Friday, June 7, 2013

When friends are family!



 
 by Stephanie Lowe from the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries
 written by Erika Chase



My name is Stephanie Lowe and these are the facts. I’m 19, had a sweet little baby girl on Christmas Day and named her Wendy, was turfed out by my family when I announced the pregnancy news, and came here to Ashton Corners on my own to start a new life.

It’s been tough going, I’ll admit that and at times, I’m thinking, maybe not my best decision. But I love Wendy and I’ve made some amazing friends here who have helped me every step of the way. When I was asked to join the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society I thought, okay, something to do. And I do love reading mysteries.

It’s been so much more than that. They’re now my family. Lizzie Turner, Molly Mathews, Andie Mason, Sally-Jo Baker, Bob Miller and Jacob Smith are the people who helped me stand on my own two feet. I’ve been learning to make good decisions and also, to speak up for myself. I owe it all to them.

Plus, I’ve been reading some dynamite mysteries.

I hope y’all will visit us at our next book club meeting. And, feel free to bring along a friend. Do you have someone who helps you get through the good and the bad?


The book club is celebrating the return of Killer Characters with a draw. Leave a comment with the name of your all-time favorite mystery and you could win a copy of either A Killer Read or Read and Buried! 



Read and Buried, the second in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries 
is now available!
Book #3, Cover Story will be out on Aug. 5th and is available for pre-order.
A Killer Read,  was #2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and
is  an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery
 Visit Erika at www.erikachase.com 
Love to hear from you on Facebook and Twitter  @erika_chase.

28 comments:

  1. My favorite all time mystery.....you ask tough questions! I've read so many and there have been so many great ones. Its hard to choose. I'll pick Mourning Shift by Kathleen Taylor.

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  2. Window on the Square- Phyllis A Whitney -read it many times and loved it.

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  3. It's hard to pick a favorite! I like A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie.

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  4. I read so many mysteries, it's hard to choose. Would have to say almost anything by Deborah Crombie is a favorite of mine.

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  5. Wow, what a question. There are so many I love, but I have to go way, way back and say my love of mysteries started with Nancy Drew.

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  6. It is a tough question! I'd have to go back to Agatha Christie too and my first Miss Marple A Murder at the Vicarage, introducing that small village cozy idea to me.

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  7. There are to many to choose from. I like each book for different reasons. The all time favorite mystery... I just can't decide!

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  8. It's hard to choose just one. I'd have to go with any book from Bill Knox's Thane and Moss series.

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  9. Answering that question would be like answering which is my favorite child! They are all my favorites! But Nancy Drew books were the first books I ever bought and they still hold a special place in my heart.

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  10. Ten Little Indians, but my favorite would be whatever mystery I am reading at the moment.

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  11. My favorite is still from the Trixie Belden series I read growing up-Mystery in Arizona. I recently re-read it and enjoyed it again.

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  12. Lord Peter Whimsey stories by Dorothy Sayers

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  13. Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth. The first Miss Maud Silver mystery, which pre-dated Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Murder at the vicarage by a couple of years. Patricia Wentworth is pure classic!

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  14. That's an easy question, it's the one I'm reading while I'm reading.

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  15. OH MY! How in the world can I start to pick just one favorite mystery of all the ones that I have read....think I'll go with the one that I'm reading now also. And that would be Angora Alibi by Sally Goldenbaum.

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  16. So many, but my all time favorite has to be MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie.

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  17. mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

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  18. There are just so many! I would have to say that my favorite mystery is whichever one I'm reading at the moment but the Nancy Drew series will forever hold a special place in my heart.

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  19. So many great mysteries but if I had to chose it would be State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy.

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  20. Good for you to get on your own two feet. i have also read a lot of mysteries over the year, and I will pick Ellery Adams as my favourite author, any of her books.

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  21. My all time favorite mystery is Death of a Witch by M.C. Beaton because its classic Beaton and the last book my Mom and I shared before she died. Thanks for the opportunity to win these fabulous books!

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  22. Old Murders Never Die by Marja McGraw. So many great new and old writers selecting one is impossible. Julie Hyzy White House series ranks right up with Erika Chase because of clever covers. Dialogue is important reason for selections.

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  23. I'd have to say "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards" by Lilian Jackson Braun because I fell in love with the series--and with cozy mysteries.
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  24. Hmmm charlaine harris, auroa teagarden series

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  25. Hard to choose just one, but let's go with anything about Sherlock by Arthur Conan Doyle!

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  26. I really enjoy the Domestic Diva series by Krista Davis. My favorite is probably The Diva Takes the Cake.

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  27. I have to go back to where it all started, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. I still have my Nancy Drew books.

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  28. I have too many favorites but the 1st cozy mystery I read was Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry by Denise Swanson.

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