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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Leslie Meier has created another first-rate story featuring news reporter Lucy Stone of Tinker's Cove, Maine. In "Chocolate Covered Murder", it is wintertime but things heat up when Chanticleer Chocolate, newcomer to the town, is voted "Best Candy on the Coast". Longtime local Fern's Famous Fudge has always won this award. And now Lucy gets to interview the owner of Chanticleer Chocolate, the handsome Trey Meacham. Lucy drives off on a frigid Maine night to interview Trey and is helped by Max Fraser when she runs off the road to avoid hitting a deer. But then Max is found dead, frozen solid in local Blueberry Pond. There are certainly problems cropping up around Tinker's Cover. Tamzin Graves, Trey Meacham's assistant at Chanticleer Chocolate, wears revealing and very tight clothing and thinks nothing of throwing herself at the local male population. And Lucy's friend Renee who sells real estate is dealing with a charming couple, Roger and Helen Faircloth, who are looking at expensive local homes for sale but they seem to be leaving unpaid bills behind in their wake. Lucy is fighting off extra pounds. The question is whether she can find out what is really going on in Tinker's Cover.
"Chocolate Covered Murder" is another well-written and delightful murder mystery by Leslie Meier that will leave readers totally satisfied and awaiting the next Lucy Stone mystery. Not too much blood and gore, totally believable characters, both good and bad, being seductive and not so seductive, make "Chocolate Covered Murder" a must read for mystery lovers everywhere. The plot line proceeds with twists and turns to the story's conclusion and the dialogue suits the storyline well. Leslie Meier has done it again: created a story that readers everywhere will love.