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A Tale of Two Biddies

(League of Literary Ladies #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  936 ratings  ·  159 reviews
When it comes to solving mysteries, these ladies are in a league of their own…

Summer can be the best of times or the worst of times for the resort town of Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. For Bea Cartwright, business is booming as guests storm her B and B for the Bastille Day celebration. In honor of the holiday, the League of Literary Ladies is reading the Charles Dickens’ clas
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Berkley
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James
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Good second book in the series. I am enjoying the character development and have much curiosity on Bea's past (she seems to be quite rich, has some intricate knowledge coming out of nowhere and has no ties to family of any kind)...

From the title, you had to know there was more to Alice and Margaret than we were initially told... their story is good, but I feel the ending went too quickly. I think Kylie Logan could have added in a final chapter explaining how everything happened, e.g. Richie's po
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Jonathan
Wow, this was a great mystery. Usually the first and even second books in a series aren't the best, but this book was simply amazing, and I can't wait to read the next one.

I loved the characters, in this book you see more development in many of the characters, especially Levi and Kate. The new characters were also quirky and lovable in their own way.

The mystery, however, was the best part of this book. So many well-thought-out clues add together in the end.

I really can't think of anything bad ab
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Jessica Robbins
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Tari
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first book of this series that I read earlier this spring. When I found out one of the book groups I'm in on Facebook was going to discuss the third book in October, I thought that while I was on vacation last week I'd read the second book. I had already felt like I knew these ladies and they were friends I was going back to visit.

When Bea Cartwright found the body of a local guy named Richie, everyone wondered if he really had been killed as he'd feared ever since a few days befor
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Jenn
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just didn’t care. I didn’t care about who was killed. I didn’t care about the festival. I didn’t care about the wool shop, the b&b or the bar. I really didn’t care about the romantic interlude with the main character and Levi. I didn’t even care about whodunit. But I finished it and hope no others in this series cross my path.
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014


Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kylie Logan creates such vibrant characters. These Literary Ladies started out as sworn enemies and quickly became friends when forced to spend time together in a book club. They don’t see eye to eye on everything but are learning to accept each other quirks or in Chandra’s case, her cats annoying behavior. They are spending more and more time together and again they find themselves right in the middle of another police investigation.

It has been quite a few years since I had r
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Mark Baker
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2014
In order to draw in tourists, South Bass Island is hosting Bastille Week, and Bea and her book club are reading A Tale of Two Cities as a result. However, the added tourists bring chaos even before someone is murdered.

While I wasn't familiar with the Dickens classic, the parallels are pointed out for us, so that wasn't an issue. Instead, I could focus on the mystery, which threw me completely several times, although I did finally get part of the solution correct. The characters are strong, and t
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Nicole
It's Bastille Day in Put-in-Bay, the little town on South Bass Island. French Independence Day brings with it a Charles Dickens impersonator contest, an 80s rock band in disguise (well, sorta, lol!), and murder! Bea and company are up to their baguettes in investigations in this one - A Tale of Two Biddies is a nicely written second installment in Kylie Logan's League of Literary Ladies series. A+ ...more
Kelly
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I I loved book one, but book two is even better! I've never read A Tale of Two Cities, but there was enough explained for me to understand the references, and it helped me understand a Mel Brooks joke. The mystery was amazing, with lots of twists and a shocking ending. ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was quite the read. Especially the mystery. I like that characters are slowly growing with each book.

The writing is especially good here. Also the moments with Levi and Bea are also good.

Then at the end I was like, wait book are you serious? Already want to read the next one.
Johnna
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
a really fun read. Love this series!
Reenah
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked the first book in this series, but this one was boring and forgettable.
Lesa
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
There's just something about Kylie Logan's League of Literary Ladies mysteries that draw me back. It might be the setting of Put-in-Bay, the village on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. It might be the unusual situation of three women sentenced to belong to a book discussion group. And, Put-in-Bay really does do unusual celebrations to attract tourists, so Bastille Day celebrations wouldn't be so off-the-mark there. So, enter the celebration of the French Revolution on Put-in-Bay, where naturally ...more
Fred
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Tale Of Two Biddies is the second book in the League of Literary Ladies Mystery series.

I must say that I enjoyed this book more than the first.

Port-in-Bay is busy readying itself for the celebration of Bastille Day. Bea Cartwright, owner of Bea's B&B couldn't be more pleased with her business. The local business people are having a little picnic near the pier at DeRivera Park, a couple days before the big celebration begins. Shortly after the passenger ferry from the mainland ties up, a fifti
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Ronna
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First line in this book tells so much about how this fun cozy takes off from the book, A TALE OF TWO CITIES and it's author Charles Dickens------" It was the best of thymes, it was the worst of thymes." And the fun and mystery continues throughout with this theme.

The small town of Put-in Bay on Lake Erie is the backdrop for this year's Bastille Day celebration, with a contest for a Dickens's look alike character and a trivia contest about Dickens. The town even has their own Defarge sisters tha
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
While I loved the first one, for some reason I had a hard time staying as invested in this one. A lot of the humor was missing and the mystery itself was a bit all over the place, although I didn't guess a twist at the end. I do like how that twist and other things in the novel tied into the story they had been reading, A Tale of Two Cities. The Dickens impersonators were funny in their way but things like that were kind of side distractions. Little time was actually spent at the inn or any of t ...more
Joy Gerbode
Another wonderfully comical mystery from Kylie Logan. A group of ladies we have already learned to love in the first book, a classic piece of literature as a backdrop, and characters that are very familiar to small town dwellers like myself, all add to the fun of the story. And this book also gave me something to think about: who is in my small town that I never pay enough attention to, or get to know? I'll be pondering that! ...more
Melodie
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Not a bad book, but nowhere near as good as the 1st one. Was hard to keep all the characters straight, and story just seemed a bit lackluster. Maybe this writer has too many irons in the fire since she writes 3 series. I notice Jenn McKinlay is suffering with a couple of her series, too. As I said, not a bad book, but not a good one either.
Kim
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun read which I started the series because my book club was reading the 3rd book in the series for it’s October choice. I had already read book one so immediately checked checked this book out. I’m glad I did.
Gail
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fun loving cozy mystery. I love the league of ladies mystery group. They are so great together. Never a dull moment. I love the references to the classic story of Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities. Also loved the people dressing up as Charles Dickens and trying to act like him too.
Joy
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
3.5 stars. Entertaining, but not as good as book #1.
Anam Cara
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Okay, it's official now. I have a new author to add to my list of favorites.

This is the third book I have read by Kylie Logan and once again it is delightful. (I read one out of order)

Her characters are all so different from each other, but somehow together, they click. As odd as some might seem, we all know someone who could fit into the mold. The League of Literary Ladies is a great method to center a mystery around. The book club was formed unwillingly as a punishment for their complaining a
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Rage
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I am generally enjoying this series; the characters have a nice dynamic, I appreciate female friendships, and the mysteries are usually interesting. in this entry, the island is packed for a Bastille Day celebration which somehow entails Charles Dickens impersonators (fun) and a heavy metal band called Guillotine, who happen to be an aging boy band with their boy band fans. quirky. the twists were neat. (view spoiler) ...more
Penny
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Carol
The League of Literary Ladies is reading a classic book by
Charles Dickens titled " The Tale of Two Cities" for their
monthly book club read.
This book was chosen to keep with the Bastille Day theme
celebration taking place on Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie.
But who would expect a murder to occur!!!
This calls for action from the League of Literary Ladies
who are also known to solve murder mysteries.
There is a myriad of characters types to provide suspects.
This read was filled with plenty of mystery, twis
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Liz V.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A Bastille Day celebration means a weeklong party on the island, complete with Dickens impersonators and a trivia contest, a band called Guillotine, and twin sisters named Defarge with the local knitting shop. Naturally, the Literary Ladies are reading A Tale of Two Cities.

Just as the week begins, the local handyman Richie claims that someone tried to kill him by pushing him into the lake. The Literary Ladies are curious but unconvinced. Certainly Richie has a long list of enemies, but he also h
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D. Starr
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mistaken Identities, Confused Amateur Detectives, and a Dickens of a Good Read

Teen - Adult Appropriate
No harsh language
No Sex
No Violence

Plot no spoilers: Bea's small island town is having a festival, part of which is a contest for Charles Dickens enthusiasts. Quirky costumed participants, an aging boy band, and the town's snoops add to the restrained humor as well as the confusion over who may have murdered an unpopular local man.
Likable characters, a budding romance between Bea (what's up with
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Miriam
The second installment of the League of Literary Ladies is a play off Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities." Mistaken identities, twins, and switches are the key to the mystery set on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, Ohio.

There are fewer unbelievable moments, well, fewer than in the first episode. You'll enjoy a run around the island, a festival, and some more smoldering looks. Bea and Levi are now an item, sort of. With luck, they'll figure it out by the next book in the series.

Kylie Logan has a good e
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Emily Cullen
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Most people didn't think too highly of Richie Monroe. But when he ends up dead it's up to the "League of Literary Ladies", particularly B & B owner Bea Cartwright, to find out who exactly hated him enough to kill him. I picked this book because it's a resort town, Put-in-Bay, which is near to where I live in Ohio, and was a good summer read. I was a bit confused at the end, but I'll read another one to give it another chance. ...more
Wendy
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The ladies of the Literary League have another murder on their tiny, 4 mile long island. There are plenty of suspects when Richie is poisoned. Bea actually solves the mystery, but it's at the conclusion of a Charles Dickens imposter contest at Bastille Day week on the island. And an old rock band is there to play for the main event. A band member, a Charles Dickens, and several locals make a good roster of potential killers. Fun read. ...more
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