Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier is the 1st novel in her Lucy Stone series of cozy baking mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington.
This was originally published under the title of Mail-Order Murders. The series is set in Maine, and stars a homemaker as the amateur sleuth. In this installment, she begins her investigations by looking into a mysterious death at the mail-order company where she works part-time. ETA: Sorry, I just checked and this one doesn’t actually have recipes in it, although later books in the series do. Here’s a link to one of the “Lucy Stone” cookie recipes over at the Mysterious Eats blog.
Offered in the US, available at multiple retailers.
This appears to be free in the US only thus far, but sometimes freebies from this publisher also show up in other countries later.
MAIL-ORDER MURDER As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right.
Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa’s Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she’s about to receive a present from Santa she didn’t ask for–a killer who won’t be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself…