Candy Can Murder should be titled Candy Cane Murders. It is a triple mystery book of three stories by three different female mystery writers. The stories are short and complete. "Candy Cane Murder" by Joanne Fluke leads of the set. Set at the Lake Eden Inn, it is the yearly Christmas party, complete with Santa and gifts for the kids. It is a traditional Christmas setting, complete with mounds of snow on the ground. Hannah has been recruited to play one of Santa's elves complete with a costume that is a tad too tight. Tight is also a good discriptive for Wayne Bergstrom, who is playing Santa. After all the toys are given out and Santa is on his way out, Hannah asks if she could have the leftover candy canes for making cookies. True to form, Wayne says no and pockets them. A short time later, when Hannah looks outside, she sees a trail of candy canes leading away from the building. She finds Wayne at the end of the trail...dead. Merry Christmas... While the adult Christmas party is in full gear, Hannah has to quickly work her way through her list of suspects and find the killer before the party is over. This is the quickest solve she has done. "The Dangers of Candy Canes" by Laura Levine Jaine Austen is Laura Levine's sleuth. I hadn't read any of her books, so this was my intro. Los Angeles, California is Jaine Austen's home turf. She is a freelance PR writer and sleuth. She gets a call from one of her few clients to come find out why he is being sued for murder due to bad installation of a roofing job his company did. The neighbourhood the roof was done in takes Christmas decorating very seriously. There are some bad feelings between a few neighbours about who has won the top award for décor over the years. It seems that it has escalated to murder. Jaine makes some interesting finds of dirty secrets that are woven into the relationships between the neighbours. Written in a upbeat and West Coast style, Levine is a fast and fun read. I will keep my eye out for more of her work. "Candy Canes of Christmas Past" by Leslie Meier Taking place in a small town in Maine, things move a little slower but none the less with twists and turns and underlying stories. It is Thanksgiving time and Lucy Stone finds herself remembering back to when her oldest was two and the family had just moved into the farm house on Red Top Road. The house was a fixer upper of the major type and winter was a hard one. Lucy had two year old Toby to care for and was pregnant with their second. At the same time, Bill was repairing and restoring the old house. Lack of good heat, a house in pieces and weather made for difficult times. Being new in a small town didn't make it easy for Lucy, as making friends in a tight knit community was time taking. When Lucy came across a glass candy cane at a yard sale, it gave her a start. Miss Tilley, the librarian, had befriended Lucy and Toby. Lucy gave Miss Tilley the glass candy cane as a Christmas gift and it opened up a mystery and brought the friendship closer. It seems a glass cane like this was found next to a dead body years ago, and the killer was never found. Lucy's searching for information and a solution has her finding many secrets about previous residents of Tinker's Cove, Lucy's new home town. Secrets that some knew, some did not and some had forgotten. I have one of the Lucy Stone books on my To Be Read shelf and I will probably read it fairly soon, just to see what a complete book by Meier is like.