Monday, December 14, 2015

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier


Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn't smell right.

Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa's Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she's about to receive a present from Santa she didn't ask for--a killer who won't be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself. . .


Review: This was the first book I read for the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon last month and I really loved it. What I find enjoyable about cozy mysteries is that you get a really fun story and great characters with a nice mystery that doesn't leave you too frightened! It's a win-win all around. I was lucky when I realized that Mistletoe Murder was the first book in the Lucy Stone series, as I was able to grab it for the Read-A-Thon but I also didn't have to start in the middle of a series.

There is plenty of fun Christmas moments in this book if you want a book that is set during this time of the year. You have cookie exchanges, shopping for presents, relatives coming to town, Christmas pageants, and more! In the midst of all of this, the owner of Country Cousins, where Lucy works evenings, has been found by Lucy herself dead in his car. What first appears to be suicide is soon declared murder.

While a lot of cozy mysteries has the main character investigating and sticking their nose in the cop's business to figure out who the murderer is, Lucy is a bit different. She is known for being curious and her own husband warns her to not look into the murder. However, her means of investigating involves more conversations than actual snooping around, though there are a couple things she looks into on her own. This didn't really bother me, but I figured it was something to point out - I suppose it depends on what type of amateur sleuth you like to read about! I'm definitely curious to see how Lucy involves herself in future murder investigations in later titles.

As for the mystery, I never did figure out who the culprit was until things started being put in place to catch them "in the act" if you will. It was definitely a good ending!

12 comments:

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

That cover makes it seem like quite a cute read too! hehe, glad it was enjoyable and that's awesome that the culprit was hard to pick! I always dislike when I pick the suspect too early. heh. XD
Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

Melliane said...

It's nice to have a christmas story like that. It's so sweet.

Tracy Terry said...

About time I delved into another Cosy and with its Christmas theme this sounds ideal.

Erika Sorocco said...

I used to read Leslie Meier books all the time, but haven't read this one - definitely checking it out!

xx

cleemckenzie said...

I love "cozy mysteries" this time of year! Thanks for reviewing this one.

Heidi Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I recently read the 22nd book in the series without having read any of the others and it was a total miss for me. I am curiou though about the earlier books because it obviously was a good series at some point if it is still going strong.

Lola R said...

I really am enjoying the cozy mystery genre lately. And that's exactly why I love cozy mysteries, the mystery isn't too scary and you get a great story and characetrs as well. I prefer starting at the start of the series, so I don't feel like I miss anything. This sounds like a fun one! Great review!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This sounds so cute and cozy!

Kindlemom said...

Love a good cozy mystery and a holiday one at that too!

Brandi Kosiner said...

Great to hear you loved it and worked for your challenge

Adriana Garcia said...

I think this also different for a cozy mystery because the MC isn't usually married at first right?

I've read only a couple of cozy mysteries, but there is always something about them that I enjoy. I really like that this one is set during Christmastime because I love watching Christmas movies so I'm sure to enjoy a cozy read like this one.

Jennifer Humphries said...

This sounds fabulous! I like that the ending also sounds interesting, rather than you knowing the whole time. Thanks for sharing this. Going to add it to my Kindle!