It’s late autumn in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and the last surviving flowers on Lucy Stone’s porch have fallen victim to the first frost of the season. But as the part-time reporter learns, this cold November morning will claim more than potted plants . . .
Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be a relatively uneventful one—until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction. Police blame her death on an accidental overdose, but Lucy can’t understand what terrible forces could lead a privileged woman to watery ruin . . .
Alison’s funeral service is just as puzzling. Many believe Ed’s young—and very pregnant—new wife, Mireille, divided the family, leaving Alison to wither on the vine. Did Mireille truly adore her stepchild as Ed claims, or did she pit father against daughter for personal gain?
As a state of unrest descends on Tinker’s Cove, Lucy is thrown into a full-scale investigation. Now, in a race against time, Lucy must beat the killer to the finish line—or she can forget about stuffing and cranberry sauce . . .
The 24th in the Lucy Stone Series continues her sleuthing activities while also playing journalist.
I normally have nothing but positive, glowing remarks for Lucy Meier and her mystery series but this one was rough.
Only a few page in a dead body is found and it’s immediately told this is the daughter of a wealthy town newbie who has been irritating quite a bit of the town. That isn’t my problem. My problem was a remark made that because this was a wealthy person somehow that made her death worse – yes that was actually stated. Why is a wealthy person’s death more tragic than others? Maybe it angered me because I’m part of the 99% who struggles to pay their bills, has to budget carefully, has to hear my daughter tell me it’s ok if she doesn’t participate in a school activity because she knows we need the money for food. Yes it hurt quite a bit that even if Meier didn’t intend it this way she made me feel like my death and by extension life is worth less than the 1%. Granted I already get told that regularly by the 1% but to hear it from an author I admired made it worse.
Then there were the stereotypes and ignorant comments made towards drug abuse. Don’t get me started on the racism used in the plot line because I will never get off my soapbox. I’m very pro-immigrant being part of a family of immigrants so this section of the story was playing seesaw for which part upset the most in this book.
I come to Meier and others like her in this genre so I can escape from a society that tells me how I and others like me are the reason society sucks. I don’t want it rubbed in my face again, especially in this manner, in a fiction book meant to provide escapism.
Were there any positives? It’s not your normal fluff piece by Meier but her main characters stayed true to how they’ve always been portrayed. She does provide great character work particularly since quite a few of them pissed me off so they felt authentic. The mystery aspect was her typically well-written and the planned out crime plus logical solve were what I’d come to expect from the author.
I have a feeling this is going to be one of those you will either love or hate depending on where you stand on certain issues or if you even care when hot button topics in society get used as plot points in your fiction stories – particularly if you are used to depending on the author to provide light fair to get you AWAY from the hot button topics.
Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to review this!
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