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Valentine Murder

(Lucy Stone #5)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,710 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Kensington (first published February 1st 1999)
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Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I finished this right in time for the Valentine's Day holiday!

I like these Lucy Stone stories, they are always light and easy to read and this one wasn't any different.

Lucy is one the board of directors for the new library in town when the librarian is found shot to death, from there Lucy becomes entangled in a mystery about money, murder, and fraud.

The ending was the best part for me because I honestly had no clue who the killer was. Meier did a great job of wrapping the story up.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2, valentines
I’ve been enjoying some of Leslie Meier’s backlist of cozy mysteries set in Tinker’s Cove, Maine. In this one, mother of four Lucy Stone must figure out who is behind the murder of local librarian Bitsy, while trying not to become a target herself. The Valentine’s Day theme and cold, snowy blizzards made for a fun winter treat.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
Paula Adams
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love mysteries based around a library as libraries are one of my favorite places and I also had no idea when I started reading the book. It's Lucy's first day as a member of the Board of Directors of the library and she brings her young daughter to storytime as they are at the same time. It's noisy in the library with all the kids. They find out no one is doing storytime so Lucy goes in search of the librarian and finds her in the lower level. At first she is a suspect but quickly eliminated. ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
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
This was a really good one! The entire mystery centered around a library and the murder of a librarian and an antique dealer-- all during a winter snow storm. Three of my favorite things- libraries, antiques, and snow!
Lucy Stone is the newest member of the Tinker's Cove library board and her first order of business is to discover who murdered the librarian! Another nicely woven tale of murder and mystery in Maine, where Lucy must do everything she can to protect her family and the town she loves. A+
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Lucy, in addition to being a busy mom of four, and an occasional freelance feature writer for the local newspaper, is now a member of the board of directors at the town's library. She is one of seven directors, and imagine her horror, on the very first day of her new duties, when the librarian, Bitsy Howell is murdered. The detective on the case, Lieutenant Horowitz, is certain that one of the directors is responsible
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an earlier book in the series, when Lucy’s children are still young. She has been appointed to the library board, when she arrives for her first meeting she finds the librarian shot. While keeping up with the holiday and her children she tries to solve the murder. She puts her children and herself in danger several times. Since I read this during a very cold snap, the snow and wind really felt real.
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Attending her first library board meeting, Lucy Stone didn't expect to find the librarian murdered either. Lucy is warned away from investigating the case leaving it to professionals. Nothing is adding up in regards to the murder. Will Lucy discover the truth? Find out in Valentine Murder.
This isn't the sort of book that is going to win accolades or literary awards. It's a predictable (in format, anyway) little cozy mystery, with a 'whodunnit' and some red herrings and plenty of hijinks. When you keep your expectations in check, understanding the sort of book you've picked up, this was another fun installment in a series I've enjoyed thus far. It's exactly what I expected, after reading the first four books in this series. There were parts that made me chuckle. There were parts ...more
Tabby Kat
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Karen B.
One of the things I like about Leslie Meier's books is the fact that so many of them are perfect for holiday themed reading. Lately I have been trying to read holiday cozies around the holiday. This is one of her earlier books and it was fun to read that Zoe was only four and the other children were still in school, considering that the last book I read of hers had Toby married with a child. Lucy Stone has become a familiar character and I love reading about her.
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
This series just can't level out for me. One book is extremely good, and the next is extremely disappointing. I stick with it because just when I feel like screaming the series gets good, but then it backs off again. Ugh. This book, however, was one of the more solid in the series. The characters were mostly good. Bill was slightly better in this book, though as a character I still can't stand him most of the time. The mystery was superb. I absolutely love any mystery set in the snow; it just ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fun, easy read. I liked how we got to see more of Lucy's family members in this book. Never really got boring, and not only one climax. There were important things happening all throughout the book.
Vicky Beltz
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Cozy mystery set in a small Maine town.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Love Lucy Stone! I wanted the tie to Valentine's Day to be better intertwined, but overall a good mystery. This was more like a winter mystery to me.
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Still liking this stories. Good lite reading.
Alyssa White
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This book was another favorite book of mine in the series. The killer is one of them, but who?
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun Lucy Stone mystery. I enjoy these books because Lucy lives in a small town very similar to mine. The mystery was okay, lots of possible suspects.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2007
Book #65 read in 2007

Another easy-to-read cozy. I enjoyed the story very much even if it was a bit predictable.
Kevin Bachovchin
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite mysteries that I read in middle school. I even made a mystery board game based on the book.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I so want to live in tinkers cove!
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I enjoy Leslie Meiers cozy mysteries about Lucy Stone. Light, fun reading.
Del B
Mar 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I didn't think this was the strongest in the Lucy Stone series. But anything by Meiers is worth your time. Check her out.
Fairlee Corkran
I love this series it is my second favorite right after the coffee house series.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
good book. I wanted to read something fun for valentines day.
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