Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Who doesn’t love a good mystery?

And what mystery writer could possibly compete with Agatha Christie, la grande dame of the genre?

Naturally, Christie was my choice when I was writing “Mayhem at the Orient Express,” the first book in the League of Literary Ladies series. The women in my book (a court-ordered book discussion group) need a book to read, and they choose the Christie classic, “Murder on the Orient Express.”

So what could possibly go wrong?

I guess the first clue our heroines should have had was that there was a new Asian restaurant on South Bass Island where they live. You guessed it, it’s called the Orient Express. Best orange/peanut chicken in the world, and the owner, Peter Chan, was the nicest, most ordinary guy you could imagine.

At least that’s what the ladies think.

Until that day Bea Cartwright (protagonist and amateur sleuth) goes to pick up a take-away order of orange/peanut chicken and finds Peter arguing with a stranger.

And finds a note threatening Peter.

And finds Peter dead with a knife through his heart.

Suddenly, Christie isn’t the only one on the island with a mind on mystery! And now, the League of Literary Ladies has to investigate, using Christie’s detective, Hercule Poirot, for inspiration.

A house full of suspects, a murder mystery dinner party and a snow storm that has trapped a killer on the island, just like Christie’s killer was trapped on the Orient Express. The book will hit store shelves on June 4, a little less than a month from now. So come on, join the League or Literary Ladies as they use their little gray cells to uncover the secrets behind “Mayhem at the Orient Express.”


BW said...

I love Agatha Christie. I took a class at Oxford that covered Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dorothy L. Sayers a while ago.

June 4th is mother's birthday, we both like cozy mysteries, I have to get this one.

Casey said...

Happy birthday to your mom! And an Oxford class on Christie, Doyle and Sayers . . . heaven!!!

BW said...

Icing on the cake in that class was having the curator of the Black Museum, who by the way did all the research for the Peter Ustinov narrated documentary on Jack the Ripper, as the guest lecture.

Casey said...

BW, you must stop! You are making me more and more jealous!!!

Sharon Stogner said...

how awesome! :) will spread the word

Casey said...

Thanks, Sharon!