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Candy Cane Murder

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I'm bereft of criticism regarding this curious book. There are three stories that make up the book, and all of them are pretty good. The best one is Laura Levine's. She has mastered her storytelling and she has mastered her heroine. This resulted in a perfectly frantic and well paced story. Whatever the assignment, Laura Levine can and does deliver. Joanne Fluke's Candy Cane story was quite clever, although the nature of the murder itself was improbable. Leslie Meier's tale was solid and slightly better than Fluke's. I felt spoiled with so much quality. Three of my most beloved authors coming together like this, it's utter bliss.

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9780758221995 Candy Cane Murder

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Publisher
Kensington Pub Corp
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
429
Author
Meier, Leslie, Levine, Laura, Fluke, Joanne
ISBN-13
9780758221995
Publication Date
October, 2008
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.75 x 4.25 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
0758221991

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Candy Can Murder shoul...

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.

Im bereft of criticis...

I'm bereft of criticism regarding this curious book. There are three stories that make up the book, and all of them are pretty good. The best one is Laura Levine's. She has mastered her storytelling and she has mastered her heroine. This resulted in a perfectly frantic and well paced story. Whatever the assignment, Laura Levine can and does deliver. Joanne Fluke's Candy Cane story was quite clever, although the nature of the murder itself was improbable. Leslie Meier's tale was solid and slightly better than Fluke's. I felt spoiled with so much quality. Three of my most beloved authors coming together like this, it's utter bliss.

Quick, easy reading th...

Quick, easy reading that fits nicely between taking out trays of Christmas cookies. A holiday mystery with an amusing cast of characters who you sympathize with immediately. Perfect for the snow evenings, or even on the beach if christmas falls in your summer.

This would be a great ...

This would be a great book for a Christmas present for those who love cozy mysteries. It's a collection of three short novellas by three well-known cozy writers and the stories are all about Christmas. I read this mostly because I absolutely love Joanne Fluke and her Hannah Swenson mysteries, and this story called Candy Cane Murder is a good one. We have all our favourites here - Hannah and her sisters, Norman and Mike and of course, Hannah's mother. Like all her stories this one is a page-turner. The story is all about when a local guy dressed as Santa is found dead outside the inn with candy canes everywhere. Of course, Hannah needs to find the killer. The second story is called The Dangers of Candy Canes and is written by Laura Levine. I have not read Laura Levine before, and I don't think I'll make the attempt after reading this book. I found it silly and Jaine Austin (her heroine) is too ditzy for my liking. I did enjoy Ms. Leslie Meier's Candy Canes of Christmas Past though, and I think I will read more about her heroine Lucy Stone. In this book, set at Christmas in 1983, Lucy is trying to solve a decades old murder for a friend of hers in her new home of Tinker's Cove, Maine. I really liked this, and I will definitely add Ms. Meier's name to my to-be read-list.

This book comprised 3 ...

This book comprised 3 mysteries by 3 different authors - Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier. While I enjoyed the Fluke and Levine mysteries, the Meier mystery didn't really fit in with the others. Meier doesn't have the humorous, intimate, warm voice that Fluke and Levine have in common. I felt like Meier's mystery was discordant with the others and dragged down the book overall.

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