Lucy Stone Books In Publication Order
- Mistletoe Murder / Mail Order Murder (1991)
- Tippy Toe Murder (1994)
- Trick or Treat Murder (1996)
- Back to School Murder (1997)
- Valentine Murder (1999)
- Christmas Cookie Murder (1999)
- Turkey Day Murder (2000)
- Wedding Day Murder (2001)
- Birthday Party Murder (2002)
- Father’s Day Murder (2003)
- Star Spangled Murder (2004)
- New Year’s Eve Murder (2005)
- Bake Sale Murder (2006)
- St. Patrick’s Day Murder (2008)
- Mother’s Day Murder (2009)
- Wicked Witch Murder (2010)
- English Tea Murder (2011)
- Chocolate Covered Murder (2011)
- Easter Bunny Murder (2013)
- Christmas Carol Murder (2013)
- French Pastry Murder (2014)
- Candy Corn Murder (2015)
- British Manor Murder (2017)
- Turkey Trot Murder (2017)
- Eggnog Murder (2017)
- Silver Anniversary Murder (2018)
- Yule Log Murder (2018)
- Invitation Only Murder (2019)
- Christmas Card Murder (With: Lee Hollis,Peggy Ehrhart) (2020)
- Irish Parade Murder (2021)
- Halloween Party Murder (With: Lee Hollis,Barbara Ross) (2021)
- Easter Bonnet Murder (2022)
Lucy Stone Collections In Publication Order
- Candy Cane Murder (2007)
- Gingerbread Cookie Murder (2010)
- A Winter Wonderland (2012)
Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries Books In Publication Order
- Death of a Kitchen Diva (By:Lee Hollis) (2012)
- Death of a Country Fried Redneck (By:Lee Hollis) (2012)
- Death of a Coupon Clipper (By:Lee Hollis) (2013)
- Death of a Chocoholic (By:Lee Hollis) (2014)
- Death of a Christmas Caterer (By:Lee Hollis) (2014)
- Death of a Cupcake Queen (By:Lee Hollis) (2015)
- Death of a Bacon Heiress (By:Lee Hollis) (2016)
- Death of a Pumpkin Carver (By:Lee Hollis) (2016)
- Death of a Lobster Lover (By:Lee Hollis) (2017)
- Death of a Cookbook Author (By:Lee Hollis) (2018)
- Death of a Wedding Cake Baker (By:Lee Hollis) (2019)
- Death of a Blueberry Tart (By:Lee Hollis) (2020)
- Death of a Wicked Witch (By:Lee Hollis) (2020)
- Death of an Italian Chef (By:Lee Hollis) (2021)
- Halloween Party Murder (With: Lee Hollis,Barbara Ross) (2021)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Haunted House Murder (2019)
- Christmas Sweets (2019)
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Leslie Meier Books Overview
While working the night shift at a famous Maine mail order company called Country Cousins, Lucy Stone discovers the dead body of Sam Miller, the company’s founder, and she sets out to find the truth about Sam’s murder. AB.
When Lucy Stone’s neighbor, Caro Binney, a retired dance teacher, disappears, and Morrill Slack is killed with a video camera, Lucy sets out to track down Caro, who could be linked to Morrill’s murder.
Haunted house parties and ghostly galas…
grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove…
It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre teen rebellion, and breast feeding her brand new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town’s oldest house, arson turns into murder…
While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick or treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best laid plans up in smoke…
It’s back to school time in the peaceful Maine town of Tinker’s Cove, and for mother of four Lucy Stone it isn’t a moment too soon. But when the assistant principal is murdered, and the most popular teacher at the school is arrested for the crime, Lucy’s determined to juggle family, job, and night school to find the real killer.
It’s Valentine’s Day in Tinker’s Cove. And while the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her children will have pink frosting and candy hearts, Lucy’s thoughts aren’t centered on sugary sentiments. She’s barely arrived at her first board meeting of the newly renovated library when Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is found dead in the basement, shot only minutes before story hour was to start. The agitated board members assume that Bitsy was killed by an outsider, until Detective Lt. Horowitz arrives on the scene and announces that the killer is among them. Lucy was already aware that Bitsy’s uppity big city ways rubbed some people in Tinker’s Cove the wrong way. But she has a hunch that motives for the librarian’s violent death run a lot deeper. From Hayden Norcross’s elegant antique shop to Corney Clark’s chic kitchen, Lucy relentlessly snoops into the curious lifestyles and shocking secrets of Tinker’s Cove’s most solid citizens secrets that will plunge her into a terrifying confrontation with a conniving killer…
‘Meier includes domestic details that add charm to this lighthearted cozy.’ Publishers Weekly
Lucy Stone finds a new mystery to solve when Christmas in Tinker’s Cove turns deadly during the annual Cookie Exchange after Tucker Whitney, recently accused of stealing Lee Cummings’ cookie recipe, is found murdered.
Once again, Leslie Meier gives mystery fans a reason to give thanks for the eccentric charms of Tinker’s Cove and the intriguing exploits of its resident amateur sleuth, Lucy Stone. Turkey Day Murder Tinker’s Cove has a long history of Thanksgiving festivities, from visits with TomTom Turkey to the annual Warriors high school football game and Lucy Stone’s impressive pumpkin pie. But this year, someone has added murder to the menu, and Lucy intends to discover who left Metinnicut Indian activist Curt Nolan deader than the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey with an ancient war club next to his head. The list of suspects isn’t exactly a brief one. Nolan had a habit of disagreeing with just about everybody he met. Between fixing dinner for twelve and keeping her four kids from tearing each other limb from limb, Lucy has a pretty full plate already. So what’s a little investigation? But if she’s not careful, she just may find herself served up as a last minute course, stone cold dead with all the trimmings…
‘I like Lucy Stone a lot, and so will readers.’ Carolyn Hart ‘Meier writes with sparkle and warmth.’ Chicago Sun Times
The whole town of Tinker’s Cove is looking forward to the celebration marking former librarian Julia Ward Howe Tilley’s ninetieth birthday. Lucy Stone, Miss Tilley’s closest friend, dreamed up the party idea at about the same time she decided she’s not getting old without a fight. That sounds like a plan until Lucy realizes her daughter’s fourteenth birthday bash, a coed sleepover, may turn her hair white overnight. What was she thinking when she agreed to let Sara have the party? On her mind, instead, was the shocking death of Sherman Cobb, the town’s oldest attorney, an apparent suicide. His law partner, however, thinks Sherman was murdered. Poking about in Sherman’s papers, Lucy turns up an intriguing tie between the dead man and Miss Tilley. Meanwhile Miss Tilley’s own past has come back to haunt her in the form of a mysterious niece named Shirley and a biker great nephew named Snake. Soon no one can get to see the elderly librarian because the brash, bossy Shirley says she’s ‘failing.’ Now, as a killer’s ruthless plan rushes toward a conclusion, Lucy needs answers fast or else she and Miss Tilley won’t live long enough to make a wish and blow out the candles on this year’s birthday cake…
When her part time reporting gig gives Lucy the opportunity to attend a Boston newspaper conference, she looks forward to the vacation from domestic bliss. But then Luther Read suddenly drops dead. He is head of a near bankrupt newspaper dynasty and father to several resentful children.
Lucy Stone is in the doghouse with her next door neighbour, Mrs. Prudence Pratt. It seems that Kudo, the Stones’ misbehaving mutt, has developed a taste for Mrs. Pratt’s blue ribbon winning chickens, as well an escape artist’s talent for sneaking out. With the Fourth of July coming up, Lucy doesn’t want to set off any more fireworks with the crabby Prudence. Another sign that the crazy days of summer are in full swing arrives when a group of naturists a.k.a. nudists descends on Tinker’s Cove, skinny dipping at the pond that borders Mrs. Pratt’s property, giving her something else to complain about. Worse still, the local lobstermen are upset about poachers and suspicion falls on Mrs. Pratt’s husband and son. Then the July Fourth fireworks are cancelled to protect a patch of extremely rare purple spotted lichen, and Mrs Pratt is the victim of a hit and run. Tinker’s Cove is full of suspects, but none with so personal a motive as the Stones. Their feud with Mrs. Pratt has put them at risk of losing their freedom this Independence Day unless Lucy can start things off with a bang by catching a red, white and blue killer…
After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker’s Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth 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…
After finally arriving at the offices of Jolie, meeting their fellow makeover candidates, and being treated to a fashion show, Elizabeth is enamored of the extreme outfits and stick thin models while Lucy’s having some misgivings. The pampering is nice and the glitz and glamour of haute couture is bizarrely fascinating, but bitterness and aggression lurk behind Jolie’s hipper than thou fa ade. And things turn downright ugly when self absorbed fashion editor Nadine Nelson falls mysteriously ill and then dies…
Lucy saw first hand some of the backstabbing going on at Jolie. And the red hot rumor mill soon reveals that the cliquish connection among the magazine’s cabal of high style executives has stirred up plenty of bad blood over the years. But this Manhattan murder mystery hits too close to home when Elizabeth gets rushed to the hospital with symptoms that are disturbingly similar to Nadine’s. Now, it’s up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square…
Ever since local developer Fred Stanton and his wife, Mimi, built five modular homes next door to Lucy Stone’s farmhouse, life just hasn’t been the same. With Mimi complaining about everything from the state of Lucy’s lawn to another neighbor’s lovable dog, quaint Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul de sac politics and backstabbing. And when Mimi doesn’t show up for her shift at The Hat and Mitten Fund bake sale, the scent of burnt sugar leads Lucy to a shocking discovery: Mimi, face down on her kitchen floor with a knife in her back.
While the police start their investigation, Lucy gets busy writing up the murder for the local Pennysaver and following a few leads of her own. Lucy knows the women in her neighborhood didn’t like Mimi, but they certainly didn’t want her dead…
‘I like Lucy Stone a lot, and so will readers.’ Carolyn Hart
‘Leslie Meier writes with sparkle and warmth.’ Chicago Sun Times
‘Mothers everywhere will identify with Lucy Stone and the domestic problems she encounters.’ Publishers Weekly
Not many people in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, knew Old Dan Malone. The grizzled barkeep’s social circle was limited to the rough hewn lobstermen and other assorted toughs that frequented his bar, a derelict main street dive called, appropriately, the Bilge. But when his body is found bobbing in the town’s icy harbor, Lucy Stone, ace reporter for the Pennysaver newspaper, makes getting to know more about Old Dan a priority. And apparently, there’s lots to learn.
Like the fact that local musician Dave Reilly insists Old Dan conned a winning lottery ticket worth five grand from him. And that handyman Brian Donohue claims that Old Dan stiffed him for repair work he’d done at the bar. There are even whispers about some connection to the Irish Republican Army. The confusion surrounding the death is only compounded by the arrival of actor Dylan Malone, Old Dan’s brother and a prominent, if fading, attraction of the Dublin stage. Dylan has come to direct the production of ‘Finian’s Rainbow,’ the featured event at Our Lady of Hope’s annual St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza. He’s also come to help his brother renovate the Bilge, turning the dingy tavern into an authentic if decidedly upscale Irish pub.
Was Old Dan killed by someone he’d cheated, someone he’d loved, or someone who just couldn’t stand the idea of losing their favorite watering hole? While Lucy can’t be sure, one thing is abundantly clear the stage is set for a murder mystery with a killer ending!
Spring in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, finds local reporter Lucy Stone wishing she were digging in her garden instead of languishing in her office at the Pennysaver newspaper. But flowerbeds will have to wait when Mother’s Day rings in a feud between two neighborhood moms and the fallout is fatal…
Two of her four kids may be out of the nest, but Lucy knows only too well that mothering is a lifetime commitment. At least she gets to kick back and enjoy a fancy Mother’s Day brunch with her brood that is, before the festivities are interrupted by a nasty scene courtesy of Barbara Hume and Tina Nowak. Opposites in every way, the only thing these mean moms have in common is the need to best each other at every turn, using their teenage daughters as pawns in elaborate games of one upsmanship…
The hostilities only escalate when Bar and Tina team up to host an after prom party for local teens. Lucy persuaded to participate so she can keep an eye on her own daughter, Sara has a front row seat for the fireworks. But even after witnessing the women’s claw sharpening rituals, she never expects to see actual blood spilled until Tina is shot dead on the public tennis court, right in front of Lucy.
Having witnessed Tina’s death, Lucy naturally expects to cover it for the Pennysaver, but when her boss snatches the story, she’s relegated to backing him up instead of taking the lead. It’s an exercise in frustration, especially since Lucy can shake neither the image of Tina’s last moments nor the suspicion that the evidence against prime suspect Bar isn’t as cut and dried as it seems…
Lucy is determined to unravel the close knit knot of suspects, even if she doesn’t get the byline. But when the threads threaten to entangle one of her own, Lucy will come face to face with a killer who has a thing or two to learn about motherly love…
With planning the town’s annual Halloween Party, the drought wreaking havoc on her garden, and her brood of four children, Lucy Stone s got her hands full this fall As the air turns crisp and the trees blaze red and gold in the tiny town of Tinker s Cove, Maine, a newcomer arrives who seems to suit the Halloween season. Diana Ravenscroft has just opened Solstice, a charming little shop featuring candles, crystals, jewelry, and psychic readings. But after an unnervingly accurate reading by Diana, Lucy starts to get more than a little spooked Then there s the dead body Lucy finds, way up on one of the old logging roads behind her house. The deceased is identified as Malcolm Malebranche, a seemingly harmless magician who worked at children s birthday parties. When it turns out that Diana knew the murder victim, Ike Stoughton, a prominent local businessman, starts a campaign against Diana, blaming the witch for everything from the unseasonal dry spell to his wife s illness and his pumpkins lack of plumpness. But Lucy s not so sure that Ike himself is innocent. Still, as the town Halloween party approaches, Lucy s more concerned about the costume competition, pin the nose on the pumpkin, and baking three dozen orange cupcakes and Beastly Bug cookies. But as the October moon rises, a killer plans a lethal celebration of his own and Lucy s the guest of honor
Between a cutthroat dessert contest and her daughter’s new job at the fanciest chocolate shop Tinker’s Cove has ever seen, Lucy Stone is on a steady diet of tempting treats! But with a killer on the loose, and Valentine’s Day around the corner, there may be nothing sweeter than revenge…
It’s frigid in snow covered Tinker’s Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues and her widening waistline. No one in their right mind would vacation in Maine this time of year, but to boost the economy, the town is launching a travel promotion for Valentine’s Day. As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer’s Chocolates, and its deliciously handsome owner, Trey Meacham. But when a local fisherman drowns suspiciously, Lucy’s certain her investigative skills could be put to better use…
Everyone is shocked when Fern’s Famous Fudge loses its status as ‘Best Candy on the Coast’ to Chanticleer’s pricey newfangled confections. And Lucy soon discovers there’s another tantalizing tart behind the counter. Sultry store manager Tamzin Graves is only too eager to serve her male clientele who find her as mouthwatering as her beef jerky spiked truffles. Leaving a throng of jealous women in her wake, it’s almost no surprise when Tamzin is the next to turn up dead, her body covered in chocolate…
Could a bitter ex wife be behind the crimes? Or a candy shop competitor? There’s no sugar coating the truth, and as Lucy closes in on the culprit, she may find herself locked in the clutches of a half baked killer…
‘Candy Cane Murder‘ by Joanne Fluke. Bakery owner Hannah Swensen feels a little stuffed in her elf costume but it’s too late to count calories. Lake Eden’s annual Christmas gala is upon her and eager children are waiting. Wayne Bergstrom, owner of Bergstrom’s Department Store, happily ho ho hos his way through the festivities in his Santa suit. But when a trail of candy canes leads to his corpse in a snow bank, Hannah must find Kris Kringle’s Killer.’The Dangers of Candy Canes’ by Laura Levine. When a wealthy suburbanite takes a lethal tumble off his roof while installing a giant candy cane, the roofing contractor being held responsible for murder asks freelance writer Jaine Austen to investigate. But solving this untimely holiday death means delving into the cutthroat Christmas decorating wars among scheming neighbors with dirty secrets in their stocking. It takes a fruitcake hiding a weapon and a stunning confrontation to expose the mastermind of this holiday murder.’Candy Canes of Christmas Past’ by Leslie Meier. Twenty some years ago, Lucy Stone arrived in Tinker Cove, Maine, and discovered her knack for solving mysteries when she met Miss Tilly, the town librarian, whose mother took a fatal fall down the basement stairs one Christmas Eve. The ‘accident’ left a cloud of suspicion on Miss Tilly’s father and a slew of other suspects. The only clue was a glass candy cane found smashed to bits by the victim’s body. Now Lucy must learn the mystery of the glass candy cane as she unlocks the doors of Christmas past, exposing secrets, scandal, and a killer who got away with murder.
Nothing’s better on Christmas Eve than waiting for the stroke of midnight with a cup of eggnog and a plate of warm gingerbread cookies. But in this merry collection of holiday mysteries, murder is making its own special delivery Gingerbread Cookie Murder By Joanne FlukeWhen Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah s Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that s as long as her holiday shopping list. The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies By Laura LevineJaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents retirement community s play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he accidentally falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor s jealous lovers was capable of murder. Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots By Leslie MeierWhen Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five year old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick s car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again. Perfect for that special someone on your list or just for yourself, these intriguing mysteries will make the holidays shine brighter Includes luscious holiday recipes!