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  • A deeper story than regular cozy

    Learn a bit about Puffins as Lucy Stone's latest adventure takes her to Fletcher's Island, Maine, off of the coast of Tinker's Cove. Lucy is invited by billionaire Scott Newman to join his family as they celebrate July 4 in the 1850 lifestyle he has implemented on the island that he purchased. After local craftsmen (like her husband Bill) completed the restoration and upgrades, he wants everyone to know about it. . . The blended Newman family seem perfectly adapted to Scott's vision until a death opens the cracks in their relationships with each other. . Lucy experiences puffins and a red tailed hawk along with some questionable people. during her stay. A fast paced cozy set away from Tinker's Cove and Lucy's family and friends we have come to know and love in her previous 28(?) books. A very different ending for a Lucy Stone mystery. I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley from Kensington.

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  • A different type of Lucy Stone Mystery

    Invitation Only Murder by Leslie Meier is the 26th A Lucy Stone Mystery. I have read every single A Lucy Stone Mystery and it has always been one of my favorite series. I like Leslie Meier’s conversational writing style which makes every story a pleasure to read. I have watched Lucy go from working a part-time job as a customer service rep at night while taking care of her four kids during the day to reporter at the Pennysaver with only two college aged kids at home. She has solved over two dozen mysteries, but this one is by far the most dangerous. After finding Parker Newman dead at the bottom of a seaside cliff, Lucy becomes stuck on an island with a killer. There is no way for them to contact the outside world once the island’s boat were discovered missing. Scott Newman purchased Fletcher’s Island and is only using technology available in the early 1900s (no cell phones, televisions, motorized boats, electricity). The story moved along at a steady pace as Lucy helps out in the kitchen, explores the island, spends time with Scott Newman’s twin boys, and attempts to narrow down the suspects. Most readers will have no problem identifying the culprit before the reveal. I kept hoping for a twist to surprise me. Lucy came across as judgmental in Invitation Only Murder. I can certainly understand her views considering the island residents, but it was unlike Lucy. I also did not understand the attitude of some of the island’s residents. If I was on an isolated island with a killer, I would do whatever it took to get help. I did enjoy the foggy atmosphere of the island which made it feel spooky (great atmosphere for a mystery). Invitation Only Murder was disappointing to me. It felt different from the other books in this series. I missed Tinker’s Cove and its residents. The story lacked that cozy feel that I love in the Lucy Stone mysteries. It was interesting to learn about Puffins which nested on the island. If you have not read any of the other book in A Lucy Stone Mystery series, I do not suggest starting with Invitation Only Murder. I do, though, highly recommend reading this charming cozy mystery series with the intrepid Lucy Stone. Invitation Only Murder has impish twins, frightening fog, sniping sisters, a crazy killer and absence of contemporary conveniences.

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  • Thoroughly enjoyed

    This is honestly one of the best Lucy Stone mysteries that I have read in awhile. This is a series that I have read from the very beginning. My kids grew up with Lucy's kids. Some of the later books haven't been up to the same quality as the earlier ones. Leslie Meier did a fantastic job with this book. I got very engrossed in the story and had a hard time putting the book down! Invitation Only Murder did not take place in Tinker's Cove, Maine. The location was on an island off the coast. This story was a prime example of why I will never willingly go off the grid. For a change, I did not get the murderer right; I did not see the ending coming at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one! Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Action Packed Murder Mystery

    Action Packed Murder Mystery This is one exciting murder mystery that does not really fit the 'cozy mystery' genre. It is not tense or gory or anything. It is not cupcakes and afghans and puppies, either. The plot and storyline are great. There is plenty of action as well. There are no good suspects for the crime and nothing is as it seems. This is a book that I couldn't put down by one of my favorite authors. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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