Corpse Pose (Mantra for Murder Mystery Series #1)

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Readers will bend over backward for the debut of the first yoga mystery series.

Ever since her husband ditched her-for another man-A.J. hasn't exactly been on the road to inner peace. Then her yoga-guru aunt is found dead, and A.J.'s named the sole heir to her lucrative yoga studio-making her a multimillionaire, a prime suspect, and the killer's next target.

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Overview

Readers will bend over backward for the debut of the first yoga mystery series.

Ever since her husband ditched her-for another man-A.J. hasn't exactly been on the road to inner peace. Then her yoga-guru aunt is found dead, and A.J.'s named the sole heir to her lucrative yoga studio-making her a multimillionaire, a prime suspect, and the killer's next target.

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A crime solver armed with a yoga mat, Anna Jolie "A.J." Alexander, 35, is a Manhattan marketing consultant by day. She's recovering from a messy divorce when Det. Jake Oberlin of the Stillbrook, N.J., Police Department calls with terrible news-A.J.'s beloved aunt, Diantha Mason, has been murdered: she was found in "corpse pose" at her posh New Jersey yoga compound, Sacred Balance. A.J.'s actress mum, Elysia Alexander (aka Easy Mason) arrives from Britain, hoping to help sort out who'd want to kill Aunt Di. As the primary inheritor of the immense estate, A.J. is on the suspect list, along with an angry heir-apparent yoga teacher; an Olympic hopeful with a bad habit; an unstable teen; and a farmer whose dairy products were vilified by Aunt Di. Killian's light yoga twist enhances a simplistic but nicely executed cozy. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425220900
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Mantra for Murder Mystery Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 721,408
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fun amateur sleuth

    The divorce hit A.J. Alexander hard knowing her husband left her for another man, which also explains why their sex life was almost non-existent. Andy wants to remain pals, but A.J. is in too much hurt to see that happening anytime soon. Tragedy strikes A.J. when her beloved affluent Aunt Dianta Mason, owner of Sacred Balance, dies A.J. goes to Stillbrook where her aunt lived to arrange the funeral. --- From the moment she arrives in town, lead detective Jake Oberlin keeps A.J. under a microscope as the prime suspect in her aunt¿s murder. He constantly interrogates her as she is the only one with a motive, the inheritance. When she goes to her aunt¿s lawyer she learns why Jake hones in on her as she is the sole beneficiary of an eighteen million dollar estate to include the yoga studio. Lily, an employee¿s friend and student of her late Aunt is livid because the studio was promised to her and makes that clear to A.J. and her dingbat mother. Apparently Aunt Di had as many friends as enemies, but A.J. plans to find out who loathed her enough to kill her so that Jake will back off. --- The support cast is one of the major reasons that this series is going to be a hit. For instance mom acts like a moron but has good instincts even as she drives her daughter crazy especially with her desire to have A.J. and Andy get back together. Jake is romantically interested in his prime suspect, but she drives him loony when she investigates endangering the lives of her and her mother. Andy wants to remain friends with A.J. because he loves her, but not in a sexual way. On top of each person driving everyone else batty, the mystery is well constructed with all the clues in sight, but most readers will misread them as Diana Killian provides a delightfully entertaining amateur sleuth tale. --- Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    It had to happen...

    It did have to happen - a yoga mystery! This is a fun book, a perfect distraction from a busy day (after a few Sun Salutations, of course!) I liked the recipes in the end and all the references to yoga and a yogi lifestyle. I will definitely go looking for the next in the series - I liked the characters but hope to see them fleshed out with more dimension as the the series progresses. In this first book, so many characters are introduced that some of them seem like they would be interesting but just aren't quite there yet - as it is, I really enjoyed the mother character - she was funny with just a bit of the unexpected.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Great series

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters are entertaining .

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    Very enjoyable first in the series, nice cozy

    I liked this book a lot and am looking forward to the next in the series. I have high hopes of adding this author to my must read! Great book for curling up with on Saturday afternoon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

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    Nice Debut

    I picked this title up on impulse, and I'm pretty glad I did. Trusting the positive blurb by one of my favorite authors(Madelyn Alt), I began to read. After a few pages, I was hooked. I actually had to force myself to stop and go away, for fear of devouring the entire book in one go. Instead, I savored it, and was pleasantly surprised that I didn't guess the killer by the middle of the book. This definitely wasn't the run of the mill "I was minding my own business, and tripped over a murder mystery" mystery, but the story of A.J., an almost typical East Coast city dweller(New York) who finds that her life isn't quite what she thought it was. Because of tragic circumstances, she finds herself back in the rural New Jersey town she spent many a summer and one year of high school, trying to sort through not only the details of her beloved Aunt Di's murder, but the fact that her now dissolved marriage was a sham, and her mother(a distant actress/recovering alcoholic/wannabe sleuth) is in tow and suddenly seems a lot more maternal. Throw in the fact that the very cute, very aloof town detective seems to think she's a viable suspect in the above mentioned murder. With a cast of very beleivable townsfolk, lots of Yoga tips and some pretty nice recipes added as a bonus, "Corpse Pose" is a very plesant addition to the cozy mystery genre. Fair warning: there is a lot of tips on healthy eating, and Yoga is definitely interwoven throughout the story. Don't be afraid though, anyone who has never done a pose will still like this book. Although one of the added recipes uses tempeh(a meat substitute made of tofu), meat eaters can easily substitute lean beef, chicken breast or pork and enjoy. Lots of respect to the author for her true portrayal of northwestern New Jersey(Warren County to be exact)and how beautiful my state really is. I live about 45 minutes away from the area, and the family farms are as lovely and realistic as she portrayed them in this story. I eagerly await the next installment

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Corpes Pose is a great book!!!"!

    Corpse Pose is a wonderful story about A.J Alexander . Hair of Miss Diantha Mason her loving aunt. This book is fantastic for weekends or end of day reading. Every chapter ends in a cliff hanger so you always whanr to read more. Great book.
    Nadya

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    Daniel

    Good...but I hav to go...I lov you....bye.

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    Posted October 1, 2013

    Lightningstar

    "I love you too." She smiles and watches him leave.

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    Posted November 29, 2012

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    Waits

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