By Leslie Meier

Lucy Stone is within the doghouse--with her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Prudence Pratt. apparently Kudo, the Stones' misbehaving mutt, has built a style for Mrs. Pratt's blue-ribbon successful chickens, to boot an break out artist's expertise for sneaking out. With the Fourth of July bobbing up, Lucy does not are looking to trigger any further fireworks with the crabby Prudence.

one other signal that the loopy days of summer time are in complete swing arrives while a bunch of naturists--a.k.a. nudists--descends on Tinker's Cove, skinny-dipping on the pond that borders Mrs. Pratt's estate, giving her anything else to whinge approximately. Worse nonetheless, the neighborhood lobstermen are disillusioned approximately poachers--and suspicion falls on Mrs. Pratt's husband and son. Then the July Fourth fireworks are canceled to guard a patch of super infrequent purple-spotted lichen, and Mrs Pratt is the sufferer of successful and run.

Tinker's Cove is stuffed with suspects, yet none with so own a intent because the Stones. Their feud with Mrs. Pratt has placed them liable to wasting their freedom this Independence Day--unless Lucy can begin issues off with a bang by means of catching a pink, white and blue killer. . .

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I won’t even examine your daughter. ” “I want i assumed him,” acknowledged Lucy. “Well, you don’t truthfully think the little hussy’s available in the market in huge sunlight and not using a sew on simply because she doesn’t wish humans to examine her,” stated Phyllis. “No, I don’t,” wailed Lucy, collapsing again into the chair. “That’s the worst half. My daughter’s an exhibitionist! ” Lucy was once at the mobilephone chatting with Myra Dunwoodie—she’d stuck her simply as she was once going out the door, on her technique to subscribe to Mel on the pond—when the bell at the door jangled and he or she appeared as much as see Beetle Bickham getting into the place of work with a bit of white paper in his large hand. “So how lengthy have you ever and your husband been naturists? ” requested Lucy. She used to be having a difficult time holding her brain at the interview. She was once serious about what had introduced Beetle, who used to be head of the Lobstermen’s organization, to the Pennysaver. “Oh, forever,” stated Myra. “In truth, that’s how we met. At a naturist camp in Pennsylvania. I fell in love with him in the course of a online game of volleyball. He had a beautiful spike, and his serve wasn’t undesirable, both. ” “Right,” acknowledged Lucy. “Great spike. ” “On moment proposal, don’t placed that during the paper,” stated Myra, laughing. “Someone may take it incorrect. ” “Right,” acknowledged Lucy, who was once loss of life to speak to Beetle. “Well, I shouldn’t hold you from now on. I’m certain you don’t are looking to pass over this gorgeous climate. ” putting up the telephone, she became to Beetle, who used to be leaning at the counter and speaking to Phyllis. He was once a very good flirt, talking with a faint trace of a Quebec accessory, and Phyllis used to be all smiles, responding to his flattery. “Anything i will do for you? ” requested Lucy. “Well, sure, Lucy, because you point out it. ” Beetle opened up the paper and passed it to her. “This here’s a letter to the editor I’d such as you to print. ” “What’s it approximately? ” “Well,” acknowledged Beetle, hitching up his water-resistant yellow oilskin pants. “Some of the fellas are asserting they suspect somebody’s poaching their traps. ” He shrugged. “It’s demanding to inform because the capture has been down in recent years and all. yet there’s indicators. a few humans, and I’m no longer naming names, appear to be doing higher than others. significantly better than you’d anticipate, contemplating the volume of time they’re putting in place. let alone their background as form of shiftless and never precisely tough employees. ” “Could be luck,” prompt Lucy. “Maybe they discovered a sizzling spot. ” “Could be,” admitted Beetle, sounding uncertain. “And that’s why I worded this letter very rigorously. It’s simply type of a common plea to play reasonable, should you get my which means. ” “I get it,” acknowledged Lucy, speedy perusing the letter. “But do you're thinking that the poachers will learn it? And in the event that they do, will they take it to center? ” “I desire so, Lucy,” stated Beetle. “It’d be of their most sensible curiosity, that’s needless to say. Lobstermen don’t take kindly to poachers. folks that mess with a man’s livelihood have a manner of turning up useless. It’s occurred earlier than, and that i don’t are looking to see it ensue back. ” “Me, either,” stated Lucy. “I’ll ascertain Ted will get the letter. ” “Thank you kindly, Lucy,” he stated, flashing her an irresistibly lopsided smile, “and have a pleasant day.

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