MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITLucy Stone, reporter for the Pennysaver in Tinker's Cove, is set to take her grandson to the annual Easter Egg hunt at Vivian Van Vorst's palatial estate, Pine Point. Something strange is up at the site when they arrive with the rest of the town to find the gates locked and no hospitality when her son, Van Vorst Duff (Van), comes out dressed as the Easter Bunny and drops dead on the porch. Even more strange is that VV has withdrawn from her social engagements and the charity checks she is so fond of writing suddenly stops. The town begins to talk about her lawyer and daughter who are now taking care of her and explain that she has been ill the last year. When Sue, Lucy's friend, comments that her daughter is now their cook and she can't cook, things really get suspicious. With the somewhat dubious help of Van's common law wife and mother of his daughter, Lucy tries to get to the bottom of the mystery of whether Van was murdered or just dropped dead of natural causes. Lucy's boss doesn't think the story warrants much coverage and she is met with dead ends each time she tries to solve the mystery surrounding his death but seems to ignore some facts given to her by a private investigator. I loved that the characters all seemed to be real and easy to imagine living in a small town. This is my first cozy by Leslie Meier, but I am definitely going to go back and read more. The fact that this is the nineteenth in the series was not a problem since it easily stands alone. I found that this is an easy story to get into and really enjoyed everything. I adored Lucy's daughter, Molly and hope to read more about her. The inhabitants in Tinker's Cove seem like and interesting bunch and I can't wait to get to know them better.