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Most folks aren’t forced by court order to attend a library-book discussion group, but that’s just what happens to B and B proprietor and ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder after a small-town magistrate has had enough of their squabbling. South Bass, an island on Lake Erie, is home to an idyllic summer resort, but ...
Most folks aren’t forced by court order to attend a library-book discussion group, but that’s just what happens to B and B proprietor and ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder after a small-town magistrate has had enough of their squabbling. South Bass, an island on Lake Erie, is home to an idyllic summer resort, but these three ladies keep disturbing the peace.
The initial book choice is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and that sets their mouths to watering. The Orient Express is the island’s newest Chinese restaurant. They might not agree about much, but the ladies all love the orange chicken on the menu. But their meal is spoiled when the restaurant’s owner, Peter Chan, has the bad fortune of getting murdered. Now, with Christie as their inspiration, the League of Literary Ladies has a real mystery to solve if they can somehow catch a killer without killing each other first.
Posted July 9, 2013
Nice beginning to a new series by Kylie Logan. The neighbors keep bickering with each other so the magistrate sentences them to a weekly book club. The librarian suggests Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express then they have a murder committed on their island that is reminiscent of Christie's novel. They find the similarities chilling on their quest to find the murderer. Fun group. Sarcasm reigns her. I loved the first person point-of-view through Bea's eyes. I want to know what she is running from. Can't wait for the next book of the series.
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Posted December 4, 2013
Posted July 29, 2013
Kylie Logan has written a fun homage to Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, while starting a creative series where a group of ladies have been court ordered to run a book group every month for a year.
The "scene" is a tourist island off of the Ohio coast, in Lake Erie. The "cast" consists of four women: a newly located B&B owner, a new-age herbal fanatic, a society upper-crust, and a level headed older women. Problem is, three of these woman have constant complaints against one another. The "plot" revolves around the death of their favorite restaurant's new owner. Of course, as a tribute to Christie's tale, there is also huge snow storm with power outages, and the B&B fills up with 13 locals and visitors who need the generated electricity in the B&B.
The ladies of the "forced" book group manage to work together, in a humorous manner of speaking, to seek out clues without completely going bonkers living with each others prickly traits.
An added interest that involves the B&B owners past, points to new possibilities for future stories involving these League of Literary Ladies. Great start to a new literary cozy mystery series!
Posted July 17, 2013
This is the first book in the A League of Literary Ladies Mystery series.
Bea Cartwright, Chandra Morrisey and Kate Wilder all live in the same neighborhood on South Bass Island, OH and they are always being drawn into Magistrate Court because of it. The judge finally orders them to form a book club at the local library. This is easier said than done, but finally agree on Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. What helped make this decision, is that Peter Chan has recently opened a new restaurant, The Orient Express. A gusty snow storm has started and they decide to cancel the meeting until the next week. Surprisingly enough they all have stopped by The Orient Express to get their favorite, Orange Chicken. When they arrive, they find Peter dead. they end up going to Bea's B&B to discuss what they have just found.
By the next day, the snow is still falling and no is going in or off the island. By now Bea's B&B is full over flowing and that can only mean that the murderer is there too. Bea, Kate, and Chandra put the past aside and work together to find the murderer.
I enjoy Logan's other books, but something just didn't click for me with this one. I'm thinking that I thought too mush time was spent setting the story up. I will be reading the next one to see if I was wrong and can get into the series.
Posted July 11, 2013
At a local Chinese restaurant, it’s the owner who gets taken out…
Ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder may be neighbors but they are definitely not friends. They end up in Community Court to voice their complaints against each other and the unusual ruling leaves them having to spend time together each and every week. Since the local library is about to lose its funding because it doesn’t have a book discussion group, they are sentenced to start one. The League of Literary Ladies is born.
They choose Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express as their first book. They quickly learn that they all love to eat the exact same thing at the new restaurant in town, The Orient Express. It may be the only thing they agree on. They all meet up there after their first book group meeting. Their appetites disappear rapidly when they arrive to find owner, Peter Chan, has served his last meal ever. Some one has permanently taken him out.
Now with detective Hercule Poirot for inspiration, The Ladies have a really mystery to solve. Hopefully they can catch the killer before they kill each other…
What a fun idea for a mystery series!! I loved it!!
These ladies are as fantastic characters. Quirky, bright, feisty, and engaging. Even Chandra who would rather watch the movie than read the book is someone I want to know better. A fourth woman, Luella, joins the group which is good because sometimes the other three need a referee.
Logan sets the book is a small tourist town that adds it own elements to the story. Where else would a book club be punishment for neighbors that just can’t seem to get along? Then there is a snow storm that knocks out power and that brings all the woman and their suspects together. Just like Christie’s classic mystery.
A fabulous story unfolds with several twists that keeps the reader entertained and the pages swiftly turning. Plan to read this one all in one sitting.
I can’t wait to see the book the League of Literary Ladies pick next!!
Posted July 5, 2013
Posted July 3, 2013
As an older person it was a quick read and passed time. I enjoyed it as I love mysteries.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2013
A fun, fast, well written novel, I'm looking forward to the second in the series already! The series features 4 ladies, 3 of which are arguing neighbors. After a year of arguing over Jerry Garcia, a cat who likes to pee in Bea Cartwright’s flower bed, his owner hippy dippy Chandra (Sandy) Morrisey who annoys the 3rd neighbor Kate Wilder, winery owner, who complains about the trucks and traffic to Bea’s new bed and breakfast as Bea renovates and Chandra's chanting and singing. In front of the judge, again, they had tried his temper one too many times. When his wife interrupts the courtroom with the news that it would lose its grant without a book club because no one will sign up, the judge finds a creative solution to the problem of the arguing neighbors. He sentences them to meet every Monday at 7:00 for a year as a book discussion group. The Monday they were to discuss their first book, Murder on the Orient Express, is the first day of a late spring storm in South Bass. The meeting ends early when they find only 2 people has really read the book, Bea and Luella Zak, who wants to discuss books. They all find themselves at Peter Chan’s great Chinese restaurant and discover his body. Stunned, they all end up at Bea’s and find electricity and heat is out all over the island and end up staying there. One by one, plus Meg, Luella’s daughter and Bea’s baker, and her two young daughters, the resident list adds up to 13, just like Christie’s mystery. Just like the novel, the murderer is one of them! Added into the mix is the mystery of Bea's past that will continue into the next book! Can't wait!
Posted June 10, 2013
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