Mayhem at the Orient Express (League of Literary Ladies Series #1)

Mayhem at the Orient Express (League of Literary Ladies Series #1)

by Kylie Logan

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Mayhem at the Orient Express (League of Literary Ladies Series #1) by Kylie Logan

Three amateur sleuths call upon their inner Agatha Christie when murder strikes their small town in the first League of Literary Ladies mystery...

Most folks aren’t forced by court order to attend a library-book discussion group, but that’s just what happens to B & 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425257753
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Series: League of Literary Ladies Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 293,731
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kylie Logan is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and the Ethnic Eats Mysteries.

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Mayhem at the Orient Express 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
If you haven't guessed by now, the premise of the book is loosely based on the classic Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The author uses a fresh idea ....a group of ladies who are neighbors and can't get along are sentenced by a local magistrate to learn to get along by meeting weekly for bookclub-the first book to discuss is classic agatha christie. None of the ladies wants to be a part of this bookclub but circumstances seem to throw them together once they find their favorite chinese restaurant chef murdered in his restaurant. The shock of his murder, a sudden blizzard that lasts for days, and a group of new characters that keep looking for a room out of the blizzard makes for a great gathering of murder suspects at the newest local bed and breakfast inn. The location of South Bass Island near Sandusky, ohio is an additional plus for the setting. (This is such a beautiful area to vacation!) This was a fun, fun, fun, COZY murder mystery!!! As a reader who is stuck in the "Chiberia" in the midwest right now, this was a pleasant distraction!! I look forward to the next one in the series.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this new series!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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!!
tiger1CA More than 1 year ago
Murder at the Orient Express. Everyone is snowed in at the B & B where they try why to figure why the cook was murdered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an older person it was a quick read and passed time. I enjoyed it as I love mysteries.
lizzeee More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
an excellent mystery! Fans of Pepper Martin will LOVE this one!
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Such a fun start to a series, and I'm absolutely looking forward to more books in the League of Literary Ladies series by Kylie Logan. The combination of a cozy murder, one of my favorite mysteries, and four independent women was simply perfect! Well told and kept me guessing! :-)
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
My reading now ventures to an island off the north of Ohio floating in Lake Erie. Kylie Logan writes a series with three feuding neighbors forced into forming a book club as punishment for their quarrelsome attitudes. The group meets and quickly jumps into a murder investigation like the book for the first meeting, Murder on the Orient Express. Mayhem at the Orient Express lumbers into a cozy mystery, but I wish that recipes followed the story. The story entertains with a cast that parallels Agatha Christie’s cast. The author shows a definite love of felines, as a cat opens and closes the story. The setting plays a huge part in the story, as a monster snowstorm plummets the island and severs all communication with the mainland. The three hateful neighbors, joined by a minor cast of friends, begin to form friendships and understanding. A lovely way to spend a day with hints to Agatha and Hercule Poirot.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I know I say this a lot with cozies but I think I found a new favorite series. Being the first book, it was surprising and a pretty good start. I been wanting to read this one for a while now. I been its a cozy mystery and book themed. How could I not want to read that? The mystery was interesting, the characters at first I wasn't sure about but the more the story went along, the more I was liking them. Especially when they teamed up to solve the mystery and actually started to get along. And the setting just sounds so...well cozy. Anyway, a pretty good start to this cozy mystery that I know I will be reading more from.
lovingbooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and the humor. This story was so well written. Kylie Logan is a wonderful author. And I look forward to more adventures with 'The Literary Ladies'!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
All That for Chinese Take Out Bea has left her life in New York behind to open a bed and breakfast on South Bass, an island on Lake Eire. Unfortunately, her new island life isn’t off to a great start since she already has running feuds with her two neighbors, Chandra and Kate. When their latest squabble lands them in court yet again, the judge sentences them to one year as a weekly book group. Their first choice is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, but all their first disastrous meeting does is make them hungry for the orange/peanut chicken that is the specialty of the new Chinese restaurant called Orient Express. When they arrive for a late dinner, they find Peter, the owner, dead behind the counter. With events that remind them of the book, will they be able to work together to find the killer? Having never read the Christie classic, I wasn’t sure how I would take to this book, but I need not have worried. Yes, it does spoil the ending of that story (although I did already know that much), but all the other allusions are spelled out for the reader, so you can enjoy it even if you haven’t read the other before. Not that you need any knowledge to follow the story. The clues are unique and the solution is original as well. I do wish the plot were more evenly paced. Some of that is the set up of the series, introducing characters, etc. Still, there are plenty of twists and turns. The characters are delightful, although I am glad that the trio didn’t spend the entire book sniping at each other. Plus there is a delightful bit of humor in the narration and some of the character exchanges. I already can’t wait to move on to see what befalls Bea, Chandra, and Kate next. If it is this delightful, I’m in for another great read.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
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.
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