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Reporter Lucy Stone’s already busy life ramps up when her best friend, Sue, asks if her daughter’s wedding can take place in Lucy’s lovely gazebo. Although it will mean more work, Lucy’s thrilled at the prospect. She’s watched young Sidra grow up and although Sidra’s lived in New York a while, everyone’s thrilled that the wedding is at home in Tinker’s Cove. When the aloof groom and his overbearing mother arrive on a yacht, feathers quickly become ruffled as the groom’s mother commandeers the wedding plans. When the groom’s found floating in the harbor during Sidra’s shower, guests and townsfolk become suspects.

This eighth Lucy Stone mystery was a first for me and somewhat disappointing. Details about Lucy’s busy domestic life are so drawn out that the murder doesn’t take place until midway through the book on p. 125. Since Lucy isn’t in law enforcement, I wouldn’t expect her to be investigating. Still, the crime felt far more like a subplot in the novel. There are only two serious suspects, and three or four others pretty much mentioned in passing. The groom and his mother aren’t particularly likeable, and the mother comes off as a caricature rather than a fully developed character.

Character development is a major problem in this book. The daughter’s inexplicable decision to give up a nice guy to marry the groom in the first place isn’t delved into. Her sudden reversal of attitude and heart’s desire after his death is baffling. It’s as if a light bulb went off in her head and she suddenly saw where she went wrong. Other characters also fell flat. On the upside, Lucy and her four kids and husband are more realistically drawn, as is her boss and coworker. If you want a quick afternoon’s read and enjoy cozies that are heavy on the cozy and light on crime solving, then go for it.
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on January 18, 2004
The whole Lucy Stone series is very enjoyable reading. Lucy is a very regular person with family issues that could apply to alot of people. Sometimes I wish she could have a nicer time of things, but then the story wouldn't be the same. The mysteries she solves are not huge conundrums, but I like to get an idea of who the killer might be before the last page sometimes! Not every mystery book needs to be the end-all of stories--just fun and easy is nice, too. And her series is definitely that. If you are looking for deep darkness, this is not it. But if you want a likable character and easy flowing story, here you go.
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on December 15, 2003
The "mystery" in this novel takes up about five pages...the rest is a boring account of daily goings'-on in Tinker's Cover...Lucy is a moron, her husband is a grumbling troglodyte, her kids are selfish punks, and her friends are rather hurtful. Why is this series so successful?
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on September 11, 2003
The idea seems good. HOWEVER... The ideas behind the characters seems a tad stereotyped and then it gets worse. I admit it is the first book I have read of Leslie Meier and it might be the last. The characters never get to the point where I care about them. Lucy seems scatterbrained and totally inept at anything. Solve a murder? More like blunder into the answer. By page 79 I personally was hoping she would get wacked not Ron. Her husband the depressed caveman wanders around complaining things aren't like they use to be and the kids are being kids... a bit boring but kids. Cosy? Homey? Country? not in the least however it gets five stars for stereotyping. Not every housewife turned working woman is inept.
I didn't manage one once of caring for any of the characters because they never came to life. I was left wondering "WHY?" Why are you telling me this and do I care most of the time and sadly the answer was no. A book best thrown aside forcefully.
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on August 22, 2002
Nestled on the rocky coast of Maine lies the town of Tinker's Cove, a world apart from Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, yet boasting the same fine stock of strong men, comely women, and their gifted offspring. Lucy Stone (Turkey Day Murder, 2000, etc.) is the materfamilias of one such brood: Son Toby, home from Coburn University, is working on a research project with strapping young marine biologist Geoff Rumford while eldest daughter Elizabeth, struggling to earn money for her freshman year at Chamberlain College, slaves away at the Queen Victoria Inn under the watchful eye of Mrs. MacNaughton. (Junior Stones Sara and Zoe are restricted for the moment to precocious dinner-table observations.) Lucy earns the family's keep working at the local newspaper as husband Bill, a manfully unemployed carpenter, builds a gazebo so breathtaking that Lucy's best friend Sue Finch begs Lucy to allow her daughter Sidra to be married there. Lucy agrees, only to discover that Ron Davitz, Sidra's intended, is a homely boor with no fashion sense and that his pushy New York mother, Thelma, is angling to wrest control of the wedding from poor Sue. Fortunately, somebody conks Ron on his unattractive noggin and dumps him over the side of the family yacht. Unfortunately, Police Lieutenant Horowitz seems bent on actually arresting someone for the crime, so Lucy has to prove that nobody she cares about did it-no matter how good an idea it might have been. Meier's latest is perhaps her most repellent, with values toxic enough to annihilate this year's entire lobster catch.
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on July 27, 2002
Definitely not her best book in the series. The characters don't quite come across as the same they've been in other books, and the ending just comes too quickly and feels slapped together...there's a whole bunch of filler after the murderer's identity is revealed that seemed to go on forever.
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on December 14, 2001
Lucy is asked to help arrange the wedding of her best friend Sue's daughter Sidra. Sidra is marrying a dot.com millionaire and is working as a talk show host's assistant in NYC so she asks her mother to take care of the details. Then, Ron, the groom, and Thelma, his mother arrive on a huge rented yacht and take over, the dock, the wedding, everything they come in contact with. Sue feels pushed aside, and her husband Sid seems to really hate Ron. There is also a local controversy with the harbormaster. He is micromanaging every aspect of the town dock and is squeezing the local fishermen out in favor of the large yachts of summer people. Sidra and her horrible friends come into town for her bridal shower on the yacht, and Ron is found dead in the water. Sidra's ex boyfriend is accused and Lucy tries to find out what really happened.
This book was OK, but a little flat somehow. Lucy and Bill seem to have problems, but they are never really explained. Sue is not the same person as in the previous books. Lucy's children are pretty irritating and seem to figure too prominently in the story. I didn't figure out who did it, but the ending seems to have been just thrown on. I hope the next book brings the old Lucy back. I really love this series and the book is good, just not as good as her others.
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on November 18, 2001
This is a usually first-rate, warm and lively series with an engrossingly charming heroine. All of the books are well done. I waited for a good month for my library to get WEDDING DAY MURDER. Must admit, however, this is the book which deserves the title of "not as good as the others." The characters are NOT as well drawn as usual, our heroine, Lucy Stone, isn't her usual 'cope with it' self, and there's simply a flavor of a book done hurriedly and without the usual charming touches.
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on October 22, 2001
it was very entertaining,always enjoy Lucy Stone books. A fun read!
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on October 21, 2001
The residents of Tinker's Cove, Maine enjoy staying away from the hustle and bustle lifestyle of big city living as found in Bangor or Portland. Crime is rare in the tiny hamlet, but when a homicide occurs all the locals know that Pennysaver reporter Lucy Stone can found be in the midst of the investigation.

Currently, Lucy works on a more difficult project than murder. She is helping her best friend plan a wedding reception. Things go so wrong right from the start so that Lucy wonders if Murphy was an optimist, as he never had to deal with t wealthy groom's mother who has her own ideas that she expects implemented. The two families hate each other, but the townsfolk back the bride's side because the groom's brood is interfering with the local livelihood. When the groom's body is found floating in the nearby sea, a victim of murder, almost everyone within the town's radius had a motive, making a plethora of suspects for Lucy to learn who had the opportunity.

The Lucy Stone mysteries engage fans of cozies as the violence occurs off stage leaving the heroine and her who-done-it inquiries to share the starring roles. Lucy, her family, and those locals the reader meet seem genuine and very likable some in a more crustacean manner. On the other hand, the odious groom's family feel more like Robin Lynch drawing caricatures of the rich and famous. Still cozy fans will enjoy Leslie Meier's latest Stone adventure.

Harriet Klausner
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