"Easter Bonnet Murder" By Leslie Meier: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Agnes Neal is a former journalist, used to traveling the world for a story. Now she’s an avid bird watcher, willing to get up early to spot new birds. She lives at Heritage House in the retirement community section. She’s happy with her choice until one day she’s seen leaving the facility to go birding and isn’t seen again. 

Her car is still in the lot, her credit card hasn’t been used, nor the ATM. When her daughter reports her missing mother to the police, they can’t do anything official until she’s been gone for twenty-four hours. To speed things along, the daughter also calls the newspaper office and asks reporter Lucy Stone to run a notice in the next edition. 

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In the meantime, Miss Tilley, former librarian, has fallen at home. She’s sent to regain her strength at Heritage House in the skilled nursing section. The plan is to move up to the assisted living area and then home again. While Heritage House has an outstanding reputation, it’s not home. Lucy puts Miss Tilley on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary in hopes of finding a clue to Agnes’ whereabouts. 

At home, Lucy’s youngest daughter, Zoe, is ready to move out on her own. Apartment hunting is stressful for both of them. Zoe doesn’t want Lucy’s advice, Lucy doesn’t want Zoe to rent an unsuitable or unsafe apartment. 

With her boss, Ted, working from the other office in the next town, Lucy has more leeway at the newspaper but Ted is only a scolding phone call away if he disapproves. 

As Lucy discovers, whether she’s dealing with a sulky teenager, a recovering librarian, or a missing stranger, motivation is the key to finding out what’s really going on. 

This is book twenty-eight in the series which has seen Lucy go from a newlywed young mother to a grandmother facing an empty nest for the first time. Along the way, she’s helped solve many a mystery. Of the group of close friends who meet for breakfast, Lucy is the one who has changed the most over the years, and for the better. Readers should feel free to jump in anywhere, but with twenty-eight books in the series, there are plenty of mysteries to add to a to-be-read stack.  

To enter to win a copy of Easter Bonnet Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "easter,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 16, 2022. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you. BE AWARE THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS THERE MAY BE A DELAY IN SHIPPING THE WINNING BOOK. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. This sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. I've read a number of books from this series.
    Count me in!

  3. Love this series. I've followed it from the
    beginning. I have read this book and it's
    as good as always. Highly recommend

  4. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance. JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. Great series. Looking forward to reading the book.

  6. This is such a fun series. Can't believe there's so many! Hoping for many more though.

  7. thanks for the chance to win! sounds good! amandasmother(at)aol(dot)com

  8. Cute cover! tWarner419@aol.com


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