Friday, December 6, 2019

Review - 'Tis The Season Murder by Leslie Meier

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

'Tis The Seasons Murder
by Leslie Meier

Just in time for the holiday season is 'Tis The Season Murder (Kensington Books; $12.95; 410 pages) by New York Times bestselling author Leslie Meier, featuring two Lucy Stone Holiday Mysteries — New Year's Eve Murder and Christmas Carol Murder.

New Year's Eve Murder

After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker’s Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs—and one of them is murder. Soon it will be up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square . . .

Christmas Carol Murder

Lucy Stone is excited about acting in the town’s production of A Christmas Carol. But a real-life Scrooge has everyone feeling frosty. While Tinker’s Cove has fallen on hard times, Downeast Mortgage owners Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner are raking in profits from misfortune. So when Marlowe is murdered, the suspects are many. But Scribner claims Marlowe’s ghost has come to warn him of his own impending demise—and he’s soon receiving death threats. Now Lucy will have to solve the case faster than she can say “Bah! Humbug!”. . .

Where To Purchase?

While I do like reading holiday themed books, many of them tend to fall in the romance genre, so to mix things up this year, I read 'Tis The Season Murder by Leslie Meier, which contains two previously published novels — New Year's Eve Murder (2005) and Christmas Carol Murder (2013). Both stories are part of the Lucy Stone Mystery series.

New Year's Eve Murder centers around Lucy and her daughter Elizabeth winning a trip to Manhattan from a mother/daughter makeup contest courtesy of a magazine. After one of the magazine editors is killed and Elizabeth is exposed to anthrax, it's up to Lucy to track down the killer.

Christmas Carol Murder is set in Tinker's Cove, Maine and centers around the murder of Jake Marlowe, one of the co-owners of Downeast Mortgage. While she's not at rehearsals for the town's production of A Christmas Carol, she's trying to figure out who wanted to kill Marlowe.

Overall, I enjoyed reading both stories in 'Tis The Seasons Murder; though my favorite out of the two is Christmas Carol Murder as the plot was slightly better. Both stories are well-written with interesting characters, lively dialogue, and great descriptions. 'Tis The Season Murder would make a nice little stocking stuffer for any mystery reader.

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