Wednesday, July 4, 2012

LET'S GET COZY ON THE 4TH! STAR SPANGLED MURDER: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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STAR SPANGLED MURDER
A Lucy Stone Mystery
BY LESLIE MEIER

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lucy Stone is in the doghouse—with her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Prudence Pratt. It seems that Kudo, the Stones' misbehaving mutt, has developed a taste for Mrs. Pratt's blue-ribbon winning chickens, as well an escape artist's talent for sneaking out. With the Fourth of July coming up, Lucy doesn't want to set off any more fireworks with the crabby Prudence. Another sign that the crazy days of summer are in full swing arrives when a group of naturists—a.k.a. nudists— descends on Tinker's Cove, skinny-dipping at the pond that borders Mrs. Pratt's property, giving her something else to complain about. Worse still, the local lobstermen are upset about poachers—and suspicion falls on Mrs. Pratt's husband and son. Then the July Fourth fireworks are canceled to protect a patch of extremely rare purple- spotted lichen, and Mrs. Pratt is the victim of a hit and run.

Tinker's Cove is full of suspects, but none with so personal a motive as the Stones. Their feud with Mrs. Pratt has put them at risk of losing their freedom this Independence Day—unless Lucy can start things off with a bang by catching a red, white and blue killer...

AN EXCERPT FROM STAR SPANGLED MURDER:
Lucy Stone wasn’t usually a clock watcher. Time didn’t pass slowly for her; it galloped ahead of her. As a part- time reporter—not to mention feature writer, listings editor and occasional photographer—for the Pennysaver, the weekly newspaper in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and the mother of four, her life sometimes seemed to her an endless chase after a spare minute. She was always late: late for meetings she was supposed to cover, late for doctor’s appointments, late for picking up the kids. But not today.

Today her eyes were fixed on the old electric kitchen clock with the dangling cord that hung on the wall behind the receptionist’s desk in the Penny- saver office. If only she could stop the minute hand from lurching forward, if only she could stop time, then she wouldn’t have to go to the Board of Selectmen’s meeting at five o’clock.

“Is there something the matter with my hair?” asked Phyllis, whose various job descriptions included receptionist, telephone operator and advertising manager. She gingerly patted her tightly-permed tangerine do. “You keep staring at it.”

“Your hair’s fine,” said Lucy. “I’m looking at the clock.”
Phyllis peered over her rhinestone-trimmed cat’s-eye glasses and narrowed her eyes.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of the Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and three children, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery.

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A reporter, crabby neighbors, nudists, poachers - all adds up to an intriguing read!

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I love that this cozy ties in with the 4th of July. There are lots of strange characters in the town which should make for a delightful read.

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