Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Death in a Difficult Position - 4th in the Mantra for Murder Mystery series
Author: Diana Killian
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Stillbrook NJ
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Diana's Website: girl-detective.net
Sacred Balance, A.J.ís inherited yoga studio, was holding its own in the harsh economic times. What her business didnít need were inflammatory comments denouncing yoga, saying it was, in a nutshell, evil. The other yoga studios/spas in the area didnít need the bad plugs, either. Perhaps she should talk to the Reverend Goode and set him straight.
Well, that didnít go so well. He did nothing but inflame A.J.ís temper.
It wasnít only A.J.ís temper that was hot. Lily, former co-manager of Sacred Balance, had a public confrontation with the good Reverend Goode regarding his statements. Naturally she becomes a person of interest in his murder. Anxious for Lily not to return to Sacred Balance (if youíve read the others in the Mantra for Murder series you know why) she agrees to look into other possible suspects and motives, if only to create reasonable doubt. You see, Lily may be in jeopardy of losing her position at another spa.
Isnít A.J. fortunate that her mother has returned from filming in LA? Why you ask? Elysia thinks highly of her own sleuthing skills, and A.J. knows if she doesnít keep an eye on her mother trouble would definitely be close behind.
As Goodeís sketchy and suspicious past slowly comes to light it seems less likely that this case may actually be solved, but A.J. will give it her best shot. Add to that the sighting and attack(s) of the Jersey Devil, a Sacred Balance retreat gone wrong, and a troubled teen (Mocha) and you have things spiraling out of control.
With Jake (BF), detective extraordinaire on the case and as A.J.ís sounding board, sheís sure some unforeseen bit of info will pop up. Enough for them to piece everything--the murder and the mysterious events--together. She truly hopes so. Did I tell you she really didnít want Lily to return to the studio?
Solving the case(s), sooner rather than later, would be nice.
Itís been an intriguing pleasure to read each book in the series. They mystery aspect is always clever. A.J.ís relationships are by turns simple and complex. Elysia is enough to knock anyone, including "pumpkin," off their rocker. Her co-workers/employees are becoming more like family. JakeÖwell, she canít think of anyone sheíd rather be with. I also really enjoyed the introduction of Mocha and hope to see more of her in future mysteries. She adds a new and fresh layer to the series as she touches the reader and elicits empathy and a cheer or two.
Twisting, turning, baffling, and with the light touch of romance; it's what Ms. Killianís writing offers the reader.
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