St. Patrick's Day Murder (Lucy Stone, Bk 14)
St Patrick's Day Murder - Lucy Stone, Bk 14 Author:Leslie Meier Not many people in Tinker's Cove, Maine, knew Old Dan Malone. The grizzled barkeep's social circle was limited to the rough-hewn lobstermen and other assorted toughs that frequented his bar, a derelict main street dive called, appropriately, the Bilge. But when his body is found bobbing in the town's icy harbor, Lucy Stone, ace repor... more »ter for the Pennysaver newspaper, makes getting to know more about Old Dan a priority. And apparently, there's lots to learn.
Like the fact that local musician Dave Reilly insists Old Dan conned a winning lottery ticket worth five grand from him. And that handyman Brian Donohue claims that Old Dan stiffed him for repair work he'd done at the bar. There are even whispers about some connection to the Irish Republican Army. The confusion surrounding the death is only compounded by the arrival of actor Dylan Malone, Old Dan's brother and a prominent, if fading, attraction of the Dublin stage. Dylan has come to direct the production of "Finian's Rainbow," the featured event at Our Lady of Hope's annual St. Patrick's Day extravaganza. He's also come to help his brother renovate the Bilge, turning the dingy tavern into an authentic--if decidedly upscale--Irish pub.
Was Old Dan killed by someone he'd cheated, someone he'd loved, or someone who just couldn't stand the idea of losing their favorite watering hole? While Lucy can't be sure, one thing is abundantly clear--the stage is set for a murder mystery with a killer ending!« less
Lucy Stone wants to solve the murder of old Dan Malone. She finds out that he didn't have the perfect reputation that everyone thought he had as the generous owner of the local Irish pub. After she found out from the locals that he tried to swindle several of them out of their money and valuable time, her problem is just figuring out which one did he burn the most. After getting herself involved in sticky situations and almost getting snuffed out by the killer, secrets in Tinker Cove finally come out to everyone's surprise. I found it to be an interesting holiday read.
Leslie Meier continues to turn out great cozy mysteries, each with new and fresh plots and story lines. St. Patrick's Day Murder is no exception. Between rehearsing for a play to be presented on St. Patty's Day, to new characters from Ireland, to old scores being settled and an "icky" murder to be solved,this book has to rank as one of my favorites in the series.