Release Date: Sep 29, 2020
Series: A Lucy Stone Mystery
Murder frequents the Thanksgiving holiday in the small town of Tinker’s Cove, in Leslie Meier’s Gobble, Gobble Murder. This book contains a generous two murder mysteries, Turkey Day Murder and Turkey Trot Murder. The series starring Lucy Stone, reporter for the local newspaper, The Pennysaver, will have her once again more than involved in its reporting.
This was a tough one for me. I must admit that I struggled to read this book to the very end. I could not identify with the protagonist or most of the supportive characters. The protagonist was not strong. She was wavering in her opinions and at times was rude and seemed uncaring and insensitive. Most of the supportive characters were very one dimensional. There was not enough depth to these characters and the reason for their issues was lacking development. Also, there were so many angry characters in the both of the stories. It was very difficult for me to process.
The characters in these stories had some very strong opinions about other cultures. Their harsh characterization in a socially sensitive time, along with their misconceptions and their dialogue, left an off-putting taste. If it had been in just one story, I’d chance it to that particular storyline, but in both?… Just, no.
The first story was centered around an issue with Native Americans. The initial issue involved a citizen of Tinker’s Cove and his dog. This issue evolves into a much more complicated issue on the recognition of a Native American tribe for the cliche of putting a casino on town property. There was lots of emphasis on Lucy Stone’s current life issues and very little murder-mystery.
The second story improves on the murder-mystery narrative. The murder happens right away but it lingers in the background while other issues arise at Tinker’s Cove. Some of those issues involving the construction of a new restaurant owned by a Hispanic character. This is where the story takes an uncomfortable turn.
“BUILD THE WALL! DEPORT THE DRUG DEALERS! and AMERICA FOR AMERICANS!”
“You cant’s just come into this town and start polluting the water with your greasy
“Mexicans should stay in Mexico. America is for Americans.”
This is just some of the dialogue used by the characters of this story. Race is a sensitive topic and we shouldn’t limit ourselves with misconceived notions on other cultures. I felt like this was in poor taste and disrespectful. The dialogue of these blatantly outspoken fictional characters fit the reality and narrative of the world today, perfectly.
I’m a champion for the underdog and even the self-serving villain. Supportive characters are my favorite and villains, even so. I love unscrupulous characters… But, I draw a line. At this point, I no longer cared about the murder or the mystery. All I could think about was the undertone of the story and the unbelievable comments coming from the members of this town. I would never want to live in a town like this one. The town itself is a character and this one seems to lack respect towards its citizens.
I hope you’re still hanging in there. I’m rating this book two stars for good editing and story flow. Not all characters were hurtful. I was certainly not encouraged by the words this author used to bring her characters to life. But…she did have a moment where Lucy Stone helps a very minor character who is battling addiction. Addiction is near and dear to my heart and this author did right by Hank’s character. The help brought to the very smallest of a supportive character mentioned was really the only redeeming quality of this book, in my opinion. The scene was well written and emotional.
Although, I completely understand that unsavory characters like these exist in the real world, I’m not too keen on seeing it in a cozy murder-mystery. If I wanted the current reality, I would simply turn on the news. Perhaps, this is a misconception on my end. In the end Lucy Stone was not a strong enough protagonist to change my mind.