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A Killer Read For the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society six friends gather in Molly Mathews s old Southern mansion including Lizzie Turner a reading specialist with a p

  • Title: A Killer Read
  • Author: Erika Chase
  • ISBN: 9780425247037
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • For the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, six friends gather in Molly Mathews s old Southern mansion including Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist with a penchant for mysteries But the mystery book club meeting becomes the scene of an actual murder when a stranger is shot and nobody knows who the victim is, or how Molly s antiFor the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, six friends gather in Molly Mathews s old Southern mansion including Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist with a penchant for mysteries But the mystery book club meeting becomes the scene of an actual murder when a stranger is shot and nobody knows who the victim is, or how Molly s antique gun came to be used as the murder weapon.Then Lizzie begins finding mysterious manuscript chapters in her mailbox As she and the book club members try to read between the lines, Molly surfaces as the next name on the killer s list

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    1. Erika Chase

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.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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    1. The word refreshing came to mind after finishing 'A Killer Read' by Erika Chase.The pace was on the slow side, but fit the small town feel as our sleuth Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist and her friends from Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society sort out clues on why a stranger unknown to everyone is murder out in one of the club members front lawn.I really love when our sleuth doesn't go all Jane Bond with guns blazing into trouble, but uses her smarts to pick up clues from [...]


    2. I saw this book on the shelf at my friendly neighbourhood bookstore. I read the back and was vaguely intrigued, but not intrigued enough to buy. Then I happened to stumble across it at the library and picked it up. Possibly I should have stuck with my original inclination.It wasn't terrible, but there were some significant issues with it. For one, I'm not sure why this was set in the south, excactly. There was something slightly off with the dialogue. Originally I thought it was just the dialogu [...]


    3. Just finished this for the Cozy Mystery Corner book group on . I really have mixed feelings about this. This book was on the short list for the Agatha Awards from Malice Domestic but it didn’t completely work for me. It was as though the author had a checklist: book theme, check, cats, check, small southern town, check, sheriff love interest, check, but she wasn’t really invested in these items.I didn’t solve the mystery prior to the reveal but looking back I suppose I could have guessed a [...]


    4. After 5 days of struggling to read this book, I'm moving on. I don't care for the authors writing style, more of a teller not a shower and the characters have no depth.


    5. 4.5 stars. I thought it was a great cosy mystery absolutely love them. However the only downfall with this novel I would like to see the plot setting change. Was mainly set in Lizzies house, Lizzies School and Molly's house. With only a fraction of the novel Lizzie actually going to another location. But like I said other than that can not fault it.


    6. I couldn't finish this cozy mystery. It crossed the line separating cozy from boring - and it was a snooze fest. Halfway through, I thought to myself "this simply isn't worth finishing," but decided to soldier on, then gave up at 65%. There are more words spent on what Lizzie wears, eats and does than there are moving the story forward. By the time I gave up, someone could've killed everyone in the town of Ashton Corners, and I wouldn't have cared.


    7. Bleh. I like the idea of a book club mystery. I liked the quotes from other cozy mysteries at the beginning of each chapter. But, the whodunit reveal was a character so obscure I didn't even remember who that character was, so that was a giant letdown. Sigh.


    8. I read this book at the recommendation of someone in a Facebook group. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for a lightweight mystery featuring cats. However, this one, in the end, was misleading. Yes there are two cats. They have names: Edam and Brie. However, the cats are hardly ever acknowledged except for when the heroine, Lizzie, has to feed them on the way out the door. The two cats are referred to as "the cats" and are really just appendages. It's obvious that the cats were made a part of the story i [...]


    9. A mystery bookclub? Ooh, I've died and gone to cozy lovers' heaven! Although the characters are diverse in age and social circumstances, Erika Chase makes it all work. And work well it does as she introduces her characters in an orderly manner so that the reader gets to know them well.I really liked the fact that Lizzie is a reading specialist. It was also amusing to see the not so subtle rivalry between the former chief, Bob Miller and the new young chief along with his bad-tempered deputy, Amb [...]


    10. They say that everyone has a story and that is so true of the members of the Ashton Corners book club. Author Erika Chase has introduced us to a read-worthy cast of cozy characters who are connected by their membership in the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society. I think that other diehard cozy fans will like this book. Thriller fans will probably not be able to handle the gallons of tea that are consumed by the characters!


    11. Loved this book!!!! It draws you in from the very first page! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to meet new friends. You feel like you are part of the book club!!


    12. Too much redundancy, many of the events take place at Molly's house with Lizzie eating. Author needs to broaden the characters and the locations. Will not continue this series


    13. Except for the fact that Lizzie Turner, the literacy consultant for a small school district who serves as the protagonist for A Killer Read, and Lizzie Borden have the same number of syllables in their names, these two women named Elizabeth are not only from different eras, but they are also on opposite sides of the word “killer.” While Borden was the infamous axe murderess who gave her parents forty whacks, Turner loves to read murder mysteries and, as one might expect, ends up solving them [...]


    14. First Line: "I've got an idea, Lizzie why don't you just do, like, brain surgery or something on me."Literacy specialist Lizzie Turner's days don't always run smoothly, especially when she has a reader as reluctant as teenager Andrea Mason. But Lizzie doesn't know the meaning of the word quit, and she's inspired to invite Andrea to the very first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society.What no one bargains for is the fact that the man who barges in on the meeting [...]


    15. openbooksociety/article/a-A Killer ReadBy Erika ChaseAshton Corners Book Club Mysteries, Book #1 ISBN-13: 978-0425247037Author’s Website: erikachase/Brought to you by OBS staff member AndraSynopsis:A Killer Read is the first in the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime.It’s the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society and an intruder is later found dead in his car. When the owner of the mansion which is home to the book club meetings [...]


    16. Welcome to the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society hosted in Molly Mathew’s old Southern mansion.The first meeting doesn’t go as planned when a stranger bursts through the door and demands to use the phone. He is later found dead in front of the house. Nobody knows who this man is or why he died in front of Molly home. The group is even more dumbfounded when they learn he was shot by an antique gun that belonged to Molly’s deceased husband.Add to this confusion, a manus [...]


    17. Like I said, I been in a cozy mystery and urban fantasy mood, looking for a new series I've been either hearing about or wanted to always read but hadn't had the time. Until now that is.So, this one I took my time reading and really liked it. I was going to give this a 3 or 3.5 star rating. But to be honest, 4 stars is just as good. What I liked about this was the characters. They each had their own personality, their likes, dislikes etc. The pace while slow, worked well and it is a cozy mystery [...]


    18. Small-town reading specialist Lizzie runs a book club at a local mansion, the home of a friend. One night, a man is killed outside the mansion while the book club is meeting, and the police seem determined to pin the murder on one of the club members--except for the new chief, a high school classmate of Lizzie's who just wants to take her on a date. Meanwhile, Lizzie starts receiving anonymous manuscript pages in the mail, describing a depressing family history, and she gets hints about her own [...]


    19. Lizzie Turner is a reading specialist at the local elementary school. She's also a founding member of the local mystery Book Club. But when a mysterious stranger turns into a dead body outside their first meeting as a club, Lizzie and the 6 other members are curious enough to get to the bottom of it themselves.Why I started this book: Mom sent me the book for Valentines and said that she enjoyed it.Why I finished it: I made it to the end because it was recommended to me and for no other reason. [...]


    20. The words in this novel are well placed, as if a teacher or college English major had written them. But (for me) the most important thing - characterization - is missing. The author fills us in on lots of reasons why we should feel empathy for the characters, but gives us no real motivation to really and truly feel that empathy.On the good side, this is technically well-written and has an absorbing storyline and interesting side-plots. I would definitely read another mystery by Erika Chase again [...]


    21. So I know my taste in mysteries can be pretty horrific, but I just can't like a book with the line "She felt kinda foxy and was ready to have a good time."I was kinda meh on the story at that point anyway, but seriously, that one line just pushed me ove the edge.


    22. Not bad. I like to this of these mysteries as my "light" reading. I'll probably continue reading the series. Lizzie Turner is a likeable character with interesting friends. I like the idea of a book club trying to solve a mystery - who committed an actual murder.


    23. Enjoyed this little mystery. A great mystery book club, and a great group of sleuths!The mystery clues are woven together very nicely.A good beach read.


    24. A thoroughly satisfying start to an excellent new mystery series. This is a great entry into the cozy mystery genre.



    25. 2.5’s vacation! That’s my excuse for choosing a pure potboiler lacking substance. Lizzie Turner is a busy lady in Little Ashton Corners AL. She is an elementary reading specialist by day, a literacy teacher, book club host, choir member and amateur sleuth during all other hours. Quite contrived, but still fun. At the very first meeting of Lizzie’s mystery book club which includes her best friend Sally Jo, some literacy students with issues, a retired police chief and her mentor/mother figu [...]


    26. this was a delightful read with a premise that captured me form page one, a book club that reads mysteries and gets involved in solving them. the amateur sleuth is Lizzie Taylor, a reading specialist that has a penchant for mysteries, she also attends a mystery book club that's held in the home of one of the town's (Ashton Corners, Alabama) most eccentric and wealthiest residents, Ms. Molly Mathews. During the meeting a stranger stubbles in unannounced and ask to use the phone for a two truck an [...]


    27. Lizzie Turner and five other friends form a new mystery book club at the home of Molly Mathews. But their first meeting turns into a bigger mystery than anyone expected when a stranger interrupts the meeting and then is murdered. Now the police suspect Molly and some of Lizzie's teenage reading students. Is one of Lizzie's friends or students a murderer?




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