Easter Bunny Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery, Book 19 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Lucy Stone has always loved covering the annual Easter egg hunt for the Pennysaver. Hosted by elderly socialite Vivian Van Vorst at Pine Point, it's a swanky event where the eggs are as likely to contain savings bonds as they are jelly beans. But when Lucy arrives, a man dressed as the Easter Bunny emerges, only to drop dead moments later.
Lucy discovers the victim is VV's grandson, and soon learns that not all is as it seems at idyllic Pine Point. Always a social butterfly, VV has been skipping lunch dates with friends, and her much-needed donations to local charities have stopped with no explanation. Maybe she's going senile, or maybe her heirs are getting a little too anxious to take over her estate....
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 1 minute|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 29, 2013|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #197,563 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I was first comparing this to Murder She Wrote, but really it reads almost like a few episodes of a soap opera, with the mystery only being a small subplot within many other storylines. FYI, I read this wanting something that took place in the early spring, but only the opening takes place at Easter then it jumps forward a couple times several weeks.
I know people always say they figure out a mystery early on. That’s usually not me. But in this book it’s obvious from the moment we meet a certain character. Most of the book is then taken up with other plot lines. From the point when Lucy actually gets into the murder to the end is only about 30 pages. I was not impressed with how little Lucy also did to investigate. She discovers maybe 2 clues. Otherwise, events just play out on their own and Lucy sort of happens to be there. I can see why others say to book ended too quickly. This part is the most disappointing.
Most of the book is redundant and a little boring. At one point a PI shows up to look into the murder and there are many pages of Lucy showing her around town and retelling details of events the reader has already been through. Then there’s a whole chunk of the book that focuses on a trial regarding elder abuse. It’s pages and pages describing each day of the trial, again basically retelling details we already know. This portion most seemed like the author needed to write a certain number of pages but had no real plot to fill them with so we get this. Same with the detour when a family member gets sick and Lucy has to go spend a week with her. That felt shoehorned in and like filler, though I get that in long series like this, longtime readers love updates on past characters. Plus there’s the whole unresolved plot line of Lucy trying to get her husband to write a will and pages of detail her work at the newspaper.
Can I also say, as a former ER nurse, the part at the end is offensively bad and unrealistic. For a book that involves nursing so much, maybe have a nurse read it over? Are all the books in the series this lightweight and superficial? I love shows like Murder She Wrote and Hallmark Mystery Movies, so I don’t require great literature. But this was really pretty mystery free. I still would give another Lucy Stone book a chance. This may be a bad one. So, benefit of the doubt, I gave this a three stars instead of a two, which it might deserve.
In this latest installment, number 20 in the series, I think, I thought there'd be an Easter theme but, in fact, there wasn't much in it relating to Easter.
Still, I enjoyed it. It's a somewhat interesting mystery, though the mystery is secondary to the look at the care and abuse of the elderly.
If you like cozies, I'd highly recommend it to you. These Lucy Stone books are very enjoyable for the cozy lover.