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Christmas Carol Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery)

By Leslie Meier

"I like Lucy Stone much, and so will readers." --Carolyn Hart

It's Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and Lucy Stone is happy approximately her performing debut within the town's creation of A Christmas Carol. yet a true existence Scrooge has all people feeling frosty, and with a assassin at the unfastened, Lucy must unwrap her sleuthing abilities speedier than she will be able to say, "Bah! Humbug!"

Lucy usually loves making plans for the vacations, yet this yr, Tinker's Cove has fallen on tough occasions. With such a lot of citizens suffering to make ends meet, Christmas festivities are a luxurious a few cannot have the funds for. however the story's now not so bleak at Downeast personal loan, whose tightfisted vendors, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in gains from everyone's misfortune. part the city is of their debt, so whilst the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. . .

"Engaging. . .a pleasing conclusion." --Publishers Weekly

"Longtime Lucy Stone readers might be satisfied to atone for lifestyles in Tinker's Cove during this comfortable Christmas mystery." --Library Journal

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Seth says we’ve received to struggle for our rights. ” Then she used to be hiking the steps to her room and Lucy picked up the glass and placed it within the dishwasher. “I’m no longer your maid,” she muttered, pondering, and never for the 1st time, that there must be a exertions union for moms. in truth, that’s what she acknowledged to Pam, whilst she met her later that morning. the 2 had agreed to spend the day promoting advertisements within the express software to neighborhood companies. Lucy hadn’t bought her quota but and was once desirous to get it performed. “A exertions union for moms, that’s a truly sturdy idea,” Pam stated.

As she all started the quick, four-block stroll alongside major highway to the Pennysaver place of work, Lucy proposal that Ike Stoughton used to be the absolute final individual she could count on to have monetary difficulties. He had a profitable surveying company and was once referred to as the guy to visit in the event you had an issue with a estate identify. in fact, the recession had taken a toll on enterprise, specifically actual property. however, even foreclosure required exact surveying, which must have supplied at the very least a few paintings for him.

They’re no longer getting off scot-free,” the neighbor stated, a tender mom with a baby on her hip. “They’ll lose all of the cash they installed the house—bamboo flooring, granite counter tops, let alone all of the funds they made—and the foreclosures should be a blot on their credit standing for years. . . . ” Her voice trailed off because the auctioneer known as for realization and started interpreting loads of legalese. whereas he spoke, Lucy studied the contributors within the small workforce, who she assumed have been making plans to bid at the estate in hopes of snagging a discount.

Phyllis filed the notices through date in a cumbersome accordion dossier as they arrived, so Lucy took the dossier over to her table and booted up her machine. whereas she waited for the traditional PC’s clicks and grinds to subside, she checked her mobilephone messages, getting to know that the postmaster had known as, informing Lucy that she will be in her workplace until eventually 1:30 p. m. based on the old clock at the wall it was once in simple terms twenty-five prior, so Lucy speedy made the decision. Sheila Finlay wasn’t happy at her timing. “I was once simply leaving .

The opposite individuals, innkeeper Gene Hawthorne and coverage agent Jerry Taubert, neglected them, busy evaluating favourite golfing classes in Hilton Head. Hawthorne, who used to be chairman, known as the assembly to reserve in a timely fashion at seven o’clock. the 1st order of industrial used to be the analyzing and approval of the mins from the final assembly. as soon as that was once performed Hawthorne moved directly to the 1st merchandise at the schedule: filling the transitority emptiness left by means of Jake Marlowe’s dying. while he requested if there have been any volunteers, invoice raised his hand and so did Ben Scribner, whom they hadn’t spotted simply because he had entered past due and seated himself in the back of them.

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