The name Lucy Stone refers to a series of cozy mystery novels written by Leslie Meier. Lucy Stone is also Leslie’s primary protagonist in these books, a hardworking mother doing what she can to keep her friends and family safe.
Order of Lucy Stone Series
|1||Mistletoe Murder||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||Tippy Toe Murder||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||Trick or Treat Murder||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||Back to School Murder||1997||Description / Buy|
|5||Valentine Murder||1999||Description / Buy|
|6||Christmas Cookie Murder||1999||Description / Buy|
|7||Turkey Day Murder||2000||Description / Buy|
|8||Wedding Day Murder||2001||Description / Buy|
|9||Birthday Party Murder||2002||Description / Buy|
|10||Father's Day Murder||2003||Description / Buy|
|11||Star Spangled Murder||2004||Description / Buy|
|12||New Year's Eve Murder||2005||Description / Buy|
|13||Bake Sale Murder||2006||Description / Buy|
|14||St. Patrick's Day Murder||2008||Description / Buy|
|15||Mother's Day Murder||2009||Description / Buy|
|16||Wicked Witch Murder||2010||Description / Buy|
|17||English Tea Murder||2011||Description / Buy|
|18||Chocolate Covered Murder||2011||Description / Buy|
|19||Easter Bunny Murder||2013||Description / Buy|
|20||Christmas Carol Murder||2013||Description / Buy|
|21||French Pastry Murder||2014||Description / Buy|
|22||Candy Corn Murder||2015||Description / Buy|
|23||British Manor Murder||2017||Description / Buy|
|24||Turkey Trot Murder||2017||Description / Buy|
|25||Holiday Murder||2017||Description / Buy|
|26||Eggnog Murder||2017||Description / Buy|
|27||Halloween Murder||2018||Description / Buy|
|28||Silver Anniversary Murder||2018||Description / Buy|
|29||Valentine Candy Murder||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Lucy Stone Collection Series
|1||Candy Cane Murder||2007||Description / Buy|
|2||Gingerbread Cookie Murder||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||A Winter Wonderland||2012||Description / Buy|
Readers first meet Lucy Stone in Mistletoe Murderer, the first novel in the Lucy Stone series. Lucy is working herself raw to prepare for the Christmas festivities in her small town of Tinker’s Cove.
She has jumpers to knit gifts to pick out and church pageant costumes to make. So when she finds her boss dead in his car, the last thing she needs on her plate is a murder mystery. But everything she can see points towards a murder rather than the supposed suicide.
And even with the rigors of the Christmas season, Lucy cannot help but investigate the mystery at hand.
The Lucy Stone books normally stretch believability for some readers. Lucy Stone lives a very hectic life. She is a relatively young mother who lives with her husband Bill, a restoration carpenter, and their three children.
Even though Lucy identifies as a reporter, she spends her nights working for a mail order company in the customer service department. Lucy’s family is a handful and they consume a considerable portion of her day.
And yet she still finds the strength to report to work on a regular basis. But if that wasn’t enough, Lucy cannot help but stick her nose into the murders and the mysteries that keep erupting around her cozy little town.
Her husband Bill doesn’t really blame her for her affinity to crime. Once Lucy spots an anomaly at a crime scene, a clue that suggests a narrative contrary to what people might be saying about an incident, she cannot help but investigate it until she finds an answer that satisfies her curiosity.
However, even fans of the Lucy Stone series doubt the rationale of an ordinary individual, man or woman, having the strength to care for a medium-sized family, maintain a taxing job and solve mysteries in their spare time.
Though, there are those readers that are drawn to Lucy Stone as a heroine specifically because she seems practically superhuman, at one point going so far as to resolve a dangerous case even while pregnant with her fourth child.
Even though these books are categorized as cozy mysteries, they can get quite dark and grim. The author also uses coarse language in some places.
Best Lucy Stone Books
The Lucy Stone series definitely pushes the envelope in some places, drawing criticism for failing to deliver the lighthearted entertainment that the cozy mystery genre always promises, with some of the best titles in the series including:
Valentine Murder: Valentine’s Day is here in Tinker’s Cove but there is so much more on Lucy Stone’s mind than all the baking she has to do for her children. Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is dead.
The news caught her just as she arrived for her first board meeting at the newly renovated library. The board members want so badly to believe that an outsider did the dirty deed. But Lucy believes that the killer is one of them.
She suspects that Bitsy might have rubbed a few people the wrong way with her uppity big city ways, though there are clues suggesting that the motive for the librarian’s murder might run far deeper.
Christmas Cookie Murder: With Christmas fast approaching, Lucy Stone is only too happy to host the annual Christmas cookie exchange. This is despite all the tension the event tends to foster among the women present.
This time, trouble takes the shape of Tucker Whitney, the new coworker of Lucy’s friend who makes her first appearance at the exchange only for Lee Cummings to accuse her of destroying her marriage.
Things only escalate further when a water leak causes Lucy’s ceiling to collapse. And then Tucker ends up dead. Now Lucy must determine whether or not Lee’s husband had anything to do with Tucker’s death before things escalate.
Other Book Series You May Like
Be sure to check out the “Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery” Series by Lee Hollis as well. Hayley Powell is a single mother who was barely making ends meet in Bar Harbor, Maine when her boss asked her to take over the paper’s food column. The newly minted food writer must balance the demands of her new job with her affinity for solving murders.
You may also enjoy the “Jaine Austen Mystery” Series by Laura Levine. Jaine is a wisecracking writer for hire who keeps fighting to find love and paying gigs even as she juggles the murders and mysteries that come her way.
What Is The Next Book in The Lucy Stone Series?
The next book in the The Lucy Stone Series by Leslie Meier is Valentine Candy Murder and will be released on December, 18th 2018.