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After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker's Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs-and one of them is murder.... As excited as Elizabeth is to hit the After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker's Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs-and one of them is murder.... As excited as Elizabeth is to hit the Big Apple, Lucy's less thrilled to be heading straight into post-holiday shopping crowds in the middle of a flu epidemic. Then again, she has to admit-if only to herself-that her work-from-home personal style could use a bit of an update. And she is looking forward to visiting an old college friend and culture-vulturing it all over town, from museums to budget art-house flicks. Besides, how often do opportunities for sophisticated mother/daughter bonding on someone else's dime come along, anyway? After finally arriving at the offices of Jolie, meeting their fellow makeover candidates, and being treated to a fashion show, Elizabeth is enamored of the extreme outfits and stick-thin models-while Lucy's having some misgivings. The pampering is nice (never underestimate the transformative powers of a $500 haircut) and the glitz and glamour of haute couture is bizarrely fascinating, but bitterness and aggression lurk behind the Jolie's hipper-than-thou facade. And things turn downright ugly when self-absorbed fashion editor Nadine Nelson falls mysteriously ill and then dies. Lucy saw first-hand some of the backstabbing going on at Jolie. And the red-hot rumor mill soon reveals that the cliquish connection among the magazine's cabal of high-style executives-fierce tempered fashionistas Camilla Keith, Elise Frazier, and Nadine herself-has stirred up plenty of bad blood over the years. Numerous staffers, from workaholic assistant Phyllis Finch to oft-maligned photo editor Pablo Prinz, have found themselves at the other end of the trio's sharp claws. To say suspects abound would be an understatement. But this Manhattan murder mystery hits too close to home when Elizabeth gets rushed to the hospital with symptoms that are disturbingly similar to Nadine's. Now, it's up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square...


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After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker's Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs-and one of them is murder.... As excited as Elizabeth is to hit the After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker's Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs-and one of them is murder.... As excited as Elizabeth is to hit the Big Apple, Lucy's less thrilled to be heading straight into post-holiday shopping crowds in the middle of a flu epidemic. Then again, she has to admit-if only to herself-that her work-from-home personal style could use a bit of an update. And she is looking forward to visiting an old college friend and culture-vulturing it all over town, from museums to budget art-house flicks. Besides, how often do opportunities for sophisticated mother/daughter bonding on someone else's dime come along, anyway? After finally arriving at the offices of Jolie, meeting their fellow makeover candidates, and being treated to a fashion show, Elizabeth is enamored of the extreme outfits and stick-thin models-while Lucy's having some misgivings. The pampering is nice (never underestimate the transformative powers of a $500 haircut) and the glitz and glamour of haute couture is bizarrely fascinating, but bitterness and aggression lurk behind the Jolie's hipper-than-thou facade. And things turn downright ugly when self-absorbed fashion editor Nadine Nelson falls mysteriously ill and then dies. Lucy saw first-hand some of the backstabbing going on at Jolie. And the red-hot rumor mill soon reveals that the cliquish connection among the magazine's cabal of high-style executives-fierce tempered fashionistas Camilla Keith, Elise Frazier, and Nadine herself-has stirred up plenty of bad blood over the years. Numerous staffers, from workaholic assistant Phyllis Finch to oft-maligned photo editor Pablo Prinz, have found themselves at the other end of the trio's sharp claws. To say suspects abound would be an understatement. But this Manhattan murder mystery hits too close to home when Elizabeth gets rushed to the hospital with symptoms that are disturbingly similar to Nadine's. Now, it's up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square...

30 review for New Year's Eve Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Lucy and her daughter Elizabeth travel to New York for a magazine contest featuring mothers and daughters doing makeovers. Of course, murder follows. This one had some interesting and crazy plots! The New York setting was an interesting change and while I missed the Tinker’s Cove characters, a few old friends popped up, which was fun to see. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Lucy and Elizabeth are chosen to win "all-expense" paid trip to New York City for a fashion make-over along with five (?) other mother-daughter contestants from other parts of the country. One lucky pair will also win a $10,000 grand prize. But behind the glamourous world of the industry lie many ugly secrets. The book was a fairly quick read. It was a nice relief to move the setting out of Tinker's Cove and to meet new characters, even if only for one book. The mystery itself was just ok but at Lucy and Elizabeth are chosen to win "all-expense" paid trip to New York City for a fashion make-over along with five (?) other mother-daughter contestants from other parts of the country. One lucky pair will also win a $10,000 grand prize. But behind the glamourous world of the industry lie many ugly secrets. The book was a fairly quick read. It was a nice relief to move the setting out of Tinker's Cove and to meet new characters, even if only for one book. The mystery itself was just ok but at least Lucy wasn't calling home every 5 minutes to make sure her home was still running without her..

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I'm generally a fan of the Lucy Stone mysteries; they're very light, easy reads. This particular novel, though, disappointed me. My biggest complaint is that there was so much extraneous stuff going on - the whole mother-daughter makeover was a nice back-drop for a new mystery setting (NYC), but too much time was spent on it. Plus, so many characters were introduced all at once with the multiple mother-daughter teams, the magazine staff, and Lucy's old high school friend -very hard to keep track I'm generally a fan of the Lucy Stone mysteries; they're very light, easy reads. This particular novel, though, disappointed me. My biggest complaint is that there was so much extraneous stuff going on - the whole mother-daughter makeover was a nice back-drop for a new mystery setting (NYC), but too much time was spent on it. Plus, so many characters were introduced all at once with the multiple mother-daughter teams, the magazine staff, and Lucy's old high school friend -very hard to keep track of who was who. Secondly, the mystery plot was just too far-fetched. Another reviewer hit the nail on the head when she said she felt like she was watching a Scooby Doo re-run instead of reading a good mystery. This one 'miss' won't deter me from finishing the series as I usually enjoy the Tinker's Cove setting and Lucy's adventures.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    This is a strange one. Very patchy, disjointed, and outright incoherent. There was not a chance in Lucy Stone solving this mystery. That has happened a few times now. This is also the second time that Lucy has ventured out of her small town to escape her family. I was irked but got over the disappointment quickly. I wish that next time Leslie Meier tries this formula, Lucy's husband or Zoe is with her. This is not the best book to begin reading the series in. The finale is amazingly kitschy. Th This is a strange one. Very patchy, disjointed, and outright incoherent. There was not a chance in Lucy Stone solving this mystery. That has happened a few times now. This is also the second time that Lucy has ventured out of her small town to escape her family. I was irked but got over the disappointment quickly. I wish that next time Leslie Meier tries this formula, Lucy's husband or Zoe is with her. This is not the best book to begin reading the series in. The finale is amazingly kitschy. The villains, portrayed as evil, are just mental. It was tricky to pinpoint what this book deserves, but I concur 3/5 is a reflection of what I feel about the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was nice see another side of Lucy. Since Lucy and her daughter are on a mother/daughter trip to NYC Lucy seems a little more relaxed. She isn’t stressing about chores or what the other kids are doing. The mystery was a little slower than usual but still entertaining.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deanie Nelder

    Reporter Lucy Stone is excited when her daughter Elizabeth wins a contest for mother-daughter makeovers in New York City -- until a staff member from the sponsoring magazine dies, and Lucy's daughter gets sick also -- both victims of anthrax poisoning. The personal nature of the crime adds another layer to what might have been a typical cozy mystery. Lucy goes mama bear on potential suspects, even undertaking risky actions to find out who put her daughter in the hospital. This is a great turn for Reporter Lucy Stone is excited when her daughter Elizabeth wins a contest for mother-daughter makeovers in New York City -- until a staff member from the sponsoring magazine dies, and Lucy's daughter gets sick also -- both victims of anthrax poisoning. The personal nature of the crime adds another layer to what might have been a typical cozy mystery. Lucy goes mama bear on potential suspects, even undertaking risky actions to find out who put her daughter in the hospital. This is a great turn for the character, and the series, making it a compelling mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Elizabeth has won a mother/daughter makeover at a New York magazine, so after Christmas she and Lucy go on a road trip. Except, every minute is filled and not the restful, spa filled adventure Lucy had in mind. One of the fashion editors seems to be sick with the flu, until she dies. Then, suddenly Elizabeth becomes very ill and ends up in the ICU. Is it the same illness, and what is it? Lucy not only has to keep checking on her sick daughter, but she needs to track down exactly what happened to Elizabeth has won a mother/daughter makeover at a New York magazine, so after Christmas she and Lucy go on a road trip. Except, every minute is filled and not the restful, spa filled adventure Lucy had in mind. One of the fashion editors seems to be sick with the flu, until she dies. Then, suddenly Elizabeth becomes very ill and ends up in the ICU. Is it the same illness, and what is it? Lucy not only has to keep checking on her sick daughter, but she needs to track down exactly what happened to Nadine, before it happens to Elizabeth!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    It has been awhile since I have visited Tinker Cove and Lucy Stone and family. I enjoyed my visit but there are parts I wonder about, although it didn't take from my enjoyment. Elizabeth won a trip to New York for Mother/ daughter makeover. While there they encountered Animal Rights members. Elizabeth hands a compact chief editor who laters dies and Elizabeth ends up in the hospital. I see I have a number of visits to Tinker Cove that I need to read. It has been awhile since I have visited Tinker Cove and Lucy Stone and family. I enjoyed my visit but there are parts I wonder about, although it didn't take from my enjoyment. Elizabeth won a trip to New York for Mother/ daughter makeover. While there they encountered Animal Rights members. Elizabeth hands a compact chief editor who laters dies and Elizabeth ends up in the hospital. I see I have a number of visits to Tinker Cove that I need to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu

    Meier is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. I read this as a seasonal story, since typically her books surround a season, holiday, or special event. Based on that premise, I was surprised at how little the New Year's Eve setting was in the book. It was an interesting read, indicative of our era the last 20 years, just not what I expected. Meier is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. I read this as a seasonal story, since typically her books surround a season, holiday, or special event. Based on that premise, I was surprised at how little the New Year's Eve setting was in the book. It was an interesting read, indicative of our era the last 20 years, just not what I expected.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    In my opinion, you can't go wrong with a nice cozy holiday themed Lucy Stone mystery, and Leslie Meier's New Year's Eve Murder does NOT disappoint! A+ In my opinion, you can't go wrong with a nice cozy holiday themed Lucy Stone mystery, and Leslie Meier's New Year's Eve Murder does NOT disappoint! A+

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    My rating: 4.5 Stars It is New Year’s Eve and Lucy Stone is excited to be able to spend it in New York with her oldest daughter Elizabeth. They are part of a team of mothers and daughters after Elizabeth won a winter makeover contest. The grand prize winners will win $10,000. As Lucy and husband Bill have gotten a letter informing them that they will be that much short for Elizabeth’s next year of college, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Aside from looking forward to spending some one My rating: 4.5 Stars It is New Year’s Eve and Lucy Stone is excited to be able to spend it in New York with her oldest daughter Elizabeth. They are part of a team of mothers and daughters after Elizabeth won a winter makeover contest. The grand prize winners will win $10,000. As Lucy and husband Bill have gotten a letter informing them that they will be that much short for Elizabeth’s next year of college, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Aside from looking forward to spending some one-on-one time with Elizabeth, Lucy hopes to visit with her long-time friend Samantha. However, they have a very full agenda, including fittings, photo shoots and the like. As all of the pairs are working hard at the activities, suddenly Nadine Nelson, the fashion editor, falls ill and dies. Nadine wasn’t always well-liked, and the rumor mill was very much at work, so foul play is definitely suspected. What’s worse is that Elizabeth falls seriously ill and is hospitalized with very similar symptoms that affected Nadine before her death. Lucy is an amateur detective, and she jumps right in to track down the killer. Most definitely time is of the essence. As always, this cozy mystery was a quick read it had just enough bite and intrigue to engage me in one sitting. Usually Lucy solves these crimes in her hometown of Tinker’s Cove. She has her work cut out for her in the Big Apple. New Year's Eve Murder was a very enjoyable story and had a delightful conclusion. I have been enjoying these stories and this is book 12 of 26. I look forward to continuing with the series. These are all delightful reads and I look forward to continuing. I encourage readers of this review to look at my other reviews from this series on this blog. Also, here is a link to her series in order: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/le.... Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.com.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Christmas is coming to a close, and Lucy Stone and her eldest daughter Elizabeth are getting ready for a big trip from Tinker's Cove, Maine, to New York City. It seems that they have one a chance to compete in a mother/daughter makeover contest being run by Jolie magazine. Besides being a free trip to the city, winning the contest will also mean some much needed funds to help pay for Elizabeth's next term at college. There is definitely a lot of excitement in the air. Unfortunately, that is not Christmas is coming to a close, and Lucy Stone and her eldest daughter Elizabeth are getting ready for a big trip from Tinker's Cove, Maine, to New York City. It seems that they have one a chance to compete in a mother/daughter makeover contest being run by Jolie magazine. Besides being a free trip to the city, winning the contest will also mean some much needed funds to help pay for Elizabeth's next term at college. There is definitely a lot of excitement in the air. Unfortunately, that is not the only thing in the air. The country is being hit hard by a flu epidemic, which is running through the back of events as Lucy and Elizabeth join four other pairs of mother/daughter teams in the contest. The activities involved help provide some of the most exciting things New York City has to offer as well as no shortage of primping, but they also give the competitors a chance to see all of the in-fighting taking place at the magazine's fashion department, which is overseen by Nadine Nelson. Rumors fly all over the place between the various staffers in the department, which includes two of Nadine's college friends. The rumors are harsh and sting deep, which is why Nadine's death is not a complete surprise to the reader. While, at first, it seems that Nadine has fallen victim to the flu epidemic, it turns out that she was murdered, and the cause cannot help but bring up recent memories of 9/11 (the book was written in 2004). When the case takes a personal turn when Elizabeth becomes quite ill, as well, Lucy finds herself dusting off her amateur detective shoes in the hopes of figuring out who harmed her daughter. Can she get to the bottom of the case before the situation gets worse? Will she and Elizabeth win the contest so the family can continue to pay Elizabeth's tuition now that her financial aid was cut? This was a fun addition to the series. It was interesting to see Lucy working out a mystery outside of her small Maine town. It was probably a good idea since like Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove, Tinker's Cove was probably going to start suffering from a shortage of residents if the murders continued to only take place there. Lucy does seem to shine in the new location even though she is missing most of her usual friendly "assistants." She does find some help from a former college friend of her own and two younger former-residents of Tinker's Cove. The new setting also adds a little freshness to a series. Being the 12th book in the series, it was certainly possible for the tales to start feeling a little stale. Sharing the experience of New York City with Lucy and her daughter was also a fun add on. Having recently increased my visits to the city to two or three times a year, it was nice to recognize a lot of the locations being highlighted. I do think fans will really enjoy this addition to the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan Pomeroy

    Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth win a makeover in New York City, so this book is not set in Tinker's Cove. But when a murder takes place and Elizabeth gets very ill, it is up to Lucy to figure out why anyone would want to harm employees at a fashion magazine, before she becomes the next victim. This was a fun quick read, but I miss the Tinker's Cove setting (and why Lucy didn't say she was from NYC when everyone was treating her like a country bumpkin is beyond me). I also found the premis Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth win a makeover in New York City, so this book is not set in Tinker's Cove. But when a murder takes place and Elizabeth gets very ill, it is up to Lucy to figure out why anyone would want to harm employees at a fashion magazine, before she becomes the next victim. This was a fun quick read, but I miss the Tinker's Cove setting (and why Lucy didn't say she was from NYC when everyone was treating her like a country bumpkin is beyond me). I also found the premise to be a little ambitious and I miss the simplicity of her earlier novels. I enjoyed the book, but I don't think it's one I'll reread.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharen

    This was an enjoyable, cozy, murder mystery to start the New Year off. This is my 6th holiday themed book by Leslie Meier. Just like the others, it was a quick and easy read. If you want a themed holiday story, whether it's Valentine's Day, Turkey Day or any others, I would easily recommend them. 3.5 stars, round to 4 stars. This was an enjoyable, cozy, murder mystery to start the New Year off. This is my 6th holiday themed book by Leslie Meier. Just like the others, it was a quick and easy read. If you want a themed holiday story, whether it's Valentine's Day, Turkey Day or any others, I would easily recommend them. 3.5 stars, round to 4 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Mulholland

    Fun read on New Year's weekend. A few storyline pieces were a bit off but a fun read. Fun read on New Year's weekend. A few storyline pieces were a bit off but a fun read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelleen Toland

    After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker's Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs-and one of them is murder.... As excited as Elizabeth is to hit the Big Apple, Lucy's less thrilled to be heading straight into post-holiday shopping crowds in the middle of a flu epidemic. The After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker's Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs-and one of them is murder.... As excited as Elizabeth is to hit the Big Apple, Lucy's less thrilled to be heading straight into post-holiday shopping crowds in the middle of a flu epidemic. Then again, she has to admit-if only to herself-that her work-from-home personal style could use a bit of an update. And she is looking forward to visiting an old college friend and culture-vulturing it all over town, from museums to budget art-house flicks. Besides, how often do opportunities for sophisticated mother/daughter bonding on someone else's dime come along, anyway? After finally arriving at the offices of Jolie, meeting their fellow makeover candidates, and being treated to a fashion show, Elizabeth is enamored of the extreme outfits and stick-thin models-while Lucy's having some misgivings. The pampering is nice (never underestimate the transformative powers of a $500 haircut) and the glitz and glamour of haute couture is bizarrely fascinating, but bitterness and aggression lurk behind the Jolie's hipper-than-thou facade. And things turn downright ugly when self-absorbed fashion editor Nadine Nelson falls mysteriously ill and then dies. Lucy saw first-hand some of the backstabbing going on at Jolie. And the red-hot rumor mill soon reveals that the cliquish connection among the magazine's cabal of high-style executives-fierce tempered fashionistas Camilla Keith, Elise Frazier, and Nadine herself-has stirred up plenty of bad blood over the years. Numerous staffers, from workaholic assistant Phyllis Finch to oft-maligned photo editor Pablo Prinz, have found themselves at the other end of the trio's sharp claws. To say suspects abound would be an understatement. But this Manhattan murder mystery hits too close to home when Elizabeth gets rushed to the hospital with symptoms that are disturbingly similar to Nadine's. Now, it's up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square... I have always liked this series and now starting to read the rest. Again Lucy goes into detective mode to find out who killed Nadine. I had an idea who it was and had a small suspicion f the other person but not the why. I have always enjoyed Lucy Stone and her family and glad to have read this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kay Hommedieu

    This was my first "Lucy Stone" mystery and I liked the character even more than the mystery. The mystery seemed convoluted and far fetched at times. In fact, if I tried another one of her mysteries, I would like to try one where Lucy is a sleuth in her small hometown of Tinker's Cove, Maine. This title was set in New York City where Lucy and her college daughter, Elizabeth had gone for a mother-daughter fashion makeover contest when, not only was one of their hostesses was killed, but her daught This was my first "Lucy Stone" mystery and I liked the character even more than the mystery. The mystery seemed convoluted and far fetched at times. In fact, if I tried another one of her mysteries, I would like to try one where Lucy is a sleuth in her small hometown of Tinker's Cove, Maine. This title was set in New York City where Lucy and her college daughter, Elizabeth had gone for a mother-daughter fashion makeover contest when, not only was one of their hostesses was killed, but her daughter Elizabeth, got sick and had to be hospitalized. Through Lucy's sharp mind and blunt questions she led us on a merry chase from subways to ferry boats to high rise buildings to resolve the case just before the ball dropped at midnight in Times Square. 7/3/2018

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This is the second Lucy Stone book I've read and I truly enjoyed it! Leslie Meier's sleuth is very charming, and I love following her though processes as she solves crimes an mysteries. Lucy is also down to earth, and someone I feel that I could be friends with! I especially enjoyed this particular book as at centered around the New York fashion world, and had an interesting story line with several twists that kept me guessing! This is the second Lucy Stone book I've read and I truly enjoyed it! Leslie Meier's sleuth is very charming, and I love following her though processes as she solves crimes an mysteries. Lucy is also down to earth, and someone I feel that I could be friends with! I especially enjoyed this particular book as at centered around the New York fashion world, and had an interesting story line with several twists that kept me guessing!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lain

    I keep reading the Lucy Stone mysteries, hoping they'll get better. Unfortunately, they seem to have hit a new low. Anthrax? A secret chemical lab on an abandoned island? Evil scientists? I felt like I was watching an episode of "Scooby Doo" instead of reading a quality mystery novel. I think Lucy needs to take a rest from her sleuthing. I keep reading the Lucy Stone mysteries, hoping they'll get better. Unfortunately, they seem to have hit a new low. Anthrax? A secret chemical lab on an abandoned island? Evil scientists? I felt like I was watching an episode of "Scooby Doo" instead of reading a quality mystery novel. I think Lucy needs to take a rest from her sleuthing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Josephine (Jo)

    24th September 2009 Quite good but the actual crime side of the story was fairly late starting and much more attention was given to the trip to New York and the surroundings. I would have preferred a little more focus on the detective side of the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I like the Lucy Stone mysteries. I just don't like when they don't take place in Tinker's Cove. This one takes place in NYC. Lucy and Elizabeth enter a mother and daughter makeover contest. I like the Lucy Stone mysteries. I just don't like when they don't take place in Tinker's Cove. This one takes place in NYC. Lucy and Elizabeth enter a mother and daughter makeover contest.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rage

    the title is misleading - the murder doesn't happen on New Year's Eve and is entirely unrelated to the holiday. the story is set during the course of Lucy and her eldest daughter going to NYC for a makeover contest; there could have been some connection to, like, new year new you, but that didn't happen. the explanation for the murder is quite bizarre (I was able to figure out some of what was going on in advance, let me pat myself on the shoulder - the narrative does give you some hefty clues). the title is misleading - the murder doesn't happen on New Year's Eve and is entirely unrelated to the holiday. the story is set during the course of Lucy and her eldest daughter going to NYC for a makeover contest; there could have been some connection to, like, new year new you, but that didn't happen. the explanation for the murder is quite bizarre (I was able to figure out some of what was going on in advance, let me pat myself on the shoulder - the narrative does give you some hefty clues). the various interactions are also pretty out there; Lucy's ideas as to how best to conduct an investigation were cartoonish. there was a persistent trend of describing women as "mannish" and even a little tangent about how women are given unflattering uniforms to discourage them from working in jobs with uniforms, as if when a firefighter or EMT is doing some kind of necessary essential service my first thought would be lady those pants are really not flattering, are you sure you picked the right career path? I guess it's bold to tackle topics like feminism, terrorism, and animal cruelty in this one little cozy mystery, but in about every instance, the issues could be navigated with so much more grace and understanding. I guess the best part is how quickly I finished reading this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    "Lance grabbed her hand and pulled her into the street, darting in front of a slow-moving bus and directly into the path of a big black Mercedes, which didn't actually hit them although the driver expressed his deep disappointment at the missed opportunity." I decided to extend my Christmas reads this year by reading some New Years' themed books. I was looking forward to reading this one as New York City was supposedly a main character. We go on a tiny bit of a tour alongside Lucy's sleuthing but "Lance grabbed her hand and pulled her into the street, darting in front of a slow-moving bus and directly into the path of a big black Mercedes, which didn't actually hit them although the driver expressed his deep disappointment at the missed opportunity." I decided to extend my Christmas reads this year by reading some New Years' themed books. I was looking forward to reading this one as New York City was supposedly a main character. We go on a tiny bit of a tour alongside Lucy's sleuthing but I wouldn't say New York is showcased. From the start, there was something off-putting about this one. The author's opinions, stereotypes, politics, and preconceptions about the world being big ones. I had a difficult time keeping track of the large cast of characters. (Maybe because I jumped into Lucy's world book 12??) Even the mystery was not-so-much with a fairly large red herring pretty early on. The whole premise was quite ridiculous. For my taste, everything was off about this one and very over-the-top. I almost pulled the plug on the story before I was halfway through and I won't be reading any more from Meier. P.S. Did anyone notice if Lucy ever picked up her consignment shop dry cleaning? It seemed important at the time of my reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alton Motobu

    Not a good entry in the series. I enjoyed a couple of the earlier novels set in small-town Maine, and Lucy was a quirky but likeable character. But this story takes place in New York City after Christmas but before New Year's (with hardly any holiday flavor or atmosphere), and Lucy comes across as obnoxious and irritating. These are some of her activities in the city: (1) in her inept crime-solving adventures she is nosy and rude to the workers at the magazine which has paid for her trip to New Not a good entry in the series. I enjoyed a couple of the earlier novels set in small-town Maine, and Lucy was a quirky but likeable character. But this story takes place in New York City after Christmas but before New Year's (with hardly any holiday flavor or atmosphere), and Lucy comes across as obnoxious and irritating. These are some of her activities in the city: (1) in her inept crime-solving adventures she is nosy and rude to the workers at the magazine which has paid for her trip to New York, (2) she goes to a private funeral uninvited and is asked to leave but ends up being thrown out, (3) she is exposed to anthrax but forgets to take the anti-anthrax meds which will protect her, (4) instead of solving the crime she decides to go to a 'National Enquirer' type of publication to tell them everything about the case (which they politely reject), (5) she tries to sneak into a high security building (and is immediately caught) apparently to confront the man who she suspects is the killer (he is not). The title is misleading since the murder does not even take place on New Year's Eve. For better holiday-themed mysteries try Valerie Wolzien or Lee Harris.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    I enjoyed this book with Lucy and her daughter Elizabeth set in the Big Apple, the opposite of Tinker's Cove. Although Lucy lived in NYC before her marriage, it's a culture shock for her to go there after twenty years. And she gets her eyes opened with the fashion world, where looks are more important than people. Lucy and Elizabeth win a makeover from Jolie magazine and it's a whirlwind of makeup, clothes, hair and shoes. But when the beauty editor is killed by anthrax, it all turns surreal. El I enjoyed this book with Lucy and her daughter Elizabeth set in the Big Apple, the opposite of Tinker's Cove. Although Lucy lived in NYC before her marriage, it's a culture shock for her to go there after twenty years. And she gets her eyes opened with the fashion world, where looks are more important than people. Lucy and Elizabeth win a makeover from Jolie magazine and it's a whirlwind of makeup, clothes, hair and shoes. But when the beauty editor is killed by anthrax, it all turns surreal. Elizabeth suddenly gets sick too, and Lucy remembers the compact that her daughter had picked up with powder spilling from it. At the hospital, it's confirmed that Elizabeth also has been infected with anthrax, but to a lesser degree. Who could get it, and where? Lucy begins her investigation. I enjoyed reading about parts of New York, especially Governor's Island, which I'll have to look up. These books aren't great literature, but they're fun and I learn something, if only geography!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars I did enjoy this one the most out of the three Lucy Stone books that I have read, however it was a little triggering with some of the topics eerily mimicking today’s world mainly Covid. I want to escape real world while reading not thrust in it. It just made me shiver a bit as they talked about the flu and how contagious it was and death rates and such. I was not about that especially not now. I will say that I did like that this took place in New York for a change of scenery from the s 3.5 stars I did enjoy this one the most out of the three Lucy Stone books that I have read, however it was a little triggering with some of the topics eerily mimicking today’s world mainly Covid. I want to escape real world while reading not thrust in it. It just made me shiver a bit as they talked about the flu and how contagious it was and death rates and such. I was not about that especially not now. I will say that I did like that this took place in New York for a change of scenery from the small town that Lucy was from. I did like the beauty competition and just seeing that world. I liked seeing the mother and daughter relationship played on the page. The mystery was interesting though it was a little triggering with the Anthrax. I liked the ending of New Years Eve in Time Square where Bill and the kids surprise Lucy. It was very cute and sweet.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    What??? Lucy (or Leslie) is an equal opportunity offender here, stereotyping not only New Yorkers but people from all over the country. And, seriously, Lucy wears her duck boots to NYC to get a make-over at a fancy magazine? Their money is tight, but her husband buys her an expensive Christmas gift and then Lucy seems to go out of her way to spent unnecessary money in NY. Then, when her daughter gets seriously ill, instead of staying close to her, she goes running off on a totally ridiculous cap What??? Lucy (or Leslie) is an equal opportunity offender here, stereotyping not only New Yorkers but people from all over the country. And, seriously, Lucy wears her duck boots to NYC to get a make-over at a fancy magazine? Their money is tight, but her husband buys her an expensive Christmas gift and then Lucy seems to go out of her way to spent unnecessary money in NY. Then, when her daughter gets seriously ill, instead of staying close to her, she goes running off on a totally ridiculous caper with, you guessed it, people from Tinker's Cove. And, in the end, of course, all problems are solved in the blink of an eye. Sadly, my take-away from this was - did she ever pick up her dry cleaning??? That drove me nuts.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another always-reliable Lucy Stone mystery. Unfortunately, I have to take exception once again to the author's or editors' oversight on the small matter of the references to "that very big painting of the Spanish royal court." Mention is made of both Goya and Rembrandt, but not the correct painter of the painting: Diego Velázquez. A discussion takes place about "that very big painting." Goya's painting is 9'2" x 11', and Velazquez's is 10′ 5″ x 9′ 1″, so both are quite large; however, one characte Another always-reliable Lucy Stone mystery. Unfortunately, I have to take exception once again to the author's or editors' oversight on the small matter of the references to "that very big painting of the Spanish royal court." Mention is made of both Goya and Rembrandt, but not the correct painter of the painting: Diego Velázquez. A discussion takes place about "that very big painting." Goya's painting is 9'2" x 11', and Velazquez's is 10′ 5″ x 9′ 1″, so both are quite large; however, one character asks, "The one with the dwarf?" The other character in the conversation says, "That's the one." Velazquez's painting has the dwarf in it. Goya's does not. A good editor would've never let that slip by.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn't care for this book. The characters who won makeovers were all stereotypes (the rich ones from Texas, the Midwestern bumkins, the religious freaks). I also HATED how the feminist was immediately described as "militant" even when she was in college and wasn't doing anything particularly extreme. And of course her lesbianism was both assumed and implied. Even the premise of winning a mother-daughter makeover just seemed so old-school. The ending was ridiculous - the feminist using anthrax I didn't care for this book. The characters who won makeovers were all stereotypes (the rich ones from Texas, the Midwestern bumkins, the religious freaks). I also HATED how the feminist was immediately described as "militant" even when she was in college and wasn't doing anything particularly extreme. And of course her lesbianism was both assumed and implied. Even the premise of winning a mother-daughter makeover just seemed so old-school. The ending was ridiculous - the feminist using anthrax to poison people who don't do everything they can to protect Mother Earth (or "Terra Mama" as they call it). Honestly?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Gooding

    Lucy Stone holiday mysteries are awesome. This particular book had a bit too much "air time" giving it more length in between the necessary, clue giving, exciting fun parts. Time, given to lost in thought-moments, or drawn-out observations. But, the storyline was original, & the characters (though many) were unique. The main character is not overly critical in the different situations she has to quickly adjust to. And the book overall is a sorrowful picture of who and what we have become as a na Lucy Stone holiday mysteries are awesome. This particular book had a bit too much "air time" giving it more length in between the necessary, clue giving, exciting fun parts. Time, given to lost in thought-moments, or drawn-out observations. But, the storyline was original, & the characters (though many) were unique. The main character is not overly critical in the different situations she has to quickly adjust to. And the book overall is a sorrowful picture of who and what we have become as a nation and the many ideologies, but the strength of love, families, and integrity still being the winning factor.

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