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Law and Author
An Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #5
Erika Chase

Berkley Prime Crime
September 1, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-425-27820-8
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


The Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society is busy, as usual, but things have been peaceful and quiet for awhile. Alas, peace and quiet never lasts, and once again murder is afoot! Not only that, retired police chief's Bob Miller is surprised by the sudden appearance of his granddaughter, Darla, who shows up at Molly Matthew's house.

The murder victim knew Darla, but just how well, and how does she factor into this mystery? To make matters even worse, the vic was found in Molly's backyard. The book club has to band together to make sense of the crime and find the culprit before anyone else falls prey, and before someone innocent takes the blame. The who, what, why, when and where's of the case hold some interesting clues.

I've enjoyed this series from the beginning, and am delighted with this latest instalment. It's fun to read about the character's relationships as they change and mature, and the addition of new folks in town helps the series to grow.

There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, and the mystery is so well plotted that I couldn't figure out who the killer was until it was revealed. If you love a good murder mystery set in a small town, and characters who love books and cats, you'll enjoy "Law and Author." Get your copy today!

Previous reviews for this series:

A Killer Read
Read and Buried
Cover Story
Book Fair and Foul

Reviewed 2015