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Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #1)

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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 suici ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 1991)
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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!
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
Ms. J Johnson
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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
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
Susan B
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.
Andrew Williams
This marked my first diving into what is mostly referred to as 'The Cozy Mystery,' what is a cozy mystery you might ask? Oh, you know already? Okay then. For anyone who doesn't, a cozy mystery is a mystery novel that usually fulfills the following requirements: the lead character tends to be a female, who isn't taken seriously by the police, she uses her life experiences as her key to solving the crimes, the town is small, and murder "isn't the kind of thing that happens here," though by the 8th ...more
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
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
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
Gary E
This is a good mystery set in a place which is somewhat familiar to me (mid-coast Maine). The main character works as a phone sales associate/call center employee in an L.L. Bean like retailer. I should note that the author takes pains to point out that the fictional retailer is not L.L. Bean but that seems more like a legal tactic to me. It is pretty clearly a clone of the famous store!

This book is very fast paced. The kindle version I read is listed as roughly 310 pages the last 13% of the nov
First read this 15 years ago when I was coming down from academic reading and wanted to escape/chill out. I remember it started my cozy phase that lasted quite a long time. Reading it today (not remembering whodunnit), I found it mostly lacking in the mystery department, and I tired of her whining. Work and family and no time for sex. Is there nothing the Boomers don't claim to have invented? Nobody is forcing you to be in a cookie swap, lady. And her husband doing the "stay out of it Luuuuucy!" ...more
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.
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
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 view 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.
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 !
I picked this up from the VPL book sale shelf so I'd have something quick to read on a plane. I was pleasantly surprised by this cosy. It's set in small-town New England, where our heroine, a wife mother, works in a catalogue call centre, the site of the murder. Interesting characters and true-to-life family situations make this much more believable than other cosies I've tackled recently. I liked the little catalogue description that began each chapter, featuring a product that has some slight ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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Just like Joanne Fluke-- Ridiculously wholesome, but entertaining. Unlike Fluke, it isn't as easy to figure out who did it. Quick and easy.
Tammy Ingham
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Correction to my earlier status. Start the series further down the line. The main character is enormously unsympathetic and a busybody, but not in an interesting way. This, IMO, was not a well thought out or written first effort, and I'm really surprised readers tolerated the main characther's whining enough to continue reading the series. Which does actually improve. But really, no need to even start with this book. Jump in further along and while this certainly isn't 4-5 star quality storytell ...more
This is the first book of the Lucy Stone Mystery Series I've read. It was okay, but didn't have a lot of the intrigue that so many of todays books have. I've never tried writing before, so I really appreciate the art of those who have that talent. Keep plugging and I'm sure it will start coming together. The characters were mostly interesting and Lucy Stone is a housewife, and she runs a store that is quite successful in her part of the country. I enjoyed the family and friends she had that help ...more
Lucy Stone is struggling to get ready for Christmas. Along with working at Country Cousins and raising three children, she's baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater, making her daughter's Christmas costume and preparing for visiting relatives. Then Lucy stumbles across Country Cousins founder Sam Miller dead in his car from an apparent suicide. Lucy can't believe a man so successful would take his own life so she decides to uncover his murderer alongside her Christmas preparations.

I'd first h
Mailis Viiand
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I picked up this book -- along with a Christmas Poirot title that I'd never heard of before -- out of the mystery section at work after going hunting for a Christmas mystery story. The final "Monk" season has left me in a mystery mood when it comes to my fiction-tastes at the moment, and given how firmly I'd managed to get into the Christmas spirit this year, I wanted to find a decent novel that would combine the two for me.

"Mail Order Murder" -- which is now published under the alternate title
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
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
Diane  Morasco

I absolutely LOVE Leslie Meier! She is one of my absolute favorite writer's. I was hooked from the first Lucy Stone mystery I picked up (Trick or Treat Murder) & haven't looked back since.

Meier hooks you in. You just can't help but get caught up in the splendor of Tinker's Cove. Let me just say, I'd love to reside in Tinker's Cove.

Meier's characters are fun, sassy, well written and three dimensional. There have been a time or two or three... when I wanted to kick back & hang out @ the St
Melissa (Take Joy)
I started this cozy because I was looking for a series about a married sleuth who had a good, loving relationship with her husband but couldn't quite keep herself out of trouble when it came to mysteries. What I got was Lucy Stone. Lucy Stone lives in the quaint town of Tinker's Cove, ME where she works at Country Cousins. She is in fact married to Bill and they have three kids together. Lucy discovers the dead body of her boss, Sam Miller shortly after the book starts and it is found out that S ...more
Mistletoe Murder is the 1st book in the Lucy Stone series. It takes places in Maine, a place near and dear to my heart. The main character, Lucy, works nights at an LL Bean type company where she answers phone orders. The book takes place before cell phones and internet orders! Lucy has 3 kids and a husband and a pretty busy life. I thought the author could've done a bit better with character development and letting us get to know Lucy and her family a little better. I also would have liked it i ...more
David Caldwell
I like to read holiday themed books around the holiday. Last year, I waited too long and ended up with Holiday romances. Now there is nothing wrong with those, but since I watch the Hallmark Christmas movies with my mom each year as well, I get a lot of those stories already. So I grabbed several Christmas mysteries by Leslie Meier(and a couple by other authors) for this year.

The first one is Mistletoe Murder. Apparently it was originally called Mail-Order Murder which explains one point that wa
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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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