Mistletoe Murder (Lucy Stone Series #1)

Mistletoe Murder (Lucy Stone Series #1)

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by Leslie Meier
     
 

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As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an

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As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn't smell right.

Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa's Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she's about to receive a present from Santa she didn't ask for—a killer who won't be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself. . ."Lucy Stone is an endearing sleuth."

—Dorothy Cannell

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758228895
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Lucy Stone Series, #1
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
87,853
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

LESLIE MEIER is the acclaimed author of fourteen Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen's Mystery magazine. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery.

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Mistletoe Murder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
I love holiday themed cozy mysteries so I was excited to read the first book in the Lucy Stone series. It was originally published as "Mail Order Murder". It was a little bit slow in the beginning but it was fun to get to know Lucy and the residents of Tinker's Cove, Maine. I liked reading about Lucy's holiday preparations. This is a light, fun read. I wish the story had a little more suspense but all in all it got me into the Christmas spirit. I have read several books in this series. The entire series is fun. I would suggest reading this series from the beginning.... it's not necessary but you get to follow Lucy's family and the residents of Tinker's Cove and how their relationships develop. This is a sure bet if you want an easy read that lets you escape for an evening.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the holiday driven, cozy mystery series,  featuring Lucy Stone.  Though the "mystery" element of this story was just average, I thoroughly enjoyed the seasonal story of all the activities, family relationships, and mishaps that made up, wife and mother of three, Lucy's life during the Christmas season. Lucy works for a mail order company in her small town of Tinker's Cove, Maine.  When she finds her boss's snow covered car, with it's motor running, sitting in the office parking lot, she was shocked to realize that a hose was connected to the tail pipe with the other end in the car window. Was this a suicide or a murder?  When her friend, and policeman,  almost dies in a strange car crash, murder seems to be striking again.   The mystery was interesting, if tied up a bit to easily at the end, but Lucy, and her friends, family, and small town Maine life, was a real winner.  Since there are many many more in this series, I'm assuming that the mysteries get stronger as the series progresses.  Looking forward to read more of Lucy's holiday murder mysteries!
Pebbles730 More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book, I felt like it was Christmas time and I just love the way that Meier cultivates her characters. It's a town I would like to live in and people I would like to hang out with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this first of the lucy stone series, she is an average wife and mother who lives in a small town salled Tinker's Cove Maine. She is the best ameatur sleth I have read and I plan to read every other book of hers as well. Happy reading everyone!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this book, but it just didn't keep my attention so i quit reading it. I have to say it ranked up there with the Sea wolf Icouldn't read that one either. In one word it wasBORING.
ALOHAwaii More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this first in the series mystery. It was a good way to unwind during the busy holiday season. Lucy Stone is easy for me to relate to with her busy schedule away from work. Somehow she manages to get it all done and solve a mystery, too. Looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uninspiring anf predictable plot combined with poor character development and low-level writing skills make this a bit too light for the average mystery lover. That stated, this is the author's first effort so I am hoping she will get better with some time and practice. I really like the idea of a mystery series revolving around holidays because we can read each book in order at the appropriate time and get into the holiday spirit. With the first starting at Christmas, I wish the next would be President's day or Valentines, but the next book is in Summer so I will give her another shot then. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a series, I think the author improves her writing skills as the series progresses. Some parts of the story seem a bit disconnected, perhaps they were intended to be red herrings and somewhat missed the mark (?) Overall an OK read, I was able to stick with it to see how it ended. No swearing, sex or gore. I wouldn't purchase more in the series, but I would try another free one in the hopes that it is a bit more polished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly written with pages upon pages of useless description, this book was a complete disappointment. Regarding the cat, one is led to believe the main character (I can not by any means call her a heroine), is either a psychopath or a completely cold-hearted and self-focused witch. I won't be buying anything from this author in the future.
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Love this book. I have read many Lucy Stone books. Great series.
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I am just beginning to read this particular series and enjoy the way in which the author writes as well as the characters she creates.
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RetiredFP48 More than 1 year ago
I can see myself as Lucy stone, the main charachter. I would also want to know why things haooend, Leslie Meier very descriptivreably what the characters doing and what she is thinking. Ma. Meier always seems to get Lucy Stone in soo much trouble, you wonderhow is she going to get out of this situatuin. I have also read all of her books and recommend all of them.I am also looking firward o her next book.
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