About the Book
A Tale of Two Biddies
(League of Literary Ladies)
2nd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 4, 2014)
E-BOOK ASIN: B00DYX9KJ2
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…
It’s Bastille Day in Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, but things take a really nasty turn when a local man is found dead. Just Bea’s luck, she’s the one to find the dead body of Richie, a man not very well-liked. Obviously someone hated him even more than everyone else did. Afraid this will hurt tourist season and the Bastille Day celebration, Bea decides to investigate the situation herself. With the help of her fellow “League of Literary Ladies”, Bea sets out to find a killer.
I loved the first book in the series and enjoyed this one even more. I love the small town feel and the zany characters. The first book was based on Murder on the Orient Express, which I knew very well. This one is a Tale of Two Cities, which I don’t think I ever read. If I did, it was in school, not recently. It didn’t matter, though, since I enjoyed this one anyway. I even loved the Charles Dickens’ look-alikes. Too funny!
This series is perfect for a cozy mystery. It has everything from a mysterious storyline to a town filled with eccentric characters to a small town setting. Those are the ingredients that make for a memorable cozy series. At least it does for me. I really don’t think you have to read the first book in order to read this one. Readers can jump right into the series with this book, but I’m pretty sure they will want to read the first one too. They are just so enjoyable.
I’m fast becoming a huge fan of this author. I need to get involved in her other cozy series as well. For now, I’m anxiously awaiting book #3 in this series.
For reading challenges:
2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
2014 ARC Reading Challenge
Where are you reading? challenge (Ohio)
Cruisin’ Through the Cozies
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Kylie Logan has loved mysteries since she was a kid. Her dad was a Cleveland Police detective and he introduced her to Sherlock Holmes stories and gave her investigating experience when on his days off, they’d pile into the car and hit the streets to look for stolen cars. When he retired from the force, Dad became head of security for the Cleveland Public Library.
Crooks and books! Kylie comes by her love of mysteries honestly.
Kylie began her career writing historical romance and her book, “Devil’s Diamond,” was nominated for a RITA award as historical romance of the year by Romance Writers of America. She’s also written contemporary romance (as Connie Lane), young adult horror (as Zoe Daniels and Connie Laux) and she writes the popular Pepper Martin mysteries as Casey Daniels.
Kylie is currently writing three different mystery series: the Button Box mysteries (newest book is “Panic Button”), the League of Literary Ladies mysteries (“Mayhem at the Orient Express”) and now, the Chili Cook-Off mysteries. She can’t pass up an antique shop…there might be buttons in there! She can’t put down a classic book . . . even if she already knows the story. And she can’t say no to a good bowl of chili. Luckily, her husband is the world’s greatest chili maker.
When she’s not writing, she’s usually with her family and their two dogs, Ernie, an adorable Airedale, and Oscar, a rescued Jack Russell who came for a short-term stay and ten years later, is still around. Kylie says that those of you who have ever met/lived with/had dealings with a Russell will certainly understand how knowing him has increased her propensity for murder.
Webpage: www.kylielogan.com Also, www.caseydaniels.com
Author Guest Post
Sending Summer Sunshine
by Kylie Logan
I don’t know about where you are, but here in Ohio, winter is making its presence known. We’ve had record cold temperatures and plenty of snow.
Maybe that’s why in spite of the howling wind, the biting cold and all that snow, I’d like to talk about summer. What could be a better antidote to all this nasty weather than a little warmth and sunshine!
That’s exactly what I’m promising in "A Tale of Two Biddies," book #2 in my League of Literary Ladies mystery series that will be on store shelves on February 4. The book tells the story of what happens on South Bass Island (the Key West of Lake Erie) during the Bastille Day celebration. Bastille Day on South Bass? Of course it’s not an official holiday, but the chamber of commerce is always looking for ways to bring tourists to the island. The celebration is complete with a rock concert from a band called Guillotine, a Charles Dickens look-alike contest and oh yes, a murder.
Have no fear, the League of Literary Ladies is on the case! The League consists of four island residents: Bea Cartwright, new to the island who owns an upscale B&B, Chandra Morrisey, the island kook and tarot card reader, Kate Wilder, who owns the local winery, and Luella Zak, senior citizen and fishing boat captain.
When the ladies meet in book #1 of the series ("Mayhem at the Orient Express") they are feuding neighbors. The local judge gets tired of them taking each other to court and decides they need to talk and get to know each other better. He sentences them to be a book discussion group and while they’re reading Agatha Christie’s classic "Murder on the Orient Express" they not only learn that they’re pretty good at investigating, but they become fast friends, too.
Now in honor of Bastille Day, the Ladies are reading "A Tale of Two Cities," the Charles Dickens classic about the French Revolution, and they’re prepared for whatever comes their way!
Well, maybe not for the guillotine Bea finds on her front porch.
Or another visit from Jerry Garcia, her neighbor’s nasty cat.
Truth be told, the Ladies of the League probably aren’t prepared for who the guys of Guillotine used to be, either, for their fans who show up in droves, or for the secrets that reveal a whole dark side to their island paradise.
So get ready to sit back, sip a lemonade and pretend it’s summer as you enjoy a story Romantic Times magazine says has all the making of "a great mystery."
This time of year, we could all use a little sunshine!
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