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Candy Corn Murder

(Lucy Stone #22)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,871 ratings  ·  316 reviews
Halloween is coming to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and local reporter Lucy Stone is covering the town’s annual Giant Pumpkin Fest for the Pennysaver. There’s the pumpkin-boat regatta, the children’s Halloween party, the pumpkin weigh-in…even a contest where home-built catapults hurl pumpkins at an old Dodge! But not everything goes quite as planned…Lucy’s getting very annoyed th ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Kensington
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Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Candy Corn murder brings a revival of the Lucy Stone series with it. It centers around Halloween. The only person going to collect candy is Patrick, the grandson of Lucy. But, rest assured, nothing harmful befalls him. He doesn't experience anything uncomfortable until he sees his grandfather Bill Stone get arrested by the local cops.

Bill is my favorite character in this series. He features prominently. He was supposed to build a catapult for a pumpkin throwing contest. Helping him is Ev Wickes.
beachbum bookworm
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
It had been a while since my last visit to Tinker’s Cove, Maine to see Lucy and Bill Stone. What better time to catch up then Halloween and the town celebrating the giant pumpkin festival? Lucy was preparing to cover the festival for the paper, and Bill was planning on entering a couple events including the pumpkin catapult in which pumpkins are catapulted at an old dodge. He has been working on the mechanics of building the catapult with his not so liked friend Ev. The morning of the big event ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: halloween, favorites
I absolutely loved this Lucy Stone mystery! Halloween is growing near in Tinker’s Cove, Maine an the town is gearing up for the pumpkin-themed celebration. I am a reader who DELIGHTS in holiday-themed books that go all out on the holiday cheer and “Candy Corn Murder” did that in spades, with a candy corn guessing competition, the whole town growing giant pumpkins, the Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin special, Halloween themed ice cream, and Lucy’s husband Bill building a giant catapult in their yard ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I used to read books by this author all of the time but I stopped several years ago. I just couldn't get into them any more, but I wanted to try this book because of the cute Halloween cover since it's my favorite time of year :)

This story was okay, there were so many little things in the book the characters did that annoyed me. But I thought the murder mystery itself was a good one and they had a giant pumpkin contest along with other things during their Gia
Mariah Roze
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have been wanting to read a Halloween book, since I have been reading so many books for my book clubs. However, I did not pick a good Halloween book. This was an extremely fluffy story that was super random. I loved how they tried to talk about equal rights between the genders; however, it was super random in this story. It was not a good fit.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier is a 2015 Kensington Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fall is right around the corner and there's a little nip in the air for the residents of Tinker's Cove. That means it's time to gear up for Halloween the Giant Pumpkin Fest!

Lucy's heart doesn't appear to be in it though, as her husband is obsessed with his pumpkin and is spending a great deal of time with Ev, a man Lucy is not ove
Candy Corn Murder turned out to be a pretty decent book. When I first started reading it I wasn't too sure because the first murder mentioned was the "ax murder" of a pumpkin that got squashed. I thought, "Oh no, this is going to be awful." But thankfully that wasn't the only murder.

The townspeople are like a close group of people in that it seems like everyone knows everyone and everyone's business. Lucy Stone is taking care of her 4 year old grandson Patrick while her son Toby and his wife Mo
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
Perfect light read for the Halloween season. Second half was much better than the first.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it did not like it

Tinker's Cove, Maine is trying to celebrate a pumpkin fest; however, things keep going wrong. A contender for the largest pumpkin discovers his pumpkin was smashed; the pumpkin people display is in a shambles; and a body was found in the trunk of a car used as a target for the pumpkin catapult competition.

The mystery combines an old mystery entwined seamlessly in the current events. I thought that was a nice touch.

My problem with the book, and I think a word of warning is in order: some extrem
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars: A cozy that lacks the cozy, and it suffers from a fast almost abrupt ending.

As the leaves start to blush with Fall colors, Lucy finds herself increasingly busy. She is looking after her four year old grandson for a couple of months, she is busy as ever at her job, and she is now supposed to help with the Giant Pumpkin Fest. The town is holding its first Giant Pumpkin Fest in hopes of luring in tourists. Unfortunately, someone in the town doesn't seem to want the Pumpkin Fest. Someone
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have read a couple books in this series. They are quick reads. They are also cozy mysteries. Which in both cases this book was a quick, cozy read. Yet, I sadly had a hard time connecting with the characters and found the story bland. In fact, I would start reading in bed and grow sleepy quickly after just a few chapters. The storyline was fine but with no connection to the characters and the action mild, the book as a whole just did not work for me. Although I will read other books in this ser ...more
CANDY CORN MURDER was a cute Halloween cozy mystery read, and it was my first introduction to Lucy Stone who I enjoyed spending time with. In the midst of a fall Pumpkin Fest, a murder takes place that Lucy finds herself involved with on a much more personal level than expected. Meanwhile, readers learn more about Lucy's adorable young grandson, Patrick, and are part of the quaint festivities residents of Tinker's Cove are involved in as they work to prepare for the new festival.

While the story
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This is the best book I've read in this series in a long time. Probably a 3.5 star read. The last one I read was depressing. Not the case with this one. The story was a good one and the flash backs to 1979 were a good addition leading up to the ending. Ms. Meier has gotten a bit political in some of her recent books. Some readers don't like that, but I like a little "spice" to my stories and, IMHO, these views are just that. For the most part I share her opinions and politics. However, there are ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reading a holiday themed Lucy Stone mystery is basically the equivalent of curling up by the fire with cocoa. I love catching up with Lucy in Tinker's Cove, especially during Halloween, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. This installment was fun, with a couple of mysteries intertwined and lots of Halloween events to keep the holiday theme strong, Lucy is watching her grandson, and it was cute to hear about all his little exploits. A fun book that wasn't sad and preachy, as some recent installments h ...more
Christine Roberts
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
I'm just not a fan of the "cozy mystery" genre. I've tried and tried, but it's just not for me. It's too cutesy, too comfortable, for me to enjoy. That being said, this book is well paced, and well written, just not for me. ...more
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Kensington and Netgalley. This title will be published on August 25, 2015*

In Candy Corn Murder Lucy finds herself overwhelmed by pumpkins, thanks to the town's new Giant Pumpkin Festival. Her husband and a friend of his are determined to grow the biggest pumpkin and have the best pumpkin catapult for the competitions. However, when that friend is murdered and her husband becomes the prime suspect Lucy must do some sleuthi
Christopher Hicks
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I do believe i've just read the last book i'm going to read in this series. That actually makes me sad because I used to really enjoy the characters and storylines. This book was really bad. Gone were the great interactions with the main characters. Some were merely mentioned in passing. I also don't like how the author has made Lucy, the protagonist so preachy with a "liberal" agenda (guns are bad) (the police are mean and untrustworthy) (abortion is good) it was really hard to get through plus ...more
Marie Geisel
Aug 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed in this book. I have loved the series until French Pastry Murder, but I figured that I just didn't care for the exotic setting. Back to Candy Corn Murder. I felt the plot was lacking. The flashbacks were an interesting element, but could have been used more effectively. My main issue of this book was the author's inclusion of inaccurate political rhetoric concerning right-to-life issues. This was completely irrelevant to the plot and alienating to readers who disagree with ...more
Robin Loves Reading
In the 22nd book of the series, Bill Stone is the main suspect when a man who was working with him was found dead. His name was Evan and he and bill were building a catapult for the town of Tinker's Cove Halloween contest.

While everyone in town was excited about the contest, there were things going on that indicated problems were going on behind the scenes. For one thing, Lucy, Bill's wife hated the fact that Bill and Evan were working together. Meanwhile, there was a lot of sabotage happening t
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Lucy Stone mystery, but it certainly won't be my last! I saw this on the shelves when I was hunting for a Halloween read and decided to take a chance, even though I knew I'd be popping into the series very late. Meier's writing style flowed smoothly and swiftly, with a "down home" country feel that I absolutely loved. The characters leaped right off the page for me--I felt as if I'd known the "regulars" forever! Amid the pumpkin capers and calamities, a far more serious issue w ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cute mystery, but lots of unnecessary family drama and political opinions.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read in the series. Based on that, I think this book could have used a bit more of a character recap. Who is Lucy? Who are the important players? Why is she always involved in the mystery? I know that I personally would have enjoyed knowing these things up front. But maybe faithful readers have had enough recap and this factor is just a reflection of that.

I am the type of mystery reader that likes the actual murder to happen within the first two or three chapters.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won in the first reads giveaway.

This is only the second cozy mystery that I have read, so I am not too familiar with their tropes. Despite the super-adorable cover design, the book contains some difficult themes (like sexual abuse). Not to say it is a really dark book, I was just surprised. Anyway, it was a really readable book and sometimes funny (maybe unintentionally). I loved that Lucy had some black sheets left over from her daughters goth phase.

I haven't read the other books, but this is t
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A quick little fun book that takes place in a small town where everybody just about knows everybody. It's a place where gossip is a traditional ritual along with the little old ladies that like to spread it.

It is definitely a cozy mystery and the murderer is the one you usually suspect. There's no gore and even the body is kind of hidden even to the characters. It's just a fun little mystery that has a huge family secret that someone doesn't want known. It was entertaining and a little humorous
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Lucy Stone series!
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this entry in the Lucy Stone series. Lots going on with the giant pumpkin festival- sabotage and murder! Lucy of course is involved and figures it all out.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is a typical cozy murder mystery set during Halloween. I recommend this book to anyone who likes cozy murder mystery books.

Things I liked:
- Lots of plot twists. I wasn't able to predict the plot like a lot of other cozy murder mystery books.
- I like that the book is centered around Halloween.

Things I didn't like:
- The book jumps back and forth between the plot and flashbacks from an abused wife. The way it was done was a little confusing and didn't fit in right. In the end, you le
Jill Tool
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lucy is back this fall with another murder to solve, only this time it hits close to home. With her oldest son and daughter-in-law going to Haiti for four months, Lucy and her husband Bill now have their grandson Patrick staying with them. While working for the newspaper, taking care of Patrick, making Patrick's Halloween costume, contributing to her organizations, plus her family how does Lucy have time to work on solving a murder of one of the towns folk.

Like all the other books in this series
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
I always love catching up with Lucy Stone. It's Halloween and Lucy is taking care ov her grandson while her son and daughter in law are doing missionary work in Haiti. Halloween also means it's time for the pumpkin fest. There is a biggest pumpkin contest as well as the pumpkin hurdle. Lucy's husband is building a catapult with the help of his friend Evan. During the pumpkin hurdle Evan is found dead in the trunk of a car. It seems Lucy's husband was the last person to see him alive so he become ...more
Janet Robel
The Lucy Stone mysteries have been going strong for many years now. Readers can relate to Lucy as her character grew from a mom with small children and money problems to now being a grandma. The charming town of Tinker's Cove and it's inhabitants will appeal to any cozy mystery fan. There are plenty of secrets here and an engaging mystery that kept me guessing to the end. If you are new to the series, you will want to go back and read the others to fill in any gaps and see how it all started. ...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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