Saturday, May 7, 2011

Books, dead guys & Willie Shakespeare

By Andrea Mason,

from the upcoming Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries by Erika Chase

Please, please y’all call me Andie. That’s what Lizzie Turner and everyone else in The Ashton Corners Mystery Readers & Cheese Straws Society calls me. Only my mama calls me ‘Andrea’. And it usually has some command attached to it.

Like, “Andrea, if you insist on having black and blue hair, I will not allow you to dine with your father and met at the Club.” Yay!

And, “Andrea, must you wear that thing silver ring in your nostril?” Yes!

Okay, so maybe I push it just a little, like with the skull and crossbones backpack, the black T’s and the holey black gloves. But Lizzie gets it. I think. She doesn’t like, talk down to me when she’s trying to drum some Willie Shakespeare into my head. She’s real cool, for a tutor.

And, I get what she’s trying to do with getting me to join the book club. She actually bribed me into it. She like, thinks reading mysteries is gonna get me into reading. So, okay, I said I’d give it a try.

But what really got me hooked was that dead guy. A real dead guy, outside Mz Molly’s house. Real cool!

Yeah, okay, so I kinda like reading mysteries. I admit it. And maybe I’ll even start getting the way Willie S. writes. But it’s not like he’s going to be my new BFF. Just long enough to ace the exam. And then, I just might read me some more mysteries. And maybe help Lizzie find the killer before Molly ends up in jail.

So, I’m like 16, ya know? What are some real cool mysteries I should read?


  1. Read Jessica Park's Flat-Out Love! Good stuff. Good luck with Lizzie and your parents and Molly...I will look forward to reading more about your adventures.

  2. What do you like? Dogs, Cats, books, food, coffee, cupcakes, crafts, puzzles? There are mysteries about almost any topic you can imagine. And if you take a look at the blogging schedule to the left, you can bet that any book by one of those authors will be a good read. Since you are 16, you might like a series about Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes' much younger sister - who it turns out is as good, if not a better detective than he is. I've not read Flat-Out Love! yet, but I did get if for my iPad. I may have to move it up the list.

  3. Agatha Christie is always a safe bet. The books kind of read like cool vintage mysteries now, but they are such *great* mysteries.

    Happy reading!

  4. Perfect time to read Peter O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise or O'Donnell's romantic suspense novels as Madeleine Brent.

  5. YES! Modesty Blaise. I read my first one at 15 or so. It's still one of my favorite series of all times. I also enjoy the Modesty Blaise comic books. I'll have to check out Sherlock Holmes' much younger sister, that sounds like a hoot!

  6. Thank y'all for the suggestions. I'm hooked on Janet Evanovich at the moment, although Lizzie's trying to get me into more titles and Molly's always pushing Agatha Christie. Hope they all have good tips on solving murders!