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    Smashing Pumpkins Fun

    Tinker's Cove Maine is hosting its first Giant Pumpkin Fest and Lucy Stone's family has joined in all aspects of the fun, until her husband Bill is charged with the murder of his pumpkin catapult building buddy Ev. Lucy's family has expanded to include her 4 yr old grandson, Patrick and modern child rearing isn't what it was back when her kids were preschoolers! Juggling her job as a reporter at the local newspaper with 2 teenagers still living at home and a working husband, Lucy is pressed to find time to keep up with long time neighbours and friends. Unraveling the past secrets of the town's major employer's family is dangerous, but proving Bill's innocence is Lucy's focus that costs Lucy her job. So much of this book I can relate to and found it so funny because of this: grandkid rules, long married spouses, hectic work schedule and a small community life. A good cozy mystery. Secondary characters include a character whose practice of WICCA has had me stop following this series years ago. Nice to pick back up again.
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    Twenty-Second Book in Series! Delightful!

    Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier is the twenty-second book in the Lucy Stone series. Lucy is watching her four year old grandson, Patrick while his parents are in Haiti. Lucy’s son, Toby is going to school for a business degree. He was offered a four month fellowship to study fish farming (I have no idea what a business degree has to do with fish farming). Molly, Toby’s wife, went with him to Haiti. Lucy has enrolled Patrick in Little Prodigies Day Care (with Lucy and her husband, Bill paying the fees). Little Prodigies has a unique philosophy (I personally would have found a new day care center). Tinker Cove, Maine is getting ready for their first ever Giant Pumpkin Fest. There will be a giant pumpkin contest, pumpkin regatta, displays of pumpkin people on Main Street, and a pumpkin catapult contest. Bill has decided to enter the pumpkin catapult contest with the encouragement of his friend, Evan Wickes (goes by Ev). Lucy is not fond of Ev. He is constantly hanging around the house drinking beer. He does not have good bathing habits and Lucy has to make sure to stand downwind. Bill is spending a fortune on wood for the catapult (which is messing with Lucy’s budget). The day of the contest Ev fails to show up. Bill is the first to compete in the catapult competition. They are aiming their pumpkins at a car that was recently in an accident. Bill does great. Lucy goes to get close-up shots of the car and notices fabric similar to Ev’s shirt in the trunk. Upon investigation they find Ev dead in the trunk of the car. Unfortunately, the normal police detective is on vacation. The two detectives assigned to the case believe Bill is responsible (since he does not have a rock solid alibi). Lucy sets out to prove her husband’s innocence. When the police search Ev’s home, they discover a pot growing operation (a big one) in the basement and $17,000 in his mattress. There was more to Ev than met the eye! The local police have their hands busy when someone is sabotaging Pumpkin Fest. Someone is taking an axe to people’s giant pumpkins. Then the Main Street pumpkin people display is attacked (the women characters were viciously destroyed). Buck Miller has returned to town and is working as Vice President of Marketing at Country Cousins. He left town over twenty years ago when his father was murdered (he was five at the time). Buck seems a little too eager and is making many changes to Country Cousins. Can Lucy solve Ev’s murder before her husband is convicted of the crime? Who is trying to ruin Pumpkin Fest and why? You will have to read Candy Corn Murder to find out! I enjoyed reading Candy Corn Murder. I have read every book in this series and loved every one of them. I give Candy Corn Murder 4 out of 5 stars. The murder was very easy to solve. I wish it had been a little more complicated. Candy Corn Murder can be read without having read any of the other books in the series. It does, though, help to have read the first book (of course, then you will be hooked) Mistletoe Murder since it directly relates to this book. I received a complimentary copy of Candy Corn Murder from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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    Fun read!

    Welcome to Fall in the quaint town of Tinker's Cove; the residents are busily preparing for the first ever pumpkin festival. However, it appears someone wants to sabotage the entire event; culminating in the discovery of local resident, Ev Wickes' body. Having read many of Meier's books in past, I did not hesitate to request the newest installment. However, I must admit that it left me conflicted. On one hand, there were a few notable things that I did not enjoy about the book. They are as follows: *I felt that Lucy's Son and Daughter-in-law took advantage of Lucy. I believe that they used her for free childcare while they were in Haiti for months. Furthermore, they proceeded to give her a list of strict guidelines for Patrick; also making her pay for expensive daycare. *From my perspective, the story took too long to introduce the main plot-point [despite the fact that this is a 'Cozy Mystery']. Over half of this story was dedicated to detailing the ins-and-outs of life in Tinker's Cove; particularly the upcoming pumpkin festival. As a result, the mystery aspect of the story [including the ending] felt a touch contrived. *Lucy's husband, Bill, does have a touch of an arrogant attitude towards his wife. It is obvious he loves her however it is apparent that he believes in the old-fashioned gender role assignments [ie. Women in the kitchen, Men work, etc.]. This attitude was further exacerbated by Bill's friend [and the murder victim], Ev. *Heidi - the preschool teacher; she was disrespectful and irritatingly pretentious. That being said, on the flip-side there were aspects that I enjoyed about the book; aspects such as: *Reference was made to the "Take back the night" march, a student march that brings attention to sexual violence against women. *Once the murder was established the plot picked up pace and became quite interesting. *I loved that the characters age with the series; as opposed to having each book a few weeks after the previous installment. In my opinion, it adds an overall dimension to the series; loyal fans of the series get the opportunity to see their favourite characters grow up. *In terms of the series, I love that each novel is holiday-themed; it is especially delightful to read the books on their allocated holidays [ie. Candy Corn Murder on Halloween] Overall, despite its flaws, "Candy Corn Murder" is fun and decent light read; great for a quick rainy day book. I recommend this for fans of mystery who could do without the gory and descriptive detail of other books in the genre.

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