I picked up Candy Corn Murder for my love of candy corn, and of course, for a juicy mystery. Halloween must obviously figure here, I thought. And I was right.
A small town in Maine is hoping to drum up some business by holding a harvest festival. There are many different events planned like a giant pumpkin contest, and a pumpkin hurl to name a few. Most people in the town are very excited about the whole thing and are doing their bit to participate. And a mystery is brewing too.
The book alternates between the present and some past crime. we read about the past crime in bits and pieces interspersed in the present narrative. Lucy Stone is a harried housewife with kids still living at home and also a four year old grandson. Her husband is busy building a catapult for the pumpkin hurl and drinking her out of house and home. She juggles a job, cooking and her social life. The grandson is one smart of precocious kid, depends on how you look at it.
Tinker’s Cove is home to Country Cousins, a giant catalog store, and the prodigal son has just come back to head it. People want to carve pumpkins underwater in the local pond, but the local bigwig is against it. Why anyone would want to carve pumpkins wearing a scuba suit is beyond me. That had to be the craziest idea in the book!
Vandalism threatens to halt the festivities, and things get serious when a body pops up. Actually, the hood of a car pops and the body is inside. Lucy finds herself caught in the whole confusion and has to rely on her investigative skills to reolve the mystery.
Some of the lines given to the four year old seem way beyond his years. or maybe he is just a smart kid. The story is a nice read, with a lot of unpleasantness lurking in parts of it. Issues like women’s lib and abusive husbands are added in.
Overall, Candy Corn Murder is interesting as well as entertaining. Do I like having my favorite candy associated with some nasty business? Hmmm…