Mistletoe Murder

Mistletoe Murder

by Leslie Meier

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Overview

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 . . .
 

“Meier continues to exploit the charm factor in her small-town setting, while keeping the murder plots as realistic as possible in such a cozy world.”
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496717573
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: Lucy Stone Series , #1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 137,067
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

LESLIE MEIER is the acclaimed author of over twenty Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. She is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery. Readers can visit her website at www.LeslieMeier.com.

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Mistletoe Murder 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the protagonist, Lucy, to be unlikable and not too bright. (In attempting to discover her boss' killer, she contacts men she believes to be contract killers intending to tell them she is unhappy with her husband.) I wanted to like this book but couldn't.
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!!
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read Meier's 2007 Christmas novella, I picked up this older Christmas mystery at a used bookstore. When the founder of Country Cousins is found dead in the parking lot, Lucy doesn't buy the "apparent suicide" version of the story and sets out to find murderer's identity. The mystery itself is not as engaging as others because the reader is not given many clues along the way. The seasonal aspects, however, make this a great read for the holiday season.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To help make ends meet, homemaker and mother of three Lucy Stone works the evening shift at Country Cousins, the mail order company that employs the majority of the residents in her small Maine town. Preparations for Christmas begin to take their toll on Lucy. Feeling drowsy in the middle of a late evening shift, she steps out into the parking lot, hoping the fresh air will revive her long enough to finish her shift. She hears a car motor running -- unusual at that time of night -- and, following the noise to its source, discovers company owner Sam Miller in his car with a hose running from the tail pipe through one of the windows. Is it suicide or murder? Who would want Sam dead? His brother and co-owner of the company? His discontented wife who is eager to leave small-town Maine? The creepy manager, George Higham, who appears to gain influence in the company after Sam's death? Through a combination of local gossip and old-fashioned snooping, Lucy finally manages to work out the identity of the killer.This is the first book in the Lucy Stone series, and it shows. The mystery was not well-plotted, and there were plenty of holes in the story. Last year I read a Christmas novella from much later in the series and really enjoyed it, so I have hope that the writing will improve. I do like Lucy and her family, and I'll try another book or two in the series before I give up on it.
grshppr215 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Lucy Stone Mystery series. I was looking for a book that was a cross between a mystery book and chick lit and this book did not disappoint. The book provided an interesting mystery but was lighthearted like chick lit often. The perfect kind of book after a long day at work.
DreamingInFiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was So much fun!! I loved the way it made you feel like you really knew Lucy Stone and could be a part of her family. And the mystery was very well written.I'm looking forward to reading more of this series soon.*However there was one part I did not enjoy and all in all it didn't have anything to do with the story itself.. I do not like to read or hear about animal cruelty and the pet cat in this story was murdered for some purpose we didn't get to learn.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy Stone is a working mother and I mean a working mother. By day she takes care of three children, at 5 she heads to work at the Country Cousins mail order facility were she has a shift until 1AM. One night needing a breath of cold air, Lucy finds the company founder dead in his car with the engine running. Since she is in at the beginning of the crime, Lucy proceeds to dig searching for the solution to this murder. The holidays are used as a backdrop for this cozy mystery and the family interactions and seasonal characteristics only blend the story together so that small parts make the whole entertaining and delightful.
Kellswitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is a rare cozy mystery where there author creates an intelligent and somewhat believable way to get their protagonist investigating the crime at hand....and this isn't one of them.Which is not to say that this wasn't a fun and enjoyable book, but as a mystery...well, it was a good family story set at Christmas time.The author's strength really was more with the characters, the season and the way of life the main character lived. The mystery was very light, and the solving of it mostly done off stage and felt more like an afterthought.Some of the side characters, Miss Tilly and Mrs. Miller look like they could be fun and the book was enjoyable enough that I would be willing to read more in the series. Just don't expect a challenging story.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy Stone is likeable believable and her family is more realistic than most in the mystery genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading this series... I’m already hooked!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Lucy Stone is working nights at a mail order company. When the owner is killed in the parking lot, she begins to piece together gossip to find the killer. I like the characters, but the plot was slowed down so much in the first half by every day life (Lucy is a married mother of two), that I was bored. Things did pick up in the second half.
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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