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Mayhem at the Orient Express

(League of Literary Ladies #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,698 ratings  ·  300 reviews
At a local Chinese restaurant, it's the owner who gets taken out...

Most folks aren't forced by court order to attend a library-book discussion group, but that’s just what happens to B and B proprietor and ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder after a small-town magistrate has had enough of their squabbling. South Bas
Mass Market Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Berkley
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Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mayhem at the Orient Express was a good start to the League of Literary Ladies #mystery series. I stumbled upon this through a Goodreads recommendation based on the other cozy serial mysteries that I often read. I certainly wasn't disappointed but I also wasn't amazed by the debut.

I eventually began liking the main characters, the setting and the overall style. From this first in series, it appears there will be 4 leading female characters -- perhaps 1 lead and 3 supporting female characters ma
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
"What's left to say after you've found a body with three of your not-best friends?"

As cute as the synopsis promised it would be. A funny, great group of eccentric people are forced to join a book club to save the judge’s wife’s ailing library grant. When they’re all pushed together during a snowstorm in the main character’s newly bought and renovated Inn, they work together to solve the mystery of the local restaurant owner.

There are plenty of nods to Hercule Poirot since the club decides to re
Kendrea Parsons
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. The characters were so well-developed and likeable - even with their many personality quirks. Kylie Logan really does a great job of crafting the story, and mystery, as well as giving the reader an interesting back story for the main character, Bea. I will say that, by the mid-point of the book I had guessed who the killer was, but it wasn't disappointing as there's a huge twist that didn't even occur to me so it was still a surprise. I loved this book so much that I we ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the cover of this book. A cover will sell me on a book before I even know what it is about. This one is a huge winner!!!
I loved it. The author did a great job and I am now a fan! I loved the characters, all likable and relate-able. I laughed out loud several times throughout the story.
Loved the humor, the descriptions of the town, the Bed and Breakfast that the main character owns and runs. I loved re-visiting the old Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express", in this book.

Take a f
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, kylie-logan
Three neighbors are not able to get along and find themselves sentenced to attend a reading discussion group for a year. The first book is Murder On The Orient Express. The group's finds they all agree that orange-peanut chicken made by the local diner Orient Express is,the best meal they can have. All meet at the dinner to find the owner stabbed to death. An unusual spring snow storm strands them all together. The characters are different and describe well. At times it is funny. I like Ms Logan ...more
Stef Rozitis
I was disappointed. I expected humour and cool, slightly nerdy references to the Christie classic (not crude pretentiousness with 2D characters). I knew there was a cat but he disappointingly barely figured.

The "literary ladies" disappointed me. They are hardly "literary" at all, being in an enforced book-club for acting like shrewish fish-wives. Yawn. Stereotype. The husband of the librarian sentences them to go to book club in a scene where the rational man has to deal with three harpies :( re
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It was enjoyable and a quick read!
Bea was new to the island where she was planning to open a bed and breakfast. The name she had planned on was Bea and Bees! But she did have some problems to work out before the summer season started!

She needed to get her neighbors to stop complaining about her to the courts. They found themselves in front of the judge, too many times. Bea complained about the noise from Kate because of her music all the time and she complained about Chand
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
At a local Chinese restaurant, it’s the owner who gets taken out…

Ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder may be neighbors but they are definitely not friends. They end up in Community Court to voice their complaints against each other and the unusual ruling leaves them having to spend time together each and every week. Since the local library is about to lose its funding because it doesn’t have a book discussion group, they are sentenced to
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
New Yorker Bea Cartwright leaves the big city life behind when she opens a bed & breakfast inn in the small town of South Bass, an island on Lake Erie. When she gets into a legal battle with two of her neighbors, the judge orders the three women to attend a book discussion at the local library, which happens to be run by his wife.

None of the women are too thrilled with the punishment but they have no choice. Their first book discussion is about Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Ir
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just a few days ago I claimed to have found my favorite cozy read of the year, but I think this one equaled it. I absolutely adored all the characters, all the Agatha Christie references, the setting, absolutely everything. The humour absolutely made this, and the set up for the rest of the series is just fantastic. I only ordered book one, but now I need all of them!

Highly recommend this cozy series for mystery lovers, five stars!
Aurian Booklover
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
After something happened to her in New York, Bea Cartwright has moved to South Bass, an island on Lake Erie, where she has opened a Bed and Breakfast in an old mansion. Bea really does not get along with her new neighbours at all, and when the local judge has had enough of their endless fights, he sentences them to a weekly bookclub, to learn to get along. And to safe his wife’s precious library from losing their funding.

Bea is from New York, and is working hard to get her B&B ready for opening
Jessica Andersen
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kylie Logan is a pseudonym of Casey Daniels, author of the Pepper Martin mysteries. This is the first book I've read by this particular pseudonym though.

Mayhem at the Orient Express is the first book in the League of Literary Ladies series. A group of women is ordered to participate in a book club for a year, by the local mayor/judge who is tired of their bickering. The first book they decide to read is Murder on the Orient Express. It just so happens that a murder occurs on their small island,
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
This is probably a 3.5 star read, but am going with 4 instead of 3 since I love this author's Pepper Martin books that she writes as Casey Daniels and I also enjoy her button series written as Kylie Logan. 3 neighbors who can't get along with each other are sentenced to be a book group. Sounds like a silly premise, but it really works. The first book they are to read is MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. And a new Chinese restaurant has opened in town called The Orient Express. All 3 ladies, plus the ...more
Julie  Durnell
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Entertaining and a light cozy read, a bit too contrived but all right for a cozy. I really enjoyed the setting and the snowstorm trapping so many characters in the old house,now a bed and breakfast, though!
❂ Murder by Death
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I ::Loved:: this book! I never say that about firsts-in-series; most of them are a bit clunky and awkward, as the author is getting to know their characters on paper for the first time. This book was just excellent and I felt like it took off from the first page.

I love the setting - an island 12 miles into Lake Michigan. That just invites quirky characters and eccentricities. And the location allows for weather of all kinds - a spring blizzard in this book, allowing the setup to work perfectly.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the A League of Literary Ladies Mystery series.

Bea Cartwright, Chandra Morrisey and Kate Wilder all live in the same neighborhood on South Bass Island, OH and they are always being drawn into Magistrate Court because of it. The judge finally orders them to form a book club at the local library. This is easier said than done, but finally agree on Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. What helped make this decision, is that Peter Chan has recently opened a new
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tlc-bingo
This book has been on my shelf for several years and I've checked it out a couple of times prior to this one, but I never seemed to get it read. And that's a shame because it was a great read. The characters were well-built and interesting, and I enjoyed getting to know them. The idea of the island setting in a snowstorm made for extra coziness, and made the whole story work beautifully. The similarities to the Christie novel were such fun, and the mystery itself was a nice homage to the little ...more
Such a fun start to a series, and I'm absolutely looking forward to more books in the League of Literary Ladies series by Kylie Logan. The combination of a cozy murder, one of my favorite mysteries, and four independent women was simply perfect! Well told and kept me guessing! :-) ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nice first cozy in the series. I would recommend either having read Murder on the Orient Express before reading....a couple hours with Johnny Depp is not too much to ask. 😁
Jessica Robbins
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Amy Yingling
I had to take a break from what I was reading, but still wanted to read so I picked up this cozy mystery that the Cozy Mystery Corner Group here on Goodreads that I belong to, has picked out to read in November. Cozy Mysteries are normally easy reads for me and I can normally read one in a day so don't let the rate that I read this book take away from the fact that I loved every minute of it. Normally I am into the type of books that do not make it on the cozy mystery lists that revolve around t ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. It begins with Bea who is new to the island on Lake Erie and has opened a B&B who is not getting along with her neighbors. So they (3 ladies) are ordered by a judge to start a book club at the library. Their bickering was pretty funny to me so I started liking this book almost instantly.

The first book they decide to read is Murder On The Orient Express. And the best restaurant in town is called the Orient Express. Run by Peter Chan who makes the greate
Diane ~Firefly~
Ok, I really liked the book and Bea for the most part.

*** mini rant on annoying parts begins ***
But the petty sniping the neighbors do to get sentenced to the book club is ridiculous and who lives on an island near Ohio (must be in a Great Lake) in winter without a generator? I mean Bea is new to the area and is having to put up half the residents because she has a generator. And do generators really keep a huge Victorian comfy for multiple days on end while running constantly? And you don't go
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I chose to read this book because of recommendations of other cozy readers. What I liked about the book was that it was a fast read and liked the snowed in theme of the mystery. I liked the idea of the amateur investigators belonging to a book club. The main character was establishing a bed and breakfast and that was interesting. I wish I could have the peanut orange chicken that was everyones favorite.
However, the bickering at the beginning of the book was irritating to me and I didn't find it
Wow, third great book in a row, I know this isn't going to last forever. This book was amazing,and kept me glued to the pages.

Probably the biggest reason why I liked this book was the characters. Bea, Luella, Kate, and Chandra are some of the most likeable and believable characters I've read in awhile. Each had their faults, but each was lovable in their own way.

The biggest area I found this area lacking in was the setting. Sure some parts were described quite well, but I couldn't quite picture
Sharon Chance
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore cozy mysteries - and I especially love ones that involve book groups, bookstore, anything to do with books! (gee, I wonder why?)

So I was delighted to learn of this debut series featuring a group of lively and feisty ladies who are part of a small-town book group! Author Kylie Logan does a great job of creating a cast of characters who are quirky, unique and rather loveable, and telling a mystery story that is intriguing, fun, and fast-paced. And any story that has a cat or two in it is
Amy V
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2013
The first chapter or so started out slow for me.. But once I got into it I didn't want to stop! What a great story! :) I loved that they all stayed in the b&b during a big snow storm and discussed the murder.. And I loved how there were so many references to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.. I have never read that one, but I appreciated the connection regardless and I now want to read it soon :)

Great writing and great cast of characters! Looking forward to the next book!
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this cozy mystery that takes place on Lake Bass the island about 12 miles from Lake Erie.
The characters all interact with each other so well that it draws you into the story.
I also enjoyed all the referrals to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, one of my favorite mystery writers and one of my favorite stories.
Looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Nancy Haddock
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm way behind in some reading. Even more behind in posting ratings and what passes for a review from me. Loved, loved, loved this book! The next ones are on my radar to buy soon!
Oh my goodness - I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

It has everything you could want in a cozy, plus more.

First off, I liked that the situation the characters find themselves in is actually believable. The set up and the location make how everyone ends up together completely plausible. I can live with an author stretching things to make the plot work, but it's even better when the writing and the conception are so well-created that you don't have to stretch to believe it.

The Literary Ladies are hilarious! The
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