Mail-Order Murder Author:Leslie Meier "There's no place like home for the holidays" - or so Lucy Stone believes, as she festively, if frantically, begins her Yuletide preparations. For like so many others, Lucy is juggling - kids, husband, pets, Christmas cookies. She's also moonlighting - as a mail-order company operator. Tinker's Cove would be the little town that time forgot -... more » if it weren't for Country Cousins, selling the best in trendy basics like flannel nightgowns, Hudson Bay blankets, and deerskin slippers (their hottest sellers). In between phone orders, Lucy and her operator friends joke about the last time they had sex - sometime in the seventies?
Lucy's working the night shift to make some much-needed extra cash - and when she goes out for a breath of crisp Maine air on her midnight break, she's horrified to discover the body of Sam Miller, owner of Country Cousins - dead in the parking lot.
At first, Sam's death seems to be suicide, but it's soon clear there's foul play involved. And before long, even Lucy's marathon Christmas preparations can't stop her curiosity from working overtime.
What starts as a jolly country Christmas turns into a case involving mail-order mercenaries and crimes of the heart that could happen anywhere - even in Tinker's Cove.« less