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Law and Author

(An Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #5)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The author of Book Fair and Foul reconvenes the Ashton Corners book club to solve a murder in their own backyard . . .

Bob Miller, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, is stunned by the arrival of his twenty-one-year-old granddaughter, Darla, whom he has never seen. Bob has been estranged from his own daughter for
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Berkley
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of this series I’ve really been looking forward to LAW AND AUTHOR. I was not disappointed! Author Erika Chase has written another wonderful story in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series.

This series has one of my favorite groups of characters. Lizzie Turner and the other members of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society had a lot on their hands in this one when murder hits to close to the group.

Ms. Chase certainly knows how to write a fantastic story. Once
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know with the other books, I've given them either a 4 or 4.5 rating. As soon as I found this was already out, I was like, me want! Anyway, while reading, I couldn't help but smile because since finding out about this series, I just love it. The characters and how they started off as a book club and find themselves solving murder mysteries together. From Sally Jo, to Molly, Andie, Stephanie, Lizzie, Bob, etc.

And with each book, you get used to the characters and their personalities. I also li
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

The guys are away on a fishing trip when Molly gets a visitor, a young woman claiming to be Bob’s granddaughter. When he and his wife split up she took their daughter and refused Bob any time he wanted to see her. He thinks maybe spending time with his granddaughter, Darla, could be his second chance. Then a dead man is found in Molly’s backyard and he may be connected to Darla. She may be the police’s prime suspect. This gets the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Stra
#5 in the Ashton Corners Book Club mystery series. This series entry is a letdown from the prior standard. The same ground is gone over and over again. Darla is confronted, Darla moves out, Darla is confronted, Darla moves back, etc. A body is discovered in Molly's back yard and Lizzie is threatened twice with a gun, but there is no real suspense. The subplot with Teensy's student fizzles out and at the beginning of the book, Lizzie's neighbor wants to talk to her about something, but he is neve ...more
Welcome to Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese
Straw Society meeting at Molly’s home. A young woman
comes to the door looking for Bob Miller. She claims to be his
granddaughter, Darla Lyman, whom he has never met.
Bob Miller, the retired police chief is a member of the book club
but he has gone fishing today. Boy, is he in for a surprise!!!
Why is she really here? Is it because her mother, Bob’s estrange
daughter has turned Darla out by not liking her choice of
boyfriend or is there a more sini
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
In the sixth installment of the Ashton Corner series, reading specialist Lizzie Turner is anticipating a relaxing Easter break. All that changes when Bob Miller’s granddaughter, Darla, comes to visit. A man that Darla was seen arguing with turns up murdered in Molly’s backyard, and it’s up to Lizzie and the other book club members to find out who did it.
This book had many interesting plot twists. I never knew what was going to happen next. I liked that I couldn’t figure out the identity of the m
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author via Facebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

In this fifth installment of Erika Chase's Ashton Corners Book Club series, Lizzie Turner and the gang are mighty surprised when Bob Miller's long-lost granddaughter Darla shows up out of the blue. After Lizzie sees Darla talking with a man who winds up dead in Molly's yard, it seems that the group may have some reason to be suspicious of Darla's motives. This particular case is a bit complicat
Cyndy Bailes
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was excited to receive an advance copy of Law and Author from the author in exchange for an honest review. Although it is the fifth book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series, it was stand alone and the first one that I had read.
The story centers on the arrival of Bob Miller’s never-met granddaughter Darla. She had come from Atlanta to meet her very surprised grandfather when her mother kicked her out due to a disliked boyfriend. Quite quickly there is the murder of a stranger and f
Brenda Peick
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
“Her initial shock had worn off and her curiosity had taken over. She was itching to know what was happening and the identity of the victim.” Intrigue mixed with solid relationships make “Law and Author” a book to find a good, quiet corner and jump into it. Erika Chase brings us the fifth experience from Ashton Corners, a place that seems like it is just around the corner from where I live - except for the frequent victims :). I feel like I’d recognize Lizzie if I saw her walking on the street, ...more
Kristy Epperson
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ugh! Why is the series over??!! I loved getting to know Lizzie, Mark, Molly and the gang. So many unanswered “what happens to...” I need more!! Loved this series and recommend it to anyone looking for a cozy series to read.
Andra Weis
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
As I continue on in my reading journey of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series, I reflect on the journey to date. I have met interesting characters who seems to grow with each book in the series (I like that they are evolving…growth is good and keeps this reader engaged). Occasionally, I have found series tend to wane after a few books….but at book 5 I find this series going strong . Can’t wait for the next Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery book either! Having read the excerpt for the new ...more
Debbie Lester
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Erika Chase brings readers the latest tale from the Ashton Corners Book Club, in her book, Law and Author. This is a great cozy series for readers who love the written word, as the author starts each chapter with a literary quote. It's a nice touch and it shows the care put into each part of the book. This one has a long lost granddaughter. A murder. Wedding Plans. Lots of personal tidbits about the heroine and her love interest and tons of things to keep the reader interested. Another great boo ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recently finished Law and Author by Erika Chase (aka Linda Wiken). I had a difficult time getting time to read this book, and I’m not sure if it was because my life was suddenly so busy, or I felt that there was a back story for the characters that I was missing. This is the fourth installment of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series. In any event, I got it read and was happier for it.

If the cover is not enough to attract you, the book opens with an informal meeting of the female members
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once again, I've gotten a book that I really wish I could give 3.5 stars too instead of just 3 or 4. I didn't like it quite enough to give it 4 stars, but it was enjoyable and worth more than just 3 stars. I need to read at least one other book in this series. I don't know if it's because I haven't read any others in the series or what, but I found the characters rather flat and one-dimensional. Maybe all of their back stories are in other books in the series, I don't know. I simply feel like we ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Law and Author is the fifth book in the An Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series.

This reader enjoys stopping in to visit with the members of Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society. You can always count on some tasty food and interesting book talk, in addition to solving a mystery.

The book club is just beginning their meeting when there is a knock on Molly's door. At the door is a young lady, Darla Lyman, who claims to be the granddaughter of Bob Miller. Bob is off on a fishing
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy, mystery
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Bob's granddaughter shows up in town on Molly's doorstep. Bob you will remember had a wife and daughter who left him with no contact when the daughter was a child. No one knows much about her but Bob is pleased and Molly is helping anyway she can. Teensy and Lizzie on the other hand don't trust her. This is confirmed when Lizzie sees her in the alley with a strange man having some sort of altercation. That man ends up dead in Molly's yard the next day. Lizzie of course can't stay out of it and n ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to read and review Law and Author by Erica Chase. This book is the fifth book in the series. I felt I was lost at times throughout the book, but I decided I would go back an read book one through four. This book was an amazing read! If you are looking for a great mystery series look for An Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery. I know you will be satisfied with this series!!!! Susan Moon
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lizzie Turner and her fellow book club members, find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. Should they be suspicious of other local townspeople? Surely, someone would spill the secrets of a local, right? Should they focus on outsiders, especially the three new folks who showed up suddenly? For most small town residents, its easier for them to blame the outsiders. But, ...should they? Jump in and read, as the group slowly untangle all these questions. The truth just might surprise you!
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
One expects a “cozy” mystery to delineate menu and fashion choices while being filled with personal dilemmas and relationship problems. Into this combination of Food Network, Shopping Channel, and Soap Opera is injected a murder, preferably a murder which affects one of the core group of characters in terms of loss or accusation. Either one of the core characters is so invested in discovering the murderer to bring justice to the victim or to clear the name of themselves or someone significant to ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
Maybe three and a half stars. I don't really see how the title relates to the story — this is frequently a problem with "cute" or "clever" titles.

When Darla Lyman shows up, claiming to be Bob Miller's granddaughter, the book club is stunned. Molly welcomes her whole-heartedly, but both Lizzie and Teensie are more cautious — and more suspicious., especially after Lizzie sees her talking to a stranger in an alleyway, and later he turns up dead. The book club put their heads together to try to lea
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Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: us-states-2017
Book 5 is an out-of-order read for me since I haven't read book 4, but this can be a standalone book. I enjoy the characters and their side stories in this series, their book club adds fun, the quotes from other cozy mysteries at the top of each chapter are clever, and the solving of the mysteries is a team effort. Lizzie's cats are not participants in the stories, but the more independent cats that live with many families. Alabama provides a nice setting for a book visit. Now I need to track do ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am quite sure I have read ths before, but it is copywrited 2015 and I was logging books on Goodreads before that point. I suppose I must not have written it up here.
T00 many characters with very little to make them stand out from each other, A fair amount of boringness in action, very little leavening humor.
But the writing is OK, the plot is OK, proceed if you like.
Linda Smatzny
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
In this book , the story centers around Bob Miller and his newly found granddaughter who shows up in Ashton Corners. The other members of the book club try to help especially after a body is discovered in Molly's backyard. Lizzie Turner the main character of the series is asking questions and trying to solve the case before the police. The book was a quick easy read.
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay story, but I found it hard to get through.
Debi Emerson
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Loved it!
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Unfortunately this book really drag on. I like the characters but this particular book of the series could have been left out.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Dragged quite a bit through the middle half of the book, but eventually had a satisfactory conclusion.
Holly Kunz
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
a good read! This story kept me hooked until the end.
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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' K

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