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Mayhem At The Orient Express
A League of Literary Ladies Mystery #1
Kylie Logan

Berkley Prime Crime
June 2013 / ISBN: 0425257754
Mystery – Cozy


Reviewed by Cheryl Green

You would never suspect that living on the small Lake Erie island of South Bass, were three women from one neighborhood causing Magistrate Alvin Littlejohn’s head to explode. Well – it really just caused him to have a huge headache. The ladies Bea, Kate and Chandra could not get along. They continually brought complaints to the Mayor’s Court about such things as too much traffic passing, peeing cats and loud opera music. Finally Alvin did something so amazing that it had the three women speechless. They would form a book discussion group and meet weekly at the library to discuss what they had read. Maybe they would learn to talk to each other and not at each other.

At the first meeting, they are joined by Luella, a feisty senior citizen who loves to read. The book they pick is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The meeting is cut short due to bad weather. Not one of them went home. They all ended up at the new restaurant on the island, The Orient Express. Strange how the women who can’t agree on anything all love Peter Chan’s Orange Chicken. What a shame they will never have it again, since they find Peter’s dead body behind the counter! Bea and her fellow literary ladies better solve this murder before the ferry starts up again and the murderer leaves the island forever. With all the questions being asked, Bea had better be very careful or she could end up without a reservation.

Things to Ponder: Was Amanda really sick or just hiding from the other guests? What did Bea do for a living before moving to Put–in–Bay? Can you really stop a cat from peeing on the flowers? Was the murderer a guest staying at the B&B?

I loved this book. I don’t remember ever reading a mystery where the people solving it dislike each other. They have to put aside their differences and work as a team. This was a fast paced page turner of a read. There is plenty of Orange Chicken….I mean Red Herrings to keep you guessing until the very end. So if you like your mystery with a side of egg rolls, then you should be reading Mayhem At The Orient Express. The author has told me that the next book in the series will be out in February 2014 and the title is A Tale of Two Biddies. If, like me, you can’t wait that long for your next Kylie Logan fix then, be on the lookout for her new Chili Cook-off Mysteries series - the first one will be out in October 2013 and is called Chili Con Carnage.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Mayhem At The Orient Express #1
A Tale of Two Biddies #2
The Legend of Sleepy Harlow #3
And Then There Were Nuns #4

Reviewed 2013