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Back to School Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Series Book 4) (original 1997; edição 2012)

por Leslie Meier (Autor)

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Lucy Stone investigates when a popular teacher at her children's school is arrested for murder.
Título:Back to School Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Series Book 4)
Autores:Leslie Meier (Autor)
Informação:Kensington Books (2012), 239 pages
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Back to School Murder por Leslie Meier (1997)

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This was the Cozy Mystery Discord server book club selection for September and the first one I've read in this series. Cute, charming and very cozy, I really enjoyed it.

Although the characters were likeable, they didn't have a lot of dimension, especially Lucy's husband and kids who weren't much more than convenient plot distractions. I don't know if that evolves as the series goes on (this one is fairly early in the series) but I felt that all the family activities bogged it down a bit in the middle, along with the constant rehashing. Still, I liked the writing style and the plot was absorbing; although there were a couple of dropped threads, I liked how Lucy set out to investigate and everything she found.

Overall, I enjoyed this one and I'll be reading the other books in the series as I can get to them. ( )
  MystereityReviews | Oct 8, 2021 |
It’s the first day of school, and the excitement that permeates the school gets ratcheted up when a bomb threat becomes the real thing. No one is hurt, and the assistant principal becomes a hero when she rescues a child from the building. But Lucy suspects not everything is as it first seems. Lucy may not be a true investigative reporter, but she is the next best thing. And it almost gets her killed. Ahh, it’s small-town life at its best. Though it is an engrossing mystery, it is also interesting to view Lucy and her family, as they cope with everyday problems, making ends meet, and just living their lives. Husband Bill will have to adjust when Lucy goes to work, and Lucy will have to learn to juggle home life and job responsibilities. That’s one of reasons this series is so great: the characters develop and grow as time goes on. ( )
  Maydacat | Oct 2, 2021 |
I believe I've read other books in this series (since I can't recall for sure that makes me think that I didn't find the series compelling enough to go out and seek other books from it based on the previous ones I'd read).

I didn't guess who the killer was. I did guess correctly that the assistant principal enjoyed the recognition/attention she got after saving a child at the country club and therefore engineered other rescues to make herself look good. I did also guess at Lucy's professor's intentions before they were revealed.

I think at one point Rev. DeWalt Smythe's last name ended up changed to Smith--or at least I couldn't recall any Smiths in the book, but there were quite a few characters and after a while I'm not sure I remembered them all. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Dec 27, 2019 |
Please see all my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com.

4.5 Stars

In this fourth book in the Lucy Stone Mystery series, Lucy, a mom of four, has temporarily been working at the newspaper office. In so doing, she was one of the first to hear of something terrible happening at the local elementary school, where her second-grader, Sarah, attends. She rushes to the school and all but one student had gotten out safely. When it is realized that one student is missing, Carol Crane, assistant principal rushes in and saves the child. Shortly afterwards, when someone is murdered, Lucy cannot help herself and begins investigating as only she can.

As has been the case in the previous books in this successful and engaging series, Lucy reprises her role as an amateur detective, with her work at the newspaper office opening a few more doors for her. I have said this once, and will say it again, I really love Lucy. She is a great sleuth and has the respect of those in her life, giving her the opportunity to get to the bottom of things when it comes to finding out the truth.

Back to School Murder was a great read. There were some excellent twists and turns in this terrific read. We learn more about facets of Lucy's personality as she copes with changing experiences, as she has experienced quite a bit of growth in this fourth book in the series. And, just when I thought I knew who the culprit was, I was truly shocked. I experienced similar shock more than once in this book. When it came to the conclusion, I was pleasantly surprised. Good play by the author, Leslie Meier.

These books are quick and fun to read. Valentine Murder is next on tap, and I am definitely looking forward to it. I have also downloaded this series through book eight. ( )
  RobinLovesReading | Oct 25, 2019 |
Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesight

I have to start by saying that this is the fourth book in the Lucy Stone series. I have read the preceding ones and, save for Tippy Toe Murder, have liked them. When I read about Lucy Stone, I am looking for that warm and cozy feeling of Tinker Cove and Lucy’s family. Leslie Meier does a good job of creating the atmosphere of a small town and people who know each other, but not in the unbelievable sort of way. While the first few books in the series had a rough time of balancing Lucy’s life with the mysteries, this one is where she really catches her stride in sliding the mystery to fit with her life in a believable manner.

We start with Lucy at her new temporary position at Tinker Cove’s newspaper, the Pennysaver, where a call comes in about a bomb at the elementary school. This is alarming both because Lucy has a daughter, Sophie, in the school for her first day of second grade, and because Tinker Cove is a tiny town. Rushing to the school with Ted, the editor of the paper, they see a tense standoff when one of the children is discovered missing. Seconds before the bomb blows, the new assistant principal rushes inside and saves him. While investigating the bombing for the paper, Lucy has to start asking questions about the town’s new hero, Carol Crane. Things heat up when Carol is discovered dead, and she isn't the saint they believed.

I like that this is a mystery where everything isn't laid out in the beginning. The clues are present and identifiable to the reader if they are paying attention, but aren't going to slap you in the face, which is nice. It moves at a relatively slow place, though, as there is a huge tie in to Lucy’s life. She begins to question her role as a mother and member of the family as she realizes that she really enjoys her job. There is a feel-good moment in the supermarket when she compares her rushed meal to that of the other working mothers in line. It should be noted that these books seem to be set in an older time, or at least the small town has many stay-at-home mothers while the fathers make the money. It isn't shoved down your throat, and I even found myself siding with Lucy on many occasions, but if it is something that bothers you, you might want to read a sample first.

The writing itself has improved over the series. I wouldn't say that it is very sophisticated, or that it will really work your literary mind. What it lacks in sophistication, it makes up for by being straight forward and easy to read with distractions, so a good beach read.

I am a huge fan of this series, having scooped up most of them to binge read whenever I need a warm and fuzzy feeling. These books are the embodiment of the cozy mystery, as I see it, so it’s definitely a good series if you are worried that you might not like this subgenre.

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  FictionForesight | Apr 26, 2016 |
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