Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

mistletoe-murderMistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier
Series: Lucy Stone #1
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Setting: Tinker’s Cove, Maine
Published by Kensington, 1991
E-book, Kindle Unlimited
224 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: 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…

After she had finally gotten the children tucked in bed and read them the Patches memorial bedtime story, James Herriot’s The Christmas Day Kitten, Lucy was exhausted.


Her mother picked her way carefully along the rubber matting, holding herself together only by the tightly wound threads of restraint and good breeding. She might well have been the survivor of some dreadful battle or holocaust, a witness to unspeakable horror, scarcely sure herself whether she was alive or dead.

Initial impressions

  • I like the Christmas aspects of this book probably more than the mystery.


  • This is the second book I’ve read in this series. (I read the third book–Trick or Treat Murder in October.)
  • I enjoy all the Christmas parts of this book–baking cookies, making a costume for her daughter for the church pageant, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift. All these things felt very natural and what many young parents do at Christmas.
  • Lucy is pretty down-to-earth. And I like that! I also like Lucy and her husband Bill.
  • The situation with Lucy’s mother seems realistic. Lucy’s father died not too long ago and her mother is lost without him–mainly because she never learned to do things on her own.


  • Again (as in Trick or Treat Murder), I think the day-to-day life of Lucy, her family and friends overshadow the mystery. However, I did enjoy that day-to-day life.
  • The original title–Mail-Order Murder–is a better title than Mistletoe Murder (no mistletoe in sight as far as I can remember).

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I think I will read more in this series. I like Lucy, but I will probably spread them out more so I don’t get tired of them.
  • I’ve read several Christmas books and thought it would be fun to post my reviews during the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon to give people ideas of books to read.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Leslie Meier lives in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the creator of ‘Lucy Stone’, a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England.

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