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!
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?