The word refreshing came to mind after finishing 'A Killer Read' by Erika Chase. The pace was on the slow side, but fit the small town feel as our sleuth Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist and her friends from Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society sort out clues on why a stranger unknown to everyone is murder out in one of the club members front lawn. I really love when our sleuth doesn't go all Jane Bond with guns blazing into trouble, but uses her smarts to pick up clues from people and places. With all the clues given, I still was a little leery on the killer but it all came together very nicely and still a surprise. The problem I had overall with the book was the author's use of so many unneeded details. Like who wore what, every time the cats were sleeping on Lizzie's bed, food everyone was eating etc. Details not needed and the overabundance dragged the pace of the story down. Other then the overused details, the dash of romance between Lizzy and the new chief of police, Mark, was sweet and of course a great mystery made this book all the more worth while for me to be continuing the series!