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A Killer Read (An Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  668 ratings  ·  128 reviews
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 anti ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published April 2012)
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Rane


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
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
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
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Andree
Aug 20, 2012 Andree rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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
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Kaye

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
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Larraine
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 ...more
Fanficfan44
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
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Glenda
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!
Mainon
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.
Shelley Giusti
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!!
LORI CASWELL
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
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Rebecca
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Maria
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.
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Alannah Davis
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
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Holly
Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist at the Ashton Corners, Alabama, high school, has returned to her hometown. She starts a book club with some friends and fellow mystery lovers, and invites some of her students, in an effort to get them interested in reading. A body is discovered. Since this is the first book in the Ashton Corners Book Club series, I suspected everyone, as does the new police investigator. The book club members begin to investigate to find information to let various club member ...more
Shoshana
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Lynn
The incessant description of clothing drove me crazy and made me want to stop reading this book. There was absolutely NO reason to spend several paragraphs describing clothing. We did not need to know that she was wearing a pink ruffly shirt with black slacks, gold earrings and a pink plastic bracelet and black flats in order to drive her 2004 Mazda 3 car to get run off the road by the killer.

We did not need to know that the man who was unconcious and bleeding from a head wound was wearing a fl
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Connie
The Ashton Corners mystery book and cheese straws club has been officially formed. Literacy leader/teacher, Lizzie Turner, is trying to come up with a new idea to get people reading and hoping this club might also help a couple of her literacy students. On the night of the first meeting, they are interrupted by a stranger, who uses the phone and goes to wait outside. Gets even more serious when the stranger is found shot to death, just a short while later. Now all of the members of the mystery b ...more
Denise
This could have been so good - overall mystery and plotting were good. It fell down on characterization (a lot of description of what the characters ate, and read, but not much about their personalities/motivations). I think the author was trying to go there but got lost in the pink tank top blouse with the navy slacks and navy wedges (yikes!).
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This is such a great premise - cozy mystery with the starting point of a mystery book club. I like the references to other books/authors although I know
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Jeanie
Terrific first-of-series novel!! The right amounts of humor, friendship, murder, trying to put together the seemingly unrelated twists of plot - am already reading the second in the series! The characters are fully-developed, well-rounded, likable. Lizzie and Molly are my favorites, maybe Andie, too. The elements of BOOKS, CATS, and mystery reading book club - wonderful! I hope this series has a good, long run!! Would like to see the cats a little more involved with the plot, but that's okay. If ...more
William
A thoroughly satisfying start to an excellent new mystery series. This is a great entry into the cozy mystery genre.
Fred
A Killer Read is the first book in the Ashton Book Club Mystery series. And a killer read it was, too.

I really enjoyed this series and like the fact that this Canadian author did such a great job of setting her book in the States.

Lizzy Turner is a reading specialist for the school system in Ashton Corners. Lizzy and Molly Mathew's are putting the final touches doe the first meeting of Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society, which will meet in Molly's mansion. Just as the meeting
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Debbie
"A Killer Read" is a cozy mystery that also has a good bit of romance in it. This novel is the first in a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. The characters were interesting, engaging, and reacted in realistic ways to the various issues they faced (which was more than just "whodunit").

While there were clues, it was difficult for Lizzie (and the reader) to know how they all connected--though once you knew how, it all made sense. I didn't guess whodunit, though there was enough clues it w
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Text Addict
Not bad. The book club conceit is interesting, as was the way the information about the mystery's solution was lost in the past. Not a bad minor romance, either. I like the protagonist's profession - reading specialist - and her new boyfriend's toughness and vulnerability (he's a vet) (the war kind, not the animal kind). The unorthodox method of finding information by visiting old folks' homes was an interesting departure. A modest amount of tension was present, particularly as the official inve ...more
Lou Allin
Who wouldn’t love to live in the quaint and charming Alabama town of Ashton Corners? Neighbours look after each other, kids drink soda and say ma’am, there’s no Mafia, and hard-working reading specialist Lizzie Turner helps reluctant teens. What’s missing other than a book club?
Widow friend Molly Mathews is thrilled to volunteer her own plush Victorian mansion to the first meeting of the Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society. The table is set with delectables sweet and savoury as the friend
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Christine
A stranger barges into a mystery readers book club meeting in Ashton Corners, Alabama and is later found dead outside the home where the club had met. Now Lizzie Turner, Molly Mathews, and the other members of the book club are the main target of the investigation. The friends set out to do some investigation of their own to find the real culprit. Molly then starts having break-ins and small thefts from her home and Lizzie is getting strange phone calls and even chapters from a book manuscript f ...more
C.
So much mainstream mystery is from the USA, I was excited to find Erika Chase. I am befuddled the pages of “A Killer Read” are rife with American habits like “have got” - instead of plainly using “have”. Erika even spells “colour” without “U”, which should come naturally. American ‘stuff’ is already abundant. Canadians with the chance to produce work, usually showcase our country. Instead, here’s yet another setting in the American south!

I like the protagonist, ‘Lizzy’ and cast, after taking ti
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Beverly


What I liked about the book: If you know me even just a little you know two things about my reading preferences. I love mysteries and I LOVE stories that have a tie in to books. Erika Chase's A Killer Read is a perfect fit for anyone who loves books and cozy mysteries. I enjoyed reading about Lizzie's efforts to encourage struggling readers to develop a love for reading. (In fact, I even picked up an idea or two that I can use in my elementary school library.) Chase's characters are well develo
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Ed
#1 in the Ashton Corner Book Club mysteries series. A book club in a small Alabama town is the setting for a new cozy series. I'm not much of a cozy fan but my wife recommended this series - so... It turned out to be a very satisfying read. Lizzie Turner, the main character, is a thirty-ish reading specialist with the local school system, who has returned to her home town after getting her education. Elements of the story include her friendships, budding romance with the new police chief, involv ...more
Susan
A Killer Read by Erika Chase is the first book of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series, set in the modern-day but fictitious town of Ashton Corners, Alabama.

Lizzie Turner is a Reading Specialist for the Ashton Corners School Board. She works as a Special Needs Literacy Tutor for troubled teens as well as adults long out of school. She “loved the challenge of assessing young readers and suggesting methods to help them acquire the necessary reading skills, developing the programs when nece
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Kristen
Well, the title may be "a killer read" but sadly, that wasn't how I found this book to be.

Lizzie Turner is a reading specialist living in her hometown of Ashton Corners, Arkansas. In addition to her work with the local schools, she does literacy training, sings in the choir, and participates in the local book club with a colourful list of other small-town folks at Lizzie's friend Molly's historic home. When a stranger wanders into the home where the club is meeting, asking to use the phone for a
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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.

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