By Leslie Meier
It's Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and Lucy Stone is worked up approximately her performing debut within the town's creation of A Christmas Carol. yet a true lifestyles Scrooge has each person feeling frosty, and with a assassin at the free, Lucy must unwrap her sleuthing talents swifter than she will be able to say, "Bah! Humbug!"
Lucy mostly loves making plans for the vacations, yet this yr, Tinker's Cove has fallen on demanding occasions. With such a lot of citizens suffering to make ends meet, Christmas festivities are a luxurious a few can't come up with the money for. however the story's no longer so bleak at Downeast personal loan, whose tightfisted vendors, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in gains from everyone's misfortune. part the city is of their debt, so whilst the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. . .
It's not easy to suppose merry amidst the entire yule chaos. among her reporting tasks on the Pennysaver and nightly rehearsals for the Christmas play, Lucy rarely has time to look for a killer—especially one whose sufferer left at the back of such a lot of attainable culprits. Scribner believes Marlowe's ghost has come to warn him of his personal approaching death, and whilst he starts off receiving loss of life threats, Lucy wonders if there's extra to the omen than the ravings of a sour outdated pinchpenny. . .
Can Lucy remedy the case and deck the halls sooner than the killer moves back? In a season of giving, receiving a dangerous Christmas current is easily now not what Lucy had on her want checklist this yr. . .
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Christmas Carol Murder (Lucy Stone, Book 21) by Leslie Meier