Holiday Murder

For Lucy Stone, Christmas in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, isn’t just about the gift of giving. Sometimes it’s also about solving a crime or two . . .

Mistletoe Murder
The First Lucy Stone Mystery!
As if Lucy Stone’s Christmas schedule wasn’t busy enough, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers its very wealthy founder, Sam Miller, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, Lucy’s gift for suspecting murder shines bright. Now she must track down an elusive killer—one who won’t be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself . . .

Christmas Cookie Murder
One of the best things about Christmas in Tinker’s Cove has always been the annual Cookie Exchange. But when long-simmering petty rivalries and feuds finally come to a boil, accusations of recipe theft lead to an act of murder. Despite all of the ingredients for danger, Lucy sets out on the trail of a killer and soon uncovers a shocking Christmas secret best left unopened . .



I adore Leslie Meier because she has this wonderful knack for supplying my overly stress-filled life with the perfect getaway.

This is a re-release of her first book in the Lucy Stone Mystery Series (Mistletoe Murder) and her sixth (Christmas Cookie Murder). They’re both full length stories and wonderfully captured the holiday spirit albeit with a little unexpected mayhem.

Mistletoe Murder introduces us to our sleuth and heroine, Lucy Stone. In the vein of Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote, you get a warm and charming character who has a perfectly normal job and just happens to stumble into mysteries and dead people. She decides to find out who killed her boss though it was made to look like a suicide. Simple plot line? Yes. Great way to spend the time? You betcha!

Christmas Cookie Murder shows after the previous five books Lucy has settled into her routine of being a reporter by day and sleuth by night, well you get the point. Cookie exchanges are one of my favorite parts of the season and after the characters enjoy one themselves Lucy discovers a guest isn’t going to get to enjoy the baked goods. Lucy shows the joys and pitfalls of trying to balance work, home life and play sleuth.

Meier gives great, well-written mysteries that drop enough clues to keep you interested but not so annoyingly blatant you give up reading before the end. Her characters and their actions feel believable along with crimes and how the big solve is revealed.

Meier is a guilty pleasure that just keeps getting better so hopefully you’ll find yourself hooked and wanting to follow Lucy Stone through her escapades.

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to review this!

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