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Read and Buried
Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #2
Erika Chase

Berkley Prime Crime
Dec 2012/ 978-0-425-25178-2
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

It’s safe to say that anyone who knows me knows that I love books and delight in a good mystery novel. I was fortunate enough to have been chosen to review “A Killer Read,” the first book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series, and was very pleased to have “Read and Buried” make its way onto my review reading list. I feel as though I got the inside scoop on a fantastic new series and am so happy to share my thoughts with readers.

Read and Buried features Lizzie Turner, reading specialist, tutor, and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society. Lizzie meets visiting author Derek Alton, and he agrees to come and speak at the next book club meeting. It’s too bad he’s a cad who is stuck on his own self-importance. As he questions Lizzie, prior to the event, he tells her that he wants to prepare to speak to the group and tailor his speech to their interests. Lizzie wonders why he wants to know so much about the group members, but before she can express her doubts, a shot rings out and Derek is dead. Dead in her own living room!

Suspicion is in the air and Lizzie and the other book club members heed a call to action to find out just who Derek was and what secrets he had hidden. As in the first book, Lizzie is torn between sleuthing and toeing the line, listening to her boyfriend, police chief, Mark Dreyfus’ admonitions to stay out of it.

Reviewed 2013