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Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove… It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping he Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove… It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town’s oldest house, arson turns into murder… While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick-or-treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke…


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Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove… It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping he Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove… It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town’s oldest house, arson turns into murder… While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick-or-treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke…

30 review for Trick or Treat Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    The reason why I like this series so much is the reason I don't watch TV anymore. The characterization of a family is a balancing act that not every mortal can display. Here the Stone family comes to life and jumps from the pages. Trick or Treat Murder has several plot lines. The major story is that of Lucy Stone investigating a series of arson crime. I really don't know why the arsonist felt it necessary to warn Lucy to back off(via painting the message on her car), because she wasn't going anyw The reason why I like this series so much is the reason I don't watch TV anymore. The characterization of a family is a balancing act that not every mortal can display. Here the Stone family comes to life and jumps from the pages. Trick or Treat Murder has several plot lines. The major story is that of Lucy Stone investigating a series of arson crime. I really don't know why the arsonist felt it necessary to warn Lucy to back off(via painting the message on her car), because she wasn't going anywhere with her nosiness. Bill Stone is my favorite Stone member. Here he rescues his wife by - but no, I will not spoil the fun. I realize that this cozy is not everyone's cup of tea. But in case it clicks with you, do give it a go.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    Wonderful book. My tentative faith in this series lives on. This is the story of Lucy Stone loosely investigating a series of arson crimes. In the process we get to observe her daily routines. Her husband Bill gets some of the spotlight too. It's a fascinating read as this is the type of coverage I won't get in any TV show or movie or website or comic book. The 5 star rating was clinched when Lucy had to survive being burnt, twice. No, on second thoughts I was pretty sure it would get that perfe Wonderful book. My tentative faith in this series lives on. This is the story of Lucy Stone loosely investigating a series of arson crimes. In the process we get to observe her daily routines. Her husband Bill gets some of the spotlight too. It's a fascinating read as this is the type of coverage I won't get in any TV show or movie or website or comic book. The 5 star rating was clinched when Lucy had to survive being burnt, twice. No, on second thoughts I was pretty sure it would get that perfect score, but a weak finale might have ruined that likelihood. The flow of this part of the book was very nicely managed. Lucy Stone is an open minded person, and she seems to be ready for whatever happens when her kids get less younger. She has friends without being either popular or a pariah. She is well off without being rich. She is articulate without being very well educated. She is fascinating. Bring on the rest of the books. I recommend this entire series fully, heartily.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    There’s an arsonist on the loose in Tinker’s Cove, Lucy has a new baby at home, cupcakes to bake, and Halloween costumes to figure out. I always love this series for its look into life in small-town coastal Maine and everyday family life. Lots of funny town council meetings (think Gilmore Girls), exercise classes, haunted house decorating, pumpkin patches and hayrides, and Lucy tracking down trouble. And cupcakes. Oh, the cupcakes! This one was interesting as far as the murder plot went and kept There’s an arsonist on the loose in Tinker’s Cove, Lucy has a new baby at home, cupcakes to bake, and Halloween costumes to figure out. I always love this series for its look into life in small-town coastal Maine and everyday family life. Lots of funny town council meetings (think Gilmore Girls), exercise classes, haunted house decorating, pumpkin patches and hayrides, and Lucy tracking down trouble. And cupcakes. Oh, the cupcakes! This one was interesting as far as the murder plot went and kept me guessing all the way to the end! Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    OK, I can't even really speak to the story, which became obvious near the end, because I was so frustrated with the author that I could barely concentrate on it. Clearly the author is a LLL psycho who only wrote in the new baby to have the opportunity to preach about breast feeding every other paragraph. It distracted from the story, and I was really put off by the constant talk of tingly boobs, milk being let down, and lifting up one's shirt to give a snack. Enough already. We get it. You're an OK, I can't even really speak to the story, which became obvious near the end, because I was so frustrated with the author that I could barely concentrate on it. Clearly the author is a LLL psycho who only wrote in the new baby to have the opportunity to preach about breast feeding every other paragraph. It distracted from the story, and I was really put off by the constant talk of tingly boobs, milk being let down, and lifting up one's shirt to give a snack. Enough already. We get it. You're an aging hippie. But it has nothing to do with the story at hand, and it was just really obnoxious. Even if the story was great, which it wasn't, I wouldn't be able to get past this aspect of the book to give it a higher rating. The next book in the series supposedly takes place 2 years later...so if she's still nursing a toddler and yammering on about it, I'm done.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Dnf 80% I didn't realize how bad this was immediately, but I don't need to finish this. I can't handle the mention of breast feeding one more freaking time. This book is boring and terrible and barely about a mystery or murder, and the actual mystery sucks. This is just about a random mom running errands and going to Halloween parties with her kids and breast feeding. It wasn't even fun or festive for the Halloween season. I don't need to know how it ends to know my rating, I've listened to enoug Dnf 80% I didn't realize how bad this was immediately, but I don't need to finish this. I can't handle the mention of breast feeding one more freaking time. This book is boring and terrible and barely about a mystery or murder, and the actual mystery sucks. This is just about a random mom running errands and going to Halloween parties with her kids and breast feeding. It wasn't even fun or festive for the Halloween season. I don't need to know how it ends to know my rating, I've listened to enough.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Eh. It was ok. Wanted more of a mystery. I felt like it started strong and then fell apart in the end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    VJ

    I believe this is my last Lucy Stone mystery. I just don't like the characters! Lucy is nosy, stupid, immature, has no self esteem and "no" doesn't seem to be in her vocabulary. Her husband is manic depressive and borders on abusive when in the depressive state. Her kids are sullen and whiney. The "mystery" is never really the focus of these books. The writing style reminds me of young adult books but the subject matter is very grown up. With hundreds of other books available, I just can't see w I believe this is my last Lucy Stone mystery. I just don't like the characters! Lucy is nosy, stupid, immature, has no self esteem and "no" doesn't seem to be in her vocabulary. Her husband is manic depressive and borders on abusive when in the depressive state. Her kids are sullen and whiney. The "mystery" is never really the focus of these books. The writing style reminds me of young adult books but the subject matter is very grown up. With hundreds of other books available, I just can't see wasting any more time on these boring, annoying characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teddi

    A quick read and the first book in the series that i've read. I usually like small town quirky series but this one was quite repetitive, especially regarding the main character and her baby. I thought if she wrote about her breastfeeding one more time, i'd scream! Not much of a mystery either in that our amateur sleuth didnt do much detecting and she did do that nosy woman bit that annoys me. Will try the next one i've got and see if it gets any better. A quick read and the first book in the series that i've read. I usually like small town quirky series but this one was quite repetitive, especially regarding the main character and her baby. I thought if she wrote about her breastfeeding one more time, i'd scream! Not much of a mystery either in that our amateur sleuth didnt do much detecting and she did do that nosy woman bit that annoys me. Will try the next one i've got and see if it gets any better.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I always try to give a series two (and sometimes three) bad books in a row before I quit it, because even though one book may be a dud, it doesn't mean the entire series is. After receiving the 22nd book from Kensington and Netgalley as an ARC, and reading the 1st and 2nd books and having neither of them pop out at me, I was wary of this book, but I decided to plunge ahead and read it. I can say that I am pleased that I did! I really like Lucy, and perhaps that's why I read this one so soon after I always try to give a series two (and sometimes three) bad books in a row before I quit it, because even though one book may be a dud, it doesn't mean the entire series is. After receiving the 22nd book from Kensington and Netgalley as an ARC, and reading the 1st and 2nd books and having neither of them pop out at me, I was wary of this book, but I decided to plunge ahead and read it. I can say that I am pleased that I did! I really like Lucy, and perhaps that's why I read this one so soon after reading the second one. She's strong, smart, and not afraid to work, all of which make her an admirable character. Her family is also wonderful; Bill can be annoying at times, but I'm very pleased to say that in this book he was tolerable! The setting is so beautiful, and I wish I could find a town like Tinker's Cove to live in. The mystery was well put together, though I did figure out the killer, the mystery still had tons of plot twists and turns and overall was just a good base. Overall a good book, if the rest of the series stays like this, then I'll stay with it! A perfect beach read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    You breastfeed- we get it. The message in this book is clear: all women are meddlesome stay-at-home moms who should mind their own business because they're not intelligent enough to fully form a thought, let alone solve a crime! Ladies, you are only as good as your milk. Furthermore, the husband is always right (figuring out the case long before you will), and will always jump in to save the day. Boo. You breastfeed- we get it. The message in this book is clear: all women are meddlesome stay-at-home moms who should mind their own business because they're not intelligent enough to fully form a thought, let alone solve a crime! Ladies, you are only as good as your milk. Furthermore, the husband is always right (figuring out the case long before you will), and will always jump in to save the day. Boo.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Very good read.. Only strange thing was that I read the Back to School first because it seemed like more logical order so when I read this one, I wondered why the baby was a newborn. The mystery was very well plotted. I won't be a spoiler--you'll just have to read it for yourself! Taking a short break to read some more recent releases but already have the Thanksgiving book borrowed from the library.. Highly recommend this series to all cozy readers.. Very good read.. Only strange thing was that I read the Back to School first because it seemed like more logical order so when I read this one, I wondered why the baby was a newborn. The mystery was very well plotted. I won't be a spoiler--you'll just have to read it for yourself! Taking a short break to read some more recent releases but already have the Thanksgiving book borrowed from the library.. Highly recommend this series to all cozy readers..

  12. 5 out of 5

    zainab

    this is the kind of book you gift someone on their baby shower because it tells more on how to take care of an infant and breastfeeding than the actual mystery.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jo Anne

    This was an okay murder mystery; not really worth writing a review, but I had to warn people--BEWARE if you don't like babies or breastfeeding women. I don't like either and I had to squirm through several passages where the author describes the main character nursing her baby. I don't want to read about nipples spraying milk, or milk dropping down or babies...period. There is one part, near the end of the book, where I have to call BS. The main character is in the hospital. She is NURSING, as w This was an okay murder mystery; not really worth writing a review, but I had to warn people--BEWARE if you don't like babies or breastfeeding women. I don't like either and I had to squirm through several passages where the author describes the main character nursing her baby. I don't want to read about nipples spraying milk, or milk dropping down or babies...period. There is one part, near the end of the book, where I have to call BS. The main character is in the hospital. She is NURSING, as we already know. Point 1, where is her family? Why is the phone at her house busy? Shouldn't the family be with her AT THE HOSPITAL, especially since there is a BABY who needs milk? Ok, I realize this is to build suspense--WHERE is her family? But it's such an obvious WHA? that it pulled me out of the story. And it's lazy writing. No more Leslie Meier for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    It was okay. I took away one star because I did not care to read about her breastfeeding multiple times throughout the book. I am all for breastfeeding but do not want to read about it or visualize someone else doing it while trying to read a mystery book. This is my first book by this author. I do plan to go back and read the first one and hopefully it will be better.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I liked this one. It's been a while but if memory serves me, it has much Halloween spirit with a fairly decent mystery attached. I love Ms. Meier's books but lately she's gotten too political and social issue leaning in her cozies. I get that from other sources and look to my mysteries to escape not run into more. I liked this one. It's been a while but if memory serves me, it has much Halloween spirit with a fairly decent mystery attached. I love Ms. Meier's books but lately she's gotten too political and social issue leaning in her cozies. I get that from other sources and look to my mysteries to escape not run into more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    A great, quick mystery read between larger books. It was as entertaining as I needed it to be:)

  17. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    Good cozy Rating 3.5 stars This was a first for me with this author and I enjoyed Lucy and her family. She may have baby brain in this story but she will get it together. I may want to tart with the first book so I can enjoy all the other fun characters and get to know them more especially Ms. Tilley. Hahaha

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Absolute shit. I couldn't get beyond the pro-bullying/anti-fat/anti-different-than-everyone-else stance this bullshit book took. I've never read anything that seemed to condone bullying since really it's the kids fault for being different. And the judgment, that how dare the main character, 6 weeks after delivering a baby, not be in complete hot pre-baby shape!? Her own best friend commented regularly or her need to lose weight. What the actual fuck!? And the excuses made for the hoity toity, ol Absolute shit. I couldn't get beyond the pro-bullying/anti-fat/anti-different-than-everyone-else stance this bullshit book took. I've never read anything that seemed to condone bullying since really it's the kids fault for being different. And the judgment, that how dare the main character, 6 weeks after delivering a baby, not be in complete hot pre-baby shape!? Her own best friend commented regularly or her need to lose weight. What the actual fuck!? And the excuses made for the hoity toity, older than Methuselah, racist, crochety, Republican lady who clearly needed to be fucking committed were inexcusable. This book pissed me off. Obviously. Besides all that though, what kind of horse shit small town is just gonna give case details to some random nosy community member lady? So it's a small town, ok. But not even in a small town is a police station that's actively investigating arson and murder going to go to some nobody stay at mom's house and discuss case details over fucking coffee and cupcakes. Just pure ridiculousness. Not a bit believable, not a bit handled well. I will never read anything by this author. I can only assume she's as pretentious and judgmental and shallow as the characters in this book. If there were negative stars, this would get em.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Very well written, not even half way through, I decided that I had to get all of the books in this series. For such a small book, 256 pages, it packed a punch that left me feeling as though Id read a 400 pager. This was a real page turner and its been a while since I said that. Written back in 1997, I felt this author was way ahead of her time. It felt modern somehow. There was only one small thing that got on my nerves. It was the repeated mention of breast feeding. A lot of detail was put into Very well written, not even half way through, I decided that I had to get all of the books in this series. For such a small book, 256 pages, it packed a punch that left me feeling as though Id read a 400 pager. This was a real page turner and its been a while since I said that. Written back in 1997, I felt this author was way ahead of her time. It felt modern somehow. There was only one small thing that got on my nerves. It was the repeated mention of breast feeding. A lot of detail was put into "nursing" as opposed to any other subject (except for the mystery itself). As each chapter arrived, here would come the boob again. Pulled her boob out here, there and everywhere and descriptions about it. I was like, "Come on already, why do we need to know this each time in such a detailed way"? I do recommend this book, just skim the milk boobie talk.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Entertaining, but not a good book. I know that statment is at odds with itself, but here me out. The supposed amateur detective Lucy Stone did not do very much detecting. The only reason she discovered the culprit was because he tried to kill her... twice! But I found the atempted murder odd because she really had no clue what was going on...none! People really like this series, so I might try another one. I liked the setting, atmosphere and characters enough to give the series one more attempt.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com. As this story opens, there has just been what appears to be cases of arson, and far more than the loss of property has occurred. A body has been found at one of the fires, and said arsonist has now become a murderer. Amateur detective Lucy Stone, a new mom for the fourth time, decides to investigate these arson cases. Meanwhile, Lucy remains quite busy, especially as she is helping to prepare a Halloween party, and her Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com. As this story opens, there has just been what appears to be cases of arson, and far more than the loss of property has occurred. A body has been found at one of the fires, and said arsonist has now become a murderer. Amateur detective Lucy Stone, a new mom for the fourth time, decides to investigate these arson cases. Meanwhile, Lucy remains quite busy, especially as she is helping to prepare a Halloween party, and her role as a wife and mother are naturally quite demanding. Bill is finally becoming a favorite character to me. He has always been a devoted husband and father and a hard worker. Now his role has expanded, and he is reluctantly serving on the historical society. As with the first two books in this addicting series that I have had the pleasure of reading, the story is quite fast-paced with the just the right touch of mystery, and as mom of six grown kids myself, I enjoyed Lucy's interactions with her family. After being forced to only give the previous title 4 stars due to a particularly disturbing scene, I am pleased to say that nothing of the sort happened like that in this book. That, along with the fact that I was kept guessing until almost the very end, went a long way into me rating this book 5 stars. One thing that I really love about reading connected series is the continuity of characters. We have Barney, Sue and even the cranky Ms. Tilley. There is definitely a feeling of coming home again when reading Leslie Meier's books. I have already downloaded the first eight books in the series, with every intent on inhaling every title as this series is produced. Kensington Books has made a smart move by releasing two omnibus's of these Leslie Meier's books. In so doing, I was alerted to this long-standing series, and am thus reading and reviewing Trick-or-Treat. I will make a rather bad confession here. I love that these titles are shorter, one-sitting reads. This is because I only just found them and knew from the very first book that I would need to make time to read each one in quick succession.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    These books are wholesome cozy mysteries. You get more highlight of the main characters life with a side of mystery in this series. It was good.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #3 in the Lucy Stone Mystery series I really like Lucy Stone. She's the mother of four, happily married, living in a normal small-town home. She doesn't really put herself into danger, although she certainly gets involved in dangerous situations, usually through no fault of her own. She's intelligent, but I was a little annoyed with her in this book because she immediately jumped to conclusions about the identity of the arsonist in the neighborhood. I suppose that's pretty common, but her suspici #3 in the Lucy Stone Mystery series I really like Lucy Stone. She's the mother of four, happily married, living in a normal small-town home. She doesn't really put herself into danger, although she certainly gets involved in dangerous situations, usually through no fault of her own. She's intelligent, but I was a little annoyed with her in this book because she immediately jumped to conclusions about the identity of the arsonist in the neighborhood. I suppose that's pretty common, but her suspicions seemed a little obvious and naive. However, I liked that she simply went about her business, asking questions along the way, interspersed with the ordinary duties of life. This book included a fun Halloween party hosted by her friend Sue, and it was nice to see her family have so much fun, especially Bill who dressed up as a bumblebee, of all things. I will definitely continue with this series. I can really relate to Lucy and look forward to seeing what will happen next in their small Maine town. Very quick and easy read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This book is one I have read several times. I love to go back and read the early books in this series, I can't believe Zoe is only 6 weeks old in this book. Halloween is in full swing in the charming town of Tinker's Cove, Maine. Lucy is working hard to get back to normal after having baby Zoe. Life takes a turn when a friend is dead, the victim of a nasty fire. Rumors are running and suspicion is on her husband, who doesn't seem to be grieving very much. Lucy is concerned, after all, they have This book is one I have read several times. I love to go back and read the early books in this series, I can't believe Zoe is only 6 weeks old in this book. Halloween is in full swing in the charming town of Tinker's Cove, Maine. Lucy is working hard to get back to normal after having baby Zoe. Life takes a turn when a friend is dead, the victim of a nasty fire. Rumors are running and suspicion is on her husband, who doesn't seem to be grieving very much. Lucy is concerned, after all, they have an old house, and the fire bug is showing no mercy. Nothing makes sense, and to make matters worse, delightful Ms. Tilley is in an accident and she doesn't seem to realize the accident was her fault. Not only is Lucy trying to get Ms. Tilley to surrender her license, but she promised Sue, her best friend, 12 dozen cupcakes for the haunted house on Halloween. Lucy is up to her eyeballs in chaos and I think this series is just plain fun.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Krivak

    I wanted a Halloween themed mystery and this book was great. I really enjoyed it. It was interesting and unpredictable. Lucy Stone was extremely likeable. I will definately read the other Lucy Stone mysteries. A well written mystery with great characters and setting. I would definately recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carole Anderson

    Cute, quick read. I enjoyed this. I thought I knew "who done it" part way through the book, but then quickly dismissed that person - lo and behold it was the right person! That's good writing as far as I'm concerned. Some predictability, but that's okay, just a fun read. Cute, quick read. I enjoyed this. I thought I knew "who done it" part way through the book, but then quickly dismissed that person - lo and behold it was the right person! That's good writing as far as I'm concerned. Some predictability, but that's okay, just a fun read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shona

    Light hearted mystery for a relaxing evening read. No blood and guts or psychological thriller juju to keep you up at night. Sometimes you need a fun mystery to escape from real world worries, and Lucy Stone's antics area good way to accomplish your retreat. Light hearted mystery for a relaxing evening read. No blood and guts or psychological thriller juju to keep you up at night. Sometimes you need a fun mystery to escape from real world worries, and Lucy Stone's antics area good way to accomplish your retreat.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sabine

    And again a very enjoyable read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    So fantastic! Nothing like a murder mystery that keeps you guessing till the last pages. I had no idea. Kept me guessing. Couldn't put the book down! Looking forward to reading the next book. So fantastic! Nothing like a murder mystery that keeps you guessing till the last pages. I had no idea. Kept me guessing. Couldn't put the book down! Looking forward to reading the next book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    1.5 STARS Full review: http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogsp... Quick review: This wasn't for me. I wasn't a fan of the characters and the ending honestly felt a bit anti-climatic. There are definitely better mysteries out there. I only give it a little higher than one star because it did keep me interested in who was the arsonist, it just ended up being a disappointment. 1.5 STARS Full review: http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogsp... Quick review: This wasn't for me. I wasn't a fan of the characters and the ending honestly felt a bit anti-climatic. There are definitely better mysteries out there. I only give it a little higher than one star because it did keep me interested in who was the arsonist, it just ended up being a disappointment.

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