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Wicked Witch Murder [Paperback]

Leslie Meier
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1.0 out of 5 stars A big let down! Oct. 8 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This Lucy Stone mystery was a big let down. The quality of the writing is no where near that of her early novels!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, but...(mild spoiler) Feb. 16 2011
By etacb - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoy the Lucy Stone series, and I thought this book was a fun read, but the ending left me guffawing a little. Only because I found it hard to believe that Lucy would find herself in the situation that led to the story's climax, without apparently having any clue what was going on. As in, "La la la, oops, forgot to fill my gas tank, oh hey, look where I am! Look who's here! Look what they have handy! Nothing suspicious there!" Also, there were several questions that, to me, were not answered - obviously not the big question of whodunnit, but smaller ones, like: Why were those dudes chasing her in the woods? Who painted the pentagrams? What was the deal with the bear? Lastly, was I the only person who thought Lucy was maybe being a tad TOO open-minded in dealing with the Wicca folks, especially given the fact that an unsolved murder had been committed in their town? As a Mom, I don't think I'd open my home to a virtual stranger and let her hang out with my kids while I wasn't there, especially given the fact that said stranger was a potential suspect in the murder. Just sayin'.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 17 2011
By Cuileogcailin banaltra - Published on Amazon.com
I usually love the series, but this one pushed me over the edge and I had a hard time finishing it. Like "Mom of Three" I couldn't believe that Lucy would bring a total stranger into her home. Some of the incidents in the book were so implausible, it left way too many unanswered questions, and there were times when I just wanted to slap Lucy along side the head and tell her to quit being so stupid! It seemed like she had no common sense in this book and that she really didn't care about the safety of herself or her family. It almost seemed to me like the author in her attempt to be open-minded/tolerant just pushed the limits of believable. Honestly, I had a hard time digging up my old enthusiasm for the character, and I just wanted her to go away. She was particularly clueless or just plain stupid at the end of the book. I like smart characters with common sense and she was not that in this book. Hopefully her next one will be better...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment Jan. 25 2012
By R. A. Hoerst - Published on Amazon.com
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I have loved this series from the first book, but this one was a waste of my time. I didn't believe the premise from the outset and as someone else observed, Lucy seemed a totally different character, from a strong-willed working mother of four to a dithering believer in witchcraft. I don't think I'll even bother with the next book; I will get it from the library instead of wasting my money.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Parts of this book were phoned in Oct. 16 2011
By Reader from Grand Rapids - Published on Amazon.com
I have always enjoyed the Lucy Stone series, but this one really could have used some more thought and better editing. Lucy seems to have completely lost her spine in this book. She used to be fairly plucky, but in this book, she's a total doormat.

She doesn't want her girls consorting with the local witch, so what does she do? Lets the witch stay with her, and leaves her girls alone under her care! Yes, like that's going to keep them disinterested in witchcraft...Every time someone asks her to do a favor in this book,she knows she shouldn't do it, but she says yes anyway. And the "favor" that puts her in peril at the climax is simply unbelievable--anyone with half a brain would have said no immediately.

There are other problems with the series at this point as well. At one point, Lucy demands of her girls, "Aren't you feminists?" How on earth could they be? We've watched Lucy do her nearly-full-time job AND handle all of the household work, yardwork, gardening, and kowtow to her jerk of a husband as he complains about the dinners she cooks, shows no interest in her work, and treats her with an almost arrogant contempt. (He's so awful that at one point, I thought Meier was setting us up for a Bill-as-abusive-husband-ends-up-dead book). Lucy is hardly a model of feminism, and she forces her daughters into traditional homemaking roles as well, so how could they be feminists?

Editorial mistakes abound. Lucy asks the witch, Diana, if she's leaving town because she's afraid of "Ike Stonington." Hmm. There's a character named Ike Stoughton, but no Stonington. There's some confusion in places about exactly what time of year it is; in one part, Lucy has just told us it's the middle of August, and a few pages later, someone says, "Summer's just started." There are unexplained plot lines, as other reviewers have noticed, the mysterious bear being one of them.

These books used to be written and edited with much more care. This one has a lot of promise, but falls down on several levels. It's OK, but not more than OK.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anti climatic, no real plot, just a poorly written book July 22 2012
By J. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
When I purchased this book, I was excited to read it based solely on the title...I love halloween, I love the east coast, I love the Fall season, and I love mystery books....what more could I ask for? This book was a huge let down. It was almost as if the author had nowhere to go with her story, so it just stopped. The entire book was a collection of chapters that had very little to do with each other. Too many characters that were not well defined, so I found myself looking back over the book to remember who characters were. But once you are about 1/2 way through it, you keep thinking to yourself, it's got to get better...it's got to get better...guess what...it never does.

you will read 30 pages, and only about 1 hour of time passes...then you will read one page and the story skips about 20-30 days in time....I'm just shaking my head about how horrible this was.

Oh well....live and learn I guess....in all fairness I did not purchase this book from Amazon, but never the less, it's still a poorly written book.
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