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Mail Order Murders

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Dec 30 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0140158324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140158328
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly

Although its language is frequently sophomoric, this debut mystery introducing sleuth Lucy Stone does feature some nice plot twists. At the height of the Christmas season, Stone, an employee of Maine mail-order house Country Cousins, finds her wealthy boss, Sam Miller III, dead inside his car in the company parking lot. The police quickly determine that the popular Miller was murdered. His beautiful wife is initially a suspect, but she had neither motive nor opportunity. When two other suspects are also cleared, Stone convinces officer Barney Culpepper to help her spring a trap to flush out the killer. Soon after, she discovers a genuine suicide and Culpepper suffers a near-fatal traffic accident. Stone concludes that the two events are related to the Miller slaying and executes a plan to catch the murderer in another homicide attempt. Neither particularly readable nor particularly plausible, the novel deserves some credit for an interesting cast of characters.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Back in Maine, three-time mother and part-time mail-order business employee Lucy Stone discovers the apparent suicide of her boss one cold night during her break. Things begin to change at work and Lucy grows suspicious, despite the demands of the Christmas season: perhaps someone murdered Sam Miller in order to take over his successful business. Lucy contributes a bit of sleuthing, but domesticity sidetracks her life and this plot. Those in search of a mystery to solve will not find it here.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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And 9 years later, I still love it. I have held on to this first book so I could read more from this author. Lucy Stone is a 60's hippie, now grown up with family and kids. She reminds me of Rita Mae Brown's "Harry" Haristeen in that she lives a real life, she has chores, drives kids to school, worries about pets and has a full time job. I've never been to Maine, but her descriptions fit what I have always imagined Maine to be like. I'm also a sucker for a good holiday mystery.
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I just recently discovered Leslie Meier's books, and I am tickled-pink with my discovery.
The entire series is fun. Just the right mixture of suspense, drama, and comedy. If you are a mom, this series is a must read. I can't tell you how many times I have seem myself in her books. Just recently I have been rushing around trying to get my daughter's asthma release form signed so she can have her asthma inhaler at school(without this form, they probably would kick her out or arrest her if she carries her inhaler with her). In one of her books, Lucy is dealing with the same issue(my daughter shared her inhaler at a roller-rink and saved the day...Lucy's daughter had the same thing happen in school!).
If you are a new reader to the series, I would suggest starting from the beginning(although it certainly isn't necessary). I loved following the antics of her children as they have aged(my husband is convinced her stories are based on our family!), along with the locals and how her relationship with them developed.
My hope is that Lucy will live a long and happy life, so I can enjoy her books for a long, long time. Leslie Meier has me hooked!
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By A Customer on Dec 3 1999
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This is the first Lucy Stone mystery and in my opinion, one of the best. Who cares if the title was changed? As a mystery reader, when I find a series I like, I want to read ALL the books in that series, especially the first one. Obviously the previous publisher didn't know what they were doing, otherwise the book still would have been in print. This is a really good mystery, with a great cover and title. If you like good mysteries, happen to be a fan of Leslie Meier and Lucy Stone, AND you HAVE TO start a myster series from the first book, do yourself a favor and buy this book today!
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Lucy Stone is completely busy with the holidays. From baking cookies to knitting sweaters. If you name it, she's doing it. But her holiday preparations come to a halt when she finds Sam Miller, the founder of the mail-order company Country Cousins dead in his car. The police are calling it a suicide, but Lucy knows that that's not the case. Now she's got to find the killer before she's the next one dead.
This was my first and favorite Lucy Stone Mystery. This book will get you hooked on the series before you can say Merry Christmas.
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By A Customer on Oct. 24 2003
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The small town flavor of this book drew me to it right away. Lucy Stone is a character that many of us can relate to, especially during the holidays. If you are looking for light reading with enough suspense to keep you hooked, then Misteltoe Murder is the perfect mystery. Bake some gingerbread men, warm some cocoa, and snuggle up for a Christmas caper.
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By A Customer on Dec 7 2002
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The writing is not that good and certainly not very suspenseful. Filled with mundane details about the main character's daily life. Not very compelling. Three stars is probably too generous. I wouldn't read this author again. A much better read is Simon Brett's The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor (Amazon spells it "Puzzle").
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