Good Reads Summary:
For the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, six friends gather in Molly Matthews’s old Southern mansion-including Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist with a penchant for mysteries. But the mystery book club meeting becomes the scene of an actual murder when a stranger is shot-and nobody knows who the victim is, or how Molly’ antique gun came to be used as the murder weapon.
Then Lizzie begins finding mysterious manuscript chapters in her mailbox. As she and the book club members try to read between the lines, Molly surfaces as the next name on the killer’s list.
I honestly loved this book. I could picture myself in Ashton Corners out on the back porch sipping tea and munching on one of Molly’s Mathew’s wonderful creations. You name it. You have your choice of cheese straws, pecan sandies, molasses cookies, etc. If Molly was one of my friends I would definitely need a gym membership – but I would make that sacrifice. 😉 Lizzie Turner, you are so lucky to have such great friends! What is funny is that normally food is not something that holds a lot of interest for me. But I think the atmosphere of the novel drew me in with its comfortable charm.
The mystery itself was well written. I truly did not suspect the killer until the end of the book, and it was still a surprise. The manuscript that was delivered in pieces to Lizzie’s mailbox really held my interest, and while I knew it was related to the mystery, I was puzzled by how it would connect to the murder, which intrigued me.
Lizzie’s love interest for me personally was luke warm. I was not infatuated by Mark Dreyfus at all. I think the mystery would have held its own, but the relationship did add spice, if not complication to a person of interest scenario.
In a nutshell, this was one of the best laid back murder mysteries I have ever read. I really enjoyed this book and the twist at the end.