[Reading] ➶ A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #1) By Erika Chase – Buyphenergan500.us

A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #1) 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 Antique Gun Came To Be Used As The Murder WeaponThen 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

[Reading] ➶ A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #1)  By Erika Chase – Buyphenergan500.us
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #1)
  • Erika Chase
  • English
  • 03 February 2017
  • 0425247031

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➶ A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #1) By Erika Chase – Buyphenergan500.us


  1. says:

    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 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 people and places With all the clues given, I still was a little leery on the killer but it all came together very nicely and still a surprise The problem I had overall with the book was the author s use of so many unneeded details Like who wore what, every time the cats were sleeping on Lizzie s bed, food everyone was eating etc Details not needed and the overabundance dragged the pace of the story down Other then the overused details, the dash of romance between Lizzy and the new chief of police, Mark, was sweet and of course a great mystery made this book all theworth while for me to be continuing the series


  2. says:

    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 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 dialogue, but I don t think it is I found a lot of the writing a bit clunky, and hard to follow, particularly the mystery The relationships between characters are done well though.The best example of the writing issues is the fact that the protagonist at one point, during the mystery solving actually said, So, to reiterate what we ve found out today, to the person who was with her all day And the most ridiculous thing about it, upon further consideration of this was, that the recap was probably neccessary for the audience I just found the whole case too complicated By the end of the book, I was having trouble connecting all the threads For example, the random manuscript seemed kind of pointless And mostly I found I just didn t care about the mystery all that much The solution came out of nowhere a bit I think at least one of the threads surrounding the mystery needed to go.However, I also thought there were some things that were just off.1 Some details were harped on a lot, unneccsarily it was mentioned about a dozen times that the protagonist drove a Mazda 2 The book club could have beencharming, I felt There needed to bebook club scenes where they discussed books, given that it s the conceit of the novel If the point is to have a book club solve a crime, you also need to make sure they re a convincing book club Although, it s debatable just how much they contributed to solving a crime as well 3 There was far too much complaining about eating too many sweets and getting fat It was tiresome, particularly since the book also manages to give the impression that all the women complaining are quite thin A couple of times it s fine, but there was just too much of it.4 The dialogue It was sometimes clunky, and sometimes there was a lot of hon and y all, and they seemed to be used inconsistently.That said, the book was readable The characters are likeable, and I am kind of curious about them The romance was kind of charming I enjoyed some of the side characters I wantedscenes between the protagonist and romantic lead Also, her relationship with the woman who became a surrogate mother grandmother was wonderful.I might read the sequel out of pure curiosity at this point, but I did find this book has issues


  3. says:

    Just finished this for the Cozy Mystery Corner book group on Goodreads 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 guesse Just finished this for the Cozy Mystery Corner book group on Goodreads 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 at it The main character Lizzie was likable enough, but a little two dimensional I really didn t need the description of all her outfits and yes, we understood that she was into fitness We didn t really need to keep hearing how she needed to go run or runor missed a day running and drinking her protein shakes.My biggest issue with the book was the pacing Every time it seemed like something was going to happen, it didn t The action stopped and she went to work or off on some mundane errand Slow pacing Even the little mystery book club started to get interested in solving the mystery and then they seemed to lose interest I also found the name dropping of other cozy mystery authors distracting, for some reason it seemed to pull me out of the story.Often I find series improve after the initial book, but I don t know if I will read another in this series On the other hand, the fact that it was up for an Agatha makes me think I should give it another chance


  4. says:

    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 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 in order to lure cat lovers I enjoyed the first third of the book Lizzie is a reading specialist in a small Alabama town She is actively involved in a literacy group as well as a choir The book opens with Lizzie going to the inaugural meeting of a new mystery reading group Mysteries and cheese straws an inspired combination I could see myself doing that During their inaugural meeting, a man walks right into the house where they are having their meeting Don t people in small Alabama towns lock their doors He claims to be having car trouble He makes a phone call that doesn t sound like a call to a tow truck, goes back to his car and is found dead An antique pistol is the murder weapon one that comes from the home of Molly who was hosting the meeting Honestly, I found this whole construct rather awkward, but was willing to give it a pass to see how the book progressed At the same time, Lizzie is getting chapters of a mysterious manuscript plus mysterious telephone calls telling her to look into what story her journalist father was investigating when he was killed in a car accident The problem with this book is, in the end, that the style just began to annoy me Why do I need to be told in detail what Lizzie is wearing every time she goes out the door, down to what she is wearing to jog We also are reading about a 30 yr old woman who gets nervous when a man shows her around his house including the master bedroom Finally, one of the things that really annoyed me was the math We are told that Molly, Lizzie s wealthy, gracious and elderly friend, would have been married 60 yrs if her husband had lived Yet she is in her early 70 s How old was she when she got married 12 13 14 Sorry, I think I ll pass on future books


  5. says:

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


  6. says:

    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.


  7. says:

    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 arewords 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.


  8. says:

    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.


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    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, Am 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, Amber Craig Now there s one good ole gal you don t want to annoy If you have read any of my cozy reviews before, you probably know that I like the action to happen right away and in this one it does Mystery upon mystery as no one seems to even know the victim or why on earth he was in Molly s house to begin with and then to be murdered in her driveway Along with the murder mystery is the mystery of the missing objects Who on earth is stealing all Molly s little trinkets More importantly, why They aren t worth a lot of money but they do have sentimental value As the saying goes, the plot thickens .With A Killer Read, Erika Chase is off to a very auspicious start in her new series The characters felt like old friends right away and I loved the mystery within a mystery with the pieces of unexplainable manuscript that kept popping up in Lizzie Turner s mailbox I actually got really caught up in that story right along with the main plot It was a lot of fun reading what the characters like to read a lot of recognizable authors and titles If you re looking for a fresh new cozy series in a southern setting, this one should be on your list of must reads

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