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About the Author

Erika Chase writes the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries.  In a parallel life she's known as Linda Wiken, a formermystery bookstore owner and a short story writer. She is a member of thosedangerous dames, The Ladies' Killing Circle.She has been short-listed for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel, andan Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada. Sheadmits to a passion for choral singing, chocolate and Siamese cats!
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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
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"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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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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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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Anytime I have to read the first few pages of a book 3 times because my mind keeps wandering, that is not a good sign. I will admit, I have not yet finished the book but several things annoy me already. I was raised in Alabama and I find the constant use of Y'all to be not only offensive but just plain stupid. Y'all is plural. And, the author has thrown in every cliche there is in cozy mysteries - the sexy policeman, the young total jerk but pretty female officer, the group of people gathered at some sort of meeting, etc. I'm sure I'll find more and more of them as I read. I'll finish it hopefully as I ordered the first 2 books in the series so will have to wade through not one but two books. I simply must stop doing this. It has always proved to be ill advised to order two books in a series I've not yet tried. LATER: I finally finished it. It's too long but maybe it just seems too long as it's so poorly written and boring, the pace is too slow, the plot is too complicated and there are too many people involved in the dragged out solution. By the time you find out who done it, you just don't care and you don't remember who the heck he is anyway.
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I thought I would do a little "light" mystery reading over the weekend, but this novel, debuting a new series, was much more than you normally get in a cozy... First, readers will notice that there are chapter excerpts, all from other books. What I wondered was whether the excerpt was discovered first and then the chapter shaped to fit it (Yikes!) or whether the book was written and then, somehow, she found appropriate sentences to fit the chapter. Honestly, it seemed that they were very complementary and I couldn't figure out how that could be done. In any event, I applaud the author because this additional touch certainly gave a beautiful "touch of class" to make it, indeed a killer read!

Perhaps because it included a new book club being formed and, since the murder occurred right outside of where they were meeting, all the members were suspects!

Well, that just was unacceptable to our main character, Lizzie Turner, who had started the new group. Lizzie is a "Reading Specialist" who not only worked with teachers, but also tutored individual students who were having problems in their classes due to their limited reading and study skills. Lizzie also led literacy classes, was in the community choir, and was a sympathetic friend... It's a wonder she had time to breathe...

And I was sorry to say that she really didn't take much time with her cats, Edam and Brie, so I just had to spotlight them a little on my blog, even though they stayed at home, while Lizzie was out all the time... Poor things! But then I snooped around and found that the cats in the Chase household actually help the writer rather than the characters!
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