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Friday, June 21, 2013

Review of Erika Chase's A Killer Read

  Cover and synopsis from

A Killer Read, is the first in the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime.

It's the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society and an intruder is later found dead in his car. When the owner of the mansion which is home to the book club meetings, Molly Mathews, becomes the prime suspect, Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist with the Ashton Corners, AL school board, and fellow book club members turn their talents to sleuthing.

Who knew the new police chief would be non other than Lizzie's old unrequited high school flame, Mark Dreyfus? Why is she finding chapters from an anonymous manuscript in her mailbox? And will cheese straws have to be served at every meeting from now on?

Lizzie is unrelenting in tracking down the killer, even to the point of putting herself in danger -- from the murderer and the oh-so-alluring police chief.

My Review:

Wow I really liked this book.  I really loved Lizzie Turner.  She loves books, and she is in the teaching profession as a reading specialist, right up my alley (I am studying early education in hopes to be in the teaching profession and I love books).  The whole cast of characters was pretty awesome.  The setting was great, who doesn't love a small southern town.  The story was realistic.  The best part was that Erika kept me guessing as to who the killer was the whole way through the book, it was someone I never even suspected.  This is the first in the Ashton Corner's Book Club mystery series, thankfully I read the next installment right after this one and didn't have to wait for more.  I highly recommend to series for any cozy fans and even if you aren't a fan of cozies, this was a great read, loved it.  If you are a cat lover, then this is also a great read for you as Lizzie is the owner of two Siamese cats, Edam and Brie.

About Erika:

Erika writes the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries for Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime.  In a parallel life Erika Chase is also known as Linda Wiken. A former mystery bookstore owner (Prime Crime Books in Ottawa, ON, Canada), Linda is also a short story writer. She is a member of those dangerous dames, The Ladies' Killing Circle.

Her short stories have appeared in the seven Ladies’ Killing Circle anthologies (three of which she co-edited), and in the magazines Mysterious Intent and Over My Dead Body. She has been short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada.

Before life in the world of mystery, she worked as an advertising copywriter, radio producer, journalist and community education worker.  Besides writing and reading mysteries, her other passion is choral singing and she is a member of two choirs.

Okay, maybe one more passion -- chocolate!

She shares her house with Keesha and Mojo, her two Siamese cats. Actually, they allow her to live there.

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