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Valentine murder : a Lucy Stone mystery
Meier, Leslie, 1948-
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New York : Kensington Books, 2000.

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268 pages ; 18 cm.
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It's Valentine's Day in Tinker's Cove. And while the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her children will have pink frosting and candy hearts, Lucy's thoughts aren't centered on sugary sentiments. She's barely arrived at her first board meeting of the newly-renovated library when Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is found dead in the basement, shot only minutes before story hour was to start. The agitated board members assume that Bitsy was killed by an outsider, until Detective Lt. Horowitz arrives on the scene and announces that the killer is among them. Lucy was already aware that Bitsy's uppity big city ways rubbed some people in Tinker's Cove the wrong way. But she has a hunch that motives for the librarian's violent death run a lot deeper. From Hayden Norcross's elegant antique shop to Corney Clark's chic lifestyles Lucy relentlessly snoops into the curious lifestyles and shocking secrets of Tinker's Cove's most solid citizens-secrets that will plunge her into a terrifying confrontation with a conniving killer...

Author Notes

Leslie Meier was born in 1948;. She is the author of the popular Lucy Stone Mystery Series. The books take place in Cape Cod and the heroine, Lucy Stone, is a reporter in a fictional town. The books in this series include: Mail Order Murder, Christmas Cookie Murder, Turkey Day Murder, Wicked Witch Murder, and Chocolate Covered Murder. There are currently 24 titles in the series, Turkey Trot Murder being the most recent (2017)

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Bitsy Howell, children's librarian at Tinker's Cover (Maine) Library, dies just before story hour starts. As the only people with access to Bitsy's office, two library board members, including sleuthing mom Lucy Stone, quickly become murder suspects. That's bad enough, but when Lucy's good friend is murdered and her family imperiled, it's time to investigate. This fifth Lucy Stone novel has a strong opening, light humor, vivid Maine landscapes, and a cast of generally sympathetic characters, despite some slightly stereotyped librarians. Meier weaves into her nimble plot some good insights on lotteries, rural poverty, computers, and library operations, and she avoids the cliches that often plague portrayals of spunky New England moms. The Lucy Stone novels will appeal to fans of other strong regional and domestic mysteries, such as Nancy Means Wright's Harvest of Bones [BKL S 1 98], Rett McPherson's Veiled Antiquity [BKL Je 1 & 15 98], and that suburban crime classic, Susan Isaacs' Compromising Positions. --John Rowen

Publisher's Weekly Review

When plucky freelance writer Lucy Stone joins the library board in her small Maine town, she unexpectedly finds herself knee-deep in murder. Right before her first meeting, Lucy discovers librarian Bitsy Howell shot through the heart in a workroom. A state police detective tells Lucy that only board members were present at the time of the unpopular librarian's death; he also warns her to stay away from the investigation. Lucy agrees but, still curious, she decides to find out as much as she can about the other suspects, and learns that each board member was hiding a potentially lethal secret. She also discovers that the library's prized antique tankard, which was recently appraised by antique dealer Hayden Northcross, is a fake. When Hayden dies in what looks like a suicide, it's assumed by the cops‘but not by Lucy‘that he had killed Bitsy because she'd realized he'd stolen the authentic tankard. Before Lucy can piece together all the clues to reveal the culprit, her children are nearly run over, her car is set afire and her husband is placed in mortal danger. Meier's (Back to School Murder, etc.) inclusion of the domestic details attendant to Lucy's small, close-knit community add charm to this otherwise routine, if lighthearted, cozy. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Not-so-reluctant series sleuth Lucy Stone (Back to School Murder, Kensington, 1997) is thrust into a new murder investigation when, on her first day as a new library board member in Tinker's Cove, ME, she discovers a body. As it turns out, librarian Bitsy Howell, the victim, had no friends and more than one enemy owing to her inventive bad-mouthing of library patrons behind their backs. Despite warnings from the police and her husband, Lucy questions other board members, concluding that the library's prize pewter tankard may be the key. Nothing heavyweight or psychological here, just cozy small-town chatter, short-list suspects, and simple plot. Recommended for larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.