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Christmas Cookie Murder [Mass Market Paperback]

Leslie Meier
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Oct. 1 2000 Lucy Stone Mysteries
A New York Times Bestselling Author -- 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. Petty rivalries and feuds leave a bad taste in the mouths of many guests, including Lee Cummings who accuses Tucker Whitney of stealing her recipe. But the icing is on the cake when Tucker is found strangled in her apartment the following morning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing Change Of Pace! Dec 29 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was an easy, fun read for me, I tend to read very serious books ( my last was HUBBERT'S PEAK: THE IMPENDING WORLD OIL SHORTAGE) so I found this novel very refreshing. CHRISTMAS COOKIE MURDER is perhaps the second murder mystery I ever recall reading. I thought the story line and characterization were excellent, and I see that Leslie Meier has used the character Lucy Stone five times previously, obviously a well developed character and fine tuned indeed. The writing style used here is homey, very relaxed.
As a man I enjoyed reading of the bickering a group of women are capable of, with their petty squabbles and jealousies, I suspect that Leslie Meier may have a keen insight into women's minds that few men do. Also, much of the book centers around Christmas and families and normal everyday events, and of course a perplexing murder, all told I found this a charming novel, definitely worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Entertaining Aug. 17 2000
Christmas Cookie Murder is a pleasant way to spend a weekend. Nothing too deep or profound, the book filled the bill nicely for me when I wanted a fast and fun read.
This was my first glimpse into the life of Lucy Stone, and I find now I should go back to book 1 and advance from there, for I think that I've missed out on much of the backstory of her life and family.
The story takes place in Tinker's Cove, Maine and features Lucy as reporter for the town's paper and inveterate amateur sleuth, this time the victim is a young woman rumored to be the reason for the breakup of the marriage of the town's dentist and his wife. Did the good doctor do it? The police think so and arrest him. But suspicion also hovers over the head of the good doctor's wife, who had been overheard to mouth vile thoughts toward the deceased. Add to this a growing concern over the use of alcohol by local teens, the influx of hard drugs into the tiny coastal town, a police chief whose ideas and attitudes come into direct conflict with just about everyone and Lucy has a lot to ponder and solve. And how she solves the mystery is quite by fluke.
Even though this is my first Lucy Stone mystery, I have the rest in my ToBeRead pile and look forward to learning more about Lucy and Tinker's Cove.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A charming holiday mystery Oct. 26 1999
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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 affair with Steve Cummings, who was separated from his wife Lee. The acting police chief arrests Steve for murder, but even his wife strongly feels her spouse is incapable of performing the act. Lucy begins to snoop, which lands her into more trouble than she ever has been in before and she knows trouble with a capital T.

The Lucy Stone mysteries are reminiscent of the Jessica Fletcher TV series even though the heroine of Tinker's Cove is much younger. The towns are similar with their respective residents interchangeable. However, Lucy Meier places her own special mark on each novel as readers have a refreshing opportunity to meet each character. CHRISTMAS COOOKIE MURDERS is simultaneously the most humorous yet melancholy of the all the books. By pulling off such a dichotomy inside an intriguing who-done-it, Ms. Meir demonstrates her writing abilities that turn this amateur sleuth into a fine novel.

Harriet Klausner
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By Bonnie
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Other reviewers here have given a good feel for the setting and plot of this lightweight mystery about a small town housewife/mom who dabbles in crimesolving. I found it pleasant, but uninspired- one scene has her serving tuna sandwiches and tomato soup to her family, which kind of sums up the diet we're offered - lacking in imaginative ddetail, witty dialogue, or unususal characters - everyone and every conversation is mundane to the extreme, yet is oddly comforting in its familiarity.
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