There’s peril at the Pumpkin Fest in this Maine-set mystery by the New York Times-bestselling author…
Halloween is coming to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and local reporter Lucy Stone is covering the annual Giant Pumpkin Fest for the Pennysaver. There’s the pumpkin-boat regatta, the children’s Halloween party, the pumpkin weigh-in…even a contest where home-built catapults hurl pumpkins at an old Dodge! But not everything goes as planned.
Lucy’s getting annoyed that her husband, Bill, and his friend Evan have been working seemingly nonstop on their potentially prize-winning pumpkin catapult. But on the day of the big contest, Evan is nowhere to be found…until a catapulted pumpkin busts open the trunk of the Dodge, revealing a deceased Evan.
Bill’s on the hook for the Halloween homicide, so Lucy’s got some serious sleuthing to do. With each new lead pointing her in a different direction, Lucy learns that if she wants to spook the real killer, she’ll have to step into an old ghost story…
“Series fans should be satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly
“Reading a new Leslie Meier mystery is like catching up with a dear old friend.” —Kate Carlisle
In bestseller Meier's busy 22nd Lucy Stone mystery (after 2014's French Pastry Murder), the Tinker's Cove, Maine, newspaper reporter is covering the town's first ever Giant Pumpkin Fest when someone starts bumping off the competition for the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In. The pumpkin-themed scenes along the town common are also vandalized, but the dead body at the Pumpkin Catapult contest clearly means some sicko wants to stop the festival. And with Lucy's husband, Bill, as the number-one suspect, there's no way she'll leave the detecting to the professionals. Meanwhile, Country Cousins, a megabusiness headquartered in Tinker's Cove, has its own problems with the return of Buck Miller, the prodigal son of CEO Tom Miller, who doesn't like Buck's newfangled ideas and is vehemently opposed to the use of Jonah's Pond for an underwater pumpkin carving contest. Too many rabbit trails keep this whodunit from living up to Meier's best, but series fans should be satisfied.