The Killer Read by Erika Chase
Crime Fiction; 304 pgs
I was initially drawn to the cover of this book. And not just because of the cats or the idyllic setting. The words "book club mystery" also caught my attention. Cozy mysteries featuring cooking and knitting and arts and crafts aren't really my cup of tea--nor are cozy mysteries featuring coffee or tea for that matter! But I do enjoy a good cozy mystery now and then, and Erika Chase's series is right up my alley.
Lizzie Turner is a literacy specialist, acting as a consultant for educators and working with children and adults on literacy issues. As a mystery lover, she puts together a book club called the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society. Meetings are held in the home of one of the members, Molly Mathews. And it is outside of her home, at the book club's first meeting, where a stranger who had just used Molly's phone is murdered. If that wasn't bad enough, the murder weapon appears to be Molly's antique gun.
Even despite the extra attention she is receiving from the police chief, Lizzie and the other book club members aren't too happy about the direction the investigation is going, particularly the focus of the lead detective on the case. As a result, they begin digging on their own, hoping to clear their names and catch the real killer.
I love the diversity of the book group. They are a motley crew made up of a retired police chief, a high school student, a lawyer, a teacher, an unwed mother, a wealthy elderly widow (Molly), and, of course, Lizzie herself. They each bring something different to the group. And each has their own problems, which I'm sure we will be exploring more in future books.
The book was slow going at times, but overall was such a fun romp. While a cozy on all counts--from the small town setting to the romantic thread and the crime happening off scene--there are some more serious themes (besides just the murder). I like a little bite in my cozies and this one did have that! A Killer Read is great on its own, but the list of books recommended by each of the book club's members at the end is like a cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
You can learn more about Erika Chase and her books on the author's website.
Source: I purchased a copy of the book for my reading pleasure.
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