Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #25.7)
Tricks and treats keep the Halloween spirit alive in coastal Maine. But this year the haunted house theme is getting carried a little too far . . . HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIER Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.  DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLIS For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.  HALLOWED OUT by BARBARA ROSS With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.  There’s nothing like home sweet home in this trio of Halloween tales . . .

Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #25.7) Details

TitleHaunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #25.7)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherKensington
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GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #25.7) Review

  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    I so enjoyed this book! I like cozy mysteries. I like holiday and seasonally-themed books. I like novellas. Haunted House Murder is all three wrapped into one wonderful anthology! The pacing is spot-on and the writing by all three authors is superb.Haunted House Murder starts out strong with a delightful Lucy Stone mystery by remarkable author Leslie Meier. Someone has moved into the old dilapidated Victorian by the elementary school. The new homeowners' behaviors are mysterious and downright fr I so enjoyed this book! I like cozy mysteries. I like holiday and seasonally-themed books. I like novellas. Haunted House Murder is all three wrapped into one wonderful anthology! The pacing is spot-on and the writing by all three authors is superb.Haunted House Murder starts out strong with a delightful Lucy Stone mystery by remarkable author Leslie Meier. Someone has moved into the old dilapidated Victorian by the elementary school. The new homeowners' behaviors are mysterious and downright frightening at times. Leave it to Lucy to unravel the haunting mystery. Death by Haunted House by talented author Lee Hollis carries on the Halloween theme. An old house has sat abandoned for years after the previous owner met a mysterious death. A new family has moved in and the real estate agent that helped broker the deal has vanished inexplicably. Hayley Powell takes it upon herself to solve the mysteries surrounding this seemingly malevolent home. Hallowed Out is an enjoyable Halloween novella by entertaining author Barbara Ross. There has been rumblings for years that Busman's Harbor is haunted. What better way to capitalize on these rumors than a haunted house tour and ghastly re-eneactments in October? It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt....or murdered, I should say. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun collection of Halloween mini-mysteries that are part of 3 series I read. They are easily written to be read as stand-alone stories for anyone not familiar with the series, and make excellent companion novellas for fans of these authors. Each story has the perfect feel to get you in the Halloween spirit. Haunted House Murder and Death by Haunted House both involve mysterious and eccentric newcomers to town. Hallowed Out is centered around a haunted house tour offered for Halloween w This is a fun collection of Halloween mini-mysteries that are part of 3 series I read. They are easily written to be read as stand-alone stories for anyone not familiar with the series, and make excellent companion novellas for fans of these authors. Each story has the perfect feel to get you in the Halloween spirit. Haunted House Murder and Death by Haunted House both involve mysterious and eccentric newcomers to town. Hallowed Out is centered around a haunted house tour offered for Halloween week. I found many of the characters in Haunted House Murder to be a bit judgemental and rude, but the story is an easy read with an intriguing mystery. Death by Haunted House takes place before the rest of the series begins, so it's interesting to go back to how life was for Hayley before I got to know her in Death of a Kitchen Diva. It's a great, multi-dimensional story with a mystery that really surprised me at the end. Hallowed Out takes place in Busman's Harbor and involves the restaurant where protagonist Julia and her boyfriend Chris serve dinner during the off-season. This is a well-written story with a head-scratching mystery that kept me turning the pages.All in all, I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy reading holiday themed cozies. I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • 🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕
    January 1, 1970
    Spookily satisfying! Loved this exceptional trio of scary good stories. Sure to have readers on the edge of their seats and screaming with excitement. 5/5 stars
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    This book is actually a collection of three Halloween-themed novellas. All three are set in small towns in Maine and the characters are preparing for Halloween in a variety of ways. Overall, I would rate the book 4 stars, which is an average of my rating of each individual story. Each story was entertaining and it's a great collection to get in the mood for Halloween. The first story is "Haunted House Murder" by Leslie Meier which I would rate 4 stars. I have read a few full-length novels featur This book is actually a collection of three Halloween-themed novellas. All three are set in small towns in Maine and the characters are preparing for Halloween in a variety of ways. Overall, I would rate the book 4 stars, which is an average of my rating of each individual story. Each story was entertaining and it's a great collection to get in the mood for Halloween. The first story is "Haunted House Murder" by Leslie Meier which I would rate 4 stars. I have read a few full-length novels featuring Lucy Stone who is a part-time reporter for Tinker Cove's weekly newspaper, the "Pennysaver". I always have mixed emotions about Lucy. I like that she's not perfect, but she sometimes go overboard with her attitude. I understand she is overwhelmed with her work responsibilities and the unexpected responsibility of caring for her grandson. However, I was surprised when she found it "boring" and "ridiculous" that her eight-year-old wasn't catching onto fractions quickly enough. In spite of that, the story of her neighbors Ty and Heather Moon moving into a run-down house that was rumored to be haunted was entertaining. Although Lucy already has her hands full, she takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of that mystery. I guessed part of how things were going to turn out, but I still enjoyed the ending.The second story in this book is "Death by Haunted House" by Lee Hollis. I would give this story 3.5 stars. Similar to the first story, a family has moved into a house that has remained vacant and is thought to be haunted. Hayley Powell's new neighbors are strange and unfriendly, but she soon begins to worry they may be dangerous. I like Hayley and her children, but her husband acts like a child himself and often makes difficult situations even worse. This story is set in the year 2009. I was unfamiliar with this series so out of curiosity, I looked up some of the full-length novels featuring Hayley and in the first one, it says she is a divorced, single mom so it looks like Hayley may have also got tired of Danny's immaturity! The murder mystery itself drags on a little too long, even in a shorter story, but the solution was unexpected and interesting.The third story, "Hallowed Out" by Barbara Ross is my favorite of the three and I give it 4.5 stars. Busman's Harbor has a reputation for being haunted which provides local resident, Harley Prendergast, the perfect opportunity to promote a Halloween Haunted House tour. Julia Snowden, her boyfriend, and other family members get talked into helping Harley act out scenes from some of the town's famous ghost stories. This seems like a fairly harmless way to celebrate Halloween until something goes horribly wrong and the town is dealing with an all-too-real death that looks like murder. This story starts out a little slow, but picks up once Julia begins investigating the murder. I never could have guessed the motive behind the murder and the identity of the killer, and I enjoyed seeing Julia get to the solution in this fun cozy.I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Kensington Books. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    In the first tale we are taken to Tinker's Cove where a new family has moved into what everyone looks at as a Haunted House. Lucy tries to meet the newcomers but soon learns that not only are they standoffish but also a tad weird. She soon becomes concerned that the husband is an abuser and tries her best to let his wife know that she is not alone. Things get crazier when strange noises can be heard coming from the house at all hours. Follow along as Lucy investigates and learns that looks can b In the first tale we are taken to Tinker's Cove where a new family has moved into what everyone looks at as a Haunted House. Lucy tries to meet the newcomers but soon learns that not only are they standoffish but also a tad weird. She soon becomes concerned that the husband is an abuser and tries her best to let his wife know that she is not alone. Things get crazier when strange noises can be heard coming from the house at all hours. Follow along as Lucy investigates and learns that looks can be deceiving.In the second tale Hayley is excited to see that the abandoned house next door has a new family moving in. The house has many stories that have been told about it and the main one is that it is haunted. When the realtor that sold the house disappears, the strangeness of the family leads Hayley to believe that her new neighbors had something to do with her disappearance. Follow along as she soon realizes all isn't what it seems and the most unlikely of people can be killers too.In the third tale Busman's Harbor is gearing up for some Halloween festivities. Julia has agreed to be a part of a ghostly reenactment but things turn sour when one of her fellow actors is really shot. Julia can't just stand by and do nothing so she dives right into investigating. She soon finds herself in deeper than she expected, will she identify the killer before something bad happens to her? Follow along and find out!! These were three wonderful tales in one book and they were all worth the read!!!I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Another great holiday cozy mystery collection of Maine cozy mysteries from authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross. The first in the book is Leslie Meier's Haunted House Murder, featuring Tinker Cove's intrepid part-time reporter and full-time mom/grandmother, Lucy Stone. A scary house across from the school has new, and not very friendly, owners, and when strange noises and sounds start emanating from the home Lucy's on the case to discover what's going on behind closed doors! The s Another great holiday cozy mystery collection of Maine cozy mysteries from authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross. The first in the book is Leslie Meier's Haunted House Murder, featuring Tinker Cove's intrepid part-time reporter and full-time mom/grandmother, Lucy Stone. A scary house across from the school has new, and not very friendly, owners, and when strange noises and sounds start emanating from the home Lucy's on the case to discover what's going on behind closed doors! The second story in the book is Lee Hollis's Death by Haunted House. This was a very interesting read because it takes place prior to the beginning of the series, when Hayley and Danny are still married. When the house next door to the Powell's in Bar Harbor gets new creepy residents - appropriately named Damian, Rosemary, Casper, and Carrie - Danny is convinced there's something sinister going on, especially when their real estate agent is found buried in the woods behind their home! The third story is Barbara Ross's Hallowed Out, which takes place in Busman's Harbor. Julia Snowden, along with boyfriend Chris, brother-in-law Sonny, and restaurant owner Gus, are helping with Harley Prendergast's Haunted House Tours. When a participating actor is shot dead in front of the entire group, Julia investigates to discover who killed the man and why. One of the tour guests? One of their own? A member of his family??? Haunted House Murder is a very nice collection, and a perfect Halloween read!
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI have to admit, this book kind of threw me in the beginning. When I got to the end of story number one and no murder had actually happened, I felt like I stepped to the edge of a cliff and fell off before the end of the book. I originally thought this was a story only by Leslie Meier. On the book cover her name is so huge, I overlooked the other two author’s names. I was three chapters into the next story before I realized this was three short stories and not one big story.I was disapp 3.5 StarsI have to admit, this book kind of threw me in the beginning. When I got to the end of story number one and no murder had actually happened, I felt like I stepped to the edge of a cliff and fell off before the end of the book. I originally thought this was a story only by Leslie Meier. On the book cover her name is so huge, I overlooked the other two author’s names. I was three chapters into the next story before I realized this was three short stories and not one big story.I was disappointed there wasn’t a death in story one. I figured it was a given considering the title of the book was “Haunted House MURDER.” I was ready to go in for the long haul when the story seemed to abruptly end. That may have been the natural ending but I was left wanting more to this tidbit of Meiers work. I felt for Lucy as she tried to take care of her grandson pretty much on her own. No one else even seemed to have her back,. Not her daughter or her hubby. I wanted more of this part of the story. It wasn’t really resolved. Now I am wondering if this will be brought up in the next book. I need more, dang it!Short story number two DEATH BY HAUNTER HOUSE was pretty good after I realized it was indeed its own separate story. I had never read a Lee Hollis story and so I was intrigued by the characters. I did have a bit of trouble in the beginning distinguishing children from adults. But once I did, I thought it was a hoot. Hayley’s hubby was almost as bad as the kids sometimes. I will definitely have to check out more of this author’s work. I think I have a few books already in my vast Kindle Library.Short story number three HALLOWED OUT was the best of the bunch, in my opinion. This story alone is worth the purchase of the book. I am totally going to dive into Barbara Ross’s books with gusto now. I have five or six, I think in my collection, both digital and proper paperback versions. I felt the story was completely fleshed out with all the motivations and structure of a larger book. To say I was impressed was an understatement.If you are keeping count, there are murders in story two and three but not in story one. There was also a big a weirdness around the placement of the recipes. I felt like they restricted the flow of the story. I would have liked them to be at the end instead of between stories. But that is just me. I don’t read books like this for the recipes. But for the people who like them, I am sure they are appreciated wherever they find them.Overall, it was a nice and enjoyable read. I just wish the stories could have been a bit longer. Sometimes when you are invested in a world, it is hard to say goodbye. Definitely check this out if you are into cozy mysteries and want to check out new authors. You won’t come away disasppointed.I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Haunted House Murder is a novella with three stories by three different authors.I'm a big fan of all the authors and I was delighted to see them collaborate on this book.The first story is written by Leslie Meier. I've read every one of her books several times. I consider her my go to author when I'm in need of reading a comfort story.In this book, Lucy Stone is preparing for Halloween when she gets an unexpected phone call from her son, who needs a sitter for his son. Of course Lucy jumps at th Haunted House Murder is a novella with three stories by three different authors.I'm a big fan of all the authors and I was delighted to see them collaborate on this book.The first story is written by Leslie Meier. I've read every one of her books several times. I consider her my go to author when I'm in need of reading a comfort story.In this book, Lucy Stone is preparing for Halloween when she gets an unexpected phone call from her son, who needs a sitter for his son. Of course Lucy jumps at the chance.When new neighbors move in, Lucy becomes suspicious and before long, she is spying on them and she insists there is something nefarious going on.Normally I would give any Lucy Stone book 5 stars, but this was more of a 3.5-3.75 rating.Lucy appeared whiney, short tempered and aggravated with all the responsibilities she had.Her daughter that was home, Sarah, was extremely annoying and her role in the book was weak. While the story itself was good, I found the characters to be difficult to deal with.In the second book by Lee Hollis, Hayley is a great character, but her husband was absolutely annoying.I was disappointed that the story focused on a Halloween of the past and not if the present.It had the same theme as the first story, new neighbors, creepy house and if course, Hayley's husband is suspicious of them and makes a nuisance of himself. This would be the same rating as above. The third book by Barbara Ross is definitely 5 stars.Julia and her boyfriend Chris are participating in the Halloween haunted house tour. With the help of family and friends, they are finally ready and when a real murder takes place, Julia is determined to find the answers.This story was well told and I had no idea who was the murderer until the end.Thank to to NetGalley and the publisher for approving me to read this book.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross is the third anthology book the three talented authors have teamed up for. With three Halloween-themed novellas to provide short, goosebump-worthy reads, each author spins tales based on their much-loved characters from their long-enduring series. As you would expect, each novella has different characters and much different storytelling styles. Leslie Meier writes a soft mystery intertwining a social issue. I like how she uses th HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross is the third anthology book the three talented authors have teamed up for. With three Halloween-themed novellas to provide short, goosebump-worthy reads, each author spins tales based on their much-loved characters from their long-enduring series. As you would expect, each novella has different characters and much different storytelling styles. Leslie Meier writes a soft mystery intertwining a social issue. I like how she uses the grandson of the protagonist, Lucy Stone to increase the suspense. Lee Hollis takes the reader back in time to when the protagonist, Hayley Powell, has her young children at home. Halloween, especially when kids are involved, tends to not be quite so scary. Still the author manages to insert references to old-school horror movies and characters that had me chuckling. Barbara Ross ramps up the spookiness factor with a ghost tour in which she relates local ghost stories of Busman Harbor. As a longtime fan of the Maine Clambake Mystery series, I appreciated the peek into a different view of the town’s history and setting. I also appreciated her tale adhering to the title of the book by including a murder and not just a mystery. Despite the short novella length, Ms. Ross manages to make the story feel full length with good character development, a crime, great settings and Halloween flavors, and a complete resolution. I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a collection of three Halloween-themed cozy mystery novellas, all set in Maine.Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier continues the story of Lucy Stone and her family in Tinker's Cove. A new couple has moved into a home in need of repairs and their behavior raises suspicion from Lucy and the townspeople. When one of her family may be in danger, Lucy flies into overdrive into finding out what's really going on behind their closed doors. Her attitude and behaviors have tried my patience This book is a collection of three Halloween-themed cozy mystery novellas, all set in Maine.Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier continues the story of Lucy Stone and her family in Tinker's Cove. A new couple has moved into a home in need of repairs and their behavior raises suspicion from Lucy and the townspeople. When one of her family may be in danger, Lucy flies into overdrive into finding out what's really going on behind their closed doors. Her attitude and behaviors have tried my patience over the years, though some of the storylines have been very good. It was a pleasant, though somewhat predictable read. 3.5 stars.Death by Haunted House by Lee Hollis--This is a new series for me. I was a bit surprised that the plot was very similar to the prior story. I really didn't connect with the characters and the pace dragged. 3 stars.Hallowed Out by Barbara Ross-- I love the Clambake series and was happy to return to Busman's Harbor. Julia and her boyfriend Chris agree to participate in a Ghost Tour where a play re-enacts the Prohibition-era town ghost story. But things go awry when a real murder occurs in their restaurant and Julia is determined to solve the crime. This novella was the gem of the book. Well-written with a great plot twist. 5 stars.Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for a digital ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.
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  • amanda
    January 1, 1970
    These are 3 short novellas centered around Halloween and spooky business. I made the mistake of thinking it’s horror and it’s not haha it’s cozy mystery a genre I absolutely love so I wasn’t put off by it at all! The stories were heartwarming and a bit too kitschy for my taste but all in all this is a great collection to curl up in a chair to and just unwind with.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    The first two stories had husbands that were very irritating. I almost stopped reading the book because of them. The second mystery was very good however. I enjoyed everything about the third story - the characters, setting and mystery.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • J Messina
    January 1, 1970
    I truly enjoyed reading this book, set during my favorite time of the year, Halloween. I want to express my gratitude to both Kensington books and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Leslie Meier's story was very good and interesting, as always. I like how it was anchored in everyday life, and how the characters are normal people. I appreciated the interactions between Lucy and her grandson, and I really wanted to understand who the new people in tow I truly enjoyed reading this book, set during my favorite time of the year, Halloween. I want to express my gratitude to both Kensington books and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Leslie Meier's story was very good and interesting, as always. I like how it was anchored in everyday life, and how the characters are normal people. I appreciated the interactions between Lucy and her grandson, and I really wanted to understand who the new people in town were. The characters are very relatable, and I just love how the author addresses difficult issues (child disappearance, illness). For readers who are not familiar with the Lucy Stone series, the story can be a great introduction, as it is not necessary to have read the previous books (although it will make the story more interesting). Lee Hollis' story was fast-paced and funny. I just loved how Hayley, the main character, reacted to some of the things Danny (her husband) said. The haunted house aspects of the story were well exploited, and the family moving in next door was creepy. I don't think anyone would want them as neighbors. A nice touch was the horror movie inspired names for the neighbors. Finding out who the culprit was at the end was very satisfying, and the author had me guessing for a very long time. Finally, Barbara Ross' story was an interesting one. The haunted house theme was nicely used, and in more than one setting. The carpet moving on its own was different, and the conclusion for that specific aspect made me smile. It took me a while to find out who killed the actor, and as I read, I thought he was a truly despicable character. Julia is a solid main character, and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.Haunted House Murder was a great Halloween-themed book, with stories that are different and refreshing, considering that the haunted house theme has been around for a very long time. Even if a reader has not read the previous books featuring the main characters, the stories are very accessible and easy to follow. I think Haunted House Murder can spark an interest for all three cozy mystery series. Highly recommended!
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  • Linda Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Every year on our Maine vacation I put aside at least one book set in Maine. One of this year's books is Haunted House Murder, a compilation of short works from three writers who have well-established series set in small-town Maine.Leslie Meier's Haunted House Murder features Lucy Stone, part-time reporter and mom (now grandmom) in Tinker's Cove, Maine. A long-abandoned house, reputed to be haunted, has new occupants. Ty and Heather Moon. The Moons are unfriendly and eccentric, to say the least, Every year on our Maine vacation I put aside at least one book set in Maine. One of this year's books is Haunted House Murder, a compilation of short works from three writers who have well-established series set in small-town Maine.Leslie Meier's Haunted House Murder features Lucy Stone, part-time reporter and mom (now grandmom) in Tinker's Cove, Maine. A long-abandoned house, reputed to be haunted, has new occupants. Ty and Heather Moon. The Moons are unfriendly and eccentric, to say the least, but Lucy is occupied with having her grandchild visit for two months. She is delighted to have him but finding childcare more of a challenge than she remembers from raising her own four children. But when a child goes missing, Lucy's sleuthing instincts kick in.Lee Hollis' Hayley Powell of Bar Harbor in Death by Haunted House also has eccentric new neighbors: a family who strongly resembles the Addams family. Hayley is willing to let well enough alone until a local realtor goes missing after a violent confrontation with the father of the new family, Damien Salinger. Hayley, with the help of her new puppy, finds the realtor's body but lots of people in Bar Harbor didn't like the victim.The people of Busman's Cove are always looking for ways to extend the tourist season and this year have planned a Ghost Tour in Hallowed Out. Julia Snowden throws herself into participating, but she thinks that the ghosts of the town are much more imagined than real. But when an actor from New Jersey is murdered during a reenactment of a Prohibition-era incident and innocents are suspected, Julia finds herself in the thick of things.Haunted House Murder is an entertaining compilation for Halloween. I was a little disappointed in the longest of the three, Haunted House Murder, which was heavy on Lucy's childcare woes. The other two shorts introduced me to two new amateur sleuths I plan to read more about in the future. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.RATING- 3.5 Rounded up to 4
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  • Melodie
    January 1, 1970
    The Haunted House Murder is a compilation of three stories by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross. All contain “haunted houses” and there is much fun to be had in the reading of this book. The title book, The Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier actually contains no murders but that is immaterial—the story is a lot of fun. Though the novella is lightweight, that isn’t what draws me to Leslie Meier’s books. What I have always enjoyed most about the Lucy Stone series is how the central chara The Haunted House Murder is a compilation of three stories by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross. All contain “haunted houses” and there is much fun to be had in the reading of this book. The title book, The Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier actually contains no murders but that is immaterial—the story is a lot of fun. Though the novella is lightweight, that isn’t what draws me to Leslie Meier’s books. What I have always enjoyed most about the Lucy Stone series is how the central characters ring so true to life. Lucy is a nice woman, hardworking and always willing to hel, but she also has more than occasional snarky inner thoughts—pretty much like most off her readers do, if I’m correct. She and her husband Bill, through the course of this long series, have successfully raised four children, but the children aren’t always angels and frequently sound and behave like most children, teens and young adults. These now mostly grown children all play some part in this book, as well as grandson Patrick, and It is refreshing to read about their less than perfect lives and their obnoxious conversations with Lucy. Three and a half stars.I was less than enthralled by the second novella, Death by Haunted House written by Lee Hollis. The central character, Hailey Powell was okay but her husband had the emotional age of a twelve year old and was so unlikable that I couldn’t understand why Hailey wanted anything to do with him nor let him influence her into doing stupid things. There indeed was a murder and some truly creepy neighbors with fun names (Damien, Rosemary, Carrie and Casper) but they were not likable and didn’t bring much else to the story. Two stars for this one. The best of the three novellas is Barbara Ross’s Hallowed Out. The story features characters from her Maine Clambake Series, which I will certainly seek out after reading this book. I found it to be a well crafted, tightly plotted mystery without an easy solution, though when presented, it made sense. This entry was a classic cozy where the number of suspects is quite limited. I enjoyed the main character, Julia Snowden. Four and a half stars.I recommend this fun three book Halloween read, especially for those who enjoy cozy mysteries, holiday based stories or are fans of the three authors.I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.
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  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    This collection of three novellas focuses on Halloween. The book opens with the title story featuring Leslie Meier’s protagonist Lucy Stone. A couple has moved into the old abandoned house in town, but they are rebuffing efforts from Lucy and others to welcome them to town. Then strange things start happening and rumors start flying. What is happening? Up next is “Death by Haunted House” by Lee Hollis which takes up back to 2009 and shows us what life was like for Hayley Powell while she was mar This collection of three novellas focuses on Halloween. The book opens with the title story featuring Leslie Meier’s protagonist Lucy Stone. A couple has moved into the old abandoned house in town, but they are rebuffing efforts from Lucy and others to welcome them to town. Then strange things start happening and rumors start flying. What is happening? Up next is “Death by Haunted House” by Lee Hollis which takes up back to 2009 and shows us what life was like for Hayley Powell while she was married. When the house next door, which is rumored to be haunted, gets a new family, Hayley’s husband Danny is certain that they are up to something. The discovery of a dead body in the nearby woods just confirms his theory – at least to himself. Is he right? Finally comes “Hallowed Out” from Barbara Ross. The local Haunted House tour is gearing up for Halloween, trying to bring some more people to town in the fall. However, when a reenactment of a crime leaves an actor dead, Julia Snowden must figure out what happened.As you might expect in a collection of stories by various authors, some are stronger than others. Personally, I found the opening story to be the weakest – I think it might have worked as a short story, but even as a novella is was too long. The middle story was better, with some fun scenes and a good twist to the mystery. I adore Barbara Ross’s Maine Clambake mysteries, so it was the reason I picked up the book. It also means I found the third story to be the best, with some good twists and a very fun sub-plot. While each story has plenty of fall atmosphere, these stories aren’t that spooky – they are by cozy mystery authors after all. Still, fans of these authors will enjoy picking up the book.NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Amary Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Meier's contribution is 'Hunted House Murder'. Lucy Stone is glad the 'haunted house' in the neighborhood had been sold, but the new owners are not friendly at all. Gossip runs rampant about strange goings on there and she becomes concerned for the wife. Is she abused? No way to tell, but the husband has been rude to everyone he comes into contact with. When her grandson disappears during soccer practice, she goes into full blown panic mode. When the police arrive and enter the house, everyt Ms. Meier's contribution is 'Hunted House Murder'. Lucy Stone is glad the 'haunted house' in the neighborhood had been sold, but the new owners are not friendly at all. Gossip runs rampant about strange goings on there and she becomes concerned for the wife. Is she abused? No way to tell, but the husband has been rude to everyone he comes into contact with. When her grandson disappears during soccer practice, she goes into full blown panic mode. When the police arrive and enter the house, everything becomes clear. Not ruining the ending for you. Death By Haunted House by Lee Hollis Hayley and Danny Powell love all things Halloween, but this Halloween, they find a body. Who killed local realtor, Wendy Jo Willis? The new neighbors who he had had a loud confrontation with...or someone else? It all seems to point to the neighbors or an ex. When both are proven innocent, Hayley continues to nose around ...and puts herself right in the killer's sight. Hallowed Out by Barbara Ross In Busman's Harbor, Harley Prendergast's annual Halloween Tour has become a pain in the derriere for the Snowden family. To keep him from harassing her mother to add her house to his tour, Julia gets her restaurant partners to allow him to add the restaurant. Harley hires an actor and on the first day, there's a murder. No one sees who-dun-it in the darkened room, but they know it was someone in the small group present. Who had reason? It seems more than one did, but the evidence pointed at the one Julia was sure was innocent. So she continues to snoop and almost gets herself killed by not being careful enough. All three talented cozy writers have penned installments for their series for this Halloween book. This is a not to miss if you read any one of the series involved. I requested and received a NetGalley ARC to peruse.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    I have read this trio's previous anthologies of Christmas novellas and loved them, so I was excited to see that they had written Halloween stories this time around. All the stories take place in Maine. I enjoy Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone stories. I have read her from the very beginning and my kids have grown up with Lucy's. In this outing, Patrick comes to stay with the Lucy & Bill for awhile. She enjoys her grandson but has forgotten how much work little ones are. In addition to his activitie I have read this trio's previous anthologies of Christmas novellas and loved them, so I was excited to see that they had written Halloween stories this time around. All the stories take place in Maine. I enjoy Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone stories. I have read her from the very beginning and my kids have grown up with Lucy's. In this outing, Patrick comes to stay with the Lucy & Bill for awhile. She enjoys her grandson but has forgotten how much work little ones are. In addition to his activities, she has to fit in her own daily activities plus solve the haunted house mystery that's popped up in Tinker's Cove. Next we have Lee Hollis's Hayley Powell, whom I adore. Her mysteries are so much fun. This story is a prequel so we get to see her when she is still married to Danny, the father of her two children. The haunted house is right next door to them and craziness ensues. The third story is Barbara Ross's Julia Snowden. This character is relatively new to me. I've only read her novellas in the Christmas anthologies, but I've enjoyed them. I will be reading all of her full length novels. This story features a haunted tour. Of course, the tour doesn't go as planned. The scenes with Clyde, the town know it all, are hilarious. I didn't guess the endings on any of the three stories. Despite the murder rates, I wouldn't mind living in any of these towns. As long as I don't tick anyone off, I'll be fine! If you are looking for Halloween stories that aren't scary, these will do the trick. You don't need to be long time readers of either series to follow along. Although if you want back stories, all three authors have several books in each of their series. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • chels marieantoinette
    January 1, 1970
    After readying 25+ books in this series, I shouldn’t be surprised when Lucy’s children are inconsiderate and selfish or when her husband is a chauvinistic pig, but it still bothers me Every Single Time. I want Lucy to be my mother/grandmother, so I can appreciate her properly. I do enjoy when Lucy has Patrick, so that was nice. And overall this mystery was cute. I like that Meier addresses bigger issues in her mysteries and this time it was domestic violence. I liked the descriptions of the spoo After readying 25+ books in this series, I shouldn’t be surprised when Lucy’s children are inconsiderate and selfish or when her husband is a chauvinistic pig, but it still bothers me Every Single Time. I want Lucy to be my mother/grandmother, so I can appreciate her properly. I do enjoy when Lucy has Patrick, so that was nice. And overall this mystery was cute. I like that Meier addresses bigger issues in her mysteries and this time it was domestic violence. I liked the descriptions of the spooky house, too. I missed the presence of Lucy’s best girlfriends, but that happens in these mini-mysteries.The second story leads me to believe that husbands in Maine tend to suck in general. Hayley’s husband, Danny, is an unemployed child who never seems to have her back or help her out... I’m not sure who I prefer: Lucy’s sexist carpenter or Hayley’s useless househusband. The relationships in this story didn’t make much sense as a whole. Hayley and her husband were accusing the neighbors of murder, yet the husbands drank beer and talked baseball? And Danny sent their children over to spy on the neighbors he thought were murderers? The anger/friendliness/fear seemed really uneven/imbalanced. I like the rest of the cast of characters in Bar Harbor. I’ve read one other Hayley Powell Mystery and I remember liking the brother & his boyfriend and the scenery, this story just didn’t do it for me.The third story is excellent. I really enjoyed Julia, her boyfriend Chris (who restores my faith in the men of Maine), and her mom. I loved the historical touches and the ghost stories and the mystery was very unique with a great twist. All the characters were fun and likable. I’ll definitely keep my eyes out for more Maine Clambake Mysteries.
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  • Ashley Cate
    January 1, 1970
    Haunted House Murder is a collection of three novellas by authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross that center around Halloween. I have been fans of both Lee Hollis's Hayley Powell series and Barbara Ross's Maine Clambake series for awhile now and have really enjoyed the holiday novellas that they have released recently. I have only read Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone series in the holiday novella releases. I previously liked what I had read of Leslie Meier's stories but I have to say that Haunted House Murder is a collection of three novellas by authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross that center around Halloween. I have been fans of both Lee Hollis's Hayley Powell series and Barbara Ross's Maine Clambake series for awhile now and have really enjoyed the holiday novellas that they have released recently. I have only read Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone series in the holiday novella releases. I previously liked what I had read of Leslie Meier's stories but I have to say that I didn't enjoy this entry "Haunted House Murder" nearly as much as I enjoyed the other two entries. I thought that the characters in this story came off judgmental and rude. I thought Lucy's family was irritating and I didn't think the mystery was that interesting as well. I thought Lee Hollis's story was interesting in that it took place in Hayley's past, when she was still married to Danny. Throughout reading the story I really began to get a better idea about why they ended up divorced. Danny could be pretty childish and irritating but I thought the mystery was well done and I truly did not see the ending coming. I always enjoy Barbara Ross's Maine Clambake full length mysteries and novellas and this was no exception. I thought the idea to center the story around ghost stories in Busman's Harbor was really interesting and I enjoyed the dress rehearsal for Gus's restaurant's stop on the town's haunted places tour. I thought the mystery was well done and when the killer was revealed it was definitely not something I saw coming. Overall I'm really glad that I read this novella collection and hope these three authors continue to produce holiday novellas.
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  • Kathy Miller
    January 1, 1970
    I must admit that I loved this book, it was just what I needed.Every night before my reading time, I would pop me a bag of Microwave popcorn and settle in for a good read. Leslie Meier really knows how to write, giving us the details of Lucy's life down the smallest detail. I feel like I know the Stone family personally. Lucy likes to go to the IGA on Wednesday afternoon, after her Pennysaver newspaper deadline has been met, and she is always a little frazzled with her "to-do" list. - - I know t I must admit that I loved this book, it was just what I needed.Every night before my reading time, I would pop me a bag of Microwave popcorn and settle in for a good read. Leslie Meier really knows how to write, giving us the details of Lucy's life down the smallest detail. I feel like I know the Stone family personally. Lucy likes to go to the IGA on Wednesday afternoon, after her Pennysaver newspaper deadline has been met, and she is always a little frazzled with her "to-do" list. - - I know the feeling, but this Halloween added to the excitement of the holiday, is her grandson Patrick, who will be staying for a few months. Which adds a new level to Lucy's stress-meter, as she will be babysitting Patrick, without his parents and his needs have to be met, (mainly food, and more food) and a new school, homework, and after school ball practice.The excitement builds when new and strange neighbors move in and they have weird noises and lights coming from their house, and they do not want any visitors. Is the wife Heather being abused by her husband Ty? She looks like a ghost herself.But wait!! There's more! What? Patrick is missing?This story kept me flipping pages to the end. - - a MUST READ entertainment!I also enjoyed the stories by Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross, these three writers make a great team and I hope Kensington Books releases more books featuring this trio.Buy a copy for yourself or give as a gift.Thank you Kensington for allowing me to read this copy in exchange for an honest review.This review will also be posted today at Goodreads.Get that popcorn and ENJOY!
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  • Tari
    January 1, 1970
    There were three really fun mysteries in this compilation. I love all these authors' series to begin with, so I wanted to finally read one of their holiday collections, and since Halloween is my second favorite holiday, (Christmas being my first fave), I couldn't resist requesting it from NetGalley.The first one, Haunted House Murder, is a Lucy Stone mystery and is actually a shorter missing person type of mystery, but the other two did have the expected murders, and I didn't guess the killers i There were three really fun mysteries in this compilation. I love all these authors' series to begin with, so I wanted to finally read one of their holiday collections, and since Halloween is my second favorite holiday, (Christmas being my first fave), I couldn't resist requesting it from NetGalley.The first one, Haunted House Murder, is a Lucy Stone mystery and is actually a shorter missing person type of mystery, but the other two did have the expected murders, and I didn't guess the killers in either of one of them. I couldn't believe that Lucy's grandson Patrick is already eight years old. In the Hayley Powell mystery, Death by Haunted House, readers don't have to be worried at all if they haven't read any other Hayley Powells, because this one takes place before the series even started. It was fun getting an insight into what Danny was like as a husband (kind of goofy and didn't think things through a lot.) The first two books definitely had a similar theme: don't judge your new neighbors by what they appear to be.In the last mystery, Hallowed Out, by Barbara Ross of the Maine Clambake series, there was a really interesting murder that took place during a ghost tour reenactment. I loved that Le Roi the cat unraveled something that was bothering Julia a little bit. After reading this, I realized that it's been far too long since I read a Maine Clambake mystery, and that I need to read one soon.I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.
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  • Savannah
    January 1, 1970
    HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIERNewcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLISFor the past two years, the house ne HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIERNewcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLISFor the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.HALLOWED OUT by BARBARA ROSSWith its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.Going in, I didn't realize this was three separate stories and got super confused at first. Once I figured out what was going on, I was able to fully enjoy each novella.*Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Trio Of Haunted Maine NovellasThis is a set of Halloween stories all based in Maine. The stories are; Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier, Death by Haunted House by Lee Hollis and Hallowed Out by Barbara Ross. In Haunted House Murder the writing is well done, but it is a B grade story. Our heroine is quite the 'doormat' for her family. I finished the story but was 'talking' to the author the entire time. This is the first Lucy Stone book that I have read. Those who enjoy the Lucy Stone series w Trio Of Haunted Maine NovellasThis is a set of Halloween stories all based in Maine. The stories are; Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier, Death by Haunted House by Lee Hollis and Hallowed Out by Barbara Ross. In Haunted House Murder the writing is well done, but it is a B grade story. Our heroine is quite the 'doormat' for her family. I finished the story but was 'talking' to the author the entire time. This is the first Lucy Stone book that I have read. Those who enjoy the Lucy Stone series will love this story. Next is Death by Haunted House. This is another B grade story. It is similar to the 1981 movie, 'Neighbors' with Belushi and Ackroyd. Overall, a husband who is just a big kid talks his sane wife and young kids into believing the new neighbors are weird in a Halloween sense. The writing is good, but the plot is dumb. The last story is Hallowed Out. It is a wonderful Halloween based cozy murder mystery. This is part of the author's Clambake Mysteries series. This is a very well done story with lots of interesting aspects. The final reveal is quite a surprise. I really enjoyed the last story, but the first two were not my cup of tea. This is good reading to help get into the Halloween spirit. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy through Netgalley. A review was not required and is being done on my own. When I received a book I didn't read carefully. I pleasantly found that I actually had three novellas from three different authors. I really love the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier. Her series follows Lucy, a part time reporter/full time mother, in her adventures in Tinker"s Cove, Maine. While each of these books are stand alone, reading the whole series allows the reader to grow up with her children a I received a copy through Netgalley. A review was not required and is being done on my own. When I received a book I didn't read carefully. I pleasantly found that I actually had three novellas from three different authors. I really love the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier. Her series follows Lucy, a part time reporter/full time mother, in her adventures in Tinker"s Cove, Maine. While each of these books are stand alone, reading the whole series allows the reader to grow up with her children and see the changes coming to her town. Leslie Meier doesn't disappoint although I would have loved to see a little more development of this story. Lee Hollis is a relatively new author for me. I have read a couple of books by this author. I enjoy this story about a realtor that disappears after an encounter with a new buyer. Did the new residents kill? Barbara Ross's story brings us to Bar Harbor, a city rich in history and ghosts. However when an re-enactment of a murder brings about a real murder, Julia must figure out who wanted this man dead. I found the story to be well done and the characters intrigued me. I plan to look further at her Clambake mystery series further. I love Halloween so each these stories were a wonderful read for me. Pull up a comfortable chair and grab a hot drink on a dark night and enjoy these stories.
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  • Rachel F
    January 1, 1970
    Haunted House Murder is a collection of three shorter Halloween-themed novels by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross.This is my third trio novel that I have read from these amazing authors and I absolutely love it!I have already read every book that Leslie Meier has ever written over the years and am a huge fan. I have recently been able to read more by Hollis and Ross and have been enjoying those authors immensely as well.This is the perfect combination of cozy mysteries with a fall/Hall Haunted House Murder is a collection of three shorter Halloween-themed novels by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross.This is my third trio novel that I have read from these amazing authors and I absolutely love it!I have already read every book that Leslie Meier has ever written over the years and am a huge fan. I have recently been able to read more by Hollis and Ross and have been enjoying those authors immensely as well.This is the perfect combination of cozy mysteries with a fall/Halloween themed murder/mysteries encompassing our favorite characters from their respective ongoing series.I love all three female characters. Calling theme “amateur” sleuths would be a significant discredit. Lucy Stone, Hayley Powell, and Julia Snowden are strong, intelligent, hilarious women that get the job done. They are realistic, honest, and relatable. All three authors are brilliant in their creation and portrayal of these women: that solve crimes and take care of their respective families and jobs, and all the while making it look like it is just another day in the park. Great read. I cannot speak highly enough.5/5 stars!Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion
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  • Rachel F
    January 1, 1970
    Haunted House Murder is a collection of three shorter Halloween-themed novels by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross.This is my third trio novel that I have read from these amazing authors and I absolutely love it!I have already read every book that Leslie Meier has ever written over the years and am a huge fan. I have recently been able to read more by Hollis and Ross and have been enjoying those authors immensely as well.This is the perfect combination of cozy mysteries with a fall/Hall Haunted House Murder is a collection of three shorter Halloween-themed novels by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross.This is my third trio novel that I have read from these amazing authors and I absolutely love it!I have already read every book that Leslie Meier has ever written over the years and am a huge fan. I have recently been able to read more by Hollis and Ross and have been enjoying those authors immensely as well.This is the perfect combination of cozy mysteries with a fall/Halloween themed murder/mysteries encompassing our favorite characters from their respective ongoing series.I love all three female characters. Calling theme “amateur” sleuths would be a significant discredit. Lucy Stone, Hayley Powell, and Julia Snowden are strong, intelligent, hilarious women that get the job done. They are realistic, honest, and relatable. All three authors are brilliant in their creation and portrayal of these women: that solve crimes and take care of their respective families and jobs, and all the while making it look like it is just another day in the park. Great read. I cannot speak highly enough.5/5 stars!Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Out of the three stories in this book I only liked one.Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier: As a fan of the Lucy Stone books I was disappointed in this one. There was no mystery. No murder. And barely even a haunted house. It mostly seemed like the whole story was to bring attention to spousal abuse. Yes that’s an important topic, but not something I want to read in a Halloween mystery. Death By Haunted House by Lee Hollis: I liked this one. Had a mystery, a murder, and a haunted house. It take Out of the three stories in this book I only liked one.Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier: As a fan of the Lucy Stone books I was disappointed in this one. There was no mystery. No murder. And barely even a haunted house. It mostly seemed like the whole story was to bring attention to spousal abuse. Yes that’s an important topic, but not something I want to read in a Halloween mystery. Death By Haunted House by Lee Hollis: I liked this one. Had a mystery, a murder, and a haunted house. It takes place back in 2009 when Hayley is still married to her husband. A strange new family moves into the haunted house next door just before Halloween. When the realtor of the house goes missing Hayley’s husband thinks that the odd husband next door is responsible and investigates. I was confused by why they were carving pumpkins in November. Hallowed Out by Barbara Ross: This isn’t a series I read. I gave this story a try and got bored pretty quick and didn’t finish it. People who are fans of the series will probably like it though. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun introduction to the Halloween season with three novella's written by popular cozy mystery author's. Any reader can follow along with each story if you have not read their series. All three stories are fun, short mysteries with a Halloween theme and lots of sleuthing fun ! Lucy Meir writes her story based on a haunted house mystery. Lee Hollis's mystery is a prequel to her series and readers will enjoy knowing Haley Powell prior to when she was married. This story is based on a haun This is a fun introduction to the Halloween season with three novella's written by popular cozy mystery author's. Any reader can follow along with each story if you have not read their series. All three stories are fun, short mysteries with a Halloween theme and lots of sleuthing fun ! Lucy Meir writes her story based on a haunted house mystery. Lee Hollis's mystery is a prequel to her series and readers will enjoy knowing Haley Powell prior to when she was married. This story is based on a haunted house that opens next door to her and many fun holiday theme incidents occurs. Barbara Ross's protagonist is Julia. This story features a haunted tour she goes on. Of course, the tour has very funny occurrences that had me laughing out loud . Al; were enjoyable short Halloween mysteries that are delightful to read and spend time with.A very enjoyable holiday theme set of novella cozies... Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher. .I highly recommend this book for all that enjoy Halloween theme fun cozies.
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  • Jerri Cachero
    January 1, 1970
    Three great authors in one entertaining Halloween book! All three stories have delicious recipes included!Leslie Meier's Haunted House Murder brings Lucy Stone a full house - when her grandson Patrick comes to visit while his mom is recovering from hand surgery. In addition to playing doting grandmother, Lucy must solve a crime that affects the whole town. I enjoy Lucy's determination and seeing her interacting with Patrick was charming. The mystery was fun and had a perfect Halloween vibe.Lee H Three great authors in one entertaining Halloween book! All three stories have delicious recipes included!Leslie Meier's Haunted House Murder brings Lucy Stone a full house - when her grandson Patrick comes to visit while his mom is recovering from hand surgery. In addition to playing doting grandmother, Lucy must solve a crime that affects the whole town. I enjoy Lucy's determination and seeing her interacting with Patrick was charming. The mystery was fun and had a perfect Halloween vibe.Lee Hollis's Death by Haunted House features a flashback theme with a mystery that has Hayley's ex-husband Danny, in the picture. Dealing with Danny, her job and a murder mystery have Hayley on edge! Barbara Ross's Hallowed Out has three ghost stories and a very modern murder. Julia, Chris and Gus find themselves in an acting gig that will wind up in murder!A fun Halloween triology!I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of this book.
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