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A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club) Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2012
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While there were clues, it was difficult for Lizzie (and the reader) to know how they all connected--though once you knew how, it all made sense. I didn't guess whodunit, though there was enough clues it was technically possible. The author did a very good job with this.
The descriptions of the people and setting were vivid, but there weren't many details about Lizzie's job (though I didn't mind that). On the other hand, the author was a little heavy with some unnecessary details. We got a complete description of what everyone was wearing every time we came across them and a list of every item of food eaten whenever a mealtime or snack time went by. It did slow the pacing, but never for very long.
I thought it was interesting that Lizzie has a low level eating disorder. She finds comfort in eating food. She can't turn down a sweat or high calorie food, but she justifies this by adding more time to her already long exercise routine. I'd be interested in seeing this issue subtly addressed in a future book in the series, but I doubt it will be.
There was no sex. There was a minor amount of explicit cussing and swearing. Overall, I'd recommend this engaging and interesting mystery.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
The story follows an Reading Specialist, Tutor, Literacy Teacher, Lizzie Turner who has returned to her childhood town to live and work in. Lizzie's Mother has special needs which need her living close by as well.
No one is quite sure what happened to Ms. Turner to cause her withdrawal from the present.
During a book club meeting at the home of Lizzie's friend, Molly, a man comes wandering into the house. What happens next will affect the lives and reveal the past of the groups that frequent Molly's home.
That is all I am going to reveal as the story is tightly written and each piece fits into another like a cleverly made jigsaw puzzle.
Ms. Chase writes with a 'voice' that feels familiar to me and I instantly felt at home with the rhythm of the scenes. I will look forward to her next novel "Read and Buried" due out in December, 2012.
I kept reading hoping there would be something in the next chapter....I have over 1000 cozy mystery books.
and was hoping I could find another author coming out with something to catch my attention.
Seems like main character Lizzy, just drives to teaching classes, to friends, eats, feeds her cats: her personality doesnt grab your imagination...for the murder to happen in the beginning, the story went no place
for chapter after chapter....
I doubt very much I will buy the next book..Unless I find it used.....
When a strange man is murdered at Molly's house, where the book club meets, she and Lizzie feel bound to investigate, but this isn't the typical plot we see so often in cozies, where an amateur sleuth investigates and gets in the way of the police. It's much more intelligent and interesting than that. Because it all takes place in a small town, there are connections from the past that gradually fall into place as Molly and Lizzie follow a few leads, but as far as they know, they are mainly looking into their own pasts, not solving the mystery. It all unfolds nicely from there with several twists that keep the reader interested.
There are also some other attractive features: love interest (but not overdone), two Siamese cats (Edam and Brie), and many references to mystery writers and mystery plots. Frequent readers of cozies should certainly enjoy that, and the list of recommended mysteries from members of the book club found at the end is great fun. By then, we know each of their personalities well, and we can see from the lists how their mystery picks reflect their individual personalities.
This is a series to follow, especially if you like books, book clubs, and cozy mysteries. It's a fine debut.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the book to be thoroughly entertaining. Yes, there are a few flaws, but is an interesting and clever mystery. I look forward to reading the next one in this series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara Tobey
First book in this series. If the rest of the books are as enjoyable as this one the series will be great.Published 3 months ago by Linda J. Hill
Lots of "Southern" errors; y'all is PLURAL, molasses cookies rarely made in South, dallias are fall blooming and azaleas are spring blooming. Read morePublished 3 months ago by greybeard
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It has been a VERY long time since I began a new cozy mystery series where I was blown away. Read more
First in a series of modern cozies centered on a book club in a small town in Alabama. A literacy teacher and reading specialist is the main focus along with her interesting group... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ARG
The “Killer Read” is the first book in the Ashton Corners Book Club “cozy” mystery series by Canadian author, Erika Chase. Read morePublished 8 months ago by LATH
A most enjoyable read, was so very good I finished it in a day! The characters were interesting and well defined. Plot was a wee bit tangled up – kept adding things to it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lynn Demsky
This book is very interesting it tells a story about murder and it will keep you guessing what happens next hope you will find it as good as I didPublished 10 months ago by Unknown
I felt the author did an excellent job keeping simultaneous plotlines straight, providing just enough information for readers to try to form a conclusion and, most importantly,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Nelson