This week CCPL Great Reads is pleased to feature Leslie Meier’s  “Invitation Only Murder,” the 26th installment in her popular Lucy Stone Mystery Series.

"Invitation Only Murder'

Tinker’s Cove is all abuzz about billionaire Scott Newman’s recent restoration of Fletcher’s Island. The wealthy and eccentric preservationist had caused a good deal of controversy when he first offered to buy the island, restore and preserve it, and then donate it to the land trust (reserving the right to retain it for his use during his lifetime, all with lots of strings attached and huge tax deductions for him)—and then creating a project that would keep the island off the grid, and remain free of modern innovations and allow only nineteenth-century technology. Many of the locals hired to work on the island had found his insistence on no modern technology amusing since it had taken not only thousands of kilowatts of electricity provided by generators but also a great number of workers who had to be ferried to and from the island on powerboats that burned gallons of fossil fuel to complete the work. None the less, Tinker Cove citizens were anxious to see the finished results of the multi-million dollar project and looked forward to the invitation-only party celebrating the restoration project and the subsequent donation of the island to the Coastal Maine Land Trust.