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Valentine Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #5)

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It's Valentine's Day in Tinker's Cove. And while the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her children will have pink frosting and candy hearts, Lucy's thoughts aren't centered on sugary sentiments. She's barely arrived at her first board meeting of the newly-renovated library when Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is found dead in the basement, shot only minutes before story...more
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Published January 1st 2013 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published February 1st 1999)
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Andrea Guy
Lucy Stone mysteries are good for a quiet afternoon. Leslie's books are shorter than your average cozy. In fact they are really about the same length as most Harlequin Romances.

I love Lucy and her family and friends. They feel like real small town people to me, when I read these books, but I have to say there are a few things that bother me, not just with this book, but with some other cozies like this.

1. How do people find other people to kill in these small towns? I mean, I've lived in a small...more
Celinaresendez
I read these kind of mysteries because I can read them quickly, they're entertaining, and just because I have a child under 2 doesn't mean I can't take some time for myself. I have to say that I will not be reading anymore Leslie Meier books unless someone can tell me if the tone of the books change. Bill is a jerk. When women read these novels about women in everyday jobs doing extraordinary things, we don't want to read about controlling husbands. She acts helpless. Her car caught on fire and...more
Mom
It’s Valentine’s Day in Tinker’s Cove. And while the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her children will have pink frosting and candy hearts, Lucy’s thoughts aren’t centered on sugary sentiments. She’s barely arrived at her first board meeting of the newly-renovated library when Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is found dead in the basement, shot only minutes before story hour was to start. The agitated board members assume that Bitsy was killed by an outsider, until Detective Lt. Horowitz arriv...more
Susan
Valentine Murder was another enjoyable addition to Meier's Lucy Stone series. The more books that I read in this series the more that I enjoy them. This holiday themed mystery tackles Valentine's Day, and instead of just baking cupcakes with her daughter, Lucy finds herself investigating another murder. Meier does a great job at making the reader feel a part of Tinker's Cove with each book, and I enjoyed seeing the familiar characters that I have grown to love in the book. Lucy does seem to have...more
Luffy Monkey D.
I didn't like the character of Miss Tilley at all. It beggared belief that Lucy Stone would get emotional enough to shed tears for the former. This is not progress. This is back to square one. I was aware that the writer tried to work out an unusual climax to this story. Also the balancing act between the investigation and the private life of the amateur sleuth lay anchored at a place where the focus on family life is less considered. I just think that further loss of that factor would not make...more
Tabby Kat
When plucky freelance writer Lucy Stone joins the library board in her small Maine town, she unexpectedly finds herself knee-deep in murder. Right before her first meeting, Lucy discovers librarian Bitsy Howell shot through the heart in a workroom. A state police detective tells Lucy that only board members were present at the time of the unpopular librarian's death; he also warns her to stay away from the investigation. Lucy agrees but, still curious, she decides to find out as much as she can...more
Megan
I rarely ever take notes while reading a book but there was a moment in this book where I contemplated not finishing I was so offended. This time around I made a few notes and I am sharing them with you. Let me start by saying this I do not know what compels me to read these books at this point and after reading this one I’m not sure if I will and here is why. Lucy is prone to the woe is me inner dialog I put up with it, Lucy is prone to being virtuous to the point where your so sick of hearing...more
Sarah
I am going to do a review of Valentine Murder and Back to School Murder since I finished both this weekend. They are similar in concept. Some mystery/murder happesn and Lucy Stone starts to investigate. The state police handle a lot of the investigation but Lucy doesn't feel like they have done a thorough enough job.

I wanted to point out one thing though - Lucy/Leslie is a liberal. The way she depicts the plight of the school teacher in Back to School Murder and gambling addicts in Valentine Mu...more
Amanda Childs
When Lucy Stone agrees to be part of the local Library's Administrative committee, she's excited and a little nervous. But after discovering the librarian dead in the basement at her first library committee meeting, Lucy soon realizes the position is more than she bargained for. What's worse, it looks like the murderer is one of her fellow committee members. And as Lucy sleuths through her local neighborhood to uncover the killer, Valentine's day seems poised for a culminating scene that threate...more
Paula
Lucy has just accepted a place on the library board. She goes for her first meeting and discovers Bitsy, the librarian dead. The police detective Horowitz tells Lucy to stay out of the investigation but of course she can't. When close calls start happening to her family she is more determined to find out who is causing it.

I enjoy these cozies but there are a few things that bothered me about this book. First of all it's 1999 and Lucy's computer skills are lacking. The kids have a handle on it as...more
Loraine
As a mystery, on the whole, this was a good cozy mystery. The storyline was plausible and I enjoyed the library theme. Lucy Stone the main character though is a conundrum. In some instances, she seems like a caring, concerned parent and in other cases, you wonder what is she thinking. She allows her high school, middle school children to be on a computer dating website making "sexual comments" under a fake name. She leaves her youngest pre-school child unattended in her car while she goes in to...more
Linda
Another fast, fun mystery. This time it's the local librarian who's the victim - lots of suspects, makes you think Tinker's Cove may not be such a great ply to live.
Kate Wilson
I read this on my Kindle.
This is a quick light read. It is another book about a thirty/forty something woman with a husband and children who gets involved with a murder. She doesn't think the police will solve it, so she gets into various fixes by deciding to solve it herself. This character seems to be prevalent in mystery writing today. She is the same person who knits or cooks or sews or runs a bookstore or knit shop or catering business. I think I am a bit jaded. The book is well enough wri...more
Trudy
Valentine Murder is an entertaining "cozy" mystery (small town housewife sleuth solves the crimes). Its 1999 copyright date is made obvious by the somewhat outdated computer information throughout the book (e.g. Mom's cell phone is not available in an emergency because teen daughter has run the battery down by using it all day as as teen son tied up the family phone line using the computer). In that respect, it did take me down memory lane. Eek...dial-up!

In a fit of generosity, I gave the book t...more
Kj
I bought this series b/c it was cheap & thank God b/c the writing is cheap. The main character, Lucy is constantly whining & setting bad examples for her children. She is a horrible mother, which scares me b/c is this how she as a person is? Instead of being in the year of the computer it is like she is a housewife in the 50's or so. I wish I had not bought the series based on price & how short the stories are b/c I would rather pay full price & read something respectable or that...more
Danni
good book. I wanted to read something fun for valentines day.
Teddi
Yet another quick simple read, emphasis on simple.
There was so much that bugged me about this book - her really annoying kids, her letting her kids sexy chat on the computer, leaving her youngest in the car (as well as not using a booster seat), her husband (the afterthought) making anti-gay comments, etc, etc.
How is it that all these so-called mysteries have an average woman thinking they are beter than the police? What happened to intelligent mysteries? Why do I read these thing? LOL
Up-in
Another cute “cozy” mystery involving Lucy Stone, amateur sleuth. I liked the story overall, but having to keep in mind it was written several years ago, the world has changed a lot. There is a statement about Lucy stopping to use a pay phone to call ahead before visiting a friend. Then later in the book she pulls out her cell phone to make a call. There are other references in the book that will remind you of years past. I’ll leave those for you to find and comment on.
Karen
It’s Valentine’s Day in Tinker’s Cove. And while the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her children will have pink frosting and candy hearts, Lucy’s thoughts aren’t centered on sugary sentiments. She’s barely arrived at her first board meeting of the newly-renovated library when Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is found dead in the basement.
Another in the Lucy Stone series, this is number 6. Somehow I missed number 5 so am catching up on it next.
Jackie
Lucy Stone is ready for her first day on the Library Board. When she gets to the library, she discovers the body of the Librarian. The other board members are the suspects. Lucy is on the case.
Andrea
Lucy Stone amateur sleuth, part-time reporter for the Penny Saver Review, full-time mother of four, wife, and now a local library board member finds herself and her family in plenty of peril in this the 6th of the Lucy Stone Mysteries set in the small town of Tinker's Cove, Maine. What happens when the librarian is found dead? Who murdered her and why? There are plenty of dangerous events and plot twists leading to the solution!
Betsy
I like that Lucy is just a regular person. A lot of the family stuff was typical of the things that moms go through so I could relate. The police detective was too dumb and clueless and that bugged me. Some of the parts that were supposed to be humorous just weren't and that bugged me too. It was an easy to read book and fairly entertaining.
Lindsay
This book really should have been called Library Murder since someone gets murdered at the library. And most of the book takes place at the library, but whatever. It wasn't as interesting as some of the other books that I've read, but it wasn't the worst. So I kind of feel so-so about this book.
Eileen
Great read, loved it, gave it 5 stars!! Could not put this mystery down. This author really makes
the stories interesting and fast moving. So glad I came across this one, and was not sure if I had read it, at first. It was new to me!! Highly recommend it to all mystery lovers.
Jackie
An appealing mystery story line without the gore and massive profanity, so I enjoyed this quick read. It was the 5th in a series of stories – Lucy Stone Mysteries. The fact that I didn’t read in order didn’t matter. I may read others as I find them in garage sales.
Michele
This was enjoyable, I like the series, but I was forced on the couch with a foot injury so I had nothing to do but read all day. So, I think if I would have read this because I wanted to, not because I was bored I probably would have enjoyed it more.
Rebecca
This was my first in the Lucy Stone series.. so I dont have much to go on.. its your basic cozy murder mystery ..Woman investigates murder after she happens to find body .. I enjoyed it but I wouldnt say it was my favorite..I will read another in the series
Shannon
OK, the one thing I don't like about series like these is the unrealistic number of people who die in small towns. What I do like about Meier's books, though, is her realistic portrayal of the stresses of an ordinary woman. Worth a few hours of your time.
Jan
Clear instructions on how not to run a library. This is #6 in the Lucy Stone series set in Maine. Lucy attends her first Library Board meeting and finds the librarian murdered. Check your fellow trustees carefully, Board Members.
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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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