Monday, March 7, 2011

What's a girl to do?

Written by a perplexed Lizzie Turner and posted by Erika Chase, author of the book club mysteries, coming soon from Berkley Prime Crime.

My name is Lizzie Turner. I love almond butter and I hate snakes.

I’m 30-ish and have a job I enjoy as a reading specialist with the school board in Ashton Corners, AL. I’ve been away to college in Auburn, followed by a stint in Hunstville, before deciding to move back to my hometown. I also teach at the Words for Change Literacy program and tutor a precocious sixteen-year-old girl in English Lit.

I live with my two Siamese cats, Edam and Brie, and I love singing in my community choir, Musica Noblis. I have lots of friends; easy to do when you live in the town where you grew up. And I, along with Sally-Jo Baker, a third grade teacher at the same elementary school, have just started the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society. So you see, I have a full life.

As you can also see, I’m not a teenager any longer. So why is it, with a dead body found in a parked car outside our first meeting, and I might add, having met the victim just a short while before his demise, why am I fixated on the fact that the Police Chief is none other than Mark Dreyfus? He’s the football star I worshiped from afar while in high school. I had a mad crush on him even though he was a year older and didn’t even know I existed. Not that the year would have made any difference to his being unaware of me.

Did I mention, I’m no longer a teenager? So focus, girl!

Who is the dead guy? Why did he choose to stop in at my good friend Molly Mathews’ house just as the book club was gathering? Had he stolen anything before he was discovered wandering in the foyer? And why am I finding chapters of a manuscript, left anonymously in my mailbox? It’s a mystery! The plot, that is. Well, also the fact that I’m the recipient.

At least I’ve got an entire book in which to find out the answers to these questions and I’m sure my author, Erika Chase will make sure it’s not an easy task. Not that she’s a masochist or anything. Right. Oops, E.C., I didn’t mean anything by that!

Do y’all ever have those times in your life when everything is just one big question mark? If so, how did you get through it all?

Stop by and say hi to Erika Chase on Facebook.


  1. Add chocolate to the almond butter?

  2. Looks like a mystery that I can sink my teeth in.

  3. Chocolate & almond butter -- two of my favorite food groups but I'd never thought of them together! Thanks, Janet -- I'll try it.

    Great to hear, Dru. I sure hope you'll like it!

  4. Note to self: try almond butter... sounds good!

    And a mystery and a yummy detective? You're two for two... let the mysteries continue! (Gives you a reason to talk to Mark)

  5. I can't wait for the first in this series to hit the stands, Lizzie! You'll get through it all. But now you've left me wondering about this Mark Dreyfus. I bet we haven't heard the last of him!

  6. Be careful, Lizzie. I bet Mark has noticed you now! I'm not a fan of snakes, either.

    ~ Krista

  7. I hate snakes! Ick :) When does the new book come out? I can't wait to read it and continue the story of Lizzie.

  8. Thanks, Victoria...and be sure to try the almond butter. Guaranteed you'll love it.

    MJ -- you'll get to read all about it/him/them!

    Krista -- Erika will allow me to tell you that you're probably right!

    Kelley -- it will be out in April, 2012. So far, the title is Murder By the Book. Waiting to hear if that stays. And don't worry -- no snakes appear in the book. Thanks for your comment!

  9. I suggest you hang on tight! Whenever my life has been a big question mark, big things seem to be just around the corner. Good luck, Lizzie!

  10. Lizzie, football players are not all they are cracked up to be. Beware. RE: the question mark question. Um, yes!!!?????? There are days when everything is a question and there are no easy answers. Sigh. Welcome to the real world.


  11. Thanks Dorothy & Avery. Never any easy answers, are there. I'll just have to go along with what has been plotted, I guess.

  12. I'm going through one of those periods right now, Lizzie. It's heck being on "pins and needles," and I wanna cry out, "I wanna know NOW!" But it doesn't work that way, and you have to stay busy with something and take it one day at a time... Or else you'll go crazy...for a second time, like me.