MOTHER'S DAY MURDER is part of the Lucy Stone Mysteries. The story opens on Mother's Day. It's been ten months and Corinne Appleton is still missing. When her body turns up, evidence shows she was murdered.
In an unrelated crime, Tina Nowak is gunned down in front of her husband. Evidence points to her rival, Barbara Hume. While Lucy investigates for the "Pennysaver", the town's local newspaper, she has her hands full with her adolescent daughter.
For readers who haven't experienced a Lucy Stone mystery, Meier does an excellent job with giving the reader enough background information. This is my first and I didn't feel I was missing pieces of the story.
For fans, it will be like catching up with old friends. Molly and Toby are adjusting to being new parents. Elizabeth is a senior in college. Sara is starting to date and has a MySpace page and Zoe is in fifth grade and as adorable as ever.
There's much going on with the Stone family as well as the rest of the folks in this small Maine community. If you love easy going mysteries with personable characters, this is a good book to settle down with.