With a bit of a chill in the air, and Halloween decorations beginning to appear on store shelves, I thought it was high time I try reading one of the cozy mysteries that are all the rage this time of year. My book of choice? “Candy Corn Murder” by Leslie Meier.
As Halloween quickly approaches, the town of Tinker’s Cove is eagerly preparing for their annual Giant Pumpkin Fest. There are all kinds of fun events in the works, but, this year, nothing seems to be going according to plan. Red tape begins appearing around many of the town’s events, displays and pumpkins are being vandalized, and, finally, one of the local residents turns up dead. With things quickly getting out of hand, and blame beginning to fall on her husband, it’s up to reporter Lucy Stone to step in and help set things right!
This was my first experience with reading a cozy mystery, and, I have to say, I didn’t hate it! On the contrary, I actually found it to be rather pleasant! This is not at all the kind of book I would normally read, but after finishing “Candy Corn Murder,” I would feel pretty comfortable picking up another one of Meier’s books. The pace of the book is good, the characters enjoyable, and the feel of the story took me back to my days of reading “The Boxcar Children” as a kid. This isn’t the kind of book that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you chase clues and villains around the city, but if you’re looking for something to keep you company as you sip some apple cider (or something pumpkin spiced!) and listen to the rustle of leaves outside, then look no further than “Candy Corn Murder”!