more
Jill
It's another easy read. The book is more like 3.5 stars.
Susan Treat
Loved it just got to read from the beginning.
CD
Sky clad, i.e. naked, Witches celebrating a special day in the middle of a forest fire they accidentally start along with an immolated corpse gets this Lucy Stone mystery off to a hot start.

Land grabs by maybe less than scrupulous developers and religious extremists threatening violence against their neighbors for 'heresy' are more problems facing amateur detective and newspaper reporter Lucy Stone in this story.

But wait, there's more death to come.


Another entry in the life of Tinker's Cove Ma
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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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