Haunted House Murder

Haunted House Murder

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...

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Haunted House Murder Reviews

  • Kat

    A fun collection of three Halloween stories perfect to get you in a spooky mood! In “Haunted House Murder” Lucy Stone is trying to figure out what’s going on when a spooky house in town is bought by a strange reclusive couple. Also, her grandson comes to stay for a few months. 5 bats in the Halloween Spooktacular department and this one had

    “Death by Haunted House” had some delicious recipes, yum for t

    A fun collection of three Halloween stories perfect to get you in a spooky mood! In “Haunted House Murder” Lucy Stone is trying to figure out what’s going on when a spooky house in town is bought by a strange reclusive couple. Also, her grandson comes to stay for a few months. 5 bats in the Halloween Spooktacular department and this one had

    “Death by Haunted House” had some delicious recipes, yum for that cheesy casserole! And all three stories featured wonderful Halloween tales of Down East Maine. A delightful short story collection perfect for getting in a fall mood!

    Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  • Taryn

    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.

  • Shelly

    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

    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.

  • 🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕

    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

  • Amanda

    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.

  • Juli

    I love the Christmas theme cozy mystery novellas that come out every holiday season. This year, I spied this one -- Halloween theme! Oh yeah -- gotta read it! :) It was not a difficult decision. Pretty much instantaneous.

    Haunted House Murder gathers 3 cozy short mysteries: Haunted House Murder featuring Lucy Stone; Death by Haunted House, featuring characters from the Food & Cocktails series; and, Hallowed Out, an addition to the Main Clambake Mystery series. While I have read so

    I love the Christmas theme cozy mystery novellas that come out every holiday season. This year, I spied this one -- Halloween theme! Oh yeah -- gotta read it! :) It was not a difficult decision. Pretty much instantaneous.

    Haunted House Murder gathers 3 cozy short mysteries: Haunted House Murder featuring Lucy Stone; Death by Haunted House, featuring characters from the Food & Cocktails series; and, Hallowed Out, an addition to the Main Clambake Mystery series. While I have read some of the Lucy Stone books, the Food & Cocktail and Maine Clambake series were both new to me. After reading these novellas, I'm going to check out both of those series. I liked the characters, the plot/writing style, and the mysteries were entertaining. My favorite of the was Hallowed Out. At first I thought a seafood themed cozy might be a bit weird....but the characters are quirky and fun and I enjoyed the story. :)

    All in all, a fun Halloween theme cozy story collection. A quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed! I will be checking out more from all 3 authors!

    **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Amy

    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

    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.

  • Mark Baker

    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.

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  • Linda

    This was a fun Halloween book to read. I enjoyed all 3 stories and one of these days I will start the Hayley Powell series.

  • Mary Hawkes

    2.5 stars. It's difficult to rate a book that is actually 3 novellas, when I have different opinions on each.

    The first 2 stories had a lot of similarities. Both were about a family moving into a house that the local people regarded as haunted. And in both, the new people were extremely unfriendly. The main characters are not very likeable, either. Lucy, in Haunted House Murder, was pushy, especially when she tried to welcome the new people. She continued to pester them, even when it

    2.5 stars. It's difficult to rate a book that is actually 3 novellas, when I have different opinions on each.

    The first 2 stories had a lot of similarities. Both were about a family moving into a house that the local people regarded as haunted. And in both, the new people were extremely unfriendly. The main characters are not very likeable, either. Lucy, in Haunted House Murder, was pushy, especially when she tried to welcome the new people. She continued to pester them, even when it was clear that they didn't want her around. Lucy's family was horrible; her children were rude, and her husband selfish and unhelpful. This was the only story of the three that had the word "murder" in the title, and the only one that didn't have a murder.

    Hayley, in story 2, was also pushy, but nothing compared to her husband, Danny. I had trouble accepting him as an adult; to me, he talked and acted like he should have been Hayley's teenaged brother, or even her son.

    Hallowed Out, the 3rd story, was good, a regular mystery with a murder and lots of suspects. Julia, the main character, does get too involved in trying to solve things, but she is smart enough to notify the police when she learns something. I may look for more books in this series.

    It's the last story that gave the extra half star to my rating.

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