Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: Dial Om for Murder - 2nd in the Mantra for Murder Mystery series
Author: Diana Killian
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: November 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New Jersey
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Diana's Website: www.girl-detective.net
Dial Om for Murder is the second book in the Mantra for Murder series. In this book, A.J., who has inherited a yoga studio, is trying hard to run her studio the way she sees fit. Unfortunately, she often bumps heads with Lily, her co-manager and a woman who was friends with her deceased aunt. But because A.J. inherited the yoga studio from her aunt, she has to learn to deal with Lily.
Looking forward to spending time with detective Jake Oberlin, and happy that her mom is on a cruise, A.J.ís life is turned upside down when an important yoga client is murdered, her ex-husband and her mother both show up.
Dial Om for Murder is full of twists and turns as A.J. tries to help solve the murder of Nicole. Her other top yoga client, Barbie Siragusa had threatened Nicole after finding out that Nicole was having an affair with her son. A.J. has to deal with celebrity dirt, camera crews, paparazzi and the break-up with her boyfriend to sift through the evidence and confront a killer.
A.J. is a fun character and a competent detective. The banter between A.J. and Jake is fun and light and helps to keep the novel interesting. Dial Om for Murder is a decent read and an enjoyable follow-up to Corpse Pose.
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