CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER
Meier does an excellent job of highlighting the devastating effects of a bad economy on a small town. Yet her charming Maine town prevails with the spirit of its residents. The mystery provides a delightful treat for the holidays.
Christmas has arrived in Tinker’s Cove. The town is feeling the effects of the down economy; many are losing their homes and having their hours cut. But Lucy Stone is excited to play a part in the town’s production of A Christmas Carol. The play may help the town forget about its financial struggles. Homes are being foreclosed and the local mortgage company, Downeast Mortgage, is the main culprit. When one of the company’s partners is killed by a bomb wrapped as a Christmas present, Lucy tries to uncover a desperate killer, keep the play going and restore the town’s holiday spirit. (KENSINGTON, Oct., 262 pp., $25.00)