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Christmas Carol Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Christmas Carol Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Написано Leslie Meier

Озвучено Karen White


Christmas Carol Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Написано Leslie Meier

Озвучено Karen White

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3.5/5 (7 оценки)
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6 hours
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Sep 24, 2013
ISBN:
9781624067341
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Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year, Tinker's Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling, 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. Scribner believes Marlowe's ghost has come to warn him of his own 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?
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Sep 24, 2013
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LESLIE MEIER is the acclaimed author of over twenty Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. She is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery. Readers can visit her website at www.LeslieMeier.com.

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  • (5/5)
    Another great, cozy Christmas mystery from Leslie Meier. She editorializes more than usual, but I happen to agree with her stance, so I enjoyed it.
  • (3/5)
    Always an enjoyable series.
  • (3/5)
    Charlie Dickens would be proud, or not. This story takes a loose form of The Christmas Carol. Lucy's small town of Tinker's Cove is feeling the pinch of the recession. Marlowe and Scribner are foreclosing on several homes in the area and all but cry out "bah, humbug" as they refuse to refinance mortgage. Shortly after Marlowe is murdered (you knew that was coming) EMT and police are called to Scribner's counting house.....uh.....office and he runs out of the building saying he just saw Marley's....uh....Marlowe's ghost. Even that doesn't change the miser and no one in the town has any pity for him or sorrow that his partner is gone. Lucy decides she will investigate the murder and discovers that even her boss owes Shribner. There is no Tiny Tim in this story but a child does play a key role.I felt that the author spent way too much time talking about foreclosures, etc. A lot of that could have been left out and the story would not have suffered. in fact, it would have been much better. I felt that the author was on her soap box in many instances and instead of trying to tell a story, she was lecturing and, at times preaching. It spoiled the whole story for me.
  • (3/5)
    Sort of a rip off of personalities of the real Chistmas Carol and even a similarity of names--Marlowe to Marley---but the guy who is murdered is part-owner of a mortgage company in the recession. V Good as usual.
  • (3/5)
    As the town of Tinker Cove prepares for the Christmas season it finds itself with its own Christmas Carol events . Lucy Stone to the rescue.
  • (3/5)
    This was an okay Christmas themed mystery. I liked that the main character was a reporter and that the plot kept me guessing. The final confrontation was a bit more of a thriller than I expected from a cozy mystery. I like thrillers, so it was a nice surprise to have the excitement! Anyway, I might go back and read the first few books in the series and see if I can get a better feel for the characters. The writing was well done and easy to follow, but it lacked that emotional "punch" that would've really pulled me into the story.
  • (4/5)
    Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie MeierThis Tinkers Cove, Maine story starts off with a protest due to the bankruptcies and mortgage company run by Jake Marlow and his partner have had to foreclose on many of the houses.Jake's house, being the hoarder he is loses his house to a fire.Lucy Stone was one of the first on the scene as she was witnessing the protest with her daughter Sara-who had skipped college class. Lucy worked at the Pennysaver newspaper.The mail bomb had killed Jake and now Lucy was hot on the trail to find out who had sent the bomb in the mail. Lots of town meetings depending on the day and location where many would meet and just talk. Small town community where everybody knows about everybody.Things escalate as other events occur around town: ghosts in the Christmas Scrooge play and also in real life to the other owner of the mortgage company...Every little clue is very important to solving the mystery, even the tiny clues...The story she was to investigate leads to many more sad facts then what she was prepared for that involved town employees...There are many uprisings in town as the residents protest with hopes to change things...Lots of good Christmas traditions and some new ones.I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
  • (4/5)
    This may be the twentieth Lucy Stone mystery, but it's the first for me, and I found it very enjoyable. The book's title and Jake Marlowe's name in the very first line told me that this was a take-off on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and I had fun noticing all the parallels between the two. The mystery is a good one, and I barely had the killer identified before Lucy, but there's a lot more to this book than whodunit.I really liked the working class small town setting of Christmas Carol Murder. This is a place where the residents all seem to know-- and care about-- each other. If your hours have been cut, people know. If you're struggling to make your mortgage payments, people know. This could feel a bit creepy and just grist for the local gossip mill, but as I mentioned before, the Tinker's Cove residents really seem to care about each other. Not having read any of the previous books in the series, I am still going to assume that the tone of this book may be a little darker than usual. Recession, foreclosure, smaller paychecks, a very sick child... but just remember how Dickens' tale turned out and you won't be led astray.The characters are a real source of strength in this book, too. Lucy Stone is a reporter for a small town newspaper, and I really got a feeling for how these institutions are struggling to survive. Lucy is bright and funny and nosy (in a good way). She's got a daughter who's just started college-- and just become CEO of the My-Parents-Are-Too-Stupid-To-Live Club. Trying to report the news, learn her Mrs. Cratchit lines for the play, solve a murder, keep her husband and youngest daughter fed and happy, and deal with Sara the Diva Daughter are about ten things too many for Lucy's To Do list, but somehow she manages. The youngest daughter's behavior throughout the book (and Lucy's reactions to it) kept me laughing. In many ways, Leslie Meier has written the best true-to-life family dynamics that I've read in a long time.This was a light, fun read that kept me guessing and smiling. Something tells me that I just may be visiting Tinker's Cove, Maine again in the future.
  • (4/5)
    Fun, enjoyable cozy mystery based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This is a light, quick read perfect for December.
  • (3/5)
    The similarities between this tale and another more famous one are no accident. In fact, half the fun in this entertaining cozy is spotting the parallels. People in Tinker’s Cove are preparing for Christmas, despite the problems that are plaguing some of the inhabitants. When one of the stingiest citizens receives an anonymous gift that blows up in his face, things become even more tense. Now that his partner is threatening to foreclose on more homeowners, it seems like he definitely needs a push in the right direction to find the real spirit of Christmas. Is Lucy the one to do it? This cozy is more than just a mystery – it tackles some social issues as well. A good choice at any time of the year, but especially at Christmastime.
  • (2/5)
    In the spirit of Christmas giving, I am rounding my 1½ stars up instead of down. I was mildly enjoying the small town stories and heading towards a low 3* rating. Then in the ending Lucy decides to enter the building with a crazed townsman armed with a home-made bomb because she doesn't want her old car which is parked out front blown up!!?! Too ridiculous for me to swallow.I aso found this audiobook's narrator to be not quite to my taste. I am not sure why though - there was no obvious flaw in her speaking voice. If I figure it out, I will come back and add in that information.