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Two of her four kids may be out of the nest, but Lucy Stone knows only too well that mothering is a lifetime commitment. At least she gets to kick back and enjoy a fancy Mother’s Day brunch with her brood—that is, before the festivities are interrupted by a nasty scene courtesy of Barbara Hume and Tina Nowak. Opposites in every way, the only thing these mean moms have in c Two of her four kids may be out of the nest, but Lucy Stone knows only too well that mothering is a lifetime commitment. At least she gets to kick back and enjoy a fancy Mother’s Day brunch with her brood—that is, before the festivities are interrupted by a nasty scene courtesy of Barbara Hume and Tina Nowak. Opposites in every way, the only thing these mean moms have in common is the need to best each other at every turn, using their teenage daughters as pawns in elaborate games of one-upsmanship Even after witnessing the women’s claw sharpening rituals, Lucy never expects to see actual blood spilled—until Tina is shot dead on the public tennis court. Now Lucy is determined to unravel the close-knit knot of suspects. But when the threads threaten to entangle one of her own, Lucy will come face-to-face with a killer who has a thing or two to learn about motherly love…


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Two of her four kids may be out of the nest, but Lucy Stone knows only too well that mothering is a lifetime commitment. At least she gets to kick back and enjoy a fancy Mother’s Day brunch with her brood—that is, before the festivities are interrupted by a nasty scene courtesy of Barbara Hume and Tina Nowak. Opposites in every way, the only thing these mean moms have in c Two of her four kids may be out of the nest, but Lucy Stone knows only too well that mothering is a lifetime commitment. At least she gets to kick back and enjoy a fancy Mother’s Day brunch with her brood—that is, before the festivities are interrupted by a nasty scene courtesy of Barbara Hume and Tina Nowak. Opposites in every way, the only thing these mean moms have in common is the need to best each other at every turn, using their teenage daughters as pawns in elaborate games of one-upsmanship Even after witnessing the women’s claw sharpening rituals, Lucy never expects to see actual blood spilled—until Tina is shot dead on the public tennis court. Now Lucy is determined to unravel the close-knit knot of suspects. But when the threads threaten to entangle one of her own, Lucy will come face-to-face with a killer who has a thing or two to learn about motherly love…

30 review for Mother's Day Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    You know, the Leslie Meier series never have drop dead gorgeous prose, but when the author is on song, she makes it up with freshness. The cozy mystery genre is a tired and cramped market. The writer here regains her lost zest, resulting in this sterling book. The latter turned out very well, and part of the reason is that a lot of events happen, none of which feels out of place. The Stones' family nest is diminished in this book. It was still a rambunctious affair. Leslie Meier used up a lot of You know, the Leslie Meier series never have drop dead gorgeous prose, but when the author is on song, she makes it up with freshness. The cozy mystery genre is a tired and cramped market. The writer here regains her lost zest, resulting in this sterling book. The latter turned out very well, and part of the reason is that a lot of events happen, none of which feels out of place. The Stones' family nest is diminished in this book. It was still a rambunctious affair. Leslie Meier used up a lot of ink on the kidnapping, which was unsolved for much of the book, but which played a sort of supporting role, a chorus to the main theme of offenders and safety. Lucy Stone's daily routine was not so boring as a real person's. She always has something to do. Her part time job, her weekly reunion with old girlfriends, her affection for her grizzled husband and for her children fit well into this book. Her youngest child, Zoe was adorable, and will keep on being so until it will be her turn to be a freshman, I suppose. The murder, funnily enough is the weak point. The murderer and motive are both outlandish. Lucy Stone's involvement in trying to solve the murder, for once, didn't harry the culprit in panicking and giving himself away. The guilty party was just caught red handed in a fairly humdrum way. But that, plus the odd phrase or two - curing cancer, really? - don't dampen the good work of early chapters. One of the strongest 5/5 books I've read. I wish nothing but good for the Stone family, as even when they're not trying to save the world, they still retain their charm and interest.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Aaah, it is Mother’s Day and Lucy Stone is having an an enjoyable day with her family. While eating out, the nice atmosphere in the restaurant is disturbed by a woman upset that she and her family didn’t get a specific table. The woman, Barb Hume, and the woman she was sniping at, Tina Nowak, already had bad reputations. As a matter of fact, they were known ad mean moms. When one of them is shot dead in a public place, Lucy, the ever-enthusiastic amateur sleuth, is bound and determine to getting Aaah, it is Mother’s Day and Lucy Stone is having an an enjoyable day with her family. While eating out, the nice atmosphere in the restaurant is disturbed by a woman upset that she and her family didn’t get a specific table. The woman, Barb Hume, and the woman she was sniping at, Tina Nowak, already had bad reputations. As a matter of fact, they were known ad mean moms. When one of them is shot dead in a public place, Lucy, the ever-enthusiastic amateur sleuth, is bound and determine to getting to the bottom of things. I am quite familiar with Lucy, as I have read each book in the series to-date. I enjoy her efforts at balancing her insatiable need to solve murders, all while being a busy housewife, mother and reporter. I enjoyed this story for the most part, and was rather saddened when the killer was identified. This was a fast-paced read that I devoured in one sitting. The next book in this series is Wicked Witch Murder.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Warren

    Wonderful fast read. The Lucy Stone series is charming and enjoyable. Can't wait to read the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A nice, fast-paced mystery for an afternoon or whatever time of day read. It appears that the rivalry between suburban moms "Bar" and Tina has finally come to a deadly end when one of them is killed on the tennis court, while Lucy and her daughter-in-law Molly witness the gruesome scene. Meanwhile, Sara, Lucy and Bill's teenage daughter, is being bullied by teenagers--including Bar and Tina's daughters. While the teenagers go through their teenage "angst", Lucy begins to question everyone's moti A nice, fast-paced mystery for an afternoon or whatever time of day read. It appears that the rivalry between suburban moms "Bar" and Tina has finally come to a deadly end when one of them is killed on the tennis court, while Lucy and her daughter-in-law Molly witness the gruesome scene. Meanwhile, Sara, Lucy and Bill's teenage daughter, is being bullied by teenagers--including Bar and Tina's daughters. While the teenagers go through their teenage "angst", Lucy begins to question everyone's motives. I really liked this story and the ending was quite a surprise!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tarissa

    Definitely an intriguing cozy murder mystery. This one may even be one of the most emotional reads from the Lucy Stone series -- perhaps because of its connection to Mother's Day, and the backstory behind a mom losing her daughter forever... along with a killer moving in one of the popular moms in town. Note: This book contains some mild/low foul language.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Simple cosy mystery. Set in small town Maine. Wife and mother who writes for the Pennysaver newspaper, local feuding women and their brat teen daughters. Lillian Jackson Braun fans might like this series, though there aren't any cats to help.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I really enjoyed this one! It was perfect for this month and I loved the suspense! It kept me guessing until the end!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    Not really my cup of tea ... ok mystery, the teen drama and issues don't seem to fit my idea of a good cozy, and I had trouble getting into it. I had to laugh at the two squabblers ... I have met people that I could relate that to.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I guess this particular mystery doesn't seem to be the typical cozy I'm used to but I won't give it bad rating just because I didn't really care a lot for the story line. It was still very well written with likable main characters. I do enjoy Lucy's every day interactions with her husband, kids, co-workers and friends. It was cute to see her and Bill as grandparents watching little Patrick. I hadn't really paid attention to that fact when I read book 20 of the series a couple of years ago. I thi I guess this particular mystery doesn't seem to be the typical cozy I'm used to but I won't give it bad rating just because I didn't really care a lot for the story line. It was still very well written with likable main characters. I do enjoy Lucy's every day interactions with her husband, kids, co-workers and friends. It was cute to see her and Bill as grandparents watching little Patrick. I hadn't really paid attention to that fact when I read book 20 of the series a couple of years ago. I think the subject matter of this book was just a touch deeper or more serious than I'm used to, or than it was in the other book in this series I read. Lucy herself is a good solid character. She's a wonderful mom and grandma. Her husband seems very patient and kind. Since this was written in 2009, it just seemed like a trip down memory lane reading about people using their flip phones. I still plan to read more in this series because twice I have been surprised by the outcome. It wasn't something I ever would have thought about and I remember feeling like that when I read book 20 as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    This title simply doesn't match the story. The deciding argument did occur on Mother's Day but the murder did not and actually had nothing to do with Mother's Day. The plot was rather predictable and Lucy Stone's family drama (and job) basically over ran the murder itself.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Another visit to Tinker's Cove, another mystery for Lucy. This one felt ripped from about seven different headlines. What I liked about Mother's Day Murder: It felt organic - By which I mean that the mystery itself and Lucy's involvement felt as though it unfolded naturally and not forced or far-fetched. There were a couple of heart-pounding moments - It's a cozy, so they aren't over the top, but I like when a cozy mystery hits a crescendo and the pages practically turn themselves. What I di Another visit to Tinker's Cove, another mystery for Lucy. This one felt ripped from about seven different headlines. What I liked about Mother's Day Murder: It felt organic - By which I mean that the mystery itself and Lucy's involvement felt as though it unfolded naturally and not forced or far-fetched. There were a couple of heart-pounding moments - It's a cozy, so they aren't over the top, but I like when a cozy mystery hits a crescendo and the pages practically turn themselves. What I didn't care for: Most of the peripheral characters - Specifically the ones tied to this mystery, not the regular supporting cast. I don't think a single one of these characters was even remotely likable which made it difficult for me to care what happened to them. Mean girls vibe - I always find this sort of theme unpleasant. This book was no exception. The overall heaviness - Make no mistake, it was still a cozy with plenty of silliness and humor, but several darker topics were addressed in this book, making it a bit heavier than most. My suspicions on whodunnit came too early - I couldn't pinpoint what the motive was or how it was pulled off, but the who seemed as obvious to me as the nose on a face. I like there to be a little second guessing of my instincts, even if I don't ultimately change who I think the perpetrator is. This one attempted a red herring, I believe, but I just did not fall for it. Not every book in a series can be a favorite. This one wasn't terrible, and it certainly does not make me reconsider pursuing the rest of the series, but it just failed to engage me and in any meaningful way. Hopefully Lucy's next case is a little more inspiring to me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shelleen Toland

    I am still enjoying this series. Always a fun and quick read. This time it is Mother's Day and Lucy's family takes her out for brunch. But then they are interrupted by Barbara Hume who makes a scene because someone is sitting at the table her family has sat at every year. The family that is sitting there is her frenemy, Tina Nowak. These 2 and their daughters compete at everything. Not to long after that Tina is shot at the tennis courts. Lucy witnesses it and now wants to know who would do this I am still enjoying this series. Always a fun and quick read. This time it is Mother's Day and Lucy's family takes her out for brunch. But then they are interrupted by Barbara Hume who makes a scene because someone is sitting at the table her family has sat at every year. The family that is sitting there is her frenemy, Tina Nowak. These 2 and their daughters compete at everything. Not to long after that Tina is shot at the tennis courts. Lucy witnesses it and now wants to know who would do this. It looks like Barbara did it but could she have been framed. Then we take a look at the 2 husbands. Meanwhile Lucy's 14 year old daughter seems to be getting bullied and then into some trouble herself. A Mother's job is never done.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    A good cozy mystery. Talks about a lot of child rearing issues such as fussy babies and parents lack of sleep, plus trusting teenagers to know what is right, bullying and a very current problem of parents knowing what their teenagers are up to because of all the use of social media and cell phones. In this story Lucy witnesses a couple of arguments between two prominent ladies and then sees one of them murdered. She tries to figure out who is the killer while trying to figure out what is going on A good cozy mystery. Talks about a lot of child rearing issues such as fussy babies and parents lack of sleep, plus trusting teenagers to know what is right, bullying and a very current problem of parents knowing what their teenagers are up to because of all the use of social media and cell phones. In this story Lucy witnesses a couple of arguments between two prominent ladies and then sees one of them murdered. She tries to figure out who is the killer while trying to figure out what is going on with her teenage daughter. She also helps out her daughter-in-law with a fussy baby and does her job at the newspaper.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Small town Tinkers Cove, Maine newspaper reporter, Lucy Stone, as well as wife and mom to four, investigates the murder of the mother of one of her daughter Sara's classmates. Lucy also has concerns about Sara, a freshman in high school, dating a senior with a reputation of being fast with the ladies. This book also addresses gossip and lies and the influence of social media on impressionable teens, along with the enormous pressure some parents put on their children to be perfect. Although this b Small town Tinkers Cove, Maine newspaper reporter, Lucy Stone, as well as wife and mom to four, investigates the murder of the mother of one of her daughter Sara's classmates. Lucy also has concerns about Sara, a freshman in high school, dating a senior with a reputation of being fast with the ladies. This book also addresses gossip and lies and the influence of social media on impressionable teens, along with the enormous pressure some parents put on their children to be perfect. Although this book covers a wide array of serious topics, it's always nice to catch up with Lucy and her family and to see how they make their way through life's daily ups and downs, just like the rest of us.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Lucy is running in all directions, staying on top of her job, maintaining her household tasks, and keeping tabs on her family. And lately, her teenage daughter Sara is the one needing extra supervision. Playing fast and loose with the rules of the family, Sara finds herself in trouble and grounded, but she is also the victim of some bullying from her so-called friends. But murder trumps all other problems, and shows no respect for Mother’s Day. This well-written cozy is really a gritty account o Lucy is running in all directions, staying on top of her job, maintaining her household tasks, and keeping tabs on her family. And lately, her teenage daughter Sara is the one needing extra supervision. Playing fast and loose with the rules of the family, Sara finds herself in trouble and grounded, but she is also the victim of some bullying from her so-called friends. But murder trumps all other problems, and shows no respect for Mother’s Day. This well-written cozy is really a gritty account of a surprising murder. A great installment in the series, it departs from its cozy nature with the inclusion of some interesting but despicable characters. Well done.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Mother's Day, my foot! I don't know what was going on in the author's life, but two books in a row where the underlying tension in mother-daughter. Lucy has a teenage daughter, and again, serious bullying is going on in school and Lucy seems totally incapable of dealing with any issues (this is her third child after all.) I also don't understand how she expects her children to have any manners. When she arrives home, to distracted by all her "sleuthing" to do anything but drink wine, she can't b Mother's Day, my foot! I don't know what was going on in the author's life, but two books in a row where the underlying tension in mother-daughter. Lucy has a teenage daughter, and again, serious bullying is going on in school and Lucy seems totally incapable of dealing with any issues (this is her third child after all.) I also don't understand how she expects her children to have any manners. When she arrives home, to distracted by all her "sleuthing" to do anything but drink wine, she can't bother to say one "please" to her daughters. She doesn't pay much attention to her own family, but she does seem fascinated by rumors of cheating in other marriages. She's just getting on my nerves.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Grant

    Listened to this on Hoopla. Truly dreadful narrator. I stuck with it because I liked the main character and wanted to enjoy the New England setting. It just got stupider and stupider. The many moms in the book argued with everything the main character said, at one point telling her the outright bullying of her daughter, including texting pictures around of her changing in the locker room, were no big deal! Everyone does it! Don't be so concerned! I like cozy mysteries, but they have to make sens Listened to this on Hoopla. Truly dreadful narrator. I stuck with it because I liked the main character and wanted to enjoy the New England setting. It just got stupider and stupider. The many moms in the book argued with everything the main character said, at one point telling her the outright bullying of her daughter, including texting pictures around of her changing in the locker room, were no big deal! Everyone does it! Don't be so concerned! I like cozy mysteries, but they have to make sense at least 75% of the time. This one didn't.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gary E

    Another good book in a good series 15 books in and this series is still lots of fun. This book was absolutely one of the better books in the series. The plot twists were complex and unforeseen and the characters were their same enjoyable selves. For those who do not know this is a cozy mystery series set in Maine. It is pretty typical of the genre just fun quick relative light reads. The books in this series is perfect for that day at the beach or the pool, around the campfire or for that rainy wee Another good book in a good series 15 books in and this series is still lots of fun. This book was absolutely one of the better books in the series. The plot twists were complex and unforeseen and the characters were their same enjoyable selves. For those who do not know this is a cozy mystery series set in Maine. It is pretty typical of the genre just fun quick relative light reads. The books in this series is perfect for that day at the beach or the pool, around the campfire or for that rainy weekend day at home alone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Kinda like this series, although I have never read it in order. In this book, Lucy and her daughter-in-law are trying to enjoy Moother's Day, but it is not working too well. Coming home from a spa filled day, they witness another mother getting shot while playing tennis. And thus begins the new murder that Lucy tries to solve. She is also having problems with her 14 year old, Sarah, who wants to go to the prom with a 17 year old. School bullying is also featured in this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kovaleski

    This is an honest, down to earth easy series to like. Lucy and her family are the family next door, same problems, small town. I must admit I've given her other books higher reviews ; however I still like this one. I will say although there was a lot of teenage / Mom drama the ending took me by surprise and was well thought out. I will definitely continue the series since I enjoy it so much.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anno

    This Lucy Stone is one of the best of Leslie Meier's series- it finishes with a ban, and a big surprise as to who the murderer is! Love how Sara is growing up and how Lucy's family travails are woven into these great mysteries.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lagniappe

    A slightly below average cozy mystery. Pleasant enough, but too much side story and not enough mystery. And, as others have mentioned, it has nothing to do with Mother's Day, other than that is when the story begins. I don't thnk I'll read others in this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    Not Everything is as it Appears I enjoyed this book, finding it a quick and easy read. I knew who was behind the murder very early on, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. I like how time moves on for the Stone Family and those in Tinker's Cove.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin Becker

    Darker than some others in the series. Trigger warning for postpartum depression, rape, abduction, car accidents, incest, and eating disorders. Also makes some off color comments about traditional Muslim clothing (this was published is 2009).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ann Pisarello

    Another great Lucy Stone mystery. This time two overachiever Moms have multiple public run-ins. Then one ends up dead and the other is a suspect. But Lucy feel there is more to the story. And as she investigates things become less and less clear. Entertaining easy read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Book #13 read in 2017 Not my favorite in the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Repsher

    This book gives a view of parents and the pressure that are put on their children only to have it backfire.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan Gazaway

    Good I have really enjoyed reading this series. They are good. I will continue reading the rest of the books in this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lawanda

    Audiobook performed by Karen White

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lori Wademan-Rodrigue

    Not one of her best....this dragged on a little too much for me.

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