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Star Spangled Murder Lucy Stone Mystery Book 11

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Crazy days of summer are in full swing arrives when a group of naturists aka 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 cance. Great light murder mystery she is a great writer and I enjoy her story lines and characters

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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 fireworks with the crabby Prudence Another sign that the. This was a very fast paced enjoyable read completed in about 3 hours The continuing battle over the Stone's wayward dog results in a final warning after a town hearing But that's not the worst of things dividing the town the cancellation of the 4th of July fireworks due to concern over a protected plant species a nudist colony near the Stone's property in one of the favorite picnic spots and local lakes for the town and possible lobster trap poaching all of which seem to culminate in the death of the Stone's neighbor at the center of the controversies The Stone family all become the center of unwanted attention and one member appears to be under suspicion for the neighbor's murder Lucy finds herself in the thick of the investigation and face to face with the murderer after refusing to allow her family to be the subject of media fodder I really liked her spunk in this book

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Led to protect a patch of extremely rare purple spotted lichen and Mrs Pratt is the victim of a hit and runTinker'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 kille. Please see all of my reviews on my blog at Prudence Pratt is Lucy Stone’s nemesis More accurately put Mrs Pratt is Kudo’s the family’s dog nemesis Kudos keeps escaping and killing her blue ribbon chickens Before the Stone family can correct the matter Mrs Pratt will go to any means necessary to have the dog destroyed As if enough isn’t going on in Tinker’s Cove there are some trying to cancel the upcoming fireworks display and a colony of nudists or accurately referred to naturists have descended upon the local pond Oh and let’s not forget the serious concern that the lobster trade might be affected by poachers As a part time reporter Lucy is trying to cover at least one of these storieswell she would rather leave the naturists to her boss Sort of a spoiler herebut each story in this cozy mystery series contains a murderMrs Pratt is dead Her manner of death is beyond all doubt a murder Since Lucy is concerned that the police are looking at her for it she decides to check into it for herself Will she be able to locate the murderer without bringing danger to herselfFor a relatively short book the story is uite busy There is the reuisite family drama the aforementioned murder Lucy’s hectic job and a bit This is a nice addition to the series that I have been enjoying thus far This is a uick read and despite some serious issues it is rather light hearted There are twenty five books in the series thus far and book twelve is New Year’s Eve Murder


About the Author: Leslie Meier

Leslie Meier lives in Harwich Cape Cod Massachusetts She is the creator of 'Lucy Stone' a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England



10 thoughts on “Star Spangled Murder Lucy Stone Mystery Book 11

  1. says:

    Minus the tragic pet incident this was a great book Lucy always makes me laugh even though she's a worrier The ending was perfect and the plot was great for a 4th of July story Lobster poaching nudity no fireworks a hit and run All make for a great story


  2. says:

    Animal Lovers Beware of this bookI started these books looking for a good cozy series that had a strong female lead in a loving relationship with her husband What I got was a weak minded female character who is too afraid to raise her kids properly because she wants them to like her and treats her husband like a casual acuaintance than her husband The characters are flat and exist for one reason and one reason only to give Lucy Stone something to complain about in her headI have read ten of these books now and some had promise made me think that it was possible for the author to find her footing in them and produce uality cozy mysteries I was wrong I have continued on because I hate leaving series unfinished a no book left behind mentality if you will However that is not enough to make me read a single page of the Lucy Stone series I am done with the books and the author should they ever write something elseIn the first book the family pet was callously mangled and left for dead in the road We never found out who did it and it never was brought into the plot The pet was then 'dropped into the grave' What was the purpose of this? Then the kids were given 3 kittens as a charming Christmas surprise only to disappear from the story with only a brief line about it claiming one of the character had allergies This reminds me of all the parents who think it is an adorable idea to get a bunny for their kids for Easter only to find out how big of a job bunnies are and them promptly release them into the wild Finally in this book Kudo the family dog has to go to a 'dog hearing' because he tends to get loose to chase the neighbor's chickens This book finds Lucy Stone keeping the dog in a cage for most of the day to avoid the dog escaping So they go to the dog hearing possible spoilers here for anyone planning to read the book and they decide to give the dog 'one chance' Less than 10 pages later Lucy calls the dog over to her and the dog runs in the middle of the road Kudo gets ran over and dies at the vet's office Are you kidding me? Oh but that isn't enough Lucy's main feeling is relief Relief that they no longer have to worry about keeping Kudo from getting into the neighbor's chickens Turns out the neighbor's son was the one who ran the dog over and then sped off Then her train of thought turns to 'oh dear did it do damage to the jerk who ran over my dog's car? I better go over to the neighbor's house and make nice' I understand not everyone thinks of their dogscats or whatever animal companion they have as part of their family but wow the handling of an animal dying could be handled better than this don't you think? Other things about this book that I found nails on the chalkboard annoying were the mystery itself The murder didn't take place until 47% into the book Hello this is a cozy MYSTERY what is the keyword here? Mystery Lucy's son Toby gets into a fight and Lucy's first thought is to yell at him for embarrassing her Going on and on about where she went wrong what will her friends think of her and so forth Not once asking what happened or trying to find out if the person he fought with did something that caused her son to defend himself Nope she doesn't care All she cares about is how it looks to her friends and what people will think Finally SPOILERS AHEAD the murderer is a character who had been a murder victim in an earlier book The author didn't mean to use the same last name which is clear but in the big reveal scene she slips from using the new last name to the murder victim's last name We are eleven books in and that is one heck of an editing mistake to make Alas it is the author's series and she can write it exactly as she pleases She can continue with shoving her political agendas down reader's throats writing flat one dimensional characters loosely written unfocused mysteries and poor treatment of animals It is my choice to continue on with these books or not and I say no way will I ever be returning to Tinker's Cove


  3. says:

    This was a very fast paced enjoyable read completed in about 3 hours The continuing battle over the Stone's wayward dog results in a final warning after a town hearing But that's not the worst of things dividing the town the cancellation of the 4th of July fireworks due to concern over a protected plant species a nudist colony near the Stone's property in one of the favorite picnic spots and local lakes for the town and possible lobster trap poaching all of which seem to culminate in the death of the Stone's neighbor at the center of the controversies The Stone family all become the center of unwanted attention and one member appears to be under suspicion for the neighbor's murder Lucy finds herself in the thick of the investigation and face to face with the murderer after refusing to allow her family to be the subject of media fodder I really liked her spunk in this book


  4. says:

    This book was annoying in many ways for example Lucy's whole gee I wish there's something I could do? attitude about her teenage daughter sunbathing with a group of nudists Be a parent Lucy and I didn't like the careless way the family dog was treated But apart from that this book gave me everything else I've come to expect from a Lucy Stone book and so it was enjoyable enough to merit 35 stars


  5. says:

    Set in Maine Nice familyslow start but it came together nicely to the finish Loved her friend Sue


  6. says:

    Great light murder mystery she is a great writer and I enjoy her story lines and characters


  7. says:

    Please see all of my reviews on my blog at Prudence Pratt is Lucy Stone’s nemesis More accurately put Mrs Pratt is Kudo’s the family’s dog nemesis Kudos keeps escaping and killing her blue ribbon chickens Before the Stone family can correct the matter Mrs Pratt will go to any means necessary to have the dog destroyed As if enough isn’t going on in Tinker’s Cove there are some trying to cancel the upcoming fireworks display and a colony of nudists or accurately referred to naturists have descended upon the local pond Oh and let’s not forget the serious concern that the lobster trade might be affected by poachers As a part time reporter Lucy is trying to cover at least one of these storieswell she would rather leave the naturists to her boss Sort of a spoiler herebut each story in this cozy mystery series contains a murderMrs Pratt is dead Her manner of death is beyond all doubt a murder Since Lucy is concerned that the police are looking at her for it she decides to check into it for herself Will she be able to locate the murderer without bringing danger to herself?For a relatively short book the story is uite busy There is the reuisite family drama the aforementioned murder Lucy’s hectic job and a bit This is a nice addition to the series that I have been enjoying thus far This is a uick read and despite some serious issues it is rather light hearted There are twenty five books in the series thus far and book twelve is New Year’s Eve Murder


  8. says:

    This series is probably a fluff read about Lucy Stone and her family who live in Tinker's Cove Maine where there seems to be a big attraction to crime That being said I really love these books Lucy is the wife of Bill and mother of four kids who behave like normal children anywhere As they have gotten older in each book gone off to college started having adult issues the stories ring true I love it that Lucy could stand to lose some weight has trouble juggling home life kid's schedules part time work and even having suabbles with her husband on occasion I've come to love the townsfolk and their uirks It's almost like really being in Tinker's Cove with each book So for those who might write off this series give it a chance uite a few current issues are addressed in the series and the mysteries are pretty good


  9. says:

    A nice little cozy mystery set in Maine There are lobster fishermen nudists and prize winning chickens A little crazy but it all works The ending came together a little too uickly for me This is just a relaxing fun read


  10. says:

    These books are getting ridiculous I was mad for about half of this one


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