Murder on the Eightfold Path by Diana Killian is the third book in the “Mantra for Murder” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), April 2010

A.J. Alexander recently inherited her aunt’s yoga studio, Sacred Balance. She’s on her way to achieving perfect harmony when a sticky situation shakes her to the core and challenges her to limber up her sleuthing skills.

Having left her stressful Manhattan life behind, A.J. is eating healthy, doing yoga regularly, and learning to stop and smell the roses. But out in her mother’s garden one day, she gets tripped up—literally—on the body of her mother’s current beau, Dicky, doing his own version of a permanent downward dog.

Her tumble is temporarily sidelining her from yoga, but not from investigating murder, and when her mother becomes the prime suspect, A.J. jumps into the fray. All this on top of trying to keep her struggling yoga studio afloat, and figuring out her relationship with enigmatic detective Jake Oberlin is enough to ruin anyone’s Zen. But A.J. is determined to find her balance and solve the murder without getting tied up in knots.

This was an enjoyable read with a couple of twists and turns. When A.J.’s mother becomes the primary suspect in the death of her boyfriend, she decides along with A.J.’s help to solve this murder before she winds up in the brink. My rating: 4 stars

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