Corpse Pose (Mantra for Murder Mystery Series #1)

Corpse Pose (Mantra for Murder Mystery Series #1)

by Diana Killian

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425220900
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Mantra for Murder Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Diana Killian is the author of the Mantra for Murder Mystery series, including Death in a Difficult PositionMurder on the Eightfold PathDial Om for Murder, and Corpse Pose.

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Corpse Pose (Mantra for Murder Mystery Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Hayyan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are entertaining .
HartmyPebbles More than 1 year ago
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.
chefgee More than 1 year ago
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
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AFHeart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Main character is enjoyable and more realistic than many with a back she is nursing as she eases into yoga again. Her mother is quirky and adds to the story rather than be an annoyance as many family members in stories tend to be. I like that the relationship with the ex wasn't all rage and was on its way to being amicable - that was refreshing. Overall the biggest complaint I have is that the story was too short - I wanted to keep it going and be with the characters longer. A sign it worked well at weaving a good setting and people to populate it. Well done.
cln1812 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anna Jolie Alexander (aka AJ) is 35, newly divorced, and working at a fast-paced job in Manhattan when she receives a telephone call from Detective Jake Oberlin of the Stillbrook, NJ Police Department. AJ learns that her aunt, Diantha Mason was apparently strangled with a yoga tie in her yoga studio, Sacred Balance and her body was arranged in the yoga pose Corpse Pose. Since AJ's mom was hardly a steadying influence in her life as AJ was growing up, AJ viewed Diantha as a mom-figure and looked up to her. Still smarting from her divorce and the discovery that her ex-husband, Andy was gay, AJ heads to Stillbrook in the company of her actress mum, Elysia Alexander. As Diantha's primary heir, AJ stood to gain a fortune - and detective Oberlin seems to have his sights set on her, only AJ is not sure if it's as a suspected murderer or potential girlfriend. While AJ is the prime beneficiary of her aunt's will, Diantha did leave several not-so-insignificant bequests to various friends and members of the Sacred Balance studio. With Elysia's help, AJ begins to investigate her aunt's death and learns that her yoga-loving aunt did make some enemies due to her inflexible views, particularly of the local dairy farming community.I would give this book roughly 4.5 stars. I particularly enjoyed the banter between AJ and Elysia and the way their relationship begins to evolve. I appreciated that Elysia wasn't simply a vapid actress and had intelligence and wit along with AJ. I also liked learning interesting yoga & healthy-living tidbits. I will definitely continue to read this series.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I do love finding a new-to-me author and series, especially when it's a good series that is going to have me looking for the next book and the next after that...I already have DIAL OM FOR MURDER on the WWBL.I liked how well the character appealed to me, even the poopy ones. By appeal, I mean I either wanted to join A J learning to get back into yoga, give A J's mom an hug with her lovably aggravating ways, and/or smack the crap out of bitchy Lily who isn't nice to anyone and she's lead yoga instructor!The amateur sleuth angle was well played. A J wanted to find out who killed her much loved and aunt and she felt compelled to rein her mother, the self-proclaimed pro sleuth since she'd played one on BBC back in the day. Yoga is a neat premise for the series. It helped mellow A J after being dumped by her husband for another man (yikes!) and helped ease her aching back that she'd needed medical help prior to revisiting. It helped calm the nerves of several of the characters. And I learned that there's such a thing as Doga, dog yoga...yep, how cool is that? Five stretchy beans.....
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
AJ is trying to cope with her divorce and her career when she learns that her favorite Aunt Di has been murdered. The shock has not worn off when she finds out that she is the heir to Di's yoga empire and the prime suspect in the murder. Add to this stress, AJ's mother, a former British TV star with a former drinking problem, and you have a formula for disaster. However, Aunt Di may have known what she was doing by leaving everything to AJ. Just as everything in her life seems to be falling apart, AJ, her mother and a hunky local detective come together to solve a crime and maybe start a new life.I really enjoyed this first in the Mantra for Murder Mysteries. The characters are fun and the conflicts are real. The mystery was pretty solid and it was nice that the cop was not a total moron. I will definitely be looking forward to the next installment in the series.
MissReadsTooMuch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun little mystery - perfect for a snowy day with a cuppa cocoa. Unfortunately, I read right past my own yoga class today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun mystery, something different than a cook/chef/baking Mystery which I loved.
whatKreads More than 1 year ago
A. J. Alexander is at a pretty low point in her life. She's recently divorced for a very surprising reason, stressed with work, not taking care of herself, and frankly just bitter about everything. She didn't think it could get any worse until she gets a call that her beloved aunt was found strangled in her yoga studio and she will have to take a trip with her estranged mother to sort everything out. When she is named the heiress to her aunt's multi billion dollar estate, she quickly finds herself as a prime suspect. This one has been on my shelf for quite a few years now. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it because it ended up being a really quick, entertaining cozy. What really set it apart right from the start is the fact that the main character is completely new to the setting. We watch her leave her current residence and show up in a town where she has to get use to her area as well as truly meet a good majority of characters for the very first time. It was nice to start out so fresh like that. I really enjoyed the flamboyant and unsensored Elysia as the main sidekick. I hope we get to see more of Andy as the series continues as well. I liked the full realm of emotions he went through with his troubled relationship with AJ. You just can't deny their friendship. Jake was a wonderful love interest and radiated great chemistry in every scene he appeared in. I've read mixed reviews about AJ. I personally liked her. She started off being angry, heartbroken, bitter from what she endured with Andy. However, as the story progressed you truly got the sense that she was making positive changes and finding herself again. Definitely needs more work to become a favorite lead character, but it's a good start. The mystery was well done and had me stumped until the very end. The author did a good job of creating a lot of diversions to throw the reader off course. The one thing that dissappointed me a bit was the yoga. I expected there to be more yoga chatter woven in throughout the story, but it was extremely light, basic and almost unimportant. Hope that changes and progresses in the next book.
whatKreads More than 1 year ago
A. J. Alexander is at a pretty low point in her life. She's recently divorced for a very surprising reason, stressed with work, not taking care of herself, and frankly just bitter about everything. She didn't think it could get any worse until she gets a call that her beloved aunt was found strangled in her yoga studio and she will have to take a trip with her estranged mother to sort everything out. When she is named the heiress to her aunt's multi billion dollar estate, she quickly finds herself as a prime suspect. This one has been on my shelf for quite a few years now. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it because it ended up being a really quick, entertaining cozy. What really set it apart right from the start is the fact that the main character is completely new to the setting. We watch her leave her current residence and show up in a town where she has to get use to her area as well as truly meet a good majority of characters for the very first time. It was nice to start out so fresh like that. I really enjoyed the flamboyant and unsensored Elysia as the main sidekick. I hope we get to see more of Andy as the series continues as well. I liked the full realm of emotions he went through with his troubled relationship with AJ. You just can't deny their friendship. Jake was a wonderful love interest and radiated great chemistry in every scene he appeared in. I've read mixed reviews about AJ. I personally liked her. She started off being angry, heartbroken, bitter from what she endured with Andy. However, as the story progressed you truly got the sense that she was making positive changes and finding herself again. Definitely needs more work to become a favorite lead character, but it's a good start. The mystery was well done and had me stumped until the very end. The author did a good job of creating a lot of diversions to throw the reader off course. The one thing that dissappointed me a bit was the yoga. I expected there to be more yoga chatter woven in throughout the story, but it was extremely light, basic and almost unimportant. Hope that changes and progresses in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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