A Killer Read

ISBN 978-0-425-24703-7

A real murder hadn’t been on the agenda for the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Cheese Straws and Mystery Book Club….but that was completely out of their control. Now, Lizzie Turner turns sleuth before one of their member’s gets nabbed for the murder. Not that any of them are guilty. But she just doesn’t trust the police in their seemingly single-minded search.

            Then there’s the matter of the manuscript, chapters of which are left in Lizzie’s mailbox every few evenings. Is the anonymous author trying to point Lizzie in a new direction?

            When the middle-of-the-night phone calls, suggesting she investigate the story her daddy was writing when he died years ago start up, Lizzie’s desperate to find out if there’s a connection between all these strange happenings. She’s joined by the five other book clubbers, some of whom have secrets about to be uncovered, too.

            And, when the new chief of police turns out to be Lizzie’s high school heart throb, things really heat up.

            Life in Ashton Corners, Alabama just won’t be the same after Lizzie Turner and the book club sleuths start digging.



(A KILLER READ by Erika Chase, the first in the series,  is available in bookstores and on-line; also in e-book format. It placed #2 on the Barnes & Noble mystery bestselling list and #28 overall during the first week!



Read and Buried

ISBN 978-0-425-25178-2

Award-winning novelist Derek Alton should have been the featured guest at the December meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society. Instead, he turned up dead on Lizzie Turner’s living room carpet.

            But this was Derek Alton ‘s first visit to Ashton Corners, so who would have wanted him dead? Surely not Sally-Jo Baker, Lizzie’s cohort and good friend! But the police have her heading the suspect list.

            That sets Lizzie and her book club sleuths into action, searching for someone else who knew Alton; someone who’d rather kill him than read him. She’s certain the answer lies in Alton’s hidden past as the clues start hinting at another name, another life and more lovers than just his wife.

            And just who are all those women calling Lizzie to ask about the plot for Alton’s new book?  

            Lizzie tackles long-hidden secrets, a jealous police chief, and a murderer using her for target practice in this second Ashton Corners Book Club mystery.





ISBN 978-0-425-25211-6



It's time to celebrate when book club member Molly Mathews's childhood friend Teensy Coldicutt moves back to town -- complete with a published book. But as the club plans Teensy's book launch, Molly is attacked and Teensy's books are stolen. Who would be so desperate to steal 150 copies of a sexy novel written by an elderly widow?


Then Ashton Corners is hit with another shock when Teensy's publisher turns up dead -- and fellow club member and former police chief Bob Miller is taken into custody.


Convinced that Teensy's missing books hold the key to the murder, Lizzie Turner and her band of readers are determined to hunt them down. But the plot thickens when their search leads them straight to a counterfeiting ring.


Now the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers & Cheese Straws Society must unravel this surprising twist before the killer gets the chance to write someone else off.





ISBN 978-0-425-27149-0

The members of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society are all chipping in as Molly Mathews, now owner of the bookstore A Novel Plot, prepares the first annual Mystery Book Fair.


While gossip circulates about the guest authors, club member Lizzie Turner is unpleasantly surprised to see a certain book publicist make an appearance. It seems Lizzie has a history with Ashley Dixon - a chapter of her life she'd rather leave closed.


But when someone gives Ashley a death sentence, Lizzie becomes the prime suspect in a murder mystery she can't put down. Now Lizzie and her fellow book buffs have to read between the lines of the publicist's past and catch the real killer before Lizzie is written off for good.








Bob Miller, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, is stunned by the arrival of his twenty-one-year-old granddaughter, Darla, whom he has never seen. Bob has been estranged from his own daughter for decades and hopes to make up for his absence in Darla's life. But some of the ladies of the book club find their Southern hospitality strained as they qustion the motives behind this sudden reunion.


After a dead man is found in Molly Mathews's backyard, their concerns grow more serious. Lizzie Turner saw Darla arguing with the stranger the day before but when the police question her, Darla proves to be an unreliable narrator.


It's up to the book club to uncover the real story...before another victim is written into the plot.