cover image Mother's Day Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Mother's Day Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Leslie Meier, . . Kensington, $22 (256pp) ISBN 978-0-7582-0705-0

In Meier's fizzy 15th holiday-themed cozy (after 2008's St. Patrick's Day Murder ), reporter Lucy Stone, of Tinker's Cove, Maine, knows that the victim of a shooting murder, Tina Nowak, was feuding with Barbara “Bar” Hume over the popularity of their respective 16-year-old daughters, Heather and Ashley. Tinker's Cove is still reeling from the disappearance 10 months earlier of a teen youth counselor, and Bar's arrest is almost as shocking. In digging for answers regarding the alleged “killer mom,” Lucy uncovers some icky revelations about Bart Hume, Bar's philandering cardiac surgeon husband. Meier's mix of family concerns and mystery turns darker than usual after Bart's mistress is killed in a suspicious car accident, and Lucy and Sara, Lucy's high school freshman daughter, are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Along the way, Lucy must also deal with fears about Sara's first prom date and the sleepless nights all moms must face. (Apr.)