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Invitation Only Murder

(Lucy Stone #26)

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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  53 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
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Kensington
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Shelly
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
Amy
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 ...more
Lorraine
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 ...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
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Kristina
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 ...more
Mystica
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
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Taryn
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 ...more
Brenda
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
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Laura
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 ...
Patty
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. ...more
Toni
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
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Brenda
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A suspenseful cozy for sure! Lucy visits a privately owned island to get a sense of and write about the families "throw back" way of life there. Cut off from the main land, with no cell service and only a "secret" emergency marine radio that is discovered demolished when they most need it; Lucy is left to solve the murder of one twin and the disappearance of another set of young twin boys while fighting for her own life! With a dramatic ending for a cozy, Lucy can finally board the weekly ferry ...more
Valerie
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a ride! This book starts out a little slow but when it get moving, it moves fast. It has a lot of tense, triller moments, ending with a big bang. Lucy goes to an island to get a story about a family that's living there with only 19th century amenities. It starts out well with a family dinner and evening but in the following days quickly turns into a dead body, destroyed ships, then missing twin boys, and more. Definitely worth the read. #InvitationOnlyMurder #NetGalley
Donna Hines
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Time to go off grid and relax! Count me in!
However, Lucy is going into this blindly as Scott (wealthy billionaire island owner) sends her an invite.
It's an eco friendly location with limited amenities and zero luxuries from home.
Sounds intriguing if nothing else but what if it's too good to be true?
As it turns out his daughter is found at the base of a cliff as is not moving.
Could this have been an accident, a suicide, or a murder?
The twists are mounting, the action is ratcheting up, the
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Smitten
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars - Top Pick

Lucy Stone and the other residents of Tinker’s Cove, Maine are all talking about the upcoming event being held on Holiday Island. Billionaire environmentalist, Scott Newman, has created an island paradise, but without internet, cell service, or other modern conveniences. The reception is a success and since Lucy is a newspaper reporter, she is invited back to spend more time on the island so she can write an in-depth story. Lucy expected to have to adjust to life off the
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Nancy Wolfe
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this installment featuring Lucy Stone, reporter, is invited to visit and write about an island owned by an eccentric billionaire, Scott Newman. The owner also favors an eco-lifestyle similar to the 19th century. The island is also ten miles off the coast of her hometown of Tinker Cove, Maine.

Lucy arrives on the private Island expecting to spend a few days relaxing and writing. She is looking forward to July 4th holiday and hopes to get a good story for the local paper, the Pennsaver. But she
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Nancy Wolfe
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this installment featuring Lucy Stone, reporter, is invited to visit and write about an island owned by an eccentric billionaire, Scott Newman. The owner also favors an eco-lifestyle similar to the 19th century. The island is also ten miles off the coast of her hometown of Tinker Cove, Maine.

Lucy arrives on the private Island expecting to spend a few days relaxing and writing. She is looking forward to July 4th holiday and hopes to get a good story for the local paper, the Pennsaver. But she
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Melodie
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Stone makes a welcome return in Leslie Meier’s Invitation Only Murder, the 26th entry in the long-running Lucy Stone Mystery series.

Overall I enjoyed the book but I found the book to be a bit slow going towards the beginning, especially once the action transfers to Fletcher’s Island, recently renovated by billionaire Scott Newman to return it to its perceived more environmentally friendly early days, totally off the grid with no electricity, no cellphones, no computers. Lucy is at first
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Laura
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was ever so kindly gifted the e-arc of this book from Netgalley and Kensington Publishing, so thank you kindly to them. In exchange for this gift I'm giving you all my review, but don't worry it will be 100% honest.
This book is the 26th book in the Lucy Stone murder mystery series. For a bit of background Lucy Stone lives in Tinker's Cove, Maine; she has a husband, 4 children, a job as a journalist and about 1000 other commitments that change throughout the books as her family grows up. I
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Coralee Hicks
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Some hopeful authors begin series, after dismal sales they realize perhaps another approach to writing should be taken. Not so Leslie Meier. Invitation Only Murder is number 26 in her exceptional Lucy Stone Mystery series. Master author, Meier understands what is necessary to provide commercial appeal to her oeuvre. In fact, it would be fair to say she is one of the pioneers creating the "cozy mystery" genre.

In Invitation Only Murder, Meier tackles the world of the island mystery. Not quite as
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Tari
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, wish-list
Lucy sure had no idea what she was getting into when she volunteered to visit and do a story about a remote island off Tinker's Cove that was owned by Scott, an eccentric billionaire with paranoia issues. He didn't believe in any modern conveniences aside from hot water and limited electricity..and he thought everyone was out to get him because he was so rich. When Lucy stumbled onto the dead body of one of Scott's daughters followed shortly by a mysterious disappearance, she must have felt like ...more
Rachel
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Invitation Only Murder by Leslie Meier is the most recent installment of the Lucy Stone mystery series.
This book takes Lucy out of Tinker’s Cove for the majority of the book and places her on a small local island that is about 10 minutes away accessible only by boat/air. Lucy is invited over the 4th of July weekend to stay with Scott Newman and his family (an ultra rich businessman who has created an island set up as if it was 1850 modern convenience wise). He has restored the island and handed
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Rachel
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invitation Only Murder by Leslie Meier is the most recent installment of the Lucy Stone mystery series.
This book takes Lucy out of Tinker’s Cove for the majority of the book and places her on a small local island that is about 10 minutes away accessible only by boat/air. Lucy is invited over the 4th of July weekend to stay with Scott Newman and his family (an ultra rich businessman who has created an island set up as if it was 1850 modern convenience wise). He has restored the island and handed
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Jessi
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 ...more
Diane Hernandez
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Only ten miles off the coast of Tinker’s Cove Maine lies Fletcher’s Island. But the island, owned by venture capitalist billionaire Scott Newman seems a world apart. It has been refurbished at great expense to its original state including no Wi-Fi, no electricity, and only sailing ships for transport back to the twenty-first century. When Lucy Stone, a part-time investigative reporter is invited to stay on the island and write a puff piece for her newspaper little does she know it will ...more
Melissa
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As we head back to Tinker's Cove, we find Lucy Stone receiving an invite to an exclusive island near Tinker's Cove. With tensions at the house on fire, Lucy looks forward to her time travel back to the 19th century. However, she finds that not everyone is comfortable with the arrangements.
Scott Newman has stripped the island of all modern conveniences. No phone service, no electricity might seem good until a murder makes it so that no one contact the authorities. Will Lucy be able to solve the
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 26th Lucy Stone Mystery by cozy author Leslie Meier. I have read most of the series and enjoy this series always with a fun sleuth, great charcters and fun settings that are pleasing to read. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity.
My review opinions are my own.

In this next in series our beloved protagonist and reporter Lucy Stone has enough tension in her life to send her happily accepting a invitation to a unique vacation on a private island in Maine..
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Angela Williamson
In Lucy Stone's next adventure, Invitation Only Murder, Leslie Meier has again shown why I don't miss her books when she writes!
Lucy and her husband Bill are invited to a party to celebrate the restoration of an island to an earlier time with a more self sufficient, peaceful lifestyle. The island is then donated to the Maine Island Trust by the eccentric billionaire, Scott Newman. When Lucy is invited back for a visit to write an article on the island and the way the people are living without
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dnsyl57
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It can be difficult to keep a long running series fresh, but after 25 books and several novellas, Leslie Meier has come through with a new and captivating situation to place Lucy Stone in!

As an investigative reporter, Lucy arranges an invitation to a remote island about ten miles off the coast of her beloved Tinker's Cove. The owner of the island, Scott Newman has spared no expense in restoring several of the buildings. His goal is to live an eco-friendly life in nineteenth century style. Only a
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Linda
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 26th installment in the Lucy Stone series offers up an interesting twist on the traditional locked room mystery.

Lucy, a mother and a reporter for the Tinker's Cove, Maine newspaper, is back in Tinker's Cove, which I was happy about, after several recent books where Lucy has travelled. She and many other townspeople are invited to a party on a nearby private island lacking modern conveniences by the wealthy, yet eccentric, landowner. Afterwards, Lucy comes back to spend some time on
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