by Sandra Murphy
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Turkey Trot Murder. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.
Anybody who knows Lucy, realizes her life revolves around her family—husband Bill, daughters Elizabeth, Sara, and Zoe, and son Toby. Thanksgiving usually means a full table and everybody home for the meal. This year, Elizabeth’s working in Paris, Toby and family are in Alaska, Sara’s going on a field trip to Greenland, and Zoe has decided to visit a friend in Montreal. To take her mind off things, Lucy has decided to run in the annual 5K Turkey Trot. Of course, it’s easier to come up with excuses not to work out than it is to actually do it. However, Libby the Lab, Lucy’s training partner, is up for a run anytime.
There are two routes they can take—along the open water where it can get downright cold (after all, this is Maine) or around the pond. It’s when they go to the pond and find a woman has fallen through the ice that things really go downhill fast.
The woman is the daughter of Ed, a wealthy man, not just monied but in the ultra-monied class. Rumors fly that Alison was on drugs at the time, she committed suicide, or it was an accident, but Miss Tilley, former librarian and Lucy’s friend, puts it into words. Alison was murdered.
Drugs are a problem even in a small town. Lucy’s shocked to find out how far-reaching the problem is, including some of Zoe and Sara’s friends. Ed, Alison’s father, blames the Mexican cartels for the drug problem. When Rey, a television chef and cookbook author, wants to reopen the Old Irish Pub as a fusion restaurant, Ed targets him as “one of the problem Mexicans” even though Rey’s family came here before America was even a country.
Things get ugly with protests, vandalism, and distrust, all brought to a head when Bill is injured at the restaurant. When a second death occurs, tempers flare.
This is book twenty-seven in the series. Current events play a big role in the plot, and hopefully, offer solutions to some of the problems seen in everyday life without talking about politics except on the town council level. Lucy’s lived a rather idyllic life except for her penchant for finding bodies. In this book, she’s more relatable than ever before—on the verge of an empty nest, redefining her job, more mindful of what she has and how easily it could be lost.
The books can be read out of order without losing any of the background, but to find out how Lucy and her family have evolved, start at the beginning (Twenty-seven books on your holiday wish list?). This one is my favorite—at least until book twenty-eight comes out.
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Love this author!
I’m so very delighted she’s writing again — I try to catch and read ALL of her books and they’re all been just great reads!
Turkey Trot Murder sounds like the perfect cozy to feast on this holiday! Thanks for the chance to win it. nschwenkner (at) gmail (dot) com
I have read all the Lucy Stone series. I would love to win and just in time for turkey day.
Awesome author, this sounds perfect, right in time for Thanksgiving! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com
Thank you for the chance.
Perfect timing for a fun Thanksgiving read!
I love Leslies Meier. Her books are great.
Perfect! Some light, clever reading for over the holidays. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
I’d love to read this! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com
Thank you for the giveaway! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com
I have read a number of the books in this series and really enjoy. This sounds like another good one.
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Love these books. This one sounds really good.
I love this series & author.
Sounds like another great book in a terrific series! Count me in, please.
I really the Lucy Stone books. “Turkey Trot Murder” sounds like a great addition to the series.
We have a winner!