A Killer Read by Erika Chase

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A tightly woven, close-to-the-vest crime and investigation.
-Once Upon a Romance


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...


About Erika Chase

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Erika Chase is the former owner of a mystery bookstore and in that guise has spoken to many book clubs over the years, happily recommending authors and series. Her own book club places chocolate on an equal footing with the books they read. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, and short-listed for awards. She's been an advertising copywriter, journalist, and community educator as well as a long time volunteer with the local police service. She resides in the home of her two Siamese cats.
Published April 3, 2012 by Berkley. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

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Reviewed by Diane Morasco on Apr 12 2012

A Killer Read is delicious writing, divine storytelling with a delectable Southern atmosphere!

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Over My Dead Body

Reviewed by Miriam Martinez

Spiced up with a little romance, this book has a lot of interesting twists and a very clever plot.

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The Mystery Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Monahan Winberry

At times, the setting is described in great detail, giving the reader a good sense of place but often threatening to slow the pace.

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Reviewed by Laura Hinds

The story lived up to the cover, with written illustrations of the settings that I found enchanting.

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Once Upon a Romance

Reviewed by Connie Payne

A tightly woven, close-to-the-vest crime and investigation.

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Dru's Book Musings

Reviewed by Dru on Apr 16 2012

With a great cast and good conversation, this is a wonderfully lighthearted and appealing whodunit that I hope it here to stay.

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Below average
Reviewed by Debbie on Mar 16 2012

On the other hand, the author was a little heavy with some unnecessary details.... It did slow the pacing, but never for very long.

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Reviewed by Kaye on Apr 06 2012

The characters felt like old friends right away and I loved the mystery-within-a-mystery...

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Noreen Besser 5 Sep 2013

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