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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Murder A La Christie by Marilyn Levinson--Review and Guest Post


Murder a la Christie
Professor Lexie Driscoll is leading a discussion of Agatha Christie’s novels at the first meeting of the Golden Age of Mystery book club, when an old friend is murdered. A free spirit, Lexie finds herself outside her element housesitting in the upscale village of Old Cadfield. As she unravels secret after secret, more members are murdered. Lexie employs Miss Marple’s knowledge of human nature and Hercule Poirot’s cunning to find the killer.

My Review:

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 the very end, and this one really did.  There were so many possible suspects.  It was really well written also, which made it flow really well and made it a fast read.  There is also a little romance, as Lexie has two very different men vying for her affections.  So if you are looking for an intriguing who-dunnit that you can read really quickly, this is the book for you.  Great job Marilyn.  I am looking forward to more about Lexie Driscoll. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About The Author
Marilyn Levinson, a former Spanish teacher, writes mysteries, romance, and books for children and young adults.
Her romantic suspense, DANGEROUS RELATIONS, is a love story entwined with an intriguing mystery. GIVING UP THE GHOST is an entertaining ghost mystery. A new edition of A MURDERER AMONG US, which won a Best Indie award from Suspense Magazine in 2011, and its sequel, MURDER IN THE AIR, are out with Untreed Reads this winter. A ghost, a mansion, and a feral Maine Coon cat feature in Marilyn’s most recent YA, GETTING BACK TO NORMAL. Three of her popular out-of-print children’s books, AND DON’T BRING JEREMY, NO BOYS ALLOWED, and RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK are now available as ebooks.
Marilyn is co-founder and past-president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on Long Island.

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Guest Post:

Talking About Books in My Books


My latest mystery, Murder a la Christie, is a tribute to Agatha Christie. I’ve read all of Dame Agatha’s novels, and suspect she’s partly responsible for my becoming a mystery writer. My sleuth, Professor Lexie Driscoll, is leading the first meeting of the Golden Age of Mystery book club in upscale Old Cadfield when her old friend suddenly takes ill and dies. Lexie is certain that Sylvia’s been poisoned and starts investigating.  More members are murdered, making Lexie feel she’s living in Dame Agatha’s novel, And Then There Were None. At meetings, the book club members discuss several Christie novels, drawing parallels between what they’ve read and the murders taking place in their own community and affecting their own lives.


Gabbie Meyerson, the sleuth in my ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, takes a high school teaching position in a Long Island village. She rents a cottage with a ghost in it, high above the Long Island Sound. Gabbie’s classes are reading The Great Gatsby, and my book includes some of the students’ discussions of this famous novel.


Why do I do this? It must the old teacher in me rearing its head. I was a high school Spanish teacher in another life, and what I loved most was conducting literary discussions in Spanish with my more advanced students about whatever novel or stories they were reading. I’ve also been a mystery book club leader, and love raising provocative questions regarding the book at hand to see how the members respond.


I also include book discussions for the pure fun of it. From the number of book clubs flourishing in our country, it’s say to say that most of us love discussing  the books we’ve read.  So why not put it in a novel? My next mystery in the Golden Age of Mystery series is entitled Murder the Tey Way. Lexie will be leading discussions about some of Josephine Tey’s mysteries as murders occur in her own backyard.


  1. Melina,
    Thanks so much for having me here today. I'm delighted that you enjoyed reading Murder a la Christie. Thanks for your wonderful review.

  2. Marilyn,
    Like Melina, I loved "Murder a la Christie."
    I'll see you tomorrow on my blog. :)

  3. Marilyn,

    Congrats on the lovely reviews your new novel is receiving! Best wishes.

  4. Sounds like a fun read -- adding it to my list! I like books that talk about other books I like.