Title: Trick or Treat Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
Publisher: Kensington Mystery
Copyright Date: 1996
Print Date: October 1997
Series: 3rd in the Lucy Stone mystery series
Book Description (from back cover):
Comments:HAUNTED-HOUSE PARTIES AND GHOSTLY GALAS. GRINNING PUMPKINS, MAYHEM AND MURDER. IT'S GOING TO BE ONE HECK OF A HALLOWEEN FOR LUCY STONE AND TINKER'S COVE...
It's October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker's Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters' Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker's Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town's oldest house, arson turns into murder.
While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick-or-treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke...
In this third installment of the Lucy Stone mystery series, Lucy has a new baby, the other kids are getting older (of course) and Lucy is getting a taste of what raising a teen is like.
It is a quick read. I don't remember anything really standing out (I've read the next four books in the series since reading this one), but I have become more invested in Lucy Stone's life. And I'm growing to understand the working of Tinker's Cove more now as I progress through the series.