Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Special Meeting of Special Friends

By Molly Mathews from the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries by Erika Chase

Tonight I'm hosting a special get-together of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society. Special because it's not our regular meeting night but it's been such a busy time lately, what with all the goings-on with Bob's visiting granddaughter, and what with yet another murder, I thought we all deserved a special night.

So, I've had some fun at the bakery this afternoon. I also whipped up some  bacon-herb cupcakes to go along with the tangerine chess pie. And of course, cheese straws! And, since we can't discuss our official monthly book tonight (because it's not our official meeting night), I thought we could each take ourselves on a trip back to childhood.

This idea came to me when I spent a few days clearing out some of my dear departed Claydon's boxes from the attic. Tucked in amongst them was a cedar-lined trunk (thank goodness for the cedar), of books I'd loved to spend time with as a child. And let me tell you, I was quite the reader. Still am!

I've been re-reading them, one a week, since that day and thought, what a great topic for tonight. So, I've asked all the members to come prepared to talk about their favorite book from childhood. I know that can be a hard task, asking to pick just one.

I've decided on Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, partly because as a young girl I wanted a horse more than anything in the world. I think it's something most girls go through at one time or other. Re-reading Black Beauty made me want to so out riding on a beach somewhere, my hair loose and flowing through the wind. I chuckle at the thought because these bones have not been on a horse for almost sixty years! I also chose it because of Anna's own sadness in her life, and because of the book's message about kindness and humanity.  Who else has read it?

What would be your choice?

Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, and LAW AND AUTHOR on-line or at your favorite bookstore.


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  1. I loved the entire Boxcar Children series.

  2. My choice would be a Wrinkle in Time...I read it over and over!!

  3. Loved Black Beauty as a kid. Still do actually. Read anything I could get my hands on. Still do. But stories with and about animals have always been my favorites. Della

  4. First I was going to say Nancy Drew books, but then I remembered reading so many of Marguerite Henry's books. They were very special for me too!

  5. I loved Little Women and anything Nancy Drew.