Dancer/choreographer Lindy Haggerty finds herself in charge of a theatrical revue that will be held in conjunction with a local Halloween celebration called Mischief Night Marathon. Many people are involved in the planning and working together does not always come smoothly.

As the plans progress, odd little pranks, based on the seven deadly sins, are played on the committee members. In addition, a local fundamentalist group is protesting the town's celebration of a pagan holiday.

These annoyances fade into the background when a well-known local man is murdered and the word "lechery" found near him. The prankster has turned deadly—and Lindy's the next target.

Small-town committee work makes a realistic backdrop for HALLOWEEN MURDER. Although readers may find it hard to keep track of the large cast of characters at first, this is an enjoyable domestic mystery. (Sep., 320 pp., $22.00)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg