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Product Details

  • Series: Ashton Corners Book Club (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247037
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erika Chase writes the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries for Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime. In a parallel life she is also known as Linda Wiken, a former mystery bookstore owner. The first in the book club series, A Killer Read, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel from the Malice Domestic conference in 2013. Linda/Erika is also a short story writer and a member of those dangerous dames, The Ladies' Killing Circle. She has been short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"A Killer Read" is a cozy mystery that also has a good bit of romance in it. This novel is the first in a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. The characters were interesting, engaging, and reacted in realistic ways to the various issues they faced (which was more than just "whodunit").

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on April 20, 2012
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This book was a charming surprise to me. Not only did I truly enjoy the story and meeting new characters, each chapter had a familiar quote by Authors I follow religiously and somehow my favorite novels were chosen also.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Schreiber on August 2, 2012
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I was so looking forward to a new first in series mystery. But it took me forever to read it...Boring...
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.....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Violetta on August 30, 2012
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This is the first book in a new series about a book club whose members we get to know quite well, Lizzie Turner who is a reading specialist, and her friend Molly. There are several different generations included, since Lizzie's mother and a few other elderly folks figure in the story, and there are some young members of the book club, such as the very interesting teenager, Andie (Andrea). There are other female friends, several male members of the book club, and Mark, the attractive chief of police, all of whom are well-drawn characters whose personalities are vivid and interesting.

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.
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