Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club
Sartoris Literary Group (June 28, 2013)
Paperback: 244 pages
E-Book File Size: 515 KB
The Thursday Morning Breakfast Club ladies meet each week to catch up on each other’s lives and the local happenings. This week is definitely a little different that most. They worry that Clare’s husband is abusing her, Hester’s grandson just got arrested and the leader of the group, Lillie Mae Harris, has discovered a dead body while on her daily hike. The primary suspect is Clare’s husband but then his body is found dead in his backyard. The whole group is in shock when his wife confesses to killing him. They know she could not have killed him and wonder if she is protecting someone. With the blessing of local police the ladies do a little investigating on their own to catch the real culprit.
This is a fun little mystery that takes place in a little town of Mount Penn. Murder turns the normally quiet place on it’s ear.
I was really taken with the way the characters all live within walking distance of each other and hike the local trails. They were always visiting each other and were a very close knit group. It was just unfathomable that there could be a killer in their midst.
The author plotted a fine mystery and created and introduced some really interesting characters. Charlie Warren, the town’s homegrown policeman, was the one that really intrigued me as he sought out help from Lillie Mae and even took her along to question suspects to add her observations as a backup to his own. Usually in stories like this local law enforcement wants the civilians to butt out and stay out of the way. A unique twist that I really enjoyed.
At less than 250 pages this is a very quick read. It is very well written and full of the tiny details cozy lovers will appreciate.
Liz Stauffer wrote stories in high school, but transferred her writing skills to the corporate world after her divorce from an Air Force pilot, as a means of supporting her two young sons. Moving between educational research and the computer world, she wrote everything from political encyclopedias and travel articles, to marketing literature and software manuals. But it wasn’t until she found herself stranded in a South Dakota winter, that she returned to writing fiction.
After a successful corporate career, Liz gave up that world to travel and to write, and in some cases, to combine her two loves. Having lived in some fourteen states during her early adult years, she’s traveled to all fifty states, and to some fifty countries on four continents. When not traveling, she lives with her two dogs in Hollywood, Florida.
For several years after retiring, Liz lived six months a year in Pen Mar, Maryland, a small community nestled into the foothills of the Appalachians, straddling the Maryland/Pennsylvania border, her house just feet from the Appalachian Trail. Pen Mar, once the site of a grand summer resort built by the railroad in the late nineteenth century, is the inspiration for the site of her Thursday Morning Breakfast and Murder Club mysteries. Her protagonist, Lillie Mae Harris, shares some of her own interests. Both women love to talk, love their friends and family but also love to meet new people, love to be outside, and love to hike. Lillie Mae would bike as much as Liz does, if the country roads she cruises were supportive to biking. Liz also has a great love of the beach, which Lillie Mae finds hot and tedious.
Currently Liz is working on the third Thursday morning breakfast club mystery and is planning a grand epic that features the Pen Mar Park and Resort.
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