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Leave No Stone Unturned (Lexie Starr Mystery #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  907 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
Lexie Starr, a widowed library assistant, accidently discovers her new son-in-law, Clay Pitt, may be guilty of murdering his first wife.

Then Lexie's daughter, Wendy, is abducted.

Vowing to bring Wendy home and unravel the truth about Clay, Lexie comes face-to-face with Clay’s psychotic mother, a foul-mouthed parrot, a bad-tempered detective, a feisty old B&B proprietor,
Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published January 11th 2013 by ePublishing Works! (first published May 1st 2008)
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Mar 25, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The initial interest in Leave No Stone Unturned was that Lexie worked in a library as a volunteer. I could relate to her work and the fact that she was from the Midwest - Kansas. The story shows a female character willing and capable of taking action to research her son-in-law's involvement in his first wife's death. Lexie travels from her home to Schenectady, NY to investigate. All of Ms. Glidewell's characters are unique, even including the pet parrot with the foul mouth. Her antics were often ...more
It had been a long time since I'd read a mystery novel, so I was excited to see a free Nook book of this genre. The story was engaging and easy to follow, and the eclectic mix of characters added to the journey.

So, why did I give a three-star rating? First, and more importantly, I found that I had to suspend belief more times than necessary. Second, I was very disappointed that Lexie needed to rely on a man, one with no ties to the incident, to progress in the case. It would have been more power
Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton
This was really good. I really enjoyed the mystery of trying to find the killer of the first wife of Lexie's son-in-law. The characters and plot were excellent and well written. I enjoyed the scenes that the author gave, and the interconnections between the characters. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but not totally, so I was quite pleased with the overall result.
Susan Porter
May 28, 2015 Susan Porter rated it it was ok
Cheeky and far fetched

Book had some good moments, but they were too seldom. It had good potential, but the author just dropped the ball. It was not believable and sort of fell all over itself. It was CLEAN and I appreciated that, but too many, by far, far-fetched ideas, plots, situations and just not well written.
Apr 13, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, interesting with no gratuitous anything. Made me laugh out loud. Like this series, all are stand-alone & TTS-enabled. Author's other novels have 'opinion-differences' for Christian tastes. But this one aligns as well as any not labeled Christian.
May 04, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!

I've found a new favorite sleuth named Lexie Start. This novel had me turning pages all night long. Great story telling with a unexpected dash of wry humor thrown in. I can't wait to read the next novel. I guess it helps that Lexie lives in Kansas City as do I!!
Jodi Pomerleau
Oct 06, 2016 Jodi Pomerleau rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. The characters were likeable. The old woman and her parrot were good for more than a few laughs. One part that bugged me was that Lexie, who stammered when telling lies, could pull off so many deceptions without stuttering. She passed herself off as a niece, an exterminator, an author, and more, all without stuttering. So how can you have a quirk like that, and then fool people with your lies so completely? In any case, I liked the story, though somewhat ...more
Jun 20, 2015 MoHurley rated it really liked it
After a spate of skimming through bad cosy murder mysteries, Leave No Stone Unturned was a delight to read. It's well written, typo free, and not dumbed down like most cosy murder mysteries are (whoever coined a genre cosy murder mystery (CMM) is an oxymoron—we're talking murder here. The CMM sleuth is a bumbling female who, despite her flaws, solves her case).

Protagonist pre-geriatric widower, and volunteer librarian, Lexi Starr becomes a sleuth when she begins to notice that her daughter Wendy
Should I warn my daughter that her husband could be a murderer, or go home and file my nails while I sip on a cup of strong coffee?

Lexie Starr is a retired librarian and has discovered that her new son in law is the main suspect in his first wife's murder. She decides to go to the scene of the crime to learn more about it. Lexie concocts a story about going to SC to meet a man she has found online. Stone, the gentleman in question, is a jeweler she located to replace a charm bracelet she started
Shirley Worley
Lexie had unwittingly discovered an unsettling secret about her not-so-adorable new son-in-law; his first wife, pregnant with their first child, was murdered and he was a prime suspect. Unsure of how to approach her daughter with this startling news, Lexie decides to uncover as much about the old case as possible, in hopes that her gut feeling is wrong. In New York she partners with an internet friend (Stone) who happens to be an officer in South Carolina, and together they sleuth to bring clues ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good gracious, what an array of characters!
Lexie Starr: her name sounds like it belongs to a teenager, but it belongs to a widower who volunteers as a library assistant. Her daughter, who is recently married to Clayton Pitt, finds out she's pregnant, and Lexie's son-in-law doesn't seem thrilled. Lexie stumbles upon an article about her new son-in-law while helping a library patron research the Boston Marathon. Turns out, Pitt was not only married before (didn't mention that!), but he was a susp
Jan 14, 2014 Bexx rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the first few sentences of this book almost unreadable, but the author quickly finds her voice and settles into a more fluid writing style. I developed a real affinity for the main character but a few minor inconsistencies in the plot made it hard for me to relax and enjoy the book fully. It is obvious that the author is unfamiliar with the East Coast. Having lived in both Boston and NYC ( both of which are visited in the book) I found the descriptions of driving and parking in and ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Fuzziekit rated it liked it
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At the time of writing this review, I'm 39, and this book - with the main character in her later forties, made me think I'm not ready to leave YA books at this point, because in books where characters have responsibilities and children and are thinking about retirement, it's sort of boring to read about. Also I want to escape all that when I'm reading. Though I suppose it might be a comfortable world for others.

This was a amiable meandering story of a woman who tries to discover if her son-in-l
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May 18, 2015 shankar lord rated it really liked it
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May 29, 2015 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded a free copy of this book. It wasn't horrible but two observations: I don't know where the author is from, but she can't be from Schenectady NY, where part of the book took place. Harriet spoke like some redneck hillbilly. I assure you, they don't talk like that in Schenectady.
Second, hard to believe that the police would allow the characters to do what they did at the end. They don't just let anyone go along to apprehend a criminal. Not very realistic. But the story did move along
Jan 10, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
This is the first in a series, and does a good job of introducing the main character and her (soon-to-be) love interest. Lexie´s motivation to investigate her new son-in-law´s background when she found out his first wife was murdered with him as the main suspect makes sense since she is a protective mother. However, she doesn´t show much commonsense, and the characterizations of some of the other characters seem a bit odd. The mystery was OK. I got this for free in a three book set, so I´ll give ...more
Diane Wachter
Jeanne Glidewell, Leave No Stone Unturned: A Lexie Starr Mystery, Book 1, NookBook-M, @ 2013, 1/16/14. Lexie Starrs daughter married a man that Lexie can't stand, she doesn't know why, but she can't understand how her wonderful daughter could marry such a cold, arrogant and condescending young man, and when she suddenly finds out that he had been married before and is implicated in his pregnant wife's death, Lexie decides she must find out the truth before confides the information to her ...more
Widowed Lexie Starr has never really cared for her new son-in-law Clay. When she finds his name in an old newspaper article as a suspect in the death of his first wife, she's afraid her daughter-in-law is at risk. She takes a covert visit to his home town and learns a lot about his background that she hadn't known, and also starts to develop a relationship with a handsome stranger. I enjoyed Lexie's narration, but sloppy research methods (especially from a volunteer librarian) are one of my ...more
This was a "fast-paced, cozy mystery"... a quick read...not really gripping or scary enough for me.. might be a good mystery to get a young reader interested in mysteries. ...

Lexie is a middle aged widow (48) who volunteers at a library. While doing some research, she discovers that her recently married only child, Wendy, may be married to a murderer. Lexie sets off on her own to find out the truth about her son-in-law's past, meeting a few interesting characters on her way. A predictable story
Andrea Stoeckel
Jan 12, 2014 Andrea Stoeckel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a fast read and i enjoyed it very much. I lived in the area its set in, so there was an extra hook for me. Lexie Starr's stumbles on information about her new son-in-law. Fearing for her daughter she heads to his hometown to further explore Clay's past, connecting with a widower who meets her there to help in the search.

Yes, the characters need a hit of polish, hiwever, it is a great cozy
Jun 11, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it
Fantastic read. I absolutely love the diverse characters. I thought the plot would be typical and predictable when i started but it took a few turns that i hadn't figured out and was pleasantly surprised. I love the humor throughout and the use of emotion. i was sad it ended and started to read the second in the series immediately. Thank you Ms. Glidewell for a wonderful series to immerse myself in!
May 03, 2015 Bonnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Though this books has a good plot and some interesting characters, it was too slow and too trite for me. The main character is well developed but most of the others are just there to serve her. There's not enough real conflict expressed, especially in the development of the relationship between the narrator and her new boyfriend. I don't think I'll read another in this series, but I hope the author does get better. I know some people like this style.
Jan 21, 2014 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, if a murder mystery can be amusing, this is. Lexie Starr is a rather ditsy widow with a married daughter. She finds out that her son in law may have killed his first wife and their unborn child. She meets a friendly widower who helps her research the facts. There is much moving around from one locale to another. Harriet, the woman who runs the B&B in Schenectady, is quite amusing, but there is a little too much coincidence here and there.
I wanted to like this book, I loved Harriet. What made it hard for me that a nearly 50yo would have such a sheltered life that when she came across piercings that it was a shock to her, or that with her traveling all over The United States and to Europe that she would not be able to handle the lifestyles of other people. For what sounded like a great mystery I was very disappointed in the characters.
Jody Shee
Nov 03, 2013 Jody Shee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in Jeanne Glidewell's Lexie Starr Cozy Mystery series. It was light reading, with the main character, likeable Lexie, getting into mystery solving because she had to. Her daughter had just married a man whom Lexie discovered was previously married, to a woman he likely murdered. Lexie wanted to protect her daughter, so she set out on a secrety mission. The book doesn't end the way I expected it to, and that was a pleasant surprise.
Shaena Walker
I think you would need to be a bored old lady to enjoy this book at all. The protagonist was completely unlikeable and I found her to be a meddling old lady who needed a hobby. She is literally the mother in law anyone would hate to have. The attempts at wit and humor were pretty pathetic and although I'd like to give it one star, I did finish the book so it couldn't have been that bad. I would never read anything by this author again though.
Janelle S. Richardson
May 15, 2015 Janelle S. Richardson rated it it was amazing
Fun read, enjoyed it all.

I am a fan of mystery and suspense but not a fan of gross descriptive scenes. This book was thoroughly enjoyable because the pace was fast enough, the descriptions made the locales come alive and the characters are believable. Keep writing good clean stories, Ms. Gladwell. Thank you.
Sep 09, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lexie Starr the main character in this book thinks her son in law murdered his 1st wife. Her daughter Wendy gets kidnapped by a gay guy who is a male stripper at a club. She investigates the case to find Wendy after she gets abducted at an airport. Jake the guy who kidnaps her takes her to a cabinwhere his friend Homer is then the murderer of Eliza Pitt the 1st wife of Wendy's husband Clayton.
Carrie Garza
Jan 15, 2014 Carrie Garza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another mystery writer with a series. And it is worth reading. Lexi Starr makes a pretty good detective. She comes across an article that makes her think her son in law might have murdered his first wife, and she sets off to New York to solve a murder. And she does. No sex and no foul language.
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Jeanne Glidewell, a 2006 pancreas and kidney transplant recipient, and her husband, Bob, reside in the small Kansas town of Bonner Springs. Prior to moving back home to Kansas they owned a large RV Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming for 12 years. Jeanne and her husband, Bob, moved back home to Kansas after she experienced some major health setbacks. Bob now manages the release of her books through eBook ...more
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