townsfolk of Tinker's Cove, Maine are excited over the upcoming Miss
Tilley Day celebrating the retired librarian's ninetieth birthday.
Especially feeling pretty good about the bash as well as her resolve
to war with the aging process is Pennysaver reporter, amateur
sleuth, wife and mother Lucy Stone.
However, the elation is
tampered with the news that attorney Sherman Cobb died. State police
detective Horowitz concludes suicide, but Sherman's partner Bob
Goodman thinks otherwise. He asks Lucy to investigate the death even
as she must deal with domestic non-tranquillity, as each member of
her family demands her time and effort pulling her in different
BIRTHDAY PARTY MURDERS is a solid ninth Lucy Stone
entry as the intrepid juggler precariously balances her work, the
big gala, the investigation, and her family woes in a way that only
a mother (or a single dad) would fully appreciate. The story line is
cleverly designed so that the cops believe suicide while the partner
refuses to accept that verdict even though the victim had pancreatic
cancer. Though the who-done-it is fun, it's the cast from feisty
Miss Tilley to a guilt feeling Bob for not thanking his partner for
bringing him into the firm to others that make trips to Tinker's
Cove more than just a cozy visit.
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