Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier

trick-or-treat-murderTrick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier
Series: Lucy Stone #3
Genre: Mystery (Cozy)
Setting: Tinker’s Cover, Maine
Published by Kensington, 1996
E-book, purchased
276 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove…

It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town’s oldest house, arson turns into murder…

While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick-or-treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke…

“My dear, I hope you’ll take a little bit of advice from an old friend. Even a spinster like myself knows you’ll never keep a man interested if you let yourself go the way you have.”

Lucy ran a hand through her hair, suddenly self-conscious.

Miss Tilley rose. “You’re really quite attractive when you make an effort, my dear. Now, I must be off.”


“So, what kind of eyes are you going to give it?”

“Two triangles,” said Sara.

“You don’t have to makes triangles. You can be creative. How about big, spooky circles?”

“Triangles,” Toby said.

“Triangles,” Elizabeth agreed.

Lucy sighed. “Okay, make triangles.” Sometimes Lucy wondered about her children. They were so conservative. They never wanted to try anything new.”

Initial impressions

  • I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book.


  • Even though this is the third book in the series this is the first book I’ve read by this author. I was able to pick up the book and read without missing a beat!
  • I like all the family dynamics and the friendships in the village. Things aren’t perfect which makes the book a little more realistic.
  • I like that the book is set in Maine since my husband’s sister and family live there and I love to visit. The next best thing to visiting is to read about Maine!
  • I like all the Halloween details in the book.
  • I like the humor the author adds to the book. For example, Lucy is distracted when her friend asks her to make cupcakes for a Halloween party. She thinks she has agreed to make 2 dozen cupcakes for a Halloween party, but actually she promised to make 12 dozen. So she spends a lot of time making cupcakes!
  • Lucy has a six-week old baby named Zoe. Zoe takes up much of her time. That’s certainly realistic and something I like.
  • I like the fact that other things happen in the book besides just the mystery. Lucy And Bill have four children aged from about 12 years to six weeks. That keeps them very busy and they are getting some rebellion from the two oldest. Also Lucy is worried about an elderly friend. And it’s nice to see Lucy and Bill’s relationship.
  • I think I like all the family and village dynamics as much or more than the mystery! But I recognize others may not like those aspects as much.


  • It was fun to read a book set during Halloween, but it didn’t really matter for the mystery what time of the year it was.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is my TBR book for October. The TBR challenge is hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The theme for October is paranormal or romantic suspense. The book I read is a cozy mystery and has a husband and wife so a bit of romance…so kind of romantic suspense.
  • When I discovered this book I bought six or more months ago I thought it would be perfect for an October read and review!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Leslie Meier lives in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the creator of ‘Lucy Stone’, a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England.

Reading Challenges

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier”

  1. I read the most recent book in the series a few weeks ago and like you I enjoyed the village life aspect. There were a few issues that really grated on me in the recent one so I’d be curious to see if they were there in the beginning. I did find her incredibly readable. Glad you enjoyed this one!


    1. Yeah, I did enjoy it. What was it that bothered you? I went back and read the first one and that one was okay. I suspect that I would get tired of them if I read too many one after another.


  2. I’ve read a few books in this series and mysteries had little to do with the holiday. I like all the village life and family life details but for me, in the ones I read, sometimes they overwhelmed the mystery. I’m glad that this book worked for you. 🙂


    1. I agree, Bea. The mystery was overwhelmed by the village life. That was okay for one or two books, but I think if you want a good mystery then you probably aren’t going to want to read too many of these!


  3. I read the first two in this series, so if this was the third then oops, I missed reading it. I used to live in Maine and enjoy mystery stories set there. I remember her books as being “mild”, not scary or intense, just a good read.


  4. This sounds so much fun a cozy mystery set at halloween, perfect for this time of the year! And that’s fun there are halloween details to make it really feel like halloween. I like small town settings as the village dynamics are always so interesting and enjoyable to read about. I like the sound of the humor, how realistic it is and how there is more going on than just the mystery. Great Review!


    1. Thanks, Lola! It was a fun Halloween read. I think these are ones to read every now and then or they could get repetitive, but that’s probably true of lots of books.


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