STAR SPANGLED MURDER
Though she's a normal small-town wife, mother and reporter, there's something special about Lucy Stone. She's endearing and down-to-earth, but also feisty. She's resourceful and smart, but also bumbling.
Following a chain of events involving a family pet, a nudist camp and the banning of the annual fireworks display, Lucy's nasty neighbor is murdered. Because her son is the top suspect, Lucy uses reporting contacts to try to solve the mystery, until her boss takes her off the story.
But intrepid Lucy doesn't quit sleuthing, and that she solves the case more through serendipity than skill doesn't detract one bit from her charm. Lucy's can-do attitude makes this latest misadventure a pleasure. (Jun., 240 pp., $22.00)