By Sally-Jo Baker from the upcoming Mystery Book Club series by Erika Chase
Hi. I’m Sally-Jo Baker and I’m mighty happy to be here. I’m always thrilled to meet new people, which is part of the reason I eagerly got involved with the start-up of the Ashton Corners Mystery Book Club & Cheese Sticks Society. And it’s been a blast, except for the murder.
Lizzie Turner, the reading specialist at the elementary school I landed a job at, befriended me right away. She’s also the get-go for the book club. I moved to Ashton Corners last spring and although I love the small town community aspect, it takes a while to get used to it when you’re from a big city. Like, try keeping any deep and dark secrets. Not that I have any. But that balances out with the warmth and friendliness of the people.
My book club buddies have helped me adjust. There’s Lizzie, of course. And Molly Mathews. We meet at her house, a wonderful old mansion. She’s amazing, although she’s an Agatha Christie loyalist. Then there’s Jacob Smith, he’s a lawyer and also fairly new to the town. I felt that something when we first met, and although we’ve encountered some difficulties, I believe he’s a keeper.
Former police chief, Bob Miller comes across all huffy when we’re not reading a police procedural, but you know it’s all an act. I think he’s sweet on Molly. We’ll just have to see what unfolds. Stephanie Lowe, also new to town, is about twenty and works at the local diner. She’s very hush-hush about her past but it’s hard to hide the fact she’s pregnant. And Andrea Mason rounds out the group. A high school junior, she’s being tutored by Lizzie, who thought that joining the mystery book club would get her hooked on reading.
We’re quite a group but we’re fast becoming good friends. I guess a murder will do that.
I almost forgot, the added ingredient to this mix—cheese straws. Bob is nuts about them and it’s now imperative they’re served at each meeting.