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Ever since local developer Fred Stanton and his wife, Mimi, built five modular homes next door to Lucy Stone’s farmhouse, life just hasn’t been the same. With Mimi complaining about everything from the state of Lucy’s lawn to another neighbor’s lovable dog, quaint Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul-de-sac politics and backstabbing. And when Mimi doesn’t show up Ever since local developer Fred Stanton and his wife, Mimi, built five modular homes next door to Lucy Stone’s farmhouse, life just hasn’t been the same. With Mimi complaining about everything from the state of Lucy’s lawn to another neighbor’s lovable dog, quaint Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul-de-sac politics and backstabbing. And when Mimi doesn’t show up for her shift at The Hat and Mitten Fund bake sale, the scent of burnt sugar leads Lucy to a shocking discovery: Mimi, face down on her kitchen floor—with a knife in her back. While the police start their investigation, Lucy gets busy writing up the murder for the local Pennysaver—and following a few leads of her own. Lucy knows the women in her neighborhood didn’t like Mimi, but they certainly didn’t want her dead…right?


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Ever since local developer Fred Stanton and his wife, Mimi, built five modular homes next door to Lucy Stone’s farmhouse, life just hasn’t been the same. With Mimi complaining about everything from the state of Lucy’s lawn to another neighbor’s lovable dog, quaint Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul-de-sac politics and backstabbing. And when Mimi doesn’t show up Ever since local developer Fred Stanton and his wife, Mimi, built five modular homes next door to Lucy Stone’s farmhouse, life just hasn’t been the same. With Mimi complaining about everything from the state of Lucy’s lawn to another neighbor’s lovable dog, quaint Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul-de-sac politics and backstabbing. And when Mimi doesn’t show up for her shift at The Hat and Mitten Fund bake sale, the scent of burnt sugar leads Lucy to a shocking discovery: Mimi, face down on her kitchen floor—with a knife in her back. While the police start their investigation, Lucy gets busy writing up the murder for the local Pennysaver—and following a few leads of her own. Lucy knows the women in her neighborhood didn’t like Mimi, but they certainly didn’t want her dead…right?

30 review for Bake Sale Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Ah, another fun Lucy Stone mystery. Lucy is wrangling some pesky new neighbors on her street who can’t seem to leave well enough alone, as well as anonymous letters to the Pennysaver and a Bake Sale that will leave anyone who’s ever had to sit through a PTA meeting in stitches. And of course, wherever Lucy goes, there’s always a murder to investigate. I loved that this one was set in Tinker’s Cove (my favorite books in this series are) and liked seeing all the familiar town characters as well as Ah, another fun Lucy Stone mystery. Lucy is wrangling some pesky new neighbors on her street who can’t seem to leave well enough alone, as well as anonymous letters to the Pennysaver and a Bake Sale that will leave anyone who’s ever had to sit through a PTA meeting in stitches. And of course, wherever Lucy goes, there’s always a murder to investigate. I loved that this one was set in Tinker’s Cove (my favorite books in this series are) and liked seeing all the familiar town characters as well as the everyday problems of conflict with friends and controlling bake sale partners as Lucy also has to solve the case. And the parts with Libby the lab and her tendency to eat everything except Lucy’s homemade dog biscuits were fun 😊. One of my favorites in the series! Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Readaholic Jenn

    One of my favorite Lucy Stone mysteries.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    First, the positive: I got this one free from Amazon. Apparently it's the 13th in a series, but it doesn't feel like that. I loathe reading book out of order. And while this does feel like a series book, it doesn't, at all, feel like I've missed anything by just reading this book. I mean, Lucy's just meeting a lot of her neighbors! Anyway, this one was also very readable and kept me interested right until the end. I didn't see it coming as far as the culprit either. Now, the negative: Lucy's kind First, the positive: I got this one free from Amazon. Apparently it's the 13th in a series, but it doesn't feel like that. I loathe reading book out of order. And while this does feel like a series book, it doesn't, at all, feel like I've missed anything by just reading this book. I mean, Lucy's just meeting a lot of her neighbors! Anyway, this one was also very readable and kept me interested right until the end. I didn't see it coming as far as the culprit either. Now, the negative: Lucy's kind of a dumbass. She stumbles into all sorts of situations that she shouldn't be in and she can't manage her time well. Her daughter's distraught about something and makes her drive an hour out of her way to pick her up and yet she doesn't demand answers at all. Sue is a hateful bitch with no apparent redeeming qualities as a friend. The entire town, including Lucy's husband, doesn't seem to care that the football team is being hazed, including harassing the cheerleaders, one of which is Lucy's daughter, as long as the team is finally winning games. Also, was there another reason why the brother came to town? Because he never actually talked to anyone. His part seemed thrown together and unnecessary. Also, what was the deal with Mimi's husband? That was never really explained either. *SPOILERS* In the end, no one seemed to care why the hazing was going on. There was never any explanation on what the coach thought it would accomplish or any punishment for the kids who went along with it. The book could do with some better proofreading for continuity also. At least twice, the author makes a point of saying that Mimi's older than her brother. Yet in the report in the paper in the end, Mimi's listed as a few years younger than her brother. Also, how the hell would Bonnie make the brother drink the alcohol? How would she get close enough to him to get him to do it either? I mean, all reports were that he ran from anyone and everyone that got near him.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    There's something special about Lucy Stone mysteries. This is the 13th in the series. This story mixes small town life with a cozy mystery. Unlike a lot of authors with long lived series, I find that Lucy Stone is still fresh, and her characters a progressing on with their lives. Things aren't at a stand still in these books. Lucy's son Toby is engaged, her daughter is away at college. The neighborhood is changing. That's what sets up the stage for the murder. It takes awhile for the murder to ta There's something special about Lucy Stone mysteries. This is the 13th in the series. This story mixes small town life with a cozy mystery. Unlike a lot of authors with long lived series, I find that Lucy Stone is still fresh, and her characters a progressing on with their lives. Things aren't at a stand still in these books. Lucy's son Toby is engaged, her daughter is away at college. The neighborhood is changing. That's what sets up the stage for the murder. It takes awhile for the murder to take place, which some readers may have a gripe with, but Leslie let's us get to know the new people in town, as well as Mimi, her husband and two sons. That's the cozy to this mystery. I laughed my way through the scenes where Lucy, Sue, Chris, Mimi etc where trying to decide what to make for the bake sale. This was classic small town U.S.A. Typical PTA mom poltics! It wouldn't be as funny if it weren't true. I really liked how several other parts of the story tied things together to the murder of Mimi and the homeless man. To say any more would spoil the story. This was a really quick read and a fun cozy with some great recipes at the end! I can't wait to try them, as well as another Lucy Stone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauri Saplad

    Another exciting romp with mom-turned-reporter, Lucy Stone! This one deals with the changing times we all must face eventually. Idyllic small town, Tinker's Cove, now has bullying, sexual harassment, homelessness, teen suicide attempts, and - well, multiple murders! Lucy is on the case trying to get to the bottom of some reported football team bullying when all hell breaks loose! As much as we want everything to stay the stay, change comes to us all. Another exciting romp with mom-turned-reporter, Lucy Stone! This one deals with the changing times we all must face eventually. Idyllic small town, Tinker's Cove, now has bullying, sexual harassment, homelessness, teen suicide attempts, and - well, multiple murders! Lucy is on the case trying to get to the bottom of some reported football team bullying when all hell breaks loose! As much as we want everything to stay the stay, change comes to us all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim j

    I do not know why I keep reading these because they are so bad. I guess because they are so cheap??? Lucy seems to fall into solving the murders as she never really does any real investigating. She is out of touch with her kids and constantly complaining. Plus the writing is very amatuer and drawn out. If she can write a series so can I. Do not waste good money on this series...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Lucy has new neighbours from a subdivision built where an old house had stood. Her friends want to raise money to give underprivileged kids school supplies for the coming season, and she invites them and her new neighbours to get involved. The sale is set up for Labour Day weekend at the mall. One of the new neighbours, Mimi, is scheduled to work the morning shift, and bossy Chris sends Lucy to go to her house and get her. Lucy finds her dead, with a kitchen knife stuck in her back. In a sub-stor Lucy has new neighbours from a subdivision built where an old house had stood. Her friends want to raise money to give underprivileged kids school supplies for the coming season, and she invites them and her new neighbours to get involved. The sale is set up for Labour Day weekend at the mall. One of the new neighbours, Mimi, is scheduled to work the morning shift, and bossy Chris sends Lucy to go to her house and get her. Lucy finds her dead, with a kitchen knife stuck in her back. In a sub-story, Lucy is getting anonymous letters at the Pennysaver office reporting hazing of football players and cheerleaders. Since her daughter Sarah is a new cheerleader, Lucy is very concerned but after talking to the coach several times, nothing is revealed. This was a fast read. A couple of delicious sounding recipes at the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    A good addition to the Lucy Stone series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Another fun visit with Lucy and her family. Murder strikes the neighborhood, new neighbors cause rifts, and the high school team gets out of hand. Lucy is right in the thick of things, as usual. Well written and kept my attention throughout. Enjoyed it very much.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tabby Kat

    Lucy Stone isn't happy. Instead of living on a nice quiet road that she's used to, a little subdivision has sprung up next to her, including one obnoxious motorcyle riding teenager who spends as much time reving up his machine as he does riding it. Lucy and her friends, Sue, Pam and Rachel start working on the Hat and Mitten fund. A bake sale seemed like a good idea to raise funds, until she starts calling her friends for baked donations and realizes she hasn't kept up with them for awhile as ev Lucy Stone isn't happy. Instead of living on a nice quiet road that she's used to, a little subdivision has sprung up next to her, including one obnoxious motorcyle riding teenager who spends as much time reving up his machine as he does riding it. Lucy and her friends, Sue, Pam and Rachel start working on the Hat and Mitten fund. A bake sale seemed like a good idea to raise funds, until she starts calling her friends for baked donations and realizes she hasn't kept up with them for awhile as everyone is involved in activities which make it impossible for them to bake anything. So they decide this would be a good time to get to know the new people in the subdivision and get some baked goods for the sale at the same time. Bonnie Burhart, wife of the new guidance counselor at school. Willie Westwood, wife of the new vet. Frankie LaChance a divorced mother and Chris Cashman mother of Pear and Apple. Unable to attend the first meeting, Mimi Stanton, wife of the subdivision developer and mother of motorcyle riding Preston. What starts out as the selling of a few baked goods at the school turns into a major sale when Chris Cashman takes over. No longer a couple of brownies and cakes, they're going to produce low-carb snacks, have bottled beverages and even make home made dog treats. Chris even decides that they should all make several of their best treats and then they would all get together and have a taste test to vote for the best and then only produce them in large quantities for the sale. Lucy is always happy to let an "A" type personality take over, but since it's usually been her friend Sue, things are a little strained as Sue has met her match in Chris. Things don't seem as upbeat when on the day of the taste test, Mimi doesn't show up. Lucy gets sent over to find out if she needs any help. Mimi needs help, but not the kind Lucy can offer as she's in her kitchen with a large knife in her chest. Who would have killed the developer's wife? Was it a disgruntled new home owner? Rumors were the houses weren't built that good. A jealous wife? Rumors were she might have been stepping out with someone else's husband. Or a jealous husband? Maybe the mysterious homeless person that was seen lurking around the house and living in the woods? Lucy isn't sure, but she's determined to investigate as the person arrested by the police just doesn't seem like a killer to her.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    As Lucy Stone mysteries go, I actually feel like this one caught its footing better than any to this point. It kept me guessing right up to the reveal and Lucy's family annoyed me far less than they have in the past. I thought the dynamic of a group of women was spit on (at least in my personal experience) and I loved the neighborhood drama aspect. I did have suspicions about one of the minor storylines that I was afraid was setting up to play out in a particular way (vague in an effort to avoid As Lucy Stone mysteries go, I actually feel like this one caught its footing better than any to this point. It kept me guessing right up to the reveal and Lucy's family annoyed me far less than they have in the past. I thought the dynamic of a group of women was spit on (at least in my personal experience) and I loved the neighborhood drama aspect. I did have suspicions about one of the minor storylines that I was afraid was setting up to play out in a particular way (vague in an effort to avoid any spoilers), but it ended up going in another direction and I was relieved to be incorrect. I can truthfully say that I am looking forward to Lucy's next adventure as I feel like Lucy is finally locking in on her voice. Lucky (book) 13!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    This Lucy Stone mystery was pretty good. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing right along. I liked that I felt engaged in the story and didn't figure out "whodunit" until the end. There were quite a few new characters introduced, but it didn't seem like too much at once like in other series when a lot of new people are added. The additions made sense the way they were introduced and the way they interacted within the context of the story. This Lucy Stone mystery was pretty good. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing right along. I liked that I felt engaged in the story and didn't figure out "whodunit" until the end. There were quite a few new characters introduced, but it didn't seem like too much at once like in other series when a lot of new people are added. The additions made sense the way they were introduced and the way they interacted within the context of the story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    There is a new development of sorts right near Lucy Stone's home. Five modular homes have been built and problems played right from the outset. Whether it was a new teen and his ultra-large motorcycle, or the teen's mom Mimi Stanton's chronic complaining, well, either situation is certain to drive Lucy crazy. But, she has bigger fish to fry at the moment. School will be starting soon, and Lucy and her friends decide to set up a bake sale for The Hat and Mitten Fund. The proceeds will go towards p There is a new development of sorts right near Lucy Stone's home. Five modular homes have been built and problems played right from the outset. Whether it was a new teen and his ultra-large motorcycle, or the teen's mom Mimi Stanton's chronic complaining, well, either situation is certain to drive Lucy crazy. But, she has bigger fish to fry at the moment. School will be starting soon, and Lucy and her friends decide to set up a bake sale for The Hat and Mitten Fund. The proceeds will go towards purchasing complete school supplies for the town's young students. As a mother of four, Lucy knows that sometimes the long list of supplies can be overwhelming, so she is glad to spearhead the bake sale. Right in the midst of this newfound chaos, shockingly Mimi, the complaining neighbor, is found dead, with a knife sticking out of her back, Quite naturally, the police are on task in trying to discover who the murderer is. Meanwhile, Lucy adept in her job as a reporter, starts coverage in her paper, the Pennysaver. More than that, Lucy cannot help but to follow leads of her own. As an amateur detective, Lucy does what she does best. She snoops, asks questions, and gets herself into some pretty sticky predicaments. Bake Sale Murder is the thirteenth book in the Lucy Stone series and it is a quick, delightful read. Whether read in or out of order, or as a standalone, each book has its own story. As usual, there is always a surprise as to who the killer is, especially when there is one murder. I look forward to the next entry in this series, St. Patrick's Day Murder, as each month I am striving to read at least one book in this ongoing series by Leslie Meier.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Phair

    As a former librarian I was familiar with Meier’s books- popular enough and always a reliable candidate for any holiday book display. I had never actually read one until my cozy mystery f2f group selected this one. Boy, I could NOT get into it! It felt like “The Real Housewives of Tinkers Cove” with all the interpersonal drama between the “townie” women and the “yuppie” newcomers with their prefab homes ruining the village vibe. My main complaint was that this story contained nothing new, nothin As a former librarian I was familiar with Meier’s books- popular enough and always a reliable candidate for any holiday book display. I had never actually read one until my cozy mystery f2f group selected this one. Boy, I could NOT get into it! It felt like “The Real Housewives of Tinkers Cove” with all the interpersonal drama between the “townie” women and the “yuppie” newcomers with their prefab homes ruining the village vibe. My main complaint was that this story contained nothing new, nothing to learn or encourage research. I much prefer a cozy that has a “hook” like an interesting profession or hobby. Even the included recipes were only so-so. Maybe if I had read all the earlier books I’d have felt more invested in the town and characters but as a stand alone. . . boring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    I did not like the first 1/3 to 1/2 of this book but I kept reading since it was for a group read. I think Lucy is a better mom than reporter and I like her better in mom mode fighting for her kids. The mystery overall was a good one, the killer surprised me. The introduction of an entire street of characters was a bit much though, hard to keep track of which woman was married to which guy and who their kids were. I have read several books in this series out of order and Bill usually seems like I did not like the first 1/3 to 1/2 of this book but I kept reading since it was for a group read. I think Lucy is a better mom than reporter and I like her better in mom mode fighting for her kids. The mystery overall was a good one, the killer surprised me. The introduction of an entire street of characters was a bit much though, hard to keep track of which woman was married to which guy and who their kids were. I have read several books in this series out of order and Bill usually seems like a quiet guy. His outburst at Lucy seemed out of character and his attitude towards the hazing made me want to smack him. Overall, I did enjoy the story and how it wrapped up.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    Another entry in the Lucy Stone mystery series, this book tells the story of what happens when Lucy and her neighbors are forced into helping with a school bake sale to raise money for the school, but are suddenly surprised by the murder of a neighbor who is also on their bake sale committee. Things get complicated by their suspicions of the murdered woman's husband and oldest son, as well as other suspects who keep popping up. This is a satisfying murder mystery with a good plot and good ending Another entry in the Lucy Stone mystery series, this book tells the story of what happens when Lucy and her neighbors are forced into helping with a school bake sale to raise money for the school, but are suddenly surprised by the murder of a neighbor who is also on their bake sale committee. Things get complicated by their suspicions of the murdered woman's husband and oldest son, as well as other suspects who keep popping up. This is a satisfying murder mystery with a good plot and good ending.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zelda

    As usual, I enjoyed the book and find I want to just keep reading. I have to say I like Bill less and less. The subject matters she just touched on are sensitive indeed, but I found Lucy's response to the first time she found out an issue involving her daughter lacking a lot. Maybe I just don't get small town thinking but someone would have had their head rolling if I had found out about what happened to my daughter the first time, let alone allow her to be in a position for it to happen again a As usual, I enjoyed the book and find I want to just keep reading. I have to say I like Bill less and less. The subject matters she just touched on are sensitive indeed, but I found Lucy's response to the first time she found out an issue involving her daughter lacking a lot. Maybe I just don't get small town thinking but someone would have had their head rolling if I had found out about what happened to my daughter the first time, let alone allow her to be in a position for it to happen again and to have escalated.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Lucy has new neighbors. They have built a new housing development next door. The town is growing and Lucy doesn't like it. Her friends meet up every Thursday to see what they can do for the community. This year they have decided to have a bake sale. When Lucy calls all her regulars for help, they are all to busy so she approaches her new neighbors. I enjoyed this book. I think each book gets better and I like keeping up with Lucy's growing kids and how they are moving on. Lucy has new neighbors. They have built a new housing development next door. The town is growing and Lucy doesn't like it. Her friends meet up every Thursday to see what they can do for the community. This year they have decided to have a bake sale. When Lucy calls all her regulars for help, they are all to busy so she approaches her new neighbors. I enjoyed this book. I think each book gets better and I like keeping up with Lucy's growing kids and how they are moving on.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    I would have liked this one better if Lucy didn't go running off to see a retired priest while her daughter was dealing with sexual harassment. Lucy's kids always seem to come second to her insatiable curiosity. And, her friend Sue seems more one-dimensional than ever here. Is she a real friend? Probably if I weren't sick, I would not have gotten this far in this series. I would have liked this one better if Lucy didn't go running off to see a retired priest while her daughter was dealing with sexual harassment. Lucy's kids always seem to come second to her insatiable curiosity. And, her friend Sue seems more one-dimensional than ever here. Is she a real friend? Probably if I weren't sick, I would not have gotten this far in this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elida Liederbach

    In typical Lucy Stone reporting; Bake Sale Murder is a quick and fun read! Be careful who your neighbors are as Lucy soon finds out when she finds her neighbor Mimi in her kitchen murdered. The story takes us into each of the neighbors homes, lives as well as families including Lucy's and all is not what it appears to be! In typical Lucy Stone reporting; Bake Sale Murder is a quick and fun read! Be careful who your neighbors are as Lucy soon finds out when she finds her neighbor Mimi in her kitchen murdered. The story takes us into each of the neighbors homes, lives as well as families including Lucy's and all is not what it appears to be!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Bake Sale Murder is the thirteenth book in the Lucy Stone Mystery series. This can be read as a standalone as the author does a good job of summarizing the series so far for new readers. There is violence. This is a cozy mystery book that is perfect to read when you want to be lazy and not think (or read) of anything deep and involved.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    I got this for free at the library sale last year. It is apparently part of a series Meier has written featuring a town in Maine and a reporter named Lucy Stone. I found it to be pretty pedestrian and probably won't read others in the series but who knows? It may well be a weak link in the chain. Maybe others in the series are much better. I got this for free at the library sale last year. It is apparently part of a series Meier has written featuring a town in Maine and a reporter named Lucy Stone. I found it to be pretty pedestrian and probably won't read others in the series but who knows? It may well be a weak link in the chain. Maybe others in the series are much better.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    I am making progress on getting to read all of these books! I am jumping back and forth between time periods, but enjoying them all. I'm also watching Tinker's Cove change. I'm amazed at the murders, but would it be a story without them. Also Lucy's progress at the Pennysaver newspaper. Some how Lucy gets to the bottom of everything and solves the murders. I am making progress on getting to read all of these books! I am jumping back and forth between time periods, but enjoying them all. I'm also watching Tinker's Cove change. I'm amazed at the murders, but would it be a story without them. Also Lucy's progress at the Pennysaver newspaper. Some how Lucy gets to the bottom of everything and solves the murders.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    The only way the main character firgured out the murderer , was when she was attacked by the murderer. Pointless investigation. Just be as annoying as possible until the murderer strikes. Stupid. Could have been an interesting story. I do like cozy mysteries, but not, as so many books recently, dumb and uninteresting main characters. This is the only book I have read in this series. No more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keridak Silk

    Traditional cozy A very tradtional and enjoyable cozy mystery. Entrenched in small town flavor, Lucy Stone is a strong main character. This was a quick read with surprises, I am sure cozy lovers will enjoy it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peter Barr

    In this edition of the Lucy Stone mysteries, author Leslie Meier has the heroine investigating the murder of a neighbor who was killed the morning of a bake sale to help pay for school supplies. A connected story involves high school hazing. The stories read well and kept me interested.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Gazaway

    Good book I enjoyed reading this book very much. This series seems to be getting better with each book. I will continue reading!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I always enjoy reading Lucy Stone mysteries! Quirky characters, beautiful scenery and interesting plot twists keep me waiting for the next book!! Library book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Moyer

    It was a good book and relatively easy reading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danni

    fun

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