Murder A La Christie by Marilyn Levinson
If you like your mystery with a literary edge, then you should be reading Murder A La Christie.
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 Poirot’s cunning, Lexie reveals the murderer.
About Marilyn Levinson:
A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and books for kids.
Her latest mystery, Murder a la Christie, is out with Oak Tree Press. Untreed Reads has brought out a new e-edition of her first Twin Lakes mystery, A Murderer Among Us–a Suspense Magazine Best Indie–and will bring out a new e-edition of the sequel, Murder in the Air, in April. Her ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, and her romantic suspense, Dangerous Relations, are out with Uncial Press. All of her mysteries take place on Long Island, where she lives.
Her books for young readers include No Boys Allowed; Rufus and Magic Run Amok, which was awarded a Children’s Choice; Getting Back to Normal, & And Don’t Bring Jeremy.
Marilyn loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her granddaughter, Olivia, on FaceTime. She is co-founder and past president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime.
Review by Hank Phillippi Ryan: Charming and entertaining, this cleverly affectionate contemporary twist on the traditional mystery will delight Christie fans!
Levinson ably upholds the beloved literary legacy with her savvy heroine, cozy village setting, and witty understanding of human foibles.
Review by Cheryl Green: Professor Lexie Driscoll has taken on the role of leader of the Golden Age of Mystery book club. The first author that the group will discuss is Agatha Christie – the first book discussed will be The Mysterious Affair at Styles. All the members are intrigued by the topic. Suddenly Sylvia Morris feels ill. Rosie Gordon takes her upstairs to give her something for her stomach and to have a lie down. They are all concerned since she has a heart condition. The meeting continues until Lowell Hartman comes into the room and says something has happened to Sylvia. It looks like Sylvia has passed away. Everyone thinks it was her heart condition except Lexie who thinks there is a good possibility that Sylvia was poisoned. Lexie had better be very careful if she plans on solving this murder, push the killer too far and she could be permanently removed from the shelves.
Things to ponder: Was Sylvia the real target? Will Sylvia’s book still be published? What happened to the flowers that were last seen on the kitchen counter? Where will Lexie live for the summer? Team Brian or Team Allistair?
I love finding a new author and a great new mystery series. This was a fun fast-paced read. The plotting is stellar and I love the eccentric characters. I could not put this book down. The story will keep you guessing until you find out whodunit. The author has plenty of books … I mean red herrings to keep you turning those pages. I am looking forward to reading more books in this delightful new series. So if you like your mystery with a literary edge, then you should be reading Murder A La Christie.