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The Great Recession casts its shadow over Meier's engaging 20th Lucy Stone mystery (after Easter Bunny Murder). The day after Thanksgiving, skinflint Jacob Marlowe, who, as a partner in Downeast Mortgage, is responsible for dozens of recent foreclosures, receives a package in the mail marked "Do Not Open Till Christmas." When Jacob tries to open it, the package explodes, killing him and destroying the Victorian mansion where he lived alone in Tinker's Cove, Maine. Lucy Stone, a reporter for the town newspaper, has been interviewing locals in financial trouble, and is soon rehearsing for her role as Mrs. Cratchit in a community theater production of A Christmas Carol, so she hasn't much time for sleuthing. But when a second suspicious package appears outside the Downeast Mortgage office, Lucy knows she must do what she can to stop a desperate killer. Thanks to Lucy, Jacob's Scrooge-like partner has a change of heart at the satisfying conclusion. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The 20th Lucy Stone mystery (after Easter Bunny Murder) finds the town of Tinker's Cove, ME, not faring so well in the economic downturn. Medical bills, layoffs, and cut hours have several of the small town's residents facing foreclosure from the unforgiving Downeast Mortgage, making for plenty of suspects when one of the Scrooge-like owners is killed by a mail bomb. Lucy's job reporting for the local paper gives her plenty of opportunities to talk to potential suspects and find the killer before someone else is hurt. VERDICT Longtime Lucy Stone series readers will be happy to catch up on life in Tinker's Cove in this cozy Christmas mystery. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.