By Leslie Meier

It truly is Valentine's Day in Tinker's Cove. And whereas the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her teenagers could have red frosting and sweet hearts, Lucy's suggestions are not headquartered on sugary sentiments. She's slightly arrived at her first board assembly of the newly-renovated library whilst Bitsy Howell, the hot librarian, is located useless within the basement, shot simply mins sooner than tale hour used to be to begin. The agitated board contributors think that Bitsy was once killed through an interloper, till Detective Lt. Horowitz arrives at the scene and declares that the killer is between them.

Lucy was once already conscious that Bitsy's uppity vast urban methods rubbed a few humans in Tinker's Cove the other way. yet she has a stoop that reasons for the librarian's violent dying run much deeper. From Hayden Norcross's stylish old store to Corney Clark's stylish kitchen, Lucy relentlessly snoops into the curious existence and surprising secrets and techniques of Tinker's Cove's so much strong citizens--secrets that might plunge her right into a terrifying disagreement with a conniving killer. . .

"Meier comprises family information that upload attraction to this lighthearted cozy." --Publishers Weekly

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You have been the contractor? ” Horowitz raised his light eyebrows. “Not for this activity, no. yet I’ve bought the adventure and that i took cost of items for the board. Made convinced it acquired performed correct. And less than funds. ” “And what time did you arrive this morning? ” “Lemme see—I wager round ten-thirty. perhaps later. I observed him,” he stabbed a finger towards Hayden, “talking with Bitsy whilst I got here in. I went directly to the workplace, to make copies for the assembly. Danged computing device didn’t paintings. ” “When you were given to the workplace, who was once there? ” “Just him,” stated Ed, pointing to Gerald with a thick finger. “Nobody may well get the computer to paintings, so whilst Bitsy got here she went off to front to make the copies at the coin laptop. That’s whilst he got here in and her, too,” he acknowledged, pointing to Hayden and Corney. “That’s right,” acknowledged omit Tilley in a transparent, specific tone. “I got here as I consistently do at 1 / 4 to 11. The volunteer answerable for the move table had now not proven up, anything that regrettably isn't all that strange. i realized that a variety of books have been back, and somebody was once ready to ascertain one out, so I took cost quickly. whereas i used to be on the table administrators got here in—Lucy and Chuck. ” pass over Tilley clucked her tongue. “They have been either past due. ” “I was once late,” admitted Lucy, with an apologetic little smile. “It was once ten earlier whilst I arrived. I greeted pass over Tilley, despatched my daughter over to the children’s part for tale hour, and went into the place of work to affix the others. They have been able to commence the assembly, yet Bitsy hadn’t began tale hour, so I went downstairs to get her. ” Horowitz held up his hand. “Whoa. while did Bitsy cross downstairs? And why? ” “It should have been as regards to 11 via then,” stated Gerald, seeking to the opposite board participants for affirmation. “I imagine that’s right,” agreed Corney. “And why did she cross downstairs? ” “To get whatever, I guess,” stated Ed, scratching his chin. “She kinda ran off. ” “As if she’d simply remembered whatever? ” requested Horowitz. “Yeah,” stated Ed. “Let me get this instantly, now,” stated Horowitz. “Mrs. Stone went downstairs to get Bitsy someday after eleven-ten. the place are the remainder of you? ” “Well, we have been leaving the place of work, on our method to the convention room,” stated Gerald. “All of you jointly? As a bunch? ” “No. I went to front to get pass over Tilley,” stated Corney. “That’s while Chuck arrived. ” “Okay. Mr. Canaday, leave out Tilley, and Ms. Clarke are within the entrance through the table. Mr. Northcross, Mr. Asquith, and Mr. Bumpus are leaving the workplace. Mrs. Stone is downstairs. Is that correct? ” all of them nodded. “And all this time no one was once by myself? You have been all in every one other’s corporation for all time? ” the administrators exchanged uneasy glances. “There was once quite a lot of coming and going,” admitted Corney, having a look round the desk. “I definitely couldn’t say that evidently. ” “I admit it—I made a pit stop,” stated Ed. Seeing Horowitz’s wondered expression he further, “You know—the men’s room. ” Horowitz nodded. “And I went into the reference room,” further Gerald. “I went to get the gavel. It’s saved in a closet there.

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