Part-time reporter and mother of four Lucy Stone stumbles upon a gruesome crime when a headless corpse surfaces in early spring in Tinker's Cove, Maine. The always delightful and tenacious Lucy sets out to solve this compelling mystery, which has a clever ending. Fans of Meier's long-running series will enjoy catching up with the locals and Lucy's family on this latest trip to Tinker's Cove.

As the weather warms in Tinker's Cove and the ice shifts, the headless corpse of a local bar owner surfaces in the harbor. Old Dan Malone has been missing for days, and he appears to be the headless corpse. Lucy learns there are plenty of suspects in Dan's demise, including his brother, who arrived from Ireland the day the body was found. Furthermore, the long-lost brother is claiming his right to the bar, which he wants to convert into a high-end Irish pub.

Are Old Dan's death and his brother's sudden appearance related? Something bad is brewing this St. Patrick's Day in Tinker's Cove, and it's not just the green beer -- it's a mystery far bigger than anything Lucy could have imagined. (KENSINGTON, Jan., 240 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin