Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Review: Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier

This is review of Christmas Carol Murder originally appeared on Criminal Element. 

Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier, the 20th Lucy Stone mysteryChristmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier is the twentieth in the cozy mystery series featuring Lucy Stone of Tinker’s Cove, Maine (available September 24, 2013).
I love Christmas and I love murder mysteries, so this book really hit the spot. It had it all: a small town, murder of a mean old man, lots of suspects who hated said mean old man, suspicious behavior all around, fun characters, and of course, a holiday celebration.
Jake Marlowe is a nasty man. He and his partner Ben Scribner own a bank in the small town of Tinker’s Cove, Maine, where the recession has hit just as hard as the rest of the country. Many residents are struggling to pay their bills, and a few even have medical problems that are causing an extreme financial burden. Instead of working with his customers to try and come up with a repayment plan they can afford, Jake enjoys filing foreclosures to take back the properties.
One morning before work, Jake sits in his home surrounded by all of the things he can’t throw away, and looks forward to balancing his bank account.

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