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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.....
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!Read more ›
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Better than most of this genre. A decent plot with a genuine twist that I didn't see coming.Published 2 months ago by bmac
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 7 months 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 8 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 9 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 12 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 14 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 14 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 16 months ago by Unknown