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Mistletoe Murder (Lucy Stone #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  3,707 Ratings  ·  314 Reviews

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
ebook, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Kensington (first published 1991)
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Amy "the book-bat" I have been reading them completely out of order and if you don't mind the ages of her children changing in random order, then the series can be read…moreI have been reading them completely out of order and if you don't mind the ages of her children changing in random order, then the series can be read pretty much any order. If you have a problem skipping around in a person's life and having her be a mom with young children and then a grandmother and then back to young children... read them in order. As far as the mystery storylines, it doesn't seem to matter so much.(less)
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Mandy Crider
3 1/2 stars... Definitely a fun and fast paced mystery. Lucy Stone was tolerable in this one, not as much "Mary Poppins on speed" which I appreciate. I enjoy these mysteries, they are light and easy to read. Last book of 2015 for me!
Nov 05, 2013 Luffy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Having read half of the book a day ago, I tarried before reading it again the next day. In the morning, I had a barbed insinuation aimed at my by our cleaning lady. To my annoyance I had much difficulty in shrugging off the zinger. I was feeling down and cranky. I was only when I took up this book to read the other half that the self awareness got tempered. Then it hit me...I was missing reading. It gave me a Wolverine like healing ability. I'm thankful to authors like Leslie Meier to bring so ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish, 2011
I thought this might be a nice cozy little mystery for the holidays, something easy but pleasant to read when there are so many outside distractions going on. And it might've been okay, but I'll never know, because I'm not going to finish it. This is why (don't worry, not really a spoiler): Less than 50 pages in, the main character Lucy is driving home and sees the body of her dead cat near her driveway. Her attitude about it is offensive and annoying to an animal lover such as myself. She doesn ...more
I did not find any of the characters in this book very likable at all. Their interaction with pets is callous at worst and indifferent at best. The story was somewhat engaging, but I just cannot stand the characters, especially Lucy Stone and her incessant whining. Yes, it is Christmas and there is a lot to do. Yes, you have kids and there is a lot to do. Yes, you have a job and there is a lot to do. Yes, there is a lot to do. Get over it!
Dec 25, 2016 Ini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cozy mystery, neither was it slow nor was it a page-turner. Good for mindless reading but I wasn't really sold on this book.
May 21, 2015 Nolan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshare
I've had this series on a hard drive for literally years, and I've decided to undertake a summer series reading thing. As the truly geekiest among us might say, why dabble in parallel when you can dabble in series? Ah, there goes the eye roll, and your hand is hovering way to close to that dangerous mouse button that clicks you out of the review. So let me just get on with it before you click that fatal click.

This is book one in a series that has some serious longevity to it. Lucy Stone is a rel
Ms. J Johnson
Dec 24, 2008 Ms. J Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Amy "the book-bat"
After jumping around in the series the past couple years, I have finally read book 1 of the series. I feel like some of the later books are better written, likely due to more practice and developed skills. I will say that the culprit this time was a bit of a surprise. Of course, I am now wondering when Lucy started working for the Pennysaver, which is a much better job for her sleuthing.
Oct 12, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Lucy Stone. She has a lot of common sense and loves her family and small town of Tinker Cove. I like the way the murder was solved. This also was an easy read. A nice break from the Outlanders series.
Really enjoyed this cozy mystery. I loved the characters and the storyline although I did feel that it all came together rather quickly at the end. Great start to another series I am going to have to read at least the next one of !

Has now got me in the mood for Christmas too !
Connie N.
#1 in the Lucy Stone Mystery series

This was great. I very much like Lucy Stone, our heroine. Although she does take a few chances (more than I would take), they didn't seem totally outlandish; it was more that she made some logical deductions and figured out the killer. OK, so at the last minute she was able to make a big leap, with the reader not having access to pertinent information, but it really didn't detract from the story for me. Lucy is a strong center of the household. While dealing wi
Susan B
Sep 03, 2011 Susan B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The first of the Lucy Stone mysteries, set in the fictional seaside town of Tinker's Cove, Maine, takes place at Christmas. Lucy is mom to three, wife to Bill, and telephone operator for the community's biggest employer, Country Cousins.

When Lucy finds her employer, Sam Miller, dead in his car, what looks like suicide is murder. But who would want to kill the company's likable boss? Though Lucy is busy enough with Christmas preparations, she can't resist doing a little investigating of her own.
Jun 15, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The actual story in this book is only 202 pages (the rest of the book is TWO sample chapters and a lot of other nonsense to make it look thicker), but it took me forever to get through this. This book was about 90% filler and MAYBE 10% mystery. The main character really only does one thing in her "efforts" to solve the mystery, and the ending doesn't tie everything up, and that was disappointing, considering how little there even was to explain. The logic in this book was also mind numbing (X ge ...more
Nov 20, 2013 RebeccaS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this mystery. Finally a sleuth that isn't a youngish, single women who gets entrapped into a love triangle and is ALMOST murdered by the murderer before being saved at the last minute. Such a breath of fresh air! A women with a job and kids and a husband, and still nosy enough to investigate a murder. I love the small town Maine feel and enjoyed the characters. I never suspected the culprit or the reason for the murders! I will definitely being continuing with this series and have a lot ...more
Read as part of #Book1CoziesClub

This was a re-read for me and I have to say that I enjoyed this more than I did the first time around. I didn't remember a lot of what happened, so it was almost like a new read for me. I really enjoyed the relationship between Lucy and her husband. I also found the chapter headers interesting as they tied in to Lucy's day job.

This ebook included samples to a couple of the other books in this series and I will definitely be continuing to other installments.
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Jul 22, 2008 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
I enjoy Lucy Stone. She's a great character. Something about her you can't help but like. Maybe because she's not perfect but still is a good wife and mom. And she's curious. This is the first in the series and one of the few series I've ever read out of order. I didn't figure out who done it till about the same time Lucy did which was towards the end.
Simply okay. The MC was annoying but the mystery was good.
This might actually be 3.5 stars. Decent. Fast read. But I never felt "Oh I can't wait to see what happens!" or "I can't wait to start the next one." Which is probably telling me something.
This book is the first in the Lucy Stone series. Somehow I had bought it but it sat on my shelf since 1991. I probably could have left it there.
I knew there was a reason I only read a few of the series books and now I remember why.
I'm a reader who loves good strong characters, and good strong settings.
For me while the story line a good introduction for Lucy Stone and her family and the rest of the characters, that's all I got. An introduction. I don't feel that I know any of the characters. Th
Mar 07, 2013 bella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve heard a lot about the Lucy Stone Mysteries. They are usually voiced in the same circles as the Joanne Fluke Mysteries, as being good, long-running mysteries, so I decided to pick up the series from the first book.

Lucy Stone is getting ready for a busy Christmas season. Her husband, Bill’s family is arriving to celebrate, as is her recently widowed mother, Helen. However, her plans take a tumble when she discovers her boss dead in his car. What first looks like suicide, turns out to be murde
Apr 10, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have probably noticed that I have been getting into cozy mysteries lately. As part of that, I figured I would try one of the bigger authors in the genre from modern times. This is the first book starring Lucy Stone, a mother of three who works second shift at a local mail-order company called Country Cousins that is not unlike L.L. Bean, though a little smaller. Christmas is quickly approaching this small Maine town, and Lucy is feeling the pressure of the holidays. There is loads of shoppin ...more
Nov 10, 2011 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 par
Oct 18, 2012 Akl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this from the library. Boy, aren't I glad I didn't actually waste any $$$$.

I am only giving it a 2 instead of 1 star because I really did enjoy the Christmas Day scene with the family. I felt like I was part of it.

Other than that, I was really disappointed. The so-called mystery isn't really a mystery. The reveal of the murderer came out of no where. It felt like it was just thrown in together at the last minute.

In addition, I really disliked Lucy. She gossips a lot, complains a lot a
Very little of this book has to do with the murder mentioned in the title. It's really just about an overworked wife and mother, and her preparations for the holidays. Maybe a quarter of the (very short) book has anything to do with the murder - and I think I'm being generous. There was very little development or twists to the mystery, and it doesn't actually have anything to do with Christmas, which is the whole reason I read the book. There were also several details that were supposed to be a ...more
Jun 07, 2014 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of (as of this writing) 21 others in this series. It is a good, solid first book that is not without some flaws. It is a true cozy in the sense that it is not bloody, it focuses not only on the murder but the protagonists family and life in general.

Some reviewers have complained about a section of the book that deals with the death of a cat and the procurement of several kittens. While I too was upset about the treatment the author gave to the dead cat, I came to realize t
Royal Lioness
3.5 stars for this small town murder mystery

Solid murder mystery with small town characters. Lucy is an average working mother with kids and a husband. She discovers an apparent suicide. As she deals with her mother, discovers how poor a certain area of town is, and handles her own household, she ends up solving a murder and preventing another.

It had realistic, regular characters and situations. It was just enough to keep me interested in who killed Sam Miller. Lucy seemed to be a good wife and
Mar 14, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This is more like 1.5 stars. There was nothing particularly wrong with the story, I just didn't like it. It reminded me of a less fun Stephanie Plum story. I did not develop any feelings about any of the characters, and I was disappointed that none of the clues pointed to the murderer. We spent the whole story searching for clues and any good mystery would have had some that pointed to the murderer so that when we finally figured it out we could have looked back and realized that the clues were ...more
Dec 15, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mystery takes place in a small Maine town dominated by an L.L. Bean-like catalogue company. Each chapter is headed by a description of one of the items for sale. The protagonist works nights taking calls from shoppers while during the day she cares for her family and prepares for Christmas. That is until her boss is found outside the business one night with a hose running from his car's tailpipe into the window of the car. Now why would such a successful person want to end his life?
Jan 10, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, mystery
An easy read. I felt like I was watching a pilot to a new tv show: I don't really know the characters very well yet, but I get the impression they will develop a bit more as the series progresses. I had "whodunnit" figured out with about 90% certainty before it was revealed, so no brow-furrowing twists that came out of left field in this one. Just a quick, fun read.
Jan 28, 2011 Darcie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just like Joanne Fluke-- Ridiculously wholesome, but entertaining. Unlike Fluke, it isn't as easy to figure out who did it. Quick and easy.
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Leslie Meier lives in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the creator of 'Lucy Stone', a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England.

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