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Erika Chase is the pseudonym of Canadian author Linda Wiken.

A true lover of mystery, she writes cozy mystery tales under the pen names Erika Chase and Essie Lang, as well as her real name.

Prior to becoming a novelist, Erika worked as an advertising copywriter, radio producer, journalist and community education worker.

She also owned the mystery specialty store, Prime Crime Books in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for 15 years before shutting its doors in 2010.

Writing under her alter ego, she made her debut in 2012 with A Killer Read–the first book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Series–which was shortlisted for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.

Erika has volunteered with the Ottawa Police Service for more than 15 years, where she surprisingly developed a huge liking for police procedures.

Besides writing and volunteering, Erika also enjoys being a chorister.

More about Erika Chase

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery


Pseudonym: Also known as Linda Wiken, and Essie Lang.


Ashton Corners Book Club

  1. A Killer Read (2012)
  2. Read and Buried (2012)
  3. Cover Story (2013)
  4. Book Fair and Foul (2014)
  5. Law and Author (2015)

Detailed book overview

Ashton Corners Book Club

A Killer Read

For the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, six friends gather in Molly Matthews's old Southern mansion-including Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist with a penchant for mysteries. But the mystery book club meeting becomes the scene of an actual murder when a stranger is shot-and nobody knows who the victim is, or how Molly' antique gun came to be used as the murder weapon.

Then Lizzie begins finding mysterious manuscript chapters in her mailbox. As she and the book club members try to read between the lines, Molly surfaces as the next name on the killer's list...

Author: Erika Chase
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B005GSYY6C
Publisher: Berkley
Read and Buried

Hosting an award-winning novelist is quite a Christmas coup for the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society. But when he’s murdered in Lizzie Turner’s house, she’s got a holiday homicide on her hands …

For their very first guest author event, most of the book club members can’t wait to pull out all the stops in Southern hospitality. But for Lizzie, Derek Alton is nothing but trouble—from his massive ego to his smarmy moves. When he’s found murdered in her living room, it seems someone decided that this womanizing writer would be better off dead than read.

After suspicion falls on Lizzie’s friend, she and her fellow book club members discover that Derek wasn’t who he pretended to be. Cracking this case means going up against Lizzie’s boyfriend, police chief Mark Dreyfus, and unearthing a novel’s worth of nasty secrets. And as they get closer to uncovering Derek’s scandalous final manuscript, someone hiding in plain sight is out to write finis to Lizzie’s sleuthing for good…

Author: Erika Chase
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B008JHXRVU
Publisher: Berkley
Cover Story

Murder is nothing novel for the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society—but this time the police want to throw the book at one of their own…

It’s time to celebrate when club member Molly Mathews’s childhood friend, Teensy Coldicutt, moves back to town—complete with a published book. But as the club plans Teensy’s book launch, Molly is attacked and Teensy’s books are stolen. Who would be so desperate for 150 copies of a sexy novel written by an elderly widow? Then Ashton Corners is hit with another shock when Teensy’s publisher turns up dead—and fellow club member and former police chief Bob Miller is taken into custody.

Convinced that Teensy’s missing books hold the key to the murder, Lizzie Turner and her band of readers are determined to hunt them down. But the plot thickens when their search leads them straight into a counterfeiting ring. Now they must unravel this surprise twist before the killer gets the chance to write someone else off…

Author: Erika Chase
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B009KUOGPG
Publisher: Berkley
Book Fair and Foul

For the mystery book lovers of Ashton Corners, burial plots tell the most intriguing stories.

The members of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society are all chipping in as Molly Mathews, now owner of the bookstore the Book Nook, prepares the first annual Mystery Book Fair. While gossip circulates about the guest authors, club member Lizzie Turner is unpleasantly surprised to see a certain book publicist make an appearance. It seems Lizzie has a history with Ashley Dixon—a chapter of her life she’d rather leave closed.

But when someone gives Ashley a death sentence, Lizzie becomes the prime suspect in a murder mystery she can’t put down. Now Lizzie and her fellow book buffs have to read between the lines of the publicist’s past and catch the real killer before Lizzie is written off for good.

Author: Erika Chase
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00I3N62FS
Publisher: Berkley
Law and Author

The author of Book Fair and Foul reconvenes the Ashton Corners book club to solve a murder in their own backyard . . .

Bob Miller, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, is stunned by the arrival of his twenty-one-year-old granddaughter, Darla, whom he has never seen. Bob has been estranged from his own daughter for decades and hopes to make up for his absence in Darla’s life. But some of the ladies of the book club find their Southern hospitality strained as they question the motives behind this sudden reunion.

After a dead man is found in Molly Mathews’s backyard, their concerns grow more serious. Lizzie Turner saw Darla arguing with the stranger the day before, but when the police question her, Darla proves to be an unreliable narrator. It’s up to the book club to uncover the real story . . . before another victim is written into the plot.

Author: Erika Chase
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00SI02DZO
Publisher: Berkley