Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Easter Bunny Murder (Lucy Stone Series #19) by Leslie Meier (audio)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Spring has sprung in Tinker's Cove, and Lucy Stone has a mile-long to-do list. From painting eggs with her grandson, to preparing the perfect Easter feast, to reviving her garden after a long, cold winter, she hardly has time to search for a killer with a deadly case of spring fever...

Lucy has always loved covering the annual Easter egg hunt for the Pennysaver. Hosted by elderly socialite Vivian Van Vorst at Pine Point, her luxurious oceanfront estate, it's a swanky event where the grown-ups sip cocktails while their children search for eggs that are as likely to contain savings bonds as they are jelly beans. But when Lucy arrives with her three-year-old grandson, VV's normally welcoming gates are locked, and a man dressed as the Easter Bunny emerges only to drop dead moments later. . .

Lucy discovers that the victim is Van Vorst Duff, VV's grandson, and soon learns that not all is as it seems at idyllic Pine Point, where the champagne and caviar seem to be running dry. Always a social butterfly, VV has been skipping lunch dates with friends, and her much-needed donations to local charities have stopped with no explanation. Maybe she's going senile, or maybe her heirs are getting a little too anxious to take over her estate. . .

As Lucy gathers a basketful of suspects, she's convinced that someone's been hunting for a lot more than eggs. And she'll have to chase the truth down a rabbit hole before the killer claims another victim. . .

My thoughts:
I listened to this audio book and I knew listening that it must be part of a series, but I am afraid I have never read books one through nineteen.  Having said that, I was able to follow everything even though I had not read the other books or met any of the characters before.  It is possible that I was missing part of the background story, but not having that information did not hinder my enjoyment of this book.

I loved the mystery elements.  I recall years ago that mysteries were my favorite books, but as the years went by I went away from them because too much of one genre starts to get boring and I've never really returned with the passion I used to have.  This was a nice book to listen to and I enjoyed going along with Lucy as she gathered her clues and came to her conclusions, that were not always right but made sense with the clues she had so far.

I think I am going to need to add some more mysteries back into my book selections as I did enjoy this.  I don't know if I will go back and find more in this series.  I enjoyed it, but no one character was so compelling that I feel the need to read more about them.  If I find more on audio at the library I might check them out.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758229359
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Lucy Stone Series , #19
  • Pages: 304

Meet the Author

Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of sixteen Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. She lives in Harwich, Massachusetts, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery.
Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks for over ten years. Named on of AudioFile's Best Voices of 2010, she is an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year 2009 winner with The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, she has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards, most recently for Too Good to Be True by Erin Arvedlund and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz.

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