“Petty rivalries and feuds that have long been simmering finally come to a boil, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many guests, including Lee Cummings who accuses Tucker Whitney of stealing her recipe for low-fat, sugar-free cookies. But the icing on the cake is when Tucker is found strangled in her apartment on the following morning.
Who could’ve wanted Tucker dead badly enough to kill her? Despite all of the ingredients for danger, Lucy sets out on the trail of a murderer and soon uncovers a Christmas secret best left wrapped.”
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Leslie Meier has a knack for drawing the reader into the narrative because Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove are both so believable. Having already introduced Lucy’s family to readers it is somewhat surprising that Meier chooses to focus on superficial squabbles. I’m finding it hard to like Toby and as some of us will already know, he goes on to be even less likeable in ‘The Turkey Day Murder’. A cosy should be cosy, and there were sections where I felt a little stressed by Lucy’s family. In addition the women are not particularly well written. Reminiscent of the Cabot Cove ladies with squabbling and gossip, the ladies of Tinker’s Cove don’t have first-rate actresses to make them seem anything more than one-dimensional. The story moves along at a great pace, Lucy is busy with her Christmas preparations and Leslie Meier includes clues and red herrings so subtly that they don’t interrupt the flow of the narrative. It is an easy, fun read, however all of a sudden it’s as though Meier had hit her word count. With a sudden brain wave Lucy knows whodunnit, gets trapped with the murderer, discovers the most convoluted (and flimsy) motive in all cosydom and has more people coming in and out of a barn than a French farce – all within 3 pages. It’s extraordinary. We are never given an adequate recounting of the clues that let to Lucy’s brain wave and I personally felt a little cheated.
All that said this is a rollicking Christmas read, fun and easy but with a deeply disappointing denouement.
Well reading one Christmas cosy is certain to leave me wanting another Christmas cosy. I’m feeling a bit desperate now and can hardly wait for ‘Gingerbread Cookie Murder’. Kensington books have the cover art and some info on their site so I’ll share it with you:
Nothing’s better on Christmas Eve than waiting for the stroke of midnight with a cup of eggnog and a plate of warm gingerbread cookies. But in this merry collection of holiday mysteries, murder is making its own special delivery…
“Gingerbread Cookie Murder” By Joanne Fluke
When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah’s Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that’s as long as her holiday shopping list.
“The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies” By Laura Levine
Jaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents’ retirement community’s play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he “accidentally” falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor’s jealous lovers was capable of murder.
“Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots” By Leslie Meier
When Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick’s car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.
Perfect for that special someone on your list or just for yourself, these intriguing mysteries will make the holidays shine brighter…
Includes luscious holiday recipes!