Title: Candy Corn Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
“Halloween is coming to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and local reporter Lucy Stone is covering the town’s 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 quite as planned…Lucy’s getting very annoyed that her husband Bill and his friend Evan have been working seemingly nonstop on their potentially prize-winning pumpkin catapult. But when the day of the big contest arrives, Evan is nowhere to be found…until a catapulted pumpkin busts open the trunk of the Dodge. Amid the pumpkin gore is a very deceased Evan, bashed in the head and placed in the trunk by someone long before the contest started.
Bill is on the hook for the Halloween homicide—he was the last one to see Evan—so Lucy knows she’s got some serious sleuthing to do. The crime’s trail seems to always circle back to Country Cousins, the town’s once-quaint general store that’s now become a big Internet player. Though the store’s founder, Old Sam Miller, is long gone, his son Tom and grandson Trey now run the hugely successful company. But whispered rumors say things aren’t going well, and Lucy finds that this case may have something to do with an unsolved, decades-old Miller family mystery…
With each new lead pointing her in a different direction, Lucy sees that time is quickly running out. If she wants to spook the real killer, she’ll have to step into an old ghost story…”
I liked this book, it was so festive.
The first thing I kept thinking of during the first chapter was “pumpkin spice season is upon us!”. The book starts in early September (which is what it currently is … well almost), so I really liked that. They described how it feels like it’s the end of the summer, that pumpkins were starting to grow, the mania of Halloween festivals, finding costumes, decorating. All that fun stuff that make the start of Fall so exciting!
I love all the characters in this series (I often read Meier’s festive books).
The mystery was well thought out and great as well, which is essential to a good cozy mystery. My only thing that for me was a little hard, was that the mystery didn’t start until about halfway through the book.
I think that if it was someone’s first time reading the series, they would have a hard time because they won’t know about all the characters, etc.
Other than that if you want a super Halloween/Fall festive fun mystery, this is for you!