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Murder a la Christie

(A Golden Age of Mystery Book Club Mystery #1)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Professor Lexie Driscoll is conducting the first meeting of the Golden Age of Mystery book club in her best friend’s swanky mansion when another friend is murdered. More members are knocked off as Lexie unravels secret after secret, leading her to believe she's living in Christie's novel, And Then There Were None. Using Miss Marple’s knowledge of human nature and Hercule P ...more
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published May 4th 2016 (first published February 26th 2014)
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
I have a confession to make. I have never read an Agatha Christie mystery. No, not one. But if Ms. Levinson writes even one half as well as Christie, I’ve surely been missing out.

This was a fast moving, keep you up reading mystery for sure. Cozy fans will really enjoy the writing style. Indeed, mystery fans of any sub-genre will be delighted with this book.

Give MURDER a la CHRISTIE a read and see for yourself if you are transported into the Christie way of storytelling.
Cristina
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could start ranting about all the things that were wrong about this book, but the main one is... as its title says, it really isn't different to any Agatha Christie novel. But it definitely was an OK read and I quite enjoyed the main character, Lexie, although I strongly dislike the ending of the whole book.
Yvonne
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Professor Lexie Driscoll is excited to be leading the Golden Age Mystery Book Club in the swanky small town of Old Canfield, which is on Long Island in New York. While she’s on her summer vacation, she’s staying at a friend’s ritzy mansion. She’s all set for a great summer – reading books she loves and discussing them with fellow readers, plus staying in a wealthy neighborhood she couldn’t normally afford.

The group begins by discussing Agatha Christie’s books, when tragedy strikes. One of the me
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Timya
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the members of your book club are dropping like flies, you had better be a pretty smart cookie to figure out whodunit before you become the next unlucky mystery lover. Professor Lexie Driscoll is just the macaroon for the job. Her Golden Age of Mystery book club is an Agatha Christie novel come to life in the small community of Old Cadfield. An outsider in this wealthy and exclusive community, Lexie is house sitting for the summer while playing a very capable Miss Marple as the bodies pile ...more
Lynn Farris
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder a la Christie” is the first book in the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series by Marilyn Levinson. However, this is not Ms. Levinson’s first book. She writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and children’s books. A former Spanish teacher, Ms. Levinson is the co-founder and past president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime.

As the story opens, Professor Lexie Driscoll is conducting the first meeting of the Golden Age of Mystery book club in her best friend’s home in a wealthy area
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D.J. Adamson
Murder a la Christie by
Marilyn Levinson

Agatha Christie’s great puzzle-making mystery talents are very well mirrored in Marilyn Levinson’s novel Murder a la Christie. While the amount of characters presented in the first few pages gives the reader pause and concern the novel is going to be a bit confusing, Professor Lexie Driscoll who leads the Golden Age Mystery Club is a strong enough character to take the reader by the hand and led them though a puzzle that pulls one way and then another keep
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Judy Alter
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
This book was a doubleheader for me. As the author of cozy mysteries, I shouldn't admit this but I know little about Agatha Christie and have not read extensively in her canon. Marilyn Levinson on the other hand knows lots about Christie and put her knowledge to good use in this book. It was like a crash course in Agatha Christie for me.
But it was also everything I want in a cozy--a likeable female amateur sleuth with love interests, off-screen violence and an interesting cast of characters. Lev
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Polly
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the premise of the book club reading Agatha Christie and then life imitating art as one member after another bites the dust. There was a nice list of possible killers, but I didn't guess the which one was bumping off her friends. With friends like that... Enjoyable read for light mystery lovers.
Lisa Millett
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Golden Age Book Club Murder

I won this book in a Facebook contest. The author is new to me and I truly enjoyed reading this book. The title alone would have pulled me in as one of my all time favorite authors is What he Christie. The premise of the book is a group of people who get together for a golden age book club and they start out with books by Agatha Christie. Set in a small wealthy town led by Professor Lexie Driscoll the group meets in a ritzy mansion. During the discussion for And Then T
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Donna
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What could be better then a discussion in a Book Club of Agatha Christie mysteries. There are several murders connected with the book club. There is a handsome detective assigned to the case.
Michelle
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and easy.
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard , along with a guest post by the author.

Murder a la Christie is indeed an homage to Christie's mysteries, particularly those featuring Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Like Christie's novels, this is essentially a closed-circle mystery, in which the murderer is one of a small group of people. In this case, that circle is comprised of the members of a mystery book club and some of their family members. The book club's leader, Lexie, is conveni
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Catherine
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old Cadfield, a ritrzy suburb in Long Island, New York is the setting for Murder a la Christie, an entertaining new mystery from Marilyn Levinson. When Lexie Driscoll, an English professor from a local university agrees to facilitate the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club at a friend’s home, little does she know that she will be cast into an unfolding murder mystery that rivals any of Agatha Christie’s books.

Minutes into the group discussion of Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Sylvia Mo
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Christa Nardi
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie fan? Murder a la Christie is set in a small town, with Lexie Driscoll, college professor, visiting old friends and house sitting for the summer as she deals with financial issues. Because she and others in Old Cadfield are fans of the tried and true mystery, she is asked to lead a book club and starts with some of the classics of Agatha Christie. Although not a resident of Old Cadfield she has met the members of the book club before through her friend Rosie. She is startled to he ...more
Rhonda
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4 STARS

This Murder Mystery is different in the types of mysteries I have been reading lately. It is a deeper read. Most of the suspects I did not like.

The setting for the book is a book club in a ritzy old neighborhood. They are studying Agatha Christie novels. The leader of the book club is Professor Lexie Driscoll.

The tear down of Agatha Christie books was interesting. Made me want to go back and read some more of her books. Since Lexie teaches at a University the book club was at a higher le
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Jenny
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder a la Christie is an interesting premise because I really enjoy Marple and Poirot mysteries. Levinson does a good job of obscuring the identity of the killer. However, I found that part of the difficulty in solving the case was because there were so many characters in the story, and I had a hard time really differentiating who each person was and their relationships to one another.

I did like the homage paid to Agatha Christie. I wish, though, that the narrator Lexie didn't dissect the nov
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Melina
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This book kept my attention from the time I started it till I finished it. I really haven't read very much by Agatha Christie, so I am not familiar with the stories that the Golden Age of Mystery book club read. I do like how Lexie used the premise of some of Ms. Christie's work to find out who the killer was in this book. This story is filled with many characters, and Ms. Levinson did really well making me wonder who could have committed the crimes. I like when a mystery leaves me guessing till
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Maggie
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re an Agatha Christie devotee, you’ll love Marilyn Levinson’s Murder a la Christie. Professor Lexie Driscoll starts a Golden Age of Mystery book club in a wealthy Long island enclave. At the club’s first meeting the selected book is The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Christie’s debut mystery published in 1920. But the discussion is derailed when one of the club’s members is poisoned. When two more of the club’s members are killed it looks like someone’s reenacting Christie’s And Then There ...more
Julie
Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I hoped the inclusion of numerous Agatha Christie references would save this book, but it didn't.

Part of what makes Christie's books so good is that the detectives tend to be detached from the crime. Additionally, the detectives don't have baggage, at least not baggage that they want to constantly share with the reader. Furthermore, her detectives are likable. None of this was true of the sleuth in "Murder a la Christie". She is an emotional wreck, grieving the victim, arrogant, pushy, and, fra
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Elizabeth Dodd
3 1/2* Christie lovers will be thrilled.
Let me say right off--I have my reservation about the writings of Agatha Christie. If this bothers you, please feel free to skip my review.
This is a good story with some clever ideas. The author does a commendable job of following Christie's usual format. A Golden Age of Mystery book club. People dying one by one. Trying to figure out motives.
Well done.
My grievance? Like Christie, she relies of too many surprises and last second revelations to suit me. I l
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Sara Eames
This book should come with spoiler warnings - do not read if you have not yet read a number of Agatha Christie books and intend to in the near future. The story reveals some solutions (and gives the name, motive and other details of the killers) in Murder on the Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, A Murder is Announced, And Then There Were None to name but a few. It is ok if you are a Christie fan and have already read these but it could spoil them for you if you haven't.

Anyway, to the
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Evelyn
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart, savvy, collage professor Lexie Driscoll gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to house-sit in the affluent community of Old Cadfield. Three members of her Golden Age of Mystery readers group are killed, and Lexie's life suddenly becomes complicated when she decides to investigate. Ms. Levinson is adept at using Christie's sleuthing skills as a guide for the tenacious Lexie to solve the murders. Throw in a dozen suspicious suspects with secrets to hide, and you have a murder mys ...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so surprized at how quickly I was drawn into the "whodunnit" angle of this book. Not a real Christie fan, I picked it up soley on a review from a book blogger I regularly read, and comments on GoodReads.

One of the characters says to the book group that although the Christie mystery had a fairly transparent plot, she simply couldn't put it down. I didn't feel this book was THAT transparent, but I rarely figure out the culprit in any mystery. However, I am going to be on the lookout for othe
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Gaye Nell Hebrink
So, so

This book is easy to read. It doesn't have brusque language or scenes. I do like that!!
The plot gave me many assumptions with the murderer(s) but I ended up being wrong. (I'm trying to write without giving away the ending.)
The writer's descriptions of people gave me pictures in my head where I could "see" the people clearly.
The disappointing factor is the copycat of using the references of Agatha Christie throughout. Too many for me. I like original plots. This is not one.
Julie
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
An English professor has started a Book Club and then it seems like one-by-one, they are being killed starting with her good friend who she is house-sitting for. She gets involved in figuring out who could be the culprit. She also starts a new relationship, gets to know a cop and reworks the novel she's writing. Interesting, but not top notch...If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, it's worth the read.
Anne
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first meeting of the Golden Age Mystery Club & a murder; not a propitious start for the Club. Professor Lexie Driscoll decides she needs to help solve the murder, especially since it appears that someone at the meeting is the murderer. Lexie uses techniques from Miss Marple & Hercule Poirot in order to solve what turns out to be a series of crimes. A charming & engaging heroine & a wonderful read for anyone who loves Agatha Christie novels. ...more
Barbara Tobey
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable reading. Agatha Christie fans will especially enjoy. It has been many years since I have read any of Agatha Christie's books or seen any of the movies, but this book reminded me how much I enjoyed her stories. Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy. Yes, I used that word too many times, but you will... I was provided an ARC for my honest review.
Patricia Gligor
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the true spirit of Agatha Christie, "Murder a la Christie" by Marilyn Levinson will keep you turning the pages with its intriguing plot and long list of murder suspects. A must read for Agatha Christie fans and all mystery lovers!
Howard Katzoff
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very cute story.

This was a delightful little read. Very hard to put down. The characters were extremely interesting with their own "schticks" (personality quirks). Looking forward to the next book.
Douglas Jones
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I thought this book, as I was reading it, was a great tribute to Agatha Christie. Could not put it down. A must for Christie fans and fans of the Golden Age of mysteries.
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