Friday, October 7, 2011

So little time...so many bodies?


By Lizzie Turner, from the first Ashton Corners Book Club mystery, A Killer Read, coming April, 2012


Do y’all ever feel like there’s just not enough hours in the day…let alone the week? I’m not one who does a lot of complaining, especially since my hours are filled with all the things I love doing. But….


My work hours are spent mostly at the Ashton Corners Elementary School where I’m a reading specialist, there to assist teachers, students and parents with their concerns. I love the job and the people I work with, it’s just that some days I’m crowding in meetings at the school board office, consultations at the middle school, and the like. Still…I do enjoy the challenges.


Two days a week, after school hours, I tutor Andie Mason in English Lit. She’s bright. She’s bored. And she’s really digging her heels in. But I think I’m getting her hooked on reading by “enticing” her to join our book club, the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers & Cheese Straws Society. I mean, who can pass up reading a mystery?


And then there are the two evenings a week that I teach at the Literacy classes held at my good friend Molly Mathews’ home. Ah, that would be mansion which means she has the space for two groups of young adults, on track to write their GEDs. The book club also meets at Molly’s…she’s just that kind of generous spirit.


So…day job, after school tutoring, evening Literacy teaching…all of a theme.


Then there’s my passion…choral singing. That’s a Friday evening practice each week, Christmas and spring concerts, and the Christmas Eve service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as a thank you for the free practice space.


Lately, I’ve made room for a man in my life…that is, when he’s not on duty. It took a dead body to bring me face-to-face with the guy I’d had a crush on in high school. Mark Dreyfus…football hunk, senior class, new Police Chief. Wow…he still sets my toes to tingling.


And, there’s that body, of course. I know it’s none of my business. But really, it is. I’d met the guy. His body was found outside our book club meeting. And our members, especially Molly, are on the suspect list. So, of course I’m doing some sleuthing. Wouldn’t you? Except…there’s so little time.

13 comments:

  1. When something unusual happens, it's only natural to be curious, isn't it? Of course you have to do a little sleuthing!

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  2. But of course, Janet. Glad you agree!

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  3. A mystery book club and a murder? How appropriate. I think you'll be the perfect sleuth, Lizzie!

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  4. My gosh you're busy Lizzie! A Killer Read sounds like so much fun--can't wait for this one!

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  5. Thanks Mary Jane & Lucy! I'm kinda starting to enjoy being a sleuth. Hope you enjoy it, too.

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  6. Sounds a great cozy mystery. Wonder when this is released in the UK?

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  7. Can't wait to read it. Always nice to have a little romance to spice things up.

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  8. You have to find the killer, especially if it takes Molly and your friends off the suspect list. Does Mark give you a tough time when your sleuthing?

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  9. The UK -- haven't got a clue -- but I can dream!
    Thanks, Joan. And Dru, he's not too happy when it puts me in jeopardy but I figure, what he doesn't know can't upset him...right?

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  10. Anglers Rest -- A Killer Read is already available for pre-order here and in the UK. Here's the link at Amazon.uk (sorry it's so long):

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Killer-Read-Ashton-Corners/dp/0425247031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318072333&sr=1-1

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  11. Janet thanks for that. Off to preorder .....

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  12. Thanks, Janet! I'm going to have to get up to speed with all of this. Get my head out of sleuthing and into what's happening with the publishing. I keep forgetting I'm in a book here.
    And, thank you, Anglers Rest!

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