In Leslie Meier’s Irish Parade Murder, Lucy Stone’s late winter blues usually vanish by the time Tinker’s Cove goes green for its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. There’s just one wee problem that not even the luck of the Irish can fix—murder!
After returning from her father-in-law’s funeral in Florida, Lucy can almost hear the death knell of her part-time reporter job the instant she meets new hire Rob Callahan. He’s young, ambitious, and positioning himself to become the Pennysaver’s next star reporter. Adding insult to injury, Lucy only gets assigned the local St. Patrick’s Day parade once Rob passes on the story. But before beer flows and bagpipes sound, Rob becomes suspected of destroying more than other people’s careers.
It’s a shock when Rob is suddenly charged with sending a corrections officer from town to a fiery death. Contrary to the evidence, Lucy seriously doubts her office rival committed murder, and she’s willing to follow that nagging hunch into the darkest corners of the community if it means shedding light on the truth.
As an unnerving mystery unfolds, a strange woman reveals news that could change everything for Lucy and her family. Troubles in her personal and professional life are colliding, and Lucy comes to realize that she’ll sooner discover a four-leaf clover than confront a killer with the gift of the gab and live to tell about it.
This engaging book pairs well with your favorite spring tea blend and piece of this delicious Mom’s Irish Soda Bread!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 cup dark raisins
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional, but I always add them)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1¼ cups whole milk
- Honey, for serving
- Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With your fingertips, lightly work in butter until well incorporated. Add raisins and caraway seeds, making sure all are well distributed and separated.
- In a small bowl, combine egg and milk, then stir into flour mixture until well combined. Place batter in prepared loaf pan.
- Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove loaf from pan, and let cool on wire rack.
- Serve with honey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of over twenty-five Lucy Stone Mysteries. She has also written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and like her series protagonist, Lucy Stone, she worked as a New England newspaper reporter while raising her three children. She is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery and can be found online at LeslieMeierBooks.com.