Title: Turkey Day Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
Publisher: Kensington Mystery
Copyright Date: 2000
Print Date: October 2001
Pages: 230 + Lucy's Thanksgiving Day menu
Series: 7th in the Lucy Stone mystery series
Book Description (from back cover):
Tinker's Cove has a long history of Thanksgiving festivities, from visits with TomTom Turkey to the annual Warriors high school football game and Lucy Stone's impressive pumpkin pie. But this year, someone has added murder to the menu, and Lucy intends to discover who left Metinnicut Indian activist Curt Nolan deader than the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey — with an ancient war club next to his head.Comments:
The list of suspects isn't exactly a brief one. Nolan had a habit of disagreeing with just about everybody he met. Between fixing dinner for twelve and keeping her four kids from tearing each other limb from limb, Lucy has a pretty full plate already. So what's a little investigation? But if she's not careful, she just may find herself served up as a last-minute course, stone-cold dead with all the trimmings...
Turkey Day Murder's murder was centered around cultural issues with some political and financial issues stirred in. Issues include: the official recognition of an American Indian tribe, who should rightfully possess cultural artifacts, American Indian tribes opening casinos, whether a casino opening would help or hurt the local community, etc.
Meanwhile, Lucy's oldest child, Toby, is visiting for the holiday — his first visit since leaving for college. I can't say I was happy with how the returning child thing was portrayed. It wasn't accurate for me, but then, I certainly wasn't the average college student.
Also, Lucy takes on a dog in this book. I can only say I will be extremely frustrated if she dumps it within the next book or two the way she did the kittens from book 2 in the series.