Lucy Stone Mystery Series, #9
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Mystery Woman Sleuth | Contemporary
The whole town of Tinker's Cove is looking forward to the
celebration marking former librarian Julia Ward Howe
Tilley's ninetieth birthday. Lucy Stone, Miss Tilley's
closest friend, dreamed up the party idea -- at about the
same time she decided she's not getting old without a
That sounds like a plan-until Lucy realizes her daughter's
fourteenth birthday bash, a coed sleepover, may turn her
hair white overnight. What was she thinking when she
agreed to let Sara have the party? On her mind, instead,
was the shocking death of Sherman Cobb, the town's oldest
attorney, an apparent suicide. His law partner, however,
thinks Sherman was murdered.
Poking about in Sherman's papers, Lucy turns up an
intriguing tie between the dead man and Miss Tilley.
Meanwhile Miss Tilley's own past has come back to haunt
her in the form of a mysterious niece named Shirley and a
biker great nephew named Snake. Soon no one can get to see
the elderly librarian because the brash, bossy Shirley
says she's "failing." Now, as a killer's ruthless plan
rushes toward a conclusion, Lucy needs answers fast -- or
else she and Miss Tilley won't live long enough to make a
wish and blow out the candles on this year's birthday
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