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A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Series #1)

A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Series #1)

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by Erika Chase

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For the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, six friends gather in Molly Matthews'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'


For the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, six friends gather in Molly Matthews'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' 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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Thirtysomething reading specialist Lizzie Turner is thrilled to be coordinating a new book group at the home of her beloved older friend Molly. But things go topsy when a strange man wanders inside uninvited, asks to use the phone, and then leaves. He doesn't get far because he has been shot dead in Molly's front yard. The small Alabama town of Ashton Corners is not normally such a hotbed of crime, and the police chief isn't above getting advice from his former high school classmate Lizzie. Meanwhile, someone is stuffing anonymously written chapters of a mystery novel-in-progress in Lizzie's mailbox. She gleans that the manuscript ties in with the recent shooting. Her late father was a journalist, and her own investigative instincts make Lizzie determined to find answers. Danger follows. VERDICT This debut Southern cozy featuring a literacy teacher with an unorthodox book group has an intriguing subplot because of Lizzie's passion for her at-risk students. The historical twist ties in with Lizzie's personal insecurities and makes for an effective sequel lead-in.

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Center Point Large Print
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Ashton Corners Book Club Series , #1
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Large Print
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5.81(w) x 8.59(h) x 1.18(d)

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A Killer Read 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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 manuscript starts showing up a few chapters at a time in Lizzie Turner’s mailbox. Lizzie works for the school district as a reading specialist and it was her idea to start the book club. She never dreamed they would be solving mysteries instead of reading them. Dollycas’s Thoughts Erika has brought together a nice group of eclectic characters for this series and introduces them to us perfectly, laying the foundation for us to learn more in future stories. The plot is tight and full of twists that mislead the reader and I loved it!!! While Lizzie is the main character and she is wonderful I really like Molly. She opens her house up to not only the book club but a literacy group and a tutoring program to keep her house “alive” since her husband passed away. She is also “a mover and a shaker in the community and truly one of the nosiest broads” around according to ex chief of police Bob Miller. She sounds like my kind of lady and the perfect character for a cozy mystery. Each chapter has a sentence from a popular mystery as its header. You can’t go wrong with mood setters like those. The author also includes each of the book club members reading list at the end of the book. Both of these I guarantee will nourish readers appetites and add titles to your wish lists. The is a super debut that would not only be great for a book club read but for all of us that like our mysteries on the cozy side. A Wonderful Who-Dun-It!!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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 after all. And to add that it has a book club in it. Any book or series that involves a book club, bookstore, library, writing or just books surrounding the plot, then I'm so there. And that I been wanting to read this than the other books I was currently reading. Though I'm noticing most of these series have a combo with cats and books on the covers. Anyway, enough gushing and onto the book. So on the night of the usual book club meetings of the Ashton Corner Mystery Reader and Cheese Straw Society club (long title), a murder happens. And throughout, the members go about their daily lives, while trying to figure out and sort out the who what when why, etc. Another thing I liked was the name and quote drops for each of the title chapters. Some of them from series I either heard of, have read or currently reading. Looking forward to seeing these characters again. Add to that that there was a lot of ridiculous amounts of foods described. Some of it sounded delicious but described well. Pretty good start to the series.
Fricka More than 1 year ago
A Killer Read An Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery by Erika Chase Berkley Prime Time, New York 2012 Erika Chase has written a great, page turning mystery! Set in Ashton Corners, Alabama, it features Lizzie Turner as a protagonist who's a teacher, literacy advocate/tutor, and member of the wonderfully named Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society. The mystery begins when a strange man barges into the home of the hostess of the book club, Molly Mathews, during a meeting, and whose body is shortly thereafter discovered by one of the book club members. One of the investigating officers is an old high school crush of Lizzie's, but this pleasant surprise is mitigated when she discovers that one of the guns from Molly's late husband's collection is missing, and that same gun is in fact the murder weapon. The police clearly have Molly on their radar as suspect number one, and Lizzie realizes that all the members of the book club are also suspects as well. Her loyalty to her friend Molly leads Lizzie to add sleuthing to her other activities. Lizzie's two Siamese cats, Edam and Brie, a burgeoning romance with the police chief, mysterious manuscript chapters being delivered to her house, anonymous phone calls, references to other mystery books and authors, all contribute to making this a charming yet suspenseful mystery novel. Best of all is the character of Lizzie. She may be an amateur at sleuthing, but her determination to clear her friend's name, and her courage and resourcefulness when confronting a dangerous robber/murderer in the denouement make her a worthy mystery heroine. Best of all, this is the first book in a series. I can hardly wait for the next book! Highly recommended.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STAR Really good mystery. I stayed up till 1:30 am. I won this book from Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book. I like the name of the book club they just started. Ashton Corners mystery readers and Cheese straws society. Lizzie lives in a 2 bedroom apartment. She is a reading specialist. She teaches to the teachers,students and older kids that are working on getting thier GED. Lizzie has her litercy and private tutoring at her friends Mollie big house. Lizzie starts a book club and invites a few of her students to come. sad to say on thier list of books only have read a few. When their first book club meets a strange man comes right into Molly's house. When bob goes to his car to drive home he sees the dead body. I did enjoy A Killer read and am glad that thier will be more to the series. 4/2012 PUB Berkly Prime Crime 294 pages
judiOH More than 1 year ago
the title of this story is aptly named. it is indeed 'a killer read'. the first meeting of the book club finds itself looking at a murder. the victim is not someone anyone knows. the mystery of who he is must be solved before they can find the killer. it takes a lot of wrong turns and mysterious people before the end of the story. every time they think they have an answer, it doesn't pan out, so they keep digging. i can hardly wait for story 2 to hit the bookshelves. yeah, it was that good!
Chuck56 More than 1 year ago
Other than the rather blatant and shameless advertising of other Berkely books throughout, it was a good read and an interesting book, I would recommend it.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This really started off with a "who done it"? Why was the victim in front of the house? Why had he come into the house earlier? What, if any, connection did he have with anyone in the group? As if that weren't enough, chapters of a mysterious manuscript start arriving at Lizzie's. Are they related to the murder? It all plays out well.
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The overview for this book is incorrect. it is apparently for a completely different mystery by another author. However, I enjoyed the story and look forward to more books in this series.