Mail Order Murder

Ready for our next and final Christmas mystery? Here we go!

Mail Order Murder [also known as Mistletoe Murder] (Lucy Stone Mystery #1) by Leslie Meir

Thoughts before reading:

So a couple of years back I was at a library sale and they were doing a whole brown bag full of whatever for $1.00. I picked up all kinds of book, one of which was Lucy Stone #3 Trick or Treat Murder.

 

I read it and hated it, vowing to never read another one of the books again.

Then I picked up this book at the library

I loved the Lucy Stone MysteryCandy Canes of Christmas Past, as it was the perfect blend of a Christmas story, a family trying to get things together, and a mystery. It was fantastic and I absolutely adored it. It convinced me to try again.

Here we go again…

Plot Synopsis

Lucy Stone is working double time for Christmas. Besides all her normal homemaking duties, planning for Christmas, and family events-she works at night at the mail-order company, Country Cousins.

One night she is taking some air, and as she is walking hears a strange noise outside. When she goes to investigate it, she finds Sam Miller, owner of Country Cousins dead!

What?!

As she continues to work and prepare for Christmas, she decides to try her hand at sleuthing-even going as far as putting an ad in a newspaper to see who killed Sam.

Will this be a Christmas to remember? Or will it a Christmas in which the present is death?

Thoughts After Reading:

I hated it.

Ugh!

Lucy does like zero real investigating “falling into” the answer more than anything else. And the way it ends? Blah.

Hated it and I am not looking forward to reading the rest of the series. It was boring, bland, and I give it one star. Plus Lucy does a lot of stupid things in this book. Most definitely not a real detective or does any detective work.

The mystery moves so slooooooooooooowly. It really is just about Lucy’s holiday drama until the last few pages where everything is solved in a few moments.

For more Lucy Stone Mysteries, go to Candy Canes of Christmas Past

For more Christmas mysteries, go to Death by Desire

For more mystery reviews, go to Wuthering Heights

Sand Tarts

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Ready for our next Christmas recipe!

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So as I was reading the short prequel, Candy Canes of Christmas Past (from Candy Cane Murder anthology), by Leslie Meier, the main character, Lucy, just went on and on about these cookies. At first I was a little off put by the name, I mean Sand Tart? Why would you name something you want people to eat after one of the most annoying substances on Earth? But hey, what is in a name? Right?

Anyways, reading about Lucy’s love for the cookie made me really, really want to try them myself.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Beaten Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon of Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • Almonds
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • Mixture of 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Cream the butter.
  2. Add sugar, egg yolks, milk, & vanilla
  3. Beat mixture until light
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, & salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients to first mixture.
  6. Chill for two hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Roll dough out very thin and cut with a star or circle cookie cutter.
  9. Place on a buttered baking sheet and put an almond on each cookie.
  10. Brush with unbeaten egg whites and sprinkle the mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
  11. Bake for 10 mins.

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SandTarts

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Thoughts After Baking:

So I didn’t follow the recipe one hundred percent. They asked for skinless almonds, but I couldn’t find any so I want with whole ones.

This recipe was A LOT of work, but the cookies were absolutely delicious and extremely enjoyable.

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I will warn you that you have to watch these cookies carefully. Because they are so thin, and you sprinkle cinnamon on them, they can get extremely dark when baked for 10 minutes. I’d give them 8 and then watch them like a hawk.

Otherwise I loved them and will gladly make them again.

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For more Christmas recipes, go to Misdemeanor Mushrooms

For more Cookie recipes, go to Gingerbread Men Cookies

For more desserts, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

For more recipes, go to Hole in One

Candy Canes of Christmas Past

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Ready for the next Christmas mystery? Here you go!

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Candy Canes of Christmas Past (Lucy Stone #0.5) by Leslie Meier

So a couple of years back I was at a library sale and they were doing a whole brown bag full of whatever for $1.00. I picked up all kinds of book, one of which was Lucy Stone #3 Trick or Treat Murder. 

I read it and hated it, vowing to never read another one of the books again.

Then I picked up this book at the library

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I didn’t have anything to read and was waiting for some people so I started reading it. I loved this mystery as it was the perfect blend of Christmas story, a family trying to get things together, and a mystery. It was perfect and I absolutely adored it.

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The story was compelling as the reader is caught up in trying to find out how the Stone family will make it through Christmas in a dilapidated house, with barely any money, and no oven for Christmas dinner!

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As Lucy is trying to settle in the new town and meet people, she befriends the town librarian and is told of her mother’s mysterious death.

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Lucy is on the case to investigate a mystery in retrospect, find her place in the town, and figure out what to do about Christmas and Christmas dinner.

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Thoughts After Reading:

So many authors try to blend a story of a small town community with a murder mystery and fail. This one gets it right.

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If I could buy a copy of this book on its own I would as I just loved it. It may become a new tradition for me to read every year around the holidays. You should check it out!

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For more Christmas Mysteries, go to Sugar Cookie Murder

For more stay at home moms who try a hand at investigating, go to The Barter

For more reviews, go to Sinister Sprinkles