By Leslie Meier
Ever considering neighborhood developer Fred Stanton and his spouse, Mimi, equipped 5 modular houses round the corner to Lucy Stone's farmhouse, existence simply hasn't been an identical. With Mimi complaining approximately every thing from the nation of Lucy's garden to a different neighbor's adorable puppy, old fashioned Tinker's Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul-de-sac politics and backstabbing. And whilst Mimi does not appear for her shift on the Hat and Mitten Fund bake sale, the smell of burnt sugar leads Lucy to a stunning discovery: Mimi, face down on her kitchen floor--with a knife in her again. whereas the police commence their research, Lucy will get busy writing up the homicide for the neighborhood Pennysaver--and following a number of leads of her personal. Lucy is familiar with the ladies in her local did not like Mimi, yet they definitely did not want her dead...right? "I like Lucy Stone much, and so will readers." --Carolyn Hart "Leslie Meier writes with sparkle and warmth." --Chicago sunlight instances "Mothers far and wide will establish with Lucy Stone and the household difficulties she encounters." --Publishers Weekly
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Lucy looked at Phyllis, resplendent in lilac slacks and a flowered blouse instead of the muumuus that used to be her summer uniform. ” Phyllis’s cheeks grew pink. ” The bell on the door jangled, announcing Ted’s arrival. Lucy gave him a big smile by way of greeting and headed for her desk, where she started opening the mail. Ted was all business on deadline day. ” he asked, setting a cup of coffee on his desk and opening his briefcase. “It’s almost finished. ” Ted pulled out a notebook, flipping it open.
Frankie was out in the cold until Sue noticed and drew her into the conversation. Lucy, taking her role as hostess seriously, joined the Prudence Path group. “It’s too bad Mimi couldn’t make it,” said Bonnie, biting into a piece of blueberry cake. “I can’t say I miss her much,” said Willie, who was working her way through four of Sue’s tiny cream puffs. ” “I heard she complained about your pig,” said Chris. Lucy saw her opportunity to enter the conversation. ” “Just a tiny little pot-bellied one.
We could complain to the police. There are noise limits for motorcycles, you know. ” “That’s not likely to get very far. ” She paused, reaching up to pat her husband’s beard, lightly touched with gray. ” Bill wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her close. ” He was bending to kiss her when they were interrupted by their youngest daughter, Zoe. “Mom! ” Lucy checked the clock and sighed, pushing Bill away. It was almost eight, time to get Zoe to Friends of Animals day camp. Zoe, almost nine, was the caboose on the family choo-choo, five years younger than her next oldest sibling, her sister Sara.