Archive for 'Meier, Leslie'
Bake Sale Murder is a Lucy Stone mystery and is set in Tinkerâ€™s Cove, Maine. Lucy is a wife, mother, and reporter for the small town Pennysaver paper, and is helping organize a bake sale to raise money for the Hat and Mitten fund. She has enlisted the help of her new neighbors, including an unpleasant woman named Mimi, who has made a lot of enemies in a short period of time. Mimi is found murdered the day of the bake sale with her cookies still in the oven.
In addition to coping with the bake sale and Mimiâ€™s murder, Lucy is trying to uncover a story for the paper that has to do with the anonymous notes that keep turning up at the paper â€“ they say that the older high school football players are hazing and torturing the younger players. But no one is talking, including Lucyâ€™s cheerleader daughter. Lucy needs to find the source of the letters or some one who will go on the record about the hazing before the situation gets out of control.
I like the character of Lucy Stone. She is a harried working mother and comes across as very believable. Her job at the paper gives her a good reason to go poking into things, but she isnâ€™t too obnoxious about it. The description of her relationship with her teenage daughter and her attempts at soliciting information from her seem very real and something most parents will relate to.
However, I do wonder what is happening with her youngest child. There are long stretches during which it is not clear where the child is and who is taking care of her. Unlike adults, eight year old characters canâ€™t just be left to their own devices, they need to be accounted for. This lack of information is noticeable because Lucy is spending so much time with her older daughter and you canâ€™t help but wonderâ€¦
Bake Sale Murder is very â€œback loaded.â€ The murder happens pretty far into the book and the vital mystery clues are left for the very end. There is a lot of character exploration, but not a lot of action or mystery. If you donâ€™t mind a slow start and prefer good characters to mystery, this is a good book for you.
Favorite character? Ted, Lucyâ€™s boss. Did I guess it? No. Will I read another? Maybe. I have read several of Meierâ€™s other books but her style isnâ€™t my favorite.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007