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Invitation Only Murder

(Lucy Stone #26)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,260 ratings  ·  192 reviews
With family tensions intensifying in Tinker’s Cove, part-time reporter Lucy Stone could really use some time off the grid. But after she RSVPs to an unconventional celebration on remote Holiday Island, Lucy realizes that disconnecting from reality comes at a deadly price . . .
Lucy doesn’t know what to expect as she arrives on a private Maine island owned by eccentric b
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Kensington
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Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-3
Lucy Stone is back in one of my favorite cozy mystery series! It’s summer in Maine. Her daughter Zoe is visiting from college, and she’s brought back a rather unsavory boyfriend. Because, of course. Lucy and Bill go out to an island ten miles off the coast where Bill has been restoring a property in an 1850’s style where the owners actually want to live an 1850’s style life. Or at least, the patriarch of the family does.

Delicious food descriptions of lobster bisque, a clam bake, goat milk recip
Dec 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have read and loved this whole series, until now !
There’s nothing cozy about it . It’s depressing and dark and I skipped half the book till I got to the end and then there’s no answers ..... I will of course read the next one and hope it will go back to the original Lucy and her family ... I only gave it 2 stars because I like Lucy ...
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What’s not to like about this book? Leslie Meier has provided another winning installment in the Lucy Stone series. Reporter Lucy Stone has been invited to visit and write about an Island owned by an eccentric billionaire who rejects modern-day living in favor of an eco-lifestyle a la the 19th century. The island is 10 miles off the shore of Tinker Cove. Lucy arrives on the Island excited to spend a few days relaxing and writing. Soon the excitement gives way to horror. One of the billionaire’s ...more
Invitation Only Murder by Leslie Meier is the 26th A Lucy Stone Mystery. I have read every single A Lucy Stone Mystery and it has always been one of my favorite series. I like Leslie Meier’s conversational writing style which makes every story a pleasure to read. I have watched Lucy go from working a part-time job as a customer service rep at night while taking care of her four kids during the day to reporter at the Pennysaver with only two college aged kids at home. She has solved over two doze ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy travels to a private island off the coast of her hometown of Tinker's Cove, Maine to write a story about a wealthy environmentalist living there with his family without modern conveniences like telephones and electricity. Soon after her arrival, his young adult daughter tragically dies after a fall from a high sea cliff. Then his two twins sons by his second wife mysteriously disappear after searching for items on a scavenger hunt. Lucy begins to suspect that there is far more going on behi ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I hate reading stories that are nothing more than the authors beliefs shoved down our throats. There is so much wrong with this book I wouldn’t even know where to start. These are usually nice stories, not this one.
Marathon County Public Library
Lucy Stone is not seeing eye-to-eye with her daughter, and family tensions are rising. When Lucy, a part-time reporter, receives an invitation to spend time on a private island off the coast of Maine, she looks forward to the time away. When she arrives on the island, she doesn’t know what to expect of island life. The island is owned by eccentric billionaire and environmentalist Scott Newman. Newman has stripped the island of modern conveniences in favor of an eco-friendly, nineteenth century l ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Stone gets invited to stay on a remote island with two families over the July 4 holiday. She agrees, hoping to get a good story for the Pennysaver. The eccentric billionaire who owns the island has restored the house and the barn to their previous glorious looks, but wants to live there without any modern conveniences such as electricity, WIFI, TV or radio, and his wife, four children and the other workers agree to this as well. Lucy goes to the island on a sailboat and enjoys her first day ...more
Lisa Morin
Lucy Stone absolutely wowed me in the fast paced book, Invitation Only Murder, by one of my most favorite authors, Leslie Meier.
I've followed Lucy through Zoe's birth, Mike's marriage and of course, dad to Lucy's first grandchild. I've seen Elizabeth and Sarah feud, and now Zoe is growing up into a young woman, with a mind of her own, lol.
I feel like I know the Stone family and their quaint little island town, Tinker's Cove, as well as I know my own neighborhood.

When Lucy is sent to interview an
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book as an ARC from Netgallley.
I absolutely love this author and have read every single book she wrote. This book, while a good read was too easy to figure out the plot and was way past cozy. Harming and killing kids no matter the age isn't cozy and cussing isn't cozy. This book should be classified as a mystery if not suspense.
This was a nice edition to the Lucy Stone series. It was a little different with the majority of the book not taking place in Tinker's Cove. It was a nice change of pace and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This has always been a favorite series and I can't wait to read more. ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy goes to a private island to write a story about a man who has turned it into an eco friendly home with no modern conveniences. At first it seems ideal but cracks start showing when one of his twin daughters is killed and there is no way to contact anyone for help. they have to wait until the ferry comes again. Then his twin year old boys disappear,while looking for them, Lucy tries to figure out who the villain is, the man or someone else.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learn a bit about Puffins as Lucy Stone's latest adventure takes her to Fletcher's Island, Maine, off of the coast of Tinker's Cove.

Lucy is invited by billionaire Scott Newman to join his family as they celebrate July 4 in the 1850 lifestyle he has implemented on the island that he purchased. After local craftsmen (like her husband Bill) completed the restoration and upgrades, he wants everyone to know about it. . .

The blended Newman family seem perfectly adapted to Scott's vision until a death
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read every book in this series, and the reason I gave this one only three stars, is because Lucy has become way too judgemental of other people. In the beginning of the series and as Lucy’s family has grown, I’ve loved each book, seeing the kids come along and growing up and watching Lucy be the best mom she could be. But a few books back, I noticed the shift in Lucy. She just started judging everyone based on nothing more than how they’re dressed, or the fact that they come from money. I b ...more
Mary Kearney
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
The book was ok. Not one of my favorites by her. Lucy goes to an island to do a story about the billionaire and his family. The billionaire has bought the island and has turned back time by living there without many modern conveniences. I think what I disliked about this book was the family on the island wasn't very likable. Lucy was there without her family and friends and I missed the interaction between her and her family and friends. ...more
Shawna Shaheen
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
The 26th book in series is Lucy meetś the Newman's whole family Scott the millionaire that has a island for himself and his 2 twin daughters Taylor and Parker from previous mother ( they don't say what happened to her) and Lily Scott's 2nd wife with another set of 9 year olds twins Walter and Fred. Lucy gets stranded on island with some wacky people the help that worked for Scott. It really is not the best in the series but it is weird ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I think after 25 books in the series, the author has come to hate Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove. This book is a complete anomaly. Only Lucy shows up, and the plot is nuts. I guess I’m done with Leslie Meier.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A private island owned by a millionaire is opening its doors for a welcome party for the mainland village. Lucy and her husband are invited too. Further as a reporter, she is invited to interview Mr. Newman on the island spending a few days with the family to get his ideas and views how he has discarded all modern appliances including telecommunication facilities and even cooking facilities wanting to live off the grid as it were.

Lucy approaches the break from her usual routine happily. There is
Robin Loves Reading
Lucy Stone accepts an invitation for a celebration on Holiday Island. The Island and is residents are far from usual. For starters, the owner, a billionaire named Scott Newman. He is an environmentalist who has created his own little world, one with its own rules. There are mostly those who work for Scott there, and Lucy feels out of place almost immediately.

As is common for Lucy, there is a dead body before she could even get acquainted with things. The body is that of the daughter of Scott. T
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy has been invited to stay on billionaire Scott Newman's island and write up her observations for the paper. Scott who is an environmentalist has stripped the island of all its modern conveniences and dialed it back to the nineteenth century. Lucy is excited about the experience and looks forward to getting his family's thoughts on this older way of living. It all started out well until Lucy makes a horrible discovery on her walk, she finds one of Scott's daughter's dead. Did the young girl f ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invitation Only Murder by Leslie Meier is the 26th book in the Lucy Stone mystery series, and another terrific addition. I have been reading Lucy Stone books for years, and the books are like visiting old friends, I love this series, but I found this book exceptional. Lucy gets invited to Holiday Island to do an article on the eccentric billionaire Scott Newman, who is an avid environmentalist. There is no modern conveniences like electricity or phones on the island. Lucy discovers one of Mr. Ne ...more
Lucy Stone, reporter, has been invited to a private island. It is owned by a billionaire who is trying to take it completely off the grid. Even more than that, Scott Newman is trying to make it as eco-friendly as possible. He, along with his second wife (a former singer), his daughters from his first marriage and his sons from the second are practically going back to the early 1900s. At the launch party when Scott invites all of the people who worked on the island to check it out, he announces t ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
A plot line so ridiculous in this final (for me) installment of the Lucy Stone series that even my willingness to suspend belief wasn’t sufficient to provide any credibility to the insane world created for this book. If Ms. Meier wants to write thrillers, perhaps she should retire Lucy and start a new series with new characters. Many thanks to Ms. Meier for all of the many other enjoyable hours spent in Tinkers Cove.
Burlington Library
Apr 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
*Spoilers included in this review!*
I have read all the Lucy Stone mysteries (which were all good!) but this one was just strange. It was almost as if a different author was writing it. First off, there were some parts in this book that were definitely not what I would consider 'cozy.' I thought the part where Lucy has to help embalm the murder victim was way too detailed and disturbing. Second, when the the young boys disappeared, no one seemed worried by it! And finally, the ending was just tot
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the twenty-sixth book in the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier.

Lucy is still as fresh as ever in book twenty-six. I did miss a lot of the normal regular recurring characters and the Pennysaver editor’s usual snipes.

Lucy is alone on an island trying to get the scoop on the ins and outs of Holiday Island and owner Scott Newman. The longer she spends on the island, the more hinky everything seems. Then Lucy finds one of Scott’s daughter’s dead and things just get more odd from that
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-maine
I am really burned out on this series, but when I read the description of the book, I almost laughed--because I have another book on my TBR pile that is also about someone on an isolated island with no way to get help...So I did read this one, and liked it, possibly because Lucy, a small-town journalist, is isolated from her family and her friends so I didn't have to read about them for the umpteenth time. Instead, Lucy is on Fletcher's Island, where a tech billionaire has recreated, more or les ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Lucy has been invited to a private island where Scott Newman studies and protects puffins. When she steps off the boat onto the island, it was as though she had stepped back into the 19th century. With no cell phones or internet, they are cut off from the rest of Maine.

It may seem idyllic being in nature and away from modern life. However, looks can be deceiving because life on the island is less than idyllic.

When Lucy discovers one of Scott's young daughter murdered, the seemingly perfect famil
My thoughts

Would I recommend:yes

Would I read more of this series ?maybe

Would I read more by this author?maybe

While the story was cute there was times I just couldn't get into it and that's sad because I love cozy mysteries and I love how I can get lost in them but it took me a while to do so with this one .Maybe it was the tone of the story that just didn't fit but something just felt a bit off with this one but I just can't seem to put my finger on it. But I will be reading more of the series t
Susan Graves
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could choose just one cozy mystery author (oh the horror at the thought) I would hands down choose Leslie Meier. I just love her style of writing and her Lucy Stone mysteries. My first Lucy Stone was a random library pick "English Tea Murder." and I have never looked back since. Leslie Meier has a way of writing that is never gorey or too spooky but always keeps you on your toes and wondering what our favorite mother of four in Maine is up to. I love the family the author has created as wel ...more
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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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