A Mantra for Murder Mystery, No 4
Berkley Prime Crime
September 2011/ 978-0-425-24381-7
Mystery / Cozy
by Laura Hinds
Yoga is a peaceful
practice, and combined with meditation it leads to a calm existence.
Unless, of course, you not only own a yoga studio, but you also
happen to be a magnet for murder.
loves running Sacred Balance, a yoga studio she inherited from her
aunt. When her ex-employee, Lily, is charged with the murder of
a charismatic reverend, she knows her aunt Di would want her to
With a cast
of characters with the usual life problems, it’s up to A.J.
to find out what really happened to Reverend David Goode (who was
not good at all), and why. Could it have been the Jersey Devil,
or maybe a woman scorned? On the other hand, could something from
his past have come back to haunt him?
I have loved
this series from the beginning, and Killian has brought her A-game
to this novel. The characters are down-to earth, true-to-life, and
smart. A.J.’s cop boyfriend and TV-actress mother could easily
have become cliché, but they aren't.
clues and logic behind the means, motive, and opportunity lull the
reader into a firmly rational theory about the killer. Yet there
is always that looming threat of the Jersey Devil.
loves a mystery -- and especially those who practice yoga or are
intrigued by it -- would be sure to enjoy this book. There are even
exercises after the story ends.
While it is the fourth book in the series, and the previous three
do give a good back setting for this one, it is fine as a stand-alone
I loved it;
I read it in two sittings and recommend it to cozy mystery lovers
and those who might be interested in learning a few yoga exercises
at home, while pondering the mystery of the Jersey Devil. Five sunrise
salutations for this book!