CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER by Leslie Meier
#20 in the Lucy Stone Mystery series
Available now from Dreamscape Audio
From the Publisher:
Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year, Tinker’s Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling, Christmas festivities are a luxury some can’t afford. But the story’s not so bleak at Downeast Mortgage, whose tightfisted owners, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in profits from everyone’s misfortune. Half the town is in their debt, so when the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. Scribner believes Marlowe’s ghost has come to warn him of his own demise, and when he starts receiving death threats, Lucy wonders if there’s more to the omen than the ravings of a bitter old pinchpenny. Can Lucy solve the case and deck the halls before the killer strikes again?
My recording experience:
It was a little odd to be recording this winter-holiday-themed book in the sweltering heat of my NC studio in July! 🙂 But I do love Lucy Stone and her pragmatic, empathetic and occasionally grouchy attitude toward life in her beloved small town. I especially appreciate how Meier, through Lucy’s forthright point of view, gets at the disparities between the haves and have-nots in our world. This one manages a lovely optimistic ending on top of that (I’ll stop there so as to not give away too much!). Lucy’s foray into acting was also good fun — in a production of “A Christmas Carol” no less, which of course rounds out the whole Dickensian theme. This will be a great listen in front of a warm fire, or while on the way to grandma’s house for the holidays!
Keep your eyes peeled, I will have a giveaway of this audiobook as well as Hidden Heritage by Charlotte Hinger starting Monday as a part of Cozy Mystery Week at Jenn’s Bookshelves.
Listen to a sample here: