Saturday, October 28, 2017

Holiday Murder: Two Lucy Stone Christmas Mysteries

Happy Saturday!  Threads the Halls by Lea Wait will be out on Tuesday, October 31 along with Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith (and many others).  So many delightful books to add to my TBR pile.

Holiday Murder by Leslie Meier contains Mistletoe Murder and Christmas Cookie Murder (two Lucy Stone Mystery novels).  Go back to the very beginning of the Lucy Stone Mystery series in Mistletoe Murder.  Lucy works nights in the Country Cousins call center while her children are at home sleeping with her husband, Bill.  Lucy steps outside the call center (needs the cool air to help wake her up) and finds Sam Miller, one of the Country Cousins founders, dead in his car.  The police suspect suicide, but Lucy is not so sure.  Lucy works with Officer Barney Culpepper to discover what happened to Sam.  In between she must get ready for Christmas (clean the house before family arrives, wrap presents, bake cookies) and help her mother, Helen who is still grieving for her husband who passed away earlier in the year.  Can Lucy wrap up her investigation in time for a happy Christmas with the family?

Christmas Cookie Murder is the sixth book in the Lucy Stone Mystery series.  Lucy Stone is assisting Sue Finch at the day care center when Officer Barney Culpepper stops by with news that Tucker Whitney was found strangled.  Tucker was Sue’s assistant at the center.  Dr. Steve Cummings is the prime suspect and ends up arrested.  Lucy, who just loves a good mystery, starts nosing around trying to find clues to the real killer’s identity.  Who could have wanted Tucker dead and why? 

Holiday Murder was just delightful.  I had read both books previously, but it was nice to revisit them.  I had forgotten many of the details on how the series started (like Lucy working at Country Cousins).  I found Holiday Murder to be well-written, contain great characters and have a nice flow.  Leslie Meier has a great writing style which makes for an easy to read story that is enjoyable and entertaining.  I like how the author mingles the mystery with Lucy’s daily life.  It is a great combination.  We get to know Lucy, Bill, her kids and their friends.  My rating for Holiday Murder is 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it).  I was hooked on this series from the moment I picked up and read Mistletoe Murder (many years ago when I discovered the series in my local library).  There is a preview of Turkey Trot Murder at the end of the book.  For those of you who have not read the whole series, pick up Holiday Murder for two delightful Christmas cozy mysteries.  

By the way:   How do you write a book about Halloween?   With a ghostwriter!  I couldn't resist.  I will be sharing my review of Seashells, Spells and Caramels by Erin Johnson on Sunday.  May you have a haunting day and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader                                                                                         

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