Friday, February 17, 2023

Read and Buried

 Read and Buried is the 2nd Ashton Creek Book Club mystery by Erika Chase.   This is a series full of Southern charm set in AL.  But don't let the gentile setting fool you, there is plenty of murder and underhanded behavior going on.  With a few ex-spies living in the area, and residing in her Aunt's old home now converted to a B&B, Lizzie has her fair share of strange run ins.  I do enjoy the characters and appreciate that they aren't 20 something fitness buffs, but at times it is a bit outlandish in its premise.  The story is a fun one though.   So, if you are looking for a fun distracting book to pass some time, especially if you like stories based around book clubs and have ensemble casts, you will probably enjoy this one.

Read and BuriedRead and Buried by Erika Chase
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The mystery in this story was good, although it did feel like it was a bit of a wide net with the possible suspect list and was hard to keep track of at times. I’m sure this is probably rather realistic with real life cases.
I do like the characters in the book club and am enjoying the development of their personalities and relationships in the books. I just didn’t find myself wholly absorbed in the storyline and I’m not sure if that was due to the rest of my life interrupting my reading or a lack of pull by the book. It seems as though Chase is setting up the characters to reveal more about who they are and their backstories in future installments. I will have to see how the next book goes to see if this is an accurate guess

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book # 7 
  2. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book # 6
  3. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes AL
  4. AtoZ   #2023AtoZReadingChallenge  #AlphabetSoupChallenge R
  5. Alphabet Soup Author Edition #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge  E
  6. Stacking the Series  #stackingseries2023 2
  7. Series Catchup #seriescatchup2023 1
  8. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book #7
  9. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #6
  10. Cruisin thru Cozies  Career #1 
  11. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #4
  12. Craving for Cozies  Book #4
  13. Six Shooter Challenge  Target # 22 Shot #2
  14. Medical Examiner Challenge 1 Toe Tags
  15. 23 in 2023 # 19 A book with shiny details on the cover, or a title containing a shiny synonym 
  16. 52 Book Club  #the52bookclub2023  #49 Books on the Cover 
  17. 52 books in 52 weeks  #1 Agatha Christie
  18. Around the Year in 52 Books #6 A book where books are important
  19. Bookworm #11 Read the next book in a series you haven't read in a while
  20. BooklistQueen  #booklistqueenreadingchallenge2023  #13. Animal on the Cover
  21. Beat the Backlist #BTB2023  #48 character is keeping a big secret
  22. Cozy Mysteries   #13 A library book
  23. HP Quidditch 23 #8 Snitch: A book with a Golden Aspect (edges or cover foiled, etc)
  24. Nerdy Bookworm  #NerdyBookwormChallengeXO #47 Read a book that has one of your favorite book tropes in it 
  25. Nerd Daily #thenerddaily #nerdreading2023 #44  FLORA ON COVER
  26. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge #6 A book about a forbidden romance
  27. Pick your Poison  #74 A book with gold writing on the cover
  28. RAD Challenge #aradreadingchallenge #3  Animal on the Cover
  29. Read with Allison #44 Outdoor Scene on Cover
  30. Sci and Nature # 36 Set in Your Favorite Season

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