Title: Wicked Witch Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
Series: Lucy Stone Mystery Series
Synopsis: “When the bewitching Diana Ravenscroft comes to quiet Tinker’s Cove and opens Solstice, a quaint little shop offering everything from jewelry to psychic readings, Lucy Stone writes her off as eccentric but harmless. Even after Diana gives her a disturbingly accurate reading, Lucy can’t help but befriend the newcomer. But not everyone in town is so enchanted. And when Lucy stumbles upon a dead body near her home, she can’t shake the feeling that something sinister is lurking in the crisp October air…
“Convinced Diana is an evil witch, prominent businessman Ike Stoughton blames her for a series of recent misfortunes, including Lucy’s gruesome discovery and his own wife’s death, and rallies the townsfolk against her. But after Lucy learns the murder victim was a magician and close friend of Diana’s, she starts to wonder who’s really stirring up a cauldron of trouble. By Halloween, her suspicions lead her to a deadly web of secrets – and a spine-chilling brush with the things that go bump in the night…”
Review: Cozy mysteries are one of my dirty little secrets. I call them fluff books, and I love them. These cute little novels don’t play with my emotions and I don’t get so involved that I can’t put them down, but I still look forward to picking them back up. For those who are confused and wondering, what is a cozy mystery? Don’t be embarrassed, it took me awhile to figure it out too. Click here to go to a page that explains cozy mysteries.
I love how the Lucy Stone Mystery novels are all based on holidays. I picked up Wicked Witch Murder right before Halloween and had planned to read it during the holiday. However life had other plans, as that’s when I started getting sick. I also bought another of these cozies, Turkey Day Murder and had planned to read that one during Thanksgiving, but I was still too sick to feel like reading. So I am now catching back up on all of this reading I had planned to do.
I love everything about this novel. Diana Ravenscroft is delightfully eccentric and naïve, and Ike Stoughton is a bad guy that I found it easy to dislike. I love the change in the heroine that this novel shows. When Lucy first meets Diana she doesn’t believe in witchcraft or witches at all, but by the end of the novel she has changed her mind. Rebecca Wardell reminded me of my mother and my nana and I wish that she was real so I could be her friend. I couldn’t figure out the who-done-it until it was revealed at the very end of the novel. I had many theories, but they all ended up being wrong. This novel was amazing, as are Leslie Meier’s other Lucy Stone Mysteries.
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp
If you like this book you may want to read:
Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier (ISBN: 978-0758228895) First book in the Lucy Stone Mystery Series
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (ISBN: 978-0425192139) First book of the Coffeehouse Mysteries