Review: Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier

Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier
Series: A Lucy Stone Mystery (# 20)
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 272
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



It’s Christmas in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and Lucy Stone is excited about her acting debut in the town’s production of A Christmas Carol. But a real life Scrooge has everyone feeling frosty, and with a murderer on the loose, Lucy will have to unwrap her sleuthing skills faster than she can say, “Bah! Humbug!”

Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year, Tinker’s Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling to make ends meet, Christmas festivities are a luxury some can’t afford. But the story’s not so bleak at Downeast Mortgage, whose tightfisted owners, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in profits from everyone’s misfortune. Half the town is in their debt, so when the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. . .

It’s hard to feel merry amidst all the yuletide chaos. Between her reporting duties at the Pennysaver and nightly rehearsals for the Christmas play, Lucy hardly has time to search for a killer–especially one whose victim left behind so many possible culprits. Scribner believes Marlowe’s ghost has come to warn him of his own impending demise, and when he starts receiving death threats, Lucy wonders if there’s more to the omen than the ravings of a bitter old pinchpenny. . .

Can Lucy solve the case and deck the halls before the killer strikes again? In a season of giving, receiving a deadly Christmas present is definitely not what Lucy had on her wish list this year. . .



Review:  I jumped at the chance to review Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier. I have read other Lucy Stone mysteries and I always enjoy them. Ms. Meier has a way of telling a good mystery story with some humor thrown in. That is my favorite kind of mystery. I like to sit on the edge of my seat but yet get a good laugh or two a long the way. Leslie Meier was very successful doing that with this story.

I love Lucy Stone, that woman can find herself in the middle of more trouble then she knows what to do with. However she always finds a way out of the mess and maybe finds a clue or two along the way.
One other thing I really liked about this book is that it shows the economical hardships that are happening everywhere. It really puts the spotlight on some of the rough decisions people are having to make. Should they pay their mortgage or their health insurance? I like that this story really hits one some tough subjects.
I have a special fondness for Christmas stories and I enjoy reading them any time of the year. So that this is a Christmas story was just a bonus for me. Leslie Meier has done a great job of putting a different kind of twist on the the Christmas Carol story.
If you have read Ms. Meier’s work in the past and enjoyed her Lucy Stone series I think you will enjoy this book as well. If you have not had a chance to read her work but enjoy a nice mystery story with some humor then I would suggest you give this one a try. I think you might like it. I know I certainly did.