Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Law and Author by Erika Chase


From the publisher: 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 question 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.


Law and Author is the fifth book in Erika Chase's popular Ashton Corners Book Club mystery series. It introduces us to the granddaughter of one of my favorite book club members, Bob. Darla and Bob have never even met because of his estrangement from her mother, so everyone is stunned (and somewhat suspicious) when she shows up completely unexpectedly. Lizzie witnesses an altercation between Darla and a stranger in town, and the next day the same man is found dead in Molly's backyard. Bob and Molly cannot believe that Darla had anything to do with the murder, and enlist the help of the book club to clear her name. Then the arrival of Darla's abusive, druggie boyfriend puts everyone into their most dangerous situation yet.

This series is one of the coziest of the cozy, with a southern-fried atmosphere and a cast of characters that have come to feel like friends. The relationships between the "book club cohorts" drive the series, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. I hope Darla continues to be a part of future books, and I look forward to many more adventures with the book club crew.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, September 4th for your chance to win a copy of Law and Author. US entries only, please.

33 comments:

Sabina Ayne said...

Another interesting book. Hmmm, how will I ever find the time to read all the interesting books in the world.

Lisa Brown said...

Such a cute cover; looks fantastic; thanks for the chance to win :)
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Lisa said...

Love this series and can't wait to read this newest one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jen Scott said...

Law and Author sounds absolutely delightful! Thank you for the review and for a chance to win. :-)
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skkorman said...

I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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holdenj said...

I like cozies that revolve around books!
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Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Peep #1 is heading to the bookstore, today, to pick this up. Sounds great!

Purrs,
Seville

PS. Please don't enter my name in the contest as I'm a Canadian kitty living up here in The Great White North. purrs

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

It amazes me how many many mysteries have cats in them- and you find them all :)

Rita said...

Sounds like a great read.

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NoraA said...

I own two of the previous titles and love the series. I'd be thrilled to be your lucky winner.

Unknown said...

I love the clever word play in the title.
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Penelope TheCatFromHell said...

Oh! Meezers and Mystery! Mes would LOVES to reads that book!
Kisses
Nellie

Robin Coxon said...

It is said a cover will sell a book faster than the title. This is very true for this book. Thank you for the review and giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

Priscilla King said...

Why should I enter this contest? My cats have been known to paw through books, but only the one with the cat, bird, and bat pictures in it seems to have met their approval. Their attention to other books has been harsh. Oh well...if I win it I promise to pass it on to someone else here before the cats get at it :-) salolianigodagewi @ yahoo

Kathleen Costa said...

I follow Erika, and am excited about her new book! I always "judge books by their cover," but enjoy the twists and puns of the title. Both lead me to the reviews and synopses, so I can make a good choice about which book I plan to spend my time reading. kat8762@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your book review debut, Mudpie! I am so looking forward to reading Law and Author. It's a wonderful series and the book covers are always beautiful. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

bookwomen said...

I really enjoy this series. Happy to see a new one.

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Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Ever since finding your blog Mommy has so many books on her reading list!

D Johnson said...

Sounds interesting! I love the cover!

Nancy said...

Looks very good! Thank you, precious Mudpie for the book tip!

Anonymous said...

Yous know weez fink it's kinda innewestin' dat cat peeps tend to write books da be mysteries and mostly wiff killers and a case to solve. See a pattern here? MOL

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi

traveler said...

Thanks for this delightful giveaway and great feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

A captivating book which I would enjoy. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kaye Killgore said...

I love this series.

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Mama Cat said...

Mudpie, I'll trust you any time since Angel Truffles sent you...would love to read this, as it is a great southern cozy series! One that I enjoy. jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

Marg said...

That sounds like a great book. I am going to have to check out all the books. I love mysteries. Thanks Mudpie for this great review. You all have a great evening.

Debbie Rhoades said...

I haven't read any of this series, but now, I am going to have to get caught up. Thank you for the wonderful review!

Laura Thomas said...

My kindle and bookshelves are overflowing with cozies and I'm like a kid at Christmas whenever I find a new author. You always find such fun cozies! Thanks so much:)

Laura Thomas said...

Oops. Forgot to enter the giveaway!

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Cleopawtra said...

Time to add another book to my list of reads. The book sounds interesting. I'm going to have to look into this author and the book series. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lynn Delage said...

I would very much like to try out this series. I cannot keep up with all the copies. Ladyvyvian@hotmail.com

Meg C. said...

Great series, and I always love seeing the book club's reading lists at the end of the book. I know I've gotten some books to add to my TBR list from those, or if already on my list, moved them up the a few places. Thanks very much for the chance to win.

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Meg C. said...

Great series, and I always love seeing the book club's reading lists at the end of the book. I know I've gotten some books to add to my TBR list from those, or if already on my list, moved them up the a few places. Thanks very much for the chance to win.

robbfan141729@yahoo.com