Tippy Toe Murder – Leslie Meier

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2/5 Tippy Toes

On The Back:

With three kids underfoot, a fourth on the way, and an oppressive heat wave bearing down, homemaker Lucy Stone is hardly enjoying an idyllic summer. But her preoccupation with swelling ankles, Bavarian creme doughnut cravings, and sewing endless sequins on ballet recital tutus gives way to dread when Lucy learns that her waistline isn’t the only thing that’s recently vanished from Tinker’s Cove…

The strange disappearance of a retired dance instructor has the tiny coastal town in a tizzy that turns to terror when a notoriously cantankerous shopkeeper is slain right on Main Street. Now Lucy’s up to her bulging belly in local suspects and red herrings. Eluded by a cold-blooded killer, with her due-date looming and the thermometer soaring, Lucy figures something has to break soon. With any luck, it won’t be her water…

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the last two books I read in the series (numbers 1 and 22), however I did not enjoy this book. It was NOT a cozy and I found myself skipping and skimming about 1/4 of the book because of it.

Lucy was great, her family was great, her town was great. Her husband, Bill, however was not great. He can be so kind and was in the first book, however in parts of this book and in Candy Corn Murder he was rude.

The mystery was horrible. I’m honestly surprised that this book was marketed as a cozy because the mystery dealt with very dark, non-cozy topics. I read cozies because they’re light, and usually don’t deal with dark, complex topics.

Really a great setting and great characters, but this was absolutely not a cozy and I didn’t enjoy it because of that. I do NOT recommend this if you are looking for a cozy.

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