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Christmas Card Murder

(Lucy Stone #26.5)

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Join bestselling authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Peggy Ehrhart for a collection of the coziest Christmas capers! Everyone dreams of a picture-perfect small-town Christmas, but when murder is in the cards, some holiday greetings are addressed to kill...

CHRISTMAS CARD MURDER by Leslie Meier
In the midst of holiday home renovations, Lucy Stone accidentally unwraps a mur
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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JEN A
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from net galley and Kensington Books in return for an honest review. Release date for this book is 27 Oct 2020


I’m a fan of all three of these authors and they really brought it in these cozy Christmas mysteries.. The stories themselves are a little more on the serious side than most cozy mysteries but they definitely held my attention and had very satisfying endings. As with most books that take place during the holidays, the three stories in this novel de
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The Cozy Review
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Each of the short stories in this book is written well, easy to follow, and filled with holiday cheer. Or as cheery as you can get with a killer running around. I would love to receive a Christmas card from any of these characters or spend a few hours with them during the holidays. This collection of original holiday-inspired stories will have readers biting their nails, trying to figure out who the villain is and when they will be caught.

In the first story, Christmas Card Murder, Lucy is still
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Ell
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I really appreciate seasonal and holiday themed stories. I appreciate shorter mysteries when life gets hectic and I just don’t have the time to commit to a full-length book. I also appreciate authors Lee Hollis and Leslie Meier, so reading this book was like a hat trick with a lovely surprise. The lovely surprise is author Peggy Erhart’s contribution to this collection. Although I am not a knitter, I really enjoyed discovering the Knit and Nibble cozy series. This is a truly enjoyable collection ...more
Elizabeth Plunkett
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-2020
Christmas Card Murder includes a cozy mystery from Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Peggy Ehrhart. This was such an enjoyable collection of Christmas themed mysteries set in cozy small towns. Each mystery had to do with a Christmas card in a unique way! Whoever came up with the idea of this linking the books was very creative. I have read mysteries by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis before and was excited to be introduced to Peggy Ehrhart’s work. Each book was well thought out, but short enough to enjoy ...more
Bridget
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christmas Card Murder is a delightful festive trio of three very different cozy mysteries by three cozy mystery authors - Leslie Meier, Lee Lollis and Peggy Ehrhart. I've come across Lee Hollis before, though the others - Leslie Meier and Peggy Ehrhart - were new to me, so I also had an opportunity to discover these authors.

Readers are enveloped in mystery as clever sleuths expose secrets and solve puzzles materialising from Christmas cards. The three novellas thrilled me
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Christine
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy holiday-themed mysteries and this book includes three Christmas novellas by different authors. All three stories take place around Christmastime and a Christmas card plays an important part of the mystery in each. The type of mystery being solved varies from one story to the other, but all three are entertaining.

The first story is Leslie Meier’s Christmas Card Murder. Lucy Stone covers various stories for the local paper in Tinker’s Cove, Maine but the mystery that has her attention in t
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Christine
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is a book of three Christmas novellas.

The first is Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier. It is Christmastime in Tinker's Cove, Maine and reporter Lucy Stone is getting ready for the holiday. The story has Lucy following a parole hearing, her husband renovating their bedroom, and a Maine snowstorm. This was a cute story and a perfect Christmas read.

The second is Death of a Christmas Carol by Lee Hollis. Hayley works as a reporter in her town of Bar Harbor, Maine. It is time for the annual
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Amy Gold
If you are looking for a cozy mystery trilogy with lots of Christmas cheer and some sleuthing to boot, this is the book for you! I enjoyed all three mysteries as the authors did a great job of piquing my interest in solving the murder while tracking the characters and their stories along the way. In Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier, the heroine, Lucy Stone, discovers a decades old Christmas card inscribed with a terrible message. She finds out who the recipient is and tracks down the meanin ...more
Smitten
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy holiday-themed mysteries and this book includes three Christmas novellas by different authors. All three stories take place around Christmastime and a Christmas card plays an important part of the mystery in each. The type of mystery being solved varies from one story to the other, but all three are entertaining.

The first story is Leslie Meier’s Christmas Card Murder. Lucy Stone covers various stories for the local paper in Tinker’s Cove, Maine but the mystery that has her attention in t
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Rachel
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christmas Card Murder is an excellent holiday-themed trio of novellas that all had a common Christmas theme: Christmas cards.

I have to admit that I honestly look forward to these books that consist of three small novellas with a common holiday theme each year, and I have snatched up every one of theme. They never, ever disappoint. They usually consist of a combination of my favorite Kensington authors and characters that help create some of the treasured series I follow year after year. (Christ
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Review based on a Net Galley arc.

It’s nice to have some short holiday reads during a busy time. I always look forward to browsing the new holiday themed anthologies and books as they appear in the local bookstores each year.

This was a three-story holiday anthology - great way to sample unfamiliar authors or series while enjoying the holidays. Or to share the holiday with your favorite sleuth. The anthology included stories by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Peggy Ern
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Lizz Axnick
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was delighted to receive this from Netgalley! I like these collections of mystery shorts released by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis and a third author that seems to change. I like Leslie Meier's books okay and have read enough of them to be familiar with her characters. I adore Lee Hollis' Hayley Powell mysteries and devour each one I get my hands on. The third author in this one is Peggy Ehrhart, the author of the Knit and Nibble mysteries. I have read one of these and I enjoyed it enough to pur ...more
Jen
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

I received a copy of Christmas Card Murder through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The book Christmas Card Murder contains three Christmas themed cozy mystery novellas. The first story is Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier and is part of the Lucy Stone mystery series. In this novellas, Lucy, a news reporter, finds an old Christmas card hidden under the baseboard of her house and sets about finding out who the sender and recipient are. Christmas Card Murder is an interest
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Evelyn Hall
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Christmas Card Murder is a collection of novellas by three different authors of cozy mysteries, Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Peggy Ehrhart. Although the stories do not overlap, they do all have a central theme in that all of the murders involve a Christmas card.

I'll be honest, the main reason I wanted to read this book was to read the Leslie Meier story. I have been a fan of the Lucy Stone series for man years and the character is a favorite of mine. In this story Lucy finds an old Christmas c
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Anne
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Christmas Card Murder is a trilogy of short books, all revolving wound Christmas. The first is by Leslie Meier who writes am entertaining character, Lucy Stone, who works part-time as a reporter for the local Pennysaver newspaper. She is tenacious and responsible in those duties. Off duty she is a typical middle-aged almost-empty-nester with all those issues and emotions. She is an extremely accessible and very likeable who faces every situation with the appropriate aplomb. Next came Death of A ...more
Monica C
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Christmas Card Murder has me ready to get started on my Christmas cards, with jollier messages of cheer than those found in the book. I always look forward to the Christmas novellas that include Leslie Meir's Lucy Stone. This year's novella did not not fail to put me in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier finds Christmas time coming in Tinker's Cove. Lucy is able to convince Bill to renovate their room into a master suite and during demolition finds a Christmas card from t
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Tari
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wish-list, netgalley
These compiled short stories are always so much fun in getting a sampling from some fave authors. They always focus on a central theme, this one being of course, Christmas cards. There wasn't an actual murder in this book, but there was a death. Lucy's always like a dog with a bone when she's on a case, and it's always sweet when Miss Tilley can get involved and help out with her wide knowledge of people, since she's the town's oldest resident.

In the Hayley Powell short story, we got to know Sal
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Lorraine
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are three novelettes in this book. The first is the best: Christmas Card Murder, featuring Lucy Stone. She and Bill are middle-aged now and Lucy wants to renovate their bedroom, breaking into a room next door and making a bathroom suite with a big tub. Bill actually agrees with her (he usually doesn't like to spend money) and I am so happy she's getting her way. While taking down the wall, they discover an old Christmas card hidden behind the baseboard, but the handwritten notation is not ...more
Marcy Graybill
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was able to read this book thanks to Netgalley.com
I've read all of Leslie Meier's books and this novella does not disappoint! Though not a true murder mystery there is a mystery, and someone is killed. Lucy convinces her husband to renovate their upstairs. While doing some demo, Lucy finds a Christmas card from the 1960's with a not so cheerful message. Because she's nosy (and a reporter) she begins asking questions to find out who sent the card and why. The second novella by Lee Hollis is the
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chels marieantoinette
If you’re buying this book for the Lucy Stone mystery, don't waste your time or money. Meier totally dropped the ball on this one and I felt so disappointed. She developed a unique mystery with a cold case and possible false conviction and ended the whole the abruptly and without true explanation. I literally kept flipping the last page back and forth thinking “that can’t possible be it!” Very frustrating, Even with the few great things Lucy’s husband Bill unexpectedly accomplished for our heroi ...more
Nicole
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christmas Card Murder is a delightful holiday anthology featuring stories from Leslie Meier (Lucy Stone Mysteries), Lee Hollis (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries), and Peggy Ehrhart (Knit and Nibbles Mysteries)!

In Christmas Card Murder, the Stone’s antique farmhouse is undergoing renovations when Bill uncovers a decades old (and quite unpleasant!) Christmas card, and Lucy decides to investigate the former owners of their home to discover the reason for the nasty note. Along with the upr
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Lisa Morin
These are three of my favorite things authors, and I’ve come to love these short holiday mysteries.

Lucy Stone is my favorite character. I would be happy to be her friend and have some wild adventures with her.
Whether Lucy is just a natural at asking questions, or plain old nosy is up to the reader. I think she’s a bit of both.
When a recent home renovation has Lucy picking paint colors and bathtubs, she just can’t forget about the odd Christmas card she found.
Leave it to Lucy to find the answers.
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Marissa
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kindle Copy for Review from Net Galley and Kensington Books.

I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.

In this cozy Christmas collection we get Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier, Death of a Christmas Carol by Lee Hollis and Death of a Christmas Card Crafter by Peggy Ehrhart to put you in the Christmas mood for murder. Fans of these three authors will enjoy these stories.

Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier has Lucy Stone doing holiday renovati
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Melissa
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love reading a collection of novellas because during this time of year life gets busy. It is nice to curl up with each of these stories and enjoy them after a long day. Leslie Meier is one of my favorite authors with her Lucy Stone series. As a reader I have followed along as Lucy and her family celebrate the holidays and grow up. Christmas Card Murder brings Lucy to a long ago mystery. Uncovering an old Christmas card from the wall, Lucy must find out who left the nasty message. Lee Hollis gi ...more
Dawn
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three authors come together to tell mystery short stories. All three involve a murder.
Meier starts is off with Lucy finding an old Christmas card in a wall that was more of a threat. She goes off to find out the circumstances behind it.
Hollis follows up with a woman who sends a Christmas card to three woman telling them she intends to steal one of their husbands.
Ehrhart finishes with the story of a beloved art teacher being found dead.
Opinion
I’m a huge fan of Leslie Meier and jumped at the chanc
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J Messina
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I simply loved this Christmas card themed anthology. All three stories are interesting in their own way. In Leslie Meier's story, the highlight was that the main focus was on a vintage card. There were some sad aspects to this story, but the conclusion was well written.

The next story, by Lee Hollis, was interesting, although I have to admit that some aspects were downright unpleas
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Nicole
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgally
Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, & Peggy Ehrhart
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Release Date: October 27, 2020

Christmas Card Murder contains three short cozy mysteries by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, & Peggy Ehrhart. "Christmas Card Murder" is book 26.5 from the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier. "Death of A Christmas Carol" is book 13.5 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery Series by Lee Hollis. "Death of a Christmas Card Crafter" is book 6.5 in A
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Gretchen
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This collection of stories will definitely put you in the mood for Christmas.
In the Lucy Stone one, she tracks down the story behind a hidden Christmas card she finds in her house. There is also Christmas events and a heavy snowfall to put you in the holiday mood.
The Hayley Powell story mostly takes place at the office Christmas party and involves a philandering husband. I always enjoy a visit with Hayley and her friends. I like the inserts of her newspaper column in the stories and the recipes
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Amanda Lavelle
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review.
This is three novellas, written by three different authors that all feature a Christmas card in some way.
I definitely enjoyed the first story, written by Leslie Meier, the best. She is the one who’s work I was most familiar with prior to reading this and I really get along well with her writing style.
These are fun little stories that will serve you well if you want a quick getaway duri
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Greg
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and the authors for allowing me to read and review this book.

This book has three novellas about Christmas that center around mysterious Christmas cards and murder. Each finds semi- normal, average people left to discover whodunnit, since the police seem to miss the mark. They all include people who work for small town newspapers, who like to investigate and discover the truth. These Christmas stories capture the warmth of the season, as well as hold you
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