Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Publisher: Berkley
Date published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780425243817
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Angie
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

A.J. Alexander inherited her yoga studio, Sacred Balance from her aunt and is determined to be a successful business owner. So when a new preacher, the Reverend David Goode comes to town preaching fire and brimstone and telling his flock that yoga is a horrible sin, she finds herself on the defensive side of things. Other yoga professionals in the area feel the same and decide to band together to stop the man from filling innocent minds with lies. As she and her ex-partner at the studio band together to save their lively hood, Rev. Good however finds himself murdered - using a pen from the studio of Lily, the ex manager at Sacred Ground.

When Lily is arrested for the murder, A.J. is shocked, and against her better judgement agrees to look into who would want Lily framed for murder. Lily may not be her best friend, but she just cannot believe she could commit such a crime, even in a moment of passion. As A.J. and her mother, the famous crime detective on a television series, begin to unravel the life of the reverend, they find out just how much of his past has been hidden, and never revealed, but yet cannot imagine who would want him dead, until…

DEATH IN A DIFFICULT POSITION was a great beach read! While light hearted and fun, it had just enough twists, turns and murderous thoughts to leave this reader laughing and cringing at the same time. A perfect cozy mystery! Diana Kilian is an author to be watched, she took a villain, turned him into a harmless background character that until the very last second is not suspected by the other characters or the reader. This feat alone makes for a wonderful story teller and novel. Suspense is a great driving motivation, and not knowing who is out to kill makes the characters even more likable - or dislikable as the case may be. She has taken a character pool of very different people and turned them into friends who just come alive and make the reader want to know more, even after the villain has been caught.

The characters are lively, generous and filled with enough drama to come alive from the pages. I will be watching and hoping for more novels surrounding A.J. and her plights as a yoga studio owner, and her friends who want to jump from the pages and tell their very own stories. I can only hope that Ms. Killian brings Lily's love life to fulfillment in a future novel, knowing she is in love, is not quite enough for this lover of romance - besides, what will happen with her mother? Only a great story ends with as many questions as answers, and this novel did just the trick…

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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