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A Killer Read by Erika Chase
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Jul 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, books-about-books, cats, mysteries-suspense-thrillers, animals
Read from July 24 to 25, 2012

I find it hard to resist mysteries that involve a bookstore, a library or, as in this one, a book club, which is known as the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society. The novel has a lively cast of characters, including our heroine, a reading specialist who consults with schoolteachers, teaches literacy classes, and tutors students who need help, plus a puzzling, complex mystery and a well-portrayed Southern setting.

The references to real mystery books (including the reading lists of the various book club members at the end) were fun, as were the quotations from mysteries at the head of each chapter. However, I did wonder about the reference to the "Jack Daniels terrier" on page 153; a copy editor could have made this book even better than it is. As it is, I'd still recommend this entertaining whodunit to anyone who enjoys book-related mysteries.

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