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Paperback St. Patrick's Day Murder Book

ISBN: 1496724747

ISBN13: 9781496724748

St. Patrick's Day Murder

(Book #14 in the Lucy Stone Series)

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Not many people in Tinker's Cove, Maine, knew Old Dan Malone. The grizzled barkeep's social circle was limited to the rough-hewn lobstermen and other assorted toughs that frequented his bar. But when his body is found bobbing in the town's icy harbor, Lucy Stone makes getting to know more about Old Dan a priority. Local musician Dave Reilly insists Old Dan conned a winning lottery ticket worth five grand from him. Handyman Brian Donohue claims that...

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Shades of Poe's 'The Raven'

Old Dan was a popular bartender at his Irish bar where he conned and connived people into lending him things to keep the derelict play going. He'd sought financial help from his actor brother, Dylan, of the Dublin scene. But when he turned up dead on Saint Patrick's Day there in Maine, the unexpected appearance by Dylan who'd come there to direct the play, "Finian's Rainbow", for the local Catholic church's annual celebration. As the story develops, we learn that they are relatives to two diverse brothers who felt cheated by their father. Dylan attempted to turn Old Dan's bar into an upscale restaurant/pub like those on Gay Street. Lucy Stone investigated the background of the Malone brothers for her article in the Pennysaver newspaper. We all know how the Irish are noted for their penny-pitching and temper when mad. Leslie Meier's 13th has a surprise ending. This one taking place when it did as all of them are portrayed around a holiday like Valentine's Day, Halloween, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day -- plua birthday, wedding and back-to-school. With the shamrock's allure and the Irish music abounding in the play, good luck galore for everyone in the misty moonlight. Even Lucy learns that she will soon be a grandmother, like the villagers of Brigadoon learned to live again. I'm sure Lettie Lane was Irish and would have loved Old Dan. She did love life. Discovering who killed Dan and tried the same on Dylan is intriging and Lucy's involvement was dangerous but exciting.

Best One Yet

This installment in the Lucy Stone series is the best one yet. It is obvious the author did a lot of research on the Celts and Irish culture. Set around the St. Patrick's Day holiday, the author gives us that inside look into modern family life and issues that we all face daily. The book hold your interest while Lucy solves yet another murder. Lucy seems more together and polished in this book. She pays attention to detail and sees things the police do not see. This not only helps her solve the murder but helps her save a life. I am already looking forward to the next novel by Leslie Meier. Well done!

Let's hear it for green beer

I loved the book but I read the Candy Cane Murder which was had a story story with Lucy Stone before reading this book since that this the order they came out...........but story line wise read this book first and then the Candy Cane Murder it takes place Christmas after this St. Patrick Day but regardless it was as fun to read as all her books.

"The dead don't give up anything, but the living do"

A headless corpse and two eccentric Irish visitors provide gossipy fodder for the townsfolk of the chilly Tinker's Cove, Maine, also for intreped Pennysaver reporter Lucy Stone who is thrust into a dangerous collection of events that even she doesn't see coming. The quinessential New England sound, Tinker's Cove is the perfect backdrop for a tale of murder that all comes to a shattering climax in this harsh and unyeilding wintry landscape. Beginning her day like any other, Lucy's interest is caught by a handful of people gathered outside the Bilge, a Tinker's Cove landmark and a steady source of news. A dark and dingy dive where the beer is cheap and the gossip is good, the up has a reputation; Old Dan Malone never turned a paying customer away, not even if he was straight off the boat and stank of lobster bait. But the Bilge is uncharacteristically closed, which is peculiar because Old Dan has always opened his pub at ten o'clock like clockwork. When Lucy discovers the Bilge has been shut for over three days, the investigation becomes the focus of her attentions. But what is even more suspicious is when the new harbormaster Harry Crawford spies the ice in the bay breaking up and something coming to the surface. Soon enough, everyone discovers that the object is a badly decomposed body, possibly that of Old Dan. The problem however, is that the body is headless, which makes an authoritative identification difficult at best. When Dan's wallet and his driver's license are found in his pocket, Lucy is of course eager to get back to the office and file her story. His death is big news, especially to the crowd of unemployed fishermen and construction workers who begin their day at the Bilge and word spreads quickly about the gruesome find in the harbor, the beheading obviously done by someone with a sharp blade and a good bit of strength. But who would want to have murdered the seemingly harmless old publican? Almost immediately, suspicion falls in local boys Dave O'Reilly and Brian Donahue. It seems that Dan owes five thousand dollars to Dave and he'd been moaning around town about how Dan stiffed him on money he owed him for some repairs. Little grudges can get out of hand, and a lot of people had a bone to pick with Dan, but the local police offer little hope of solving the mystery of Old Dan's death anytime soon. When Lucy learns from Father Ed O'Neil that this year's gala production on of Finian's Rainbow is to be held on St. Patrick's day and the show is to be directed by a professional actor from Ireland, Dylan Malone, Dan's younger brother, she becomes certain that he's somehow connected to his older brother's death. When Dylan arrives in town from Ireland with Moira, his wife and their little girl, Deirdre wondering where his brother actually is. Dylan is obviously shattered at the news of Old Dan's demise, but Lucy just can't help wondering if Dylan Malone is genuine or if his has been staged for her benefit. She wants to believe b

Excellent regional cozy

Tinker's Cove, Maine is a quaint New England town, but nobody can call the Bilge anything but a dive; a bar known for its customers constantly fighting. The owner Dan Malone ignores the laws that might trim his profits. He is a rebel with a cause of making money regardless of what he does to others. He opens when he wants and closes long after the legal time set by the town. He is not a well liked person as his avarice drives people away while his conning of folks out of their money makes him a pariah. When he vanishes for three days, no one except his bar regulars blink. His body is found floating in the nearby icy harbor; his head sliced off. His younger brother Dylan comes to town to direct the production of Finnegan's Rainbow for the church. He is shocked by what happened to his sibling, but since they were not even remotely close he moves on. However Dylan does not make himself popular with the locals when he calls his wife actress Moira Malone to perform in the play and she angers the townsfolk further when she brings her daughter along for the excursion. When Moira's child is kidnapped, reporter Lucy Stone's knowledge of Dan Malone's activities gives her an idea where the girl is being held; she follows up on her hunch knowing she places herself in danger. Leslie Meier writes some of the best regional cozies around. She captures the ambience of a small Maine harbor town. Her characters from the lobstermen to the fisherman to the rest of the locals provide a strong look at the work ethic especially in winter. Lucy displays those qualities as a nurturing mother, loyal friend, and hard nosed working journalist. The outrageous Moira the drama queen provides comic relief with her hyperbole hysteria and arrogant airs as she adds privileged pampered preening into the working world of New England. Harriet Klausner
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