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Christmas Cookie Murder (Lucy Stone #6)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,926 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
For Lucy Stone, the best thing about Christmas in Tinker’s Cove has always been the annual Cookie Exchange. But the usual generosity and goodwill is missing from this year’s event which turns out to be a complete disaster.

Petty rivalries and feuds that have long been simmering finally come to a boil, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many guests, including Lee Cummings
Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Kensington (first published 1999)
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Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-physical
"making a little vow to herself. Tucker's murderer would be found and punished."

I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries - and although I typically like them as audio books, they are good books to read quickly and enjoy as well. But I don't know if it was the fact that I started the book in the middle of a series or if it was something else, but I did not enjoy this one.

I found Lucy Stone to be a little unbelievable. She just seemed so laid back and easy about somethings - like her son eating the cake
Finally I can cross off the 'book set during Christmas' from my library's reading challenge I'm participating in this year! I feel like I should've read one long ago, but for some reason I hadn't. This book fit the bill!

I really like Lucy, but as I've stated in many reviews I cannot stomach her husband. He is atrocious most of the time! I feel like all he does is want dinner, watch TV, and expect Lucy to fix him lunch. It's frustrating, and I really wish he'd quietly exit the series, but as I kn
Cheryl Bradley
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, it is a pleasure to return to Tinker's Cover and catch up with Lucy Stone once again.

Christmas is fast approaching and Lucy finds herself offering to host an annual Christmas cookie exchange to keep the tradition alive. The cookie exchange just serves to emphasize the friction between the women at the exchange. Lucy is doing her best to keep peace among the group, especially when Tucker Whitney, a new young coworker of Lucy's friend Sue at the childcare center shows up to the exchange
Jen Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
An enjoyable earlier edition in the Lucy Stone mysteries.
She seemed less in the loop in this particular mystery, she gathered tons of crime facts, which she doesn't tie together until towards the end. This was great since I enjoy playing a role in solving mysteries. As usual, colorfully described characters with festive scenery, & a bit of comic relief along with real life drama.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely my least-favorite Lucy Stone title to date. Christmas is once again settling into Tinker's Cove, Maine. The highlight of Lucy's holiday is often the annual Christmas cookie exchange with a number of her friends, but this year proves different. The usual host has to pass on that role since she has started a new business in the local artisan mall in town. Lucy is more than nervous, but that doesn't stop her from rising to the occasion only to see things go horribly wrong, creati ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am starting to really love this series. Lucy is a great character and I love reading about her cozy home and town surrounded by friends. She is nosy, but not annoyingly so and she gets a lot of information through her job with the local newspaper. I didn't see the ending coming at all and was surprised when all the pieces came together. There is a heavy emphasis on underage drinking and drugs in this one, and it was interesting to see everyone's different POVs about that. This is just a cozy p ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as cozy as others in the series I have read. The storyline involves such decidedly uncozy elements as drugs, bitter divorce, and even the "f" bomb worked in for good measure. Not my favorite Lucy Stone novel.
#6 in the Lucy Stone series. Life in tiny Tinker's Cove, ME goes on. Lucy's son, Toby, and his friends are preparing college applications and getting ready to leave the nest; daughter, Elizabeth, wants to obtain a driver's license and has also managed to be suspended from school. The ceiling collapses from a plumbing leak during her Christmas Cookie Exchange and one of the guests winds up strangled to death. Just a normal Christmas in for the Stone family. Quick, fun read.

For Lucy Stone, the bes
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Lucy is busier than ever, getting her house and family ready for Christmas, attending meetings and writing stories for the Pennysaver, and getting her son Toby's applications for college ready. When her friend who always hosts the cookie exchange refuses to take it on this year, Lucy agrees to have it at her house. When everyone finally arrives and the cookies are arranged on the table, disaster strikes - the toilet above has been leaking and the ceiling collapses, dropping water a ...more
Erica Hatch
I usually really enjoy these cozy mysteries, but this one just fell flat for me. I didn’t care about any of the characters or their troubles. I wasn’t engaged with the plot. And at the end I didn’t even enjoy the murders reveal...

Another thing that bothered me quite a bit was the main characters overreaction to catching her eighteen-year-old son smoking pot. It was way too much. I have to admit, I started skimming over the instances where the main character went off on crazy rants about it... wh
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tinker’s Cove is a small town on the Maine coast that has been hit hard by the state’s ban on lobster fishing. Grim economic times do not help the spirit of Christmas…. Even the traditional Cookie Exchange was in jeopardy of not being held: people had moved, the times were bad, cheer was sadly lacking. When the cookie exchange was finally held, charges of “stealing my recipe” helped quash good feelings. … especially when the accused is found strangled the following morning. What is going on in T ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, drat. As you can see, I've given this one 4 stars. Not that it is better than the others, which were perfectly fine, but...somehow, this series is growing on me. I mean, I know Lucy Stone now. I know her husband, Bill, and I know her kids. Lucy and I have a HISTORY together now! I've gotten to know the people of Tinker's Cove, Maine, and for the most part I like them. Despite my determination not to do so, I MAY be putting this series on my "collect the series" books. I'm not quite sure ye ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this book had more Christmas, so I enjoyed it more as a holiday read. I liked how the author brought timely social issues into the story and incorporated them into the mystery. It is still a mystery to me how one of the suspect groups could have carried out one of their escapades. A lot has happened in Lucy's family between book 1 and book 6, but knowing what is not necessary information for this book.
Cynthia Repsher
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only Lucy Stone could get involved with a murder during Christmas.
Susan Gazaway
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed reading this book. It was good. I liked the characters and the story. I also love the recipes in the book.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy these books.
Kate Millin
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A nice quick read despite the murder- and very evocative of life in a small American town reliant on lobster fishing.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was borderline boring. I did finish it, but only because I felt like I should read at least one Christmas book in December.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always entertaining!!!
Peter Barr
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth in the series of mysteries by Leslie Meier. The main character is Lucy Stone, a wife and mother of four who investigates as a part time reported for the small town newspaper in the fictional Tinker's Cove, Maine. All the mysteries take place around some holiday theme and this time Lucy and her friends get together to exchange home made cookies. Once one of the guests is murdered, the mystery begins. It is a cozy mystery that held my interest and made for a pleasant read.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty sure I have read this before, but I enjoyed it all over again. Main character is entertaining and plot is fast moving and keeps you interested.
David Caldwell
Lucy Stone Mystery #6.

It is Christmas time in Tinker's Cove again. Lucy Stone is busy getting ready while keeping up with her part time job writing for the Pennysaver newspaper and getting her son to fill our his college applications. Lucy gets talked into hosting the annual cookie exchange but she didn't count on having to play referee to those who are attending. Then one of the women who came to the cookie exchange turns up dead. It is up to Lucy to figure out who the real killer is.

I don't kn
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Tis the Season for merriment and murder compliments of Leslie Meier and her tasty twist of murder in Christmas Cookie Murder.

Lucy Stone has been around the block a time or two when it comes to solving unexpected crimes—much to the alarm of the local police and her family and friends. With Christmas around the corner, Lucy hopes for festive merriment and peace. However, when she decides to take on the annual Cookie Exchange, she gets anything but merriment and peace –topped with a murder of one
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Stone is hosting the annual cookie exchange this year when everything starts going wrong. One guest brings flyers for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and then the ceiling collapses with water all over the cookies after a flood! Finally, the next day, Tucker Whitney is found dead in her house, strangled and Steve, her boyfriend, is accused of the crime. Lucy doesn't believe he is guilty and starts to investigate.

Yet another hit for Leslie Meier! These Lucy Stone books are a guilty pleasure fo
Well. First impressions. I had a great deal of trouble relating to the main character. A mom in a small fishing town, with 4 children? No where near my life, but as I went, I found it wasn’t necessary to relate to Lucy Stone to enjoy the story. Set around Christmas time, Lucy is hosting this year’s cookie exchange, which was a great opportunity to get to know many of the characters. A humorous calamity (I won’t spoil the surprise for you) happens at the exchange, and we get to see many of the wo ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With too many things going on, Lucy Stone wanted to cancel the annual Christmas Cookie Exchange this year. She decided to go ahead with it once she realized how much the event meant to the other ladies in town, however, Lucy got way more then she bargained for!

With Christmas just around the corner, the ladies of Tinker's Cove were really looking for the Cookie Exchange. Nothing, however, would have prepared them for what was to come. With the murder of a fellow cookie exchange member,
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the great things about this book is how short it is. Took me maybe 5 hours of in and off reading to read the entire thing. Definitely would have been a good book around the holidays!

Lucy isn't as entrenched in the mystery this time around. She has good reasons, though, including problems with her teenaged children and drugs around Tinker Cove. I actually liked this, as it seems a bit more realistic, and honestly I feel like any mother would eventually decide to focus on family first aroun
Zuleima Salazar
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a quick read but not very entertaining. The person who was murdered this time around was a person we really didn't get to really know right away. We found out bits and pieces all throughout. There was drugs, theft and murder all tied up in this story that it was sort of hard to really want to keep reading even though it was the Christmas season once again in Tinker's Cove. Also the fact that pretty much all three crimes were being done by the same person, that didn't help and it ma ...more
Tabby Kat
The quiet town of Tinker's Cove, Maine is a place where everyone knows everyone else's business and doors or cars are never locked. It is Christmas time, but newspaper reporter Lucy Stone struggles with the season's spirit after an overflowing toilet drowned her cookie party. Lucy likes the newest female resident, Tucker Whitney, an assistant at the daycare center.

Before Lucy can truly pursue a friendship, Tucker is found strangled to death. All the townsfolk know that Tucker was having an affai
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christmas
There is a lot going on in Lucy Stone’s life – kids, work, housework, husband, friends, Christmas, murder – WAIT – did I say murder? When a young woman turns up strangled the day after she was a guest at Lucy’s cookie exchange party, Lucy feels compelled to unravel the mystery of her murder. Working for the local weekly newspaper, she uses that for a cover as she snoops around town. But her sleuthing gets her into deep trouble. Coping with everyday problems involving home and family, juggling he ...more
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