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Friday, June 21, 2013

Review of Erika Chase's Read and Buried


Read and Buried

About Read and Buried:

Hosting an award-winning novelist is quite a Christmas coup for the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society. But when he’s murdered in Lizzie Turner’s house, she’s got a holiday homicide on her hands …
For their very first guest author event, most of the book club members can’t wait to pull out all the stops in Southern hospitality. But for Lizzie, Derek Alton is nothing but trouble—from his massive ego to his smarmy moves. When he’s found murdered in her living room, it seems someone decided that this womanizing writer would be better off dead than read.
After suspicion falls on Lizzie’s friend, she and her fellow book club members discover that Derek wasn’t who he pretended to be. Cracking this case means going up against Lizzie’s boyfriend, police chief Mark Dreyfus, and unearthing a novel’s worth of nasty secrets. And as they get closer to uncovering Derek’s scandalous final manuscript, someone hiding in plain sight is out to write finis to Lizzie’s sleuthing for good…

My Review:

Well Erika has done it again; written a great cozy that leaves you guessing till the very end.  In Read and Buried we return the wonderful town of Ashton Corners.  Lizzie is at it again, this time the murder happens in her own living room.  The same great cast of characters from A Killer Read are right there to lend Lizzie a hand in solving this crime.  Lizzie is so great, she doesn't even give up finding the killer when she herself is shot at.  I really love visiting Ashton Corners.  This is fast becoming my favorite cozy series.  Great job Erika, please keep up the good work, I can't hardly wait till August to see what Lizzie and the crew are up to next.  I highly recommend this book, but I would suggest that if you haven't read the first book in the series that you do.  You probably wouldn't be lost if you started with this book, though. 

I gave my honest review of this book for this blog tour.

Erika Chase - Author Photo

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

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