A Tale of Two Biddies (League of Literary Ladies Series #2)

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When it comes to solving mysteries, these ladies are in a league of their own…

Summer can be the best of times or the worst of times for the resort town of Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. For Bea Cartwright, business is booming as guests storm her B and B for the Bastille Day celebration. In honor of the holiday, the League of Literary Ladies is reading the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of Two Cities. It would be hard to make a more apropos selection—especially when they have their ...

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Overview

When it comes to solving mysteries, these ladies are in a league of their own…

Summer can be the best of times or the worst of times for the resort town of Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. For Bea Cartwright, business is booming as guests storm her B and B for the Bastille Day celebration. In honor of the holiday, the League of Literary Ladies is reading the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of Two Cities. It would be hard to make a more apropos selection—especially when they have their very own Defarge sisters, elderly twins Margaret and Alice, who run the local knitting shop.

On Bastille Day, the head-banging rock band Guillotine shows their chops for the tourists—but the celebration is soon cut short. With something needling the Defarge dowagers and secrets that lead to murder, solving this mystery will be a far, far better thing than the Literary Ladies have done before. They’ll just have to make sure to keep their heads while they try to stop a killer’s reign of terror…

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Praise for Kylie Logan's Button Box Mystery series

“Absolutely terrific!”— New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson

“Readers have a special and original new series to enjoy.”—The Mystery Gazette

“An unusual hobby provides the backdrop for this mystery that combines textile arts and history in a unique way.”—The Mystery Reader

From the Publisher

Praise for Kylie Logan's Button Box Mystery series

“Absolutely terrific!”— New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson

“Readers have a special and original new series to enjoy.”—The Mystery Gazette

“An unusual hobby provides the backdrop for this mystery that combines textile arts and history in a unique way.”—The Mystery Reader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425257760
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: League of Literary Ladies Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 58,914
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kylie Logan is the author of Mayhem at the Orient Express, the first book in the League of Literary Ladies Mystery series. She also writes the Button Box Mystery series, including Buttoned Up, Hot Button, and Button Holed, as well as the Chili Cookoff Mystery series, debuting with Chili con Carnage.

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

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    Dollycas¿s Thoughts Kylie Logan creates such vibrant characte



    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Kylie Logan creates such vibrant characters. These Literary Ladies started out as sworn enemies and quickly became friends when forced to spend time together in a book club. They don’t see eye to eye on everything but are learning to accept each other quirks or in Chandra’s case, her cats annoying behavior. They are spending more and more time together and again they find themselves right in the middle of another police investigation.

    It has been quite a few years since I had read A Tale of Two Cities but Chandra’s brief little synopsis brought back my memory quickly. It will also help those who have never read the Dicken’s tale.

    The Bastille Day celebration was quite an event that bought a very interesting group of characters to town. From a group of Charles Dickens impersonators to an old rock band and their groupies. A rock band with their own guillotine no less.

    Logan again has written a captivating mystery with plenty of suspects and diversions. There are nods to Dicken’s original story and the perfect balance of humor. Bea is still hiding something that is holding her back from a romantic relationship with Levi. He says he knows she is isn’t telling the truth about why she came to town and opened the Bea & Bee. Every time I though we were going to get another piece to her past they were always interrupted. I am looking forward to this whole subplot playing out over the series.

    I wonder what classic the League of Literary Ladies will choose for their next book blub read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    Literary Themed Weekend Filled with Mystery It¿s July, the peak

    Literary Themed Weekend Filled with Mystery

    It’s July, the peak of tourist season on South Bass Island, and the town has decided to bring in even more tourists with Bastille Day, which is actually a week long event.  There is a Charles Dickens lookalike and trivia contest, the band Guillotine will appear, and to get ready for it, the bed and breakfast owner Bea Cartwright and her friends in the League of Literary Ladies have chosen to read A Tale of Two Cities.
     
    However, an accident happens before the week fully gets underway, and after the person involved is rescued, he claims it was attempted murder.  It’s not too long before a real murder takes place.  Can Bea and the other ladies figure out who the killer is?

    This sequel is just as much fun as the first in the series.  I quite often thought I had a plot point figured out only to learn I was dead wrong.  That's why I was so proud of myself for getting one plot point correct.  The characters are fun; I really appreciated that Bea and her new friends were getting along so much better this time around.  There's just such a sense of fun to the entire thing, almost like we got to join the tourists ourselves.  And even though I've never read the Dickens book, anything I did need to know was explained to me so I never felt lost.

    This is a creative premise for a mystery series, and the execution is perfect.  If you haven't yet started this fun cozy series, I highly recommend you do so today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    March 20 ,2014

    Cats shows are funny LOL

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Great second installment in a really good series!!  Can't wait t

    Great second installment in a really good series!!  Can't wait to read the next one!

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Kylie Logan brings readers the second book in her League of Lite

    Kylie Logan brings readers the second book in her League of Literary Ladies series, A Tale of Two Biddies. Sentenced by a local judge to spend time together may not have been the best way to start a book club, but these ladies are anything but traditional. Logan takes classic literature to a whole new level with this series. Readers who are familiar with Dickens will love this nod to the literary giant. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

    What I liked:

    I have always been a fan of the classics and Kylie Logan's, League of Literary Ladies indulges my appetite for all things bookish. Dickens has always been a favorite of mine from reading Great Expectations to Oliver Twist, there was just something that drew me. I liked the fact that Logan uses the work of Dickens in this book. A Tale of Two Cities is an excellent book and paying homage to Dickens is great way to draw in readers who love the classic tales, as well as cozy enthusiasts.

    Kylie Logan has a way with characters. She knows how to write four totally different women, who have different beliefs, ideas and even occupations and make them mesh. I loved the fact that in the beginning of the series, they fought like cats and dogs. They just couldn't seem to find any common ground and now they sleuth like a well oiled machine. This may be only the second book in the series, but the cohesiveness of the Literary Ladies is jelling very well. They remind of the women from the movie, Sweet Magnolias, with Sally Field and Shirley McClain. They fight but in the end they truly love each other.

    This mystery had everything from a guillotine to a poisoning. There was a lot going on during the Bastille Day celebration this year. I really wasn't quite sure how this murder in this one was going to take place, there were several possibilities, and the poisoning was a bit of a surprise. I didn't think of that until it actually happened. I also had a hard time trying to decide which of the many suspects had a concrete motive for murder. The handyman was anything but handy and the plethora of suspects had me turning in circles. Logan can a write and twisty turny novel to be sure. I loved all the back and forth that it caused for me. It could be this one, no it has to be this, but maybe it was that one. LOL!

    What I didn't like:

    I actually really liked this one. There wasn't much to complain about on my part. It was a genuinely entertaining book and I can't wait to read the next one. 

    Bottom Line:

    If you are looking for a cozy series with an interesting theme. This is it. The classics tie in well with cozies and Logan makes it look easy. There is a lot of potential for nods some other great classic writers and I can't wait to see how Logan can tie them all to murder!

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    A Tale Of Two Biddies is the second book in the League of Litera

    A Tale Of Two Biddies is the second book in the League of Literary Ladies Mystery series.

    I must say that I enjoyed this book more than the first.

    Port-in-Bay is busy readying itself for the celebration of Bastille Day. Bea Cartwright, owner of Bea's B&B couldn't be more pleased with her business. The local business people are having a little picnic near the pier at DeRivera Park, a couple days before the big celebration begins. Shortly after the passenger ferry from the mainland ties up, a fifties year old, Richie ends up in Lake Erie. He claims he was pushed, but no saw what happened. Arriving from the mainland is the musical group Guillotine, a past their prime band and a bunch of groupies out of the 1980's. The band has also brought a guillotine which is sitting prominently on the B&B's porch. Dino, the head of the band, says that the guillotine is perfectly safe and demonstrates that it is. But later at Levi's bar, the Guillotine's are giving a pre concert show for the locals, when three men jump up and put a watermelon in the guillotine and it severs it in half. Then a short time later Bea notices Richie and he his not responding to her calls. Richie is dead and it is learned that he had been poisoned. Richie wasn't the handiest of handymen and had caused a man to lose his business, when a house blew up when Richie forgot to turn off the gas. So there is the man who lost his business and, of course, the house owner too that become persons of interest in the poisoning. So the Literary Ladies are busy trying to find out who might have wanted Richie dead, to actually make it happen.

    Another event at the Bastille Day celebration is the Charles Dickens impersonator contest. Six people have entered the contest to see who does the best job of portraying Dickens. It just so happens that League is reading The Tale of Two Cities this month.

    Once again Logan has provided the reader with an interesting cast of characters. The characters from the first book are back to provide the reader with their enjoyable banter. The DeLarge sister are real treat too. Up in years, they enjoy heckling each other.

    An enjoyable read and will be watching for the next book.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    I felt echoes of Murder She Wrote when I started reading this bo

    I felt echoes of Murder She Wrote when I started reading this book. I used to watch the show faithfully and I love it that our sleuths are aged like fine wine, sporting gray hairs and a few well earned wrinkles.

    Bea and the women of The League of Literary Ladies helped to solve a murder on Put-in-Bay some months ago and were hoping to just talk books and enjoy the celebration of Bastille Day.

    But more is cooking than just some rockin and rollin and a Dicken’s Impersonator contest.

    One of the locals is murdered and it’s time for these ladies to stick their noses in other people’s business and get it solved before more end up dead.

    You expect and get a lot of colorful characters on the island. They move at their own pace and have their own way of doing things.

    I live in a small town filled with artists and authors and we get a lot of tourists to our lovely community. It felt familiar on Put-in-Bay.

    Having this story take place on an island is a great idea. It makes for a lot of fun reading how these ladies know about the skeletons in some closets. There are no secrets in closed communities and a surprising number of good suspects.

    Necessary ingredients for a good cozy mystery are, for me:

    A fun title. Check

    Colorful cover art that hints at the story inside. Check

    Quirky characters. Check

    Plenty of suspects and false leads. Check

    And funny, determined amateur sleuths that don’t take themselves too seriously. Check

    This book has all of these ingredients and a bonus. It’s book two in a series and I didn’t have to have read the first book to enjoy meeting these characters.

    I received this book for my honest and unbiased review.

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