Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Death in a Difficult Position by Diana Killian

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 6th 2011 by Berkley
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ISBN0425243818 (ISBN13: 9780425243817) primary languageEnglish

In Stillbrook, New Jersey, A. J. Alexander runs a yoga studio, Sacred Balance, that she inherited from her favorite aunt, Diantha. Lily Martin, formerly A.J.'s studio manager is now running a rival studio called Yoga Meridian. Lily gets all fired up when she hears about the new Reverend David Goode in town. Apparently, he thinks yoga is derived from demonic practices and he tries to convince his parishoners that they will go to hell if they practice at any of the yoga studios. The Reverend wants to shut them all down and he is  vehemently vocal about it.

The hot-tempered Lily begs A.J. to try to talk to the fire and brimstone spewing Goode  into thinking differently about yoga but that is like talking to a brick wall. Funny how it turns out the righteous Reverend is not quite so good himself. It seems he has a few skeletons in his closet, so, it's no surprise one morning he is found dead and it's obviously murder.

Since Lily was so vocal about her condemnation of Reverend Goode, the police think she could be the killer. Lily wants A.J. to use her sleuthing skills to try to find the real killer. That sure puts A.J. in a difficult position! She ends up having to do a lot of digging into Goode's past and what she finds is mindblowing! Reverend Goode has been quite the bad boy for some time and not just locally.

Killian presents a great mystery with this one. First, I thought the killer was one person and then another. She had me stumped! A.J.s  mother was a character I really liked. She and her Golden Gumshoe friends added a lot of spice and humor to the book. 4****

Although this is # 4 in the Mantra for Murder series, it can be read as a stand-alone. For more about the author, you can visit her on Goodreads or Facebook.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of Death in a Difficult Position, Berkley is allowing me to host a giveaway for one copy of the book. Open to US only and the deadline to enter is September 30th at 5 PM (est). Please be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment. Bonus entries available for this contest are as follows:

+1 for posting on your facebook page with link to giveaway
+2 for being a follower, old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
+3 for blogging (sidebar is fine) or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please.

Good luck!


  1. I love a good cozy mystery. This one sounds like a good one.

    I am a old gfc follower

  2. There are so many great mysteries coming out nowadays! I love that they have them focused on so many different kinds of things, and since yoga is one of my favorite forms of exercise, I will be checking this one out for sure!

    Please enter me in your giveaway as well. I would love to read this one!

  3. great giveaway!
    follow via gfc- old follower

  4. This sounds like an intriguing series that I want to read!
    GFC follower as Karen B.


  5. The book sounds good, but that cover makes me laugh every time I see it. kathy(at)

  6. this sounds like a fun mystery to the cover :)

    i'm a follower, too :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. Sounds like a great mystery, interesting with the yoga.

  8. +2 Old follower

    I love these cozy mysteries!
    barnhart72 at

  9. I always enjoy discovering a new cozy series. Glad to hear I can start with this one!

    I am an old GFC follower.


  10. This sounds so good. You know I love cozies :)

    I'd love to be entered. I'm an old GFC follower. Yvonne


  11. Sounds like a great book! I follow under the name of Susan. Sdryburgh at hotmail dot com

  12. can't wait to read this one!!! thank you for the giveaway!!!

    will be sharing on FB:

    old follower as cyn209.........


  13. forgot to add that i'm an GFC follower........


  14. Looks fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower too!
    ericandsarita at

  15. I have never read a cozy with a zoga theme before. Shoukd be great.

    I am an old GFC Follower.

    I shared on this giveaway on my Facebook page:

    I also tweeted:


  16. It never fails to amaze me how many different topics these cozies cover!!

  17. I love it when a mystery stumps me. I'll admit to not being the sharpest tool in the shed!! Loving that title!

  18. I love mysteries and this sounds very good.

    I am an old gfc follower



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