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New Year's Eve Murder (Lucy Stone Mysteries, No. 12) Hardcover – October 25, 2005

4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 12 of 21 in the Lucy Stone Mystery Series

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In Meier's solid 12th cozy to feature Tinker's Cove, Maine, reporter Lucy Stone (after 2004's Star Spangled Murder), Lucy and her oldest daughter, Elizabeth, travel to New York City after winning an all-expenses-paid mother-daughter makeover from Jolie magazine. But after arriving in the Big Apple, the duo find the contest is fraught with cattiness, tension and mistrust, complicated by the magazine's haughty editor and bickering staff. The outing turns into a nightmare after Jolie's controversial fashion editor suddenly dies and Elizabeth falls ill from what turns out to be exposure to anthrax. Dividing her time between her daughter's bedside and sleuthing, Lucy discovers a host of misdeeds involving real estate deals, animal rights and long-held secrets. Fans won't mind that Meier's light tone is sometimes at odds with the serious hot-button issues she raises.
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"They Lucy Stone Mysteries will appeal to fans of domestic mysteries." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758206992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758206992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read every book in this series, and just adored them. I could not wait for the next one to come out. How times have changed! Lucy has turned into a creep, to say the least. Her character in the early books was quite enjoyable - a mom of four, part time employee of the local newspaper, etc. Tinker's Cove sounded like a wonderful, typical little New England town. This book is set in New York, as Lucy and Elizabeth win a makeover. A very promising setting, but it falls apart quickly. In my humble opinion, Lucy has gone from an inquisitive reporter to a pushy, obnoxious, know it all. And she doesn't know it all. If she's not spouting off like some fashion expert to an "FBI agent", she is giving misinformation about animal testing. The author obviously did not do her homework when talking about cosmetics being tested on animals. She makes it sound like some hapless rabbit has to put up with lipstick being painted on, instead of the true process of the animals being forced to injest the make up or have it rubbed into its eyes. The ending of this book is so stupid I had to laugh out loud. And, if you are looking for surprises, don't pick this book. The killer was obvious from the beginning on. I hope the author hits her stride again, because I want the old Lucy back.
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This is a great series. Lucy is a realistic and fun character. However, she is at her best in Tinker's Cove. This book is set in New York. Although Lucy is great and is able to work her usual magic and figure everything out, the plot seems a bit unrealistic. I will buy the next book.
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This was a snooze. It took forever for the murder to take place on Lucy and Elizabeth's trip to the Big Apple. This was probably so that the characters and plot could be developed.

I was skimming in the last few chapters but who actually won the makeover contest and the $10,000? Amazing how things turn out so well in the end.

I missed the Tinker's Cove setting, but I am sure the author is thinking that Tinker's Cove must have the highest murder rate in the nation.

The story line was far fetched but I guess anything is possible in New York. I know this author can do better and already has. I will buy the next installment and I don't regret reading this one.
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As always great book that holds your interest from the first page to the last. This author isn't bloody or gory, just a god easy to read very interesting mystery. Once you think you have the suspect pegged, keep reading...you are probably wrong!
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This is book 12 in the Lucy Stone mystery series. Lucy is a part-time reporter in a small Maine town. She and her college student daughter, Elizabeth, won a make-over sponsored by a fashion magazine. The winning prize in the competition in New York City would pay for a year of college tuition for Elizabeth. Things seem off with the fashion magazine staff from the very beginning, but in short order the fashion editor is dead and Elizabeth is fighting for her life against a mysterious illness. Lucy is out of her element in the big city but she must find answers to save her daughter.
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Elizabeth and her mother Lucy have won a makeover in a contest by Jolie magazine. They, along with five other mother-daughter duos, go to New York for a weekend. The contestants will all be judged, and the winning duo will win $10,000.

Lucy has just received a letter stating that due to their income increasing, they owe $10,000 towards Elizabeth's tuition that would have previously been covered by her scholarship. That would be a problem except that this year their income has dropped significantly. Lucy wants more than ever to win that $10,000 prize.

During the makeovers, the fashion editor is killed and Elizabeth is hospitalized. It turns out Anthrax is the reason for both. Lucy sets off to find who could have sent it and why. She uncovers a lot of misdeeds, including quite a few hot-button issues.

I really like this series. Lucy is a fun character. This time she is outside her comfort zone, and because of that I think we see a different side of her. I didn't mind that. I thought it was written to fit the context of the story and situation, as well as the fact they were in New York city.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in this fabulous series!

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I like these books because they show a progression in time. Firsy book I read the son was in middle school, now he's married and has a child of his own. They seem like real people.

Good story too..fast paced and interesting
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I had purchased and read Mistletoe Murder, which I enjoyed a lot. This book was not a good follow-up. It just dragged. I am an avid reader, and it seemed to take me "forever" to get through this one. The storyline and the details just did not seen believable. I am not sure if I will take a chance on reading any of the others she has written. I was very disappointed.
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