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Wedding Day Murder (2002)

Wedding Day Murder (2002)

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1575667347 (ISBN13: 9781575667348)

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Reporter Lucy Stone’s already busy life ramps up when her best friend, Sue, asks if her daughter’s wedding can take place in Lucy’s lovely gazebo. Although it will mean more work, Lucy’s thrilled at the prospect. She’s watched young Sidra grow up and although Sidra’s lived in New York a while, everyone’s thrilled that the wedding is at home in Tinker’s Cove. When the aloof groom and his overbearing mother arrive on a yacht, feathers quickly become ruffled as the groom’s mother commandeers the wedding plans. When the groom’s found floating in the harbor during Sidra’s shower, guests and townsfolk become suspects.This eighth Lucy Stone mystery was a first for me and somewhat disappointing. Details about Lucy’s busy domestic life are so drawn out that the murder doesn’t take place until midway through the book on p. 125. Since Lucy isn’t in law enforcement, I wouldn’t expect her to be investigating. Still, the crime felt far more like a subplot in the novel. There are only two serious suspects, and three or four others pretty much mentioned in passing. The groom and his mother aren’t particularly likeable, and the mother comes off as a caricature rather than a fully developed character.Character development is a major problem in this book. The daughter’s inexplicable decision to give up a nice guy to marry the groom in the first place isn’t delved into. Her sudden reversal of attitude and heart’s desire after his death is baffling. It’s as if a light bulb went off in her head and she suddenly saw where she went wrong. Other characters also fell flat. On the upside, Lucy and her four kids and husband are more realistically drawn, as is her boss and coworker. If you want a quick afternoon’s read and enjoy cozies that are heavy on the cozy and light on crime solving, then go for it.

I enjoyed my visit to Tinker's Cove with Lucy and her family as Lucy helps her best friend Sue plan her daughter's wedding. It is always fun to see what is going on in the Stone household as the kids grow up and Lucy tries to deal with life as a small town housewife. My favorite lines of the book --"in moments the school bus wold arrive for the last time until next September. It was Monday, June 17 -- the last day of school. Watching the second hand jump forward, Lucy felt her freedom ticking away. This must be what it feels like to be a condemned prisoner who hears her last appeal has been denied, she thought."

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Tinker's Cove, Maine, is the cozily evoked setting of Meier's lighthearted Lucy Stone novels, which are usually set around holidays or significant life events. Here a harried Lucy is trying to juggle children, husband and a full-time job when her best friend, Sue Finch, asks for help in planning the wedding of Sue's mother, Sidra, and Internet millionaire Ron Davitz. Lucy agrees to let the ceremony take place in her backyard gazebo. When the groom and his social-climbing mother arrive on a large yacht, tempers start flaring among the townspeople. Local fishermen are being displaced from their moorings in the harbor to make way for summer visitors in an attempt to raise much-needed revenues for the town. Davitz proves to be a singularly graceless, stereotypical computer nerd, but when he's found floating dead in the water, suspicion quickly focuses on an old flame of the bride. Lucy once more finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, and at first she fears that Sue, or Sue's temperamental husband, might have done something drastic to get rid of a potential father-in-law he despised. In a leisurely paced investigation, Lucy perseveres through various irritations to dig up the truth. Despite the obvious pall cast by the murder of the groom
—Tabby Kat

I really liked this book. Lucy Stone's friend Sue Finch asks her to help plan her daughter Sidra's wedding to Internet millionaire Ron Davitz. What could be more perfect than a backyard summer wedding in the Stones' newly built gazebo? The groom's mother Thelma elaborate ideas and constant complaints are the least of Lucy's troubles. With the nupitals looming along the arrangments are in utter chaos and so is Lucy's investigative piece on lobsters. Meanwhile,,, Ron is making enemies at every turn,including the bride's father,several local lobstermen,harbormaster Frank Wiggins and the Stones' friend Geoff Rumford who still is carrying a torch for Sidra. When the groom's body is found floating besides his yacht,Lucy isn't convinced its accidental drowning. From the pictureque waterfront to Norah Hemmings mansion on toney Smith Heights Road, Tinker's cove is awash with suspects. Now fresh from planning Sidra's wedding,lucy contemplates her own funeral as she launches the harrowing pursuit of a killer who will do anything to be kept from being unveiled.

Who knew that getting married in Tinker's cove could be a deadly plan. Lucy Stone's best friend Sue is planning her daughter Sidra's wedding and things get out of hand when the intended groom turns up dead. Will there be a "Happily Ever-After" for Sidra? You'll have to read to find out about all the twists, turns and suspects along the way. As always Lucy Stone who is now a full-time reporter for her local weekly paper is right in the middle of all the action. I am always entertained and sometimes surprised by who the murderer turns out to be. We also get a peek into the changing domestic life in the Stone household with the children growing up and Lucy's marriage to Bill going through some changes. They always manage to weather life's storms together, even if they hit some rough patches along the way.

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