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Readers will bend over backward for the debut of the first yoga mystery series. Ever since her husband ditched her-for another man-A.J. hasn't exactly been on the road to inner peace. Then her yoga-guru aunt is found dead, and A.J.'s named the sole heir to her lucrative yoga studio-making her a multimillionaire, a prime suspect, and the killer's next target. Readers will bend over backward for the debut of the first yoga mystery series. Ever since her husband ditched her-for another man-A.J. hasn't exactly been on the road to inner peace. Then her yoga-guru aunt is found dead, and A.J.'s named the sole heir to her lucrative yoga studio-making her a multimillionaire, a prime suspect, and the killer's next target.


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Readers will bend over backward for the debut of the first yoga mystery series. Ever since her husband ditched her-for another man-A.J. hasn't exactly been on the road to inner peace. Then her yoga-guru aunt is found dead, and A.J.'s named the sole heir to her lucrative yoga studio-making her a multimillionaire, a prime suspect, and the killer's next target. Readers will bend over backward for the debut of the first yoga mystery series. Ever since her husband ditched her-for another man-A.J. hasn't exactly been on the road to inner peace. Then her yoga-guru aunt is found dead, and A.J.'s named the sole heir to her lucrative yoga studio-making her a multimillionaire, a prime suspect, and the killer's next target.

30 review for Corpse Pose

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    This might be a nice set-up of a cozy mystery series that I could follow, if not for one issue, which probably only applies to me. See, I've been a huge M/M romance reader for the past 4-years (read it almost exclusively). So, when A.J. divorced her husband because he was actually gay and he fell in love with an FBI agent ... I was dreaming of reading HIS story instead. That took out the appeal quickly, because I ended up not caring about A.J. or her mom, or the handsome detective, or the myster This might be a nice set-up of a cozy mystery series that I could follow, if not for one issue, which probably only applies to me. See, I've been a huge M/M romance reader for the past 4-years (read it almost exclusively). So, when A.J. divorced her husband because he was actually gay and he fell in love with an FBI agent ... I was dreaming of reading HIS story instead. That took out the appeal quickly, because I ended up not caring about A.J. or her mom, or the handsome detective, or the mystery why A.J.'s aunt ended up dead. I wanted to know the story of the ex-husband and the FBI agent (*whines*). Yes, totally the wrong book for an M/M fans *head desk*.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    I had discovered some time ago, that one of my favorite authors had written stories under a different pen name so I just knew that I had to give those books a try. For the most part, Corpse Pose did not disappoint, and rose to the challenge of entertaining me for hours on end. It came armed with a very likable heroine named A.J. Alexander. She is a strong, independent woman whose personal life had taken a rather unfortunate nose dive, and her professional life was threatening to follow suit. Stil I had discovered some time ago, that one of my favorite authors had written stories under a different pen name so I just knew that I had to give those books a try. For the most part, Corpse Pose did not disappoint, and rose to the challenge of entertaining me for hours on end. It came armed with a very likable heroine named A.J. Alexander. She is a strong, independent woman whose personal life had taken a rather unfortunate nose dive, and her professional life was threatening to follow suit. Still, she rises to the challenge of tackling her beloved aunt's funeral in bum-fuck-nowhere New Jersey, tailed by her quirky mother (Elysia "Easy" Mason-Alexander), and eventually ends up entangled in a messy murder investigation. Never let it be said though, that Easy Mason would shy away from getting her hands dirty. After all she had been a regular on the weekly detective show 221B Baker Street. If you're wondering how soon a freelance marketing consultant, and her "more celebrity than thespian" mother would get in trouble during a real-life murder investigation? The answer is: instantly. Elysia of course, would protest vehemently, and possibly even throw in some motivational quotes of questionable origin, that she'd nevertheless attribute to the Bard. “But what would your motive be?” “Oh, motive!” Elysia sketched another graceful, taloned gesture. “There has to be a motive. You’re already rich.” Elysia cooed, “As the Bard says, ‘You can never be too rich or too thin.’ ” “The Bard didn’t say that.” “I’m sure he did, pumpkin, though possibly not in so many words.” Its one major downside however, lies in the relative lack of action in the romance department. There is plenty of teasing going on, especially given detective Jake Oberlin's rather clumsy overtures, and A.J.'s woefully ignorant reactions to them. But ultimately, there was not enough explicit, steamy sex, which the author('s alter-ego) is especially adept at writing. Score: 3.3 / 5 stars There are plenty of hilarious quotes to have you laughing in stitches: For a shocked moment A.J. lay on the sidewalk wondering if she’d finally had it. After the initial disastrous contact of soft body on sidewalk, she wasn’t feeling much of anything-that might be good, though. Above her the streets lamps were doing an unpleasant whirly thing. “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,” Elysia was saying, clopping back across the street. “Jesus Christ!” exclaimed Detective Oberlin. It was like a religious revival, A.J. thought. She blinked up, trying to focus, and Detective Oberlin’s face swam into her line of vision. He was joined by Elysia, and then the alarmed face of his dinner companion. “Wow,” said Oberlin’s friend-apparently an atheist. “It was yellow. I’d stake my reputation on it.” Her reputation as what? A.J. wondered. TV sleuth or innocent bystander? "Look, sweetheart, I know you're feeling a little... lost, but you need to come back to town and have your nervous breakdown in a civilized place." ===================================== Review of book 2: Dial Om for Murder Review of book 3: Murder on the Eightfold Path Review of book 4: Death in a Difficult Position

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Frazier

    I loved this book, I will admit it took me a few chapters to warm up to the main character, but once I did, I couldn't put the book down. Glad I have the rest of the series! I loved this book, I will admit it took me a few chapters to warm up to the main character, but once I did, I couldn't put the book down. Glad I have the rest of the series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Josh Lanyon pen name! Very interested in seeing this other side 😊 Josh Lanyon pen name! Very interested in seeing this other side 😊

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annette Dashofy

    Being a yoga instructor AND a mystery writer, I had high hopes for this book. I've been hearing for years that I should write a yoga mystery and I've been avoiding it because in reality, yoga and murder mysteries are contradictory by nature. This book solves that problem by having a bunch of yoga teachers who are unlike any REAL yoga teachers I've ever met. I admit I had a hard time getting beyond that to be able to judge whether the story and writing were good in spite of the lack of realism. I Being a yoga instructor AND a mystery writer, I had high hopes for this book. I've been hearing for years that I should write a yoga mystery and I've been avoiding it because in reality, yoga and murder mysteries are contradictory by nature. This book solves that problem by having a bunch of yoga teachers who are unlike any REAL yoga teachers I've ever met. I admit I had a hard time getting beyond that to be able to judge whether the story and writing were good in spite of the lack of realism. If you want an insiders view of yoga, you won't get it here. So does this validate my decision NOT to write a yoga mystery? Or does it prompt me to want to do one to show how it really is? The jury is still out on that one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deanie Nelder

    A.J. Alexander has been at loose ends since her husband (and business partner) left her for another man. But that's nothing compared to the changes coming when her Aunt Diantha dies, making her a wealthy heiress and owner of a yoga studio full of murder suspects. This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries that I've read all year, and I don't think it's because I'm starting to get into yoga. The characters are fun and compelling (including A.J.'s overdramatic actress mother and the police officer w A.J. Alexander has been at loose ends since her husband (and business partner) left her for another man. But that's nothing compared to the changes coming when her Aunt Diantha dies, making her a wealthy heiress and owner of a yoga studio full of murder suspects. This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries that I've read all year, and I don't think it's because I'm starting to get into yoga. The characters are fun and compelling (including A.J.'s overdramatic actress mother and the police officer who might become her new boyfriend. Even A.J.'s antagonist (bitchy yoga instructor Lily, who insists that *she* should have inherited the yoga studio) is fun. The mystery is interesting, and the solution isn't as straightforward as it initially appears. I need to track down the rest of the Mantra for Murder Mysteries at my local bookstores.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Meh! Started out cute, but then things changed, and the most annoying character seemed to become the focus - the MC's mother. Really did not care for her, ended up skimming through the book. Will not continue on with the series. Meh! Started out cute, but then things changed, and the most annoying character seemed to become the focus - the MC's mother. Really did not care for her, ended up skimming through the book. Will not continue on with the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dhfan4life

    Well, to be a book based on yoga, clean living, and in general having a healing mind, body, and soul sorta theme. I have NEVER felt so disgusted with the characters in all my life. All save for the ex husband that is. I mean I get it, the MC was thrown for a loop when she discovered that her husband was gay. But did she catch him in the act? Did she find secret texts, emails, or even hire a P.I. to follow him and discovered he was meeting up with strange men? NO! She learned about it from him di Well, to be a book based on yoga, clean living, and in general having a healing mind, body, and soul sorta theme. I have NEVER felt so disgusted with the characters in all my life. All save for the ex husband that is. I mean I get it, the MC was thrown for a loop when she discovered that her husband was gay. But did she catch him in the act? Did she find secret texts, emails, or even hire a P.I. to follow him and discovered he was meeting up with strange men? NO! She learned about it from him directly via a near death experience. Heck, he even was the bigger person and still tried to be friends with her and be nice. Look, I get the MC felt betrayed and so forth. But the way in which she treated every and anyone after her divorce was disgusting. Painting everyone as gay, totally dissing her mom left and right til the end of the book(I get the mother was rather delusional about her daughter and the ex getting back together. But at least she was trying to be positive), couldn't even believe that her late aunt might have had an affair with a younger man(like who's mama are you to say some junk like that?! Most especially about someone you haven't even seen or been around in years), and still going in on her ex who came to her aunt's funeral to be there as moral support. And then in general the cop with his attitude even at times the dog acting nasty towards the ex too. I mean it was just team too much. Also what was beyond peculiar to me was for the mom to have been trying to persuade the daughter not to stick around the country life and her aunt's old hometown and get back to the big city only to make herself at home in that very same town too! Like what in the world?! I will add the MC was beyond ridiculous for hosting that Doga(dog owner yoga class) after watching just 1 freaking video over it and thinking she could accomplish it! Dude, with no sort of animal behavior training and taking on such a large class, it is to be expected that so many different dogs are going to freak out and give chase like they did. I won't even add the out of hand ridiculousness that went on as well in that class. With all that said, I have to say this is the first cozy mystery I have to mark with a big F. And mainly because of the MC's attitude. I just couldn't believe how she acted throughout the story. Should have been ashamed of herself!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

    Anna Jolie Alexander (AKA AJ) is 35, newly divorced, and working at a fast-paced job in Manhattan when she receives a telephone call from Detective Jake Oberlin of the Stillbrook, NJ Police Department. AJ learns that her aunt, Diantha Mason was apparently strangled with a yoga tie in her yoga studio, Sacred Balance and her body was arranged in the yoga pose Corpse Pose. Since AJ's mom was hardly a steadying influence in her life as AJ was growing up, AJ viewed Diantha as a mom-figure and looked Anna Jolie Alexander (AKA AJ) is 35, newly divorced, and working at a fast-paced job in Manhattan when she receives a telephone call from Detective Jake Oberlin of the Stillbrook, NJ Police Department. AJ learns that her aunt, Diantha Mason was apparently strangled with a yoga tie in her yoga studio, Sacred Balance and her body was arranged in the yoga pose Corpse Pose. Since AJ's mom was hardly a steadying influence in her life as AJ was growing up, AJ viewed Diantha as a mom-figure and looked up to her. Still smarting from her divorce and the discovery that her ex-husband, Andy was gay, AJ heads to Stillbrook in the company of her actress mum, Elysia Alexander. As Diantha's primary heir, AJ stood to gain a fortune - and detective Oberlin seems to have his sights set on her, only AJ is not sure if it's as a suspected murderer or potential girlfriend. While AJ is the prime beneficiary of her aunt's will, Diantha did leave several not-so-insignificant bequests to various friends and members of the Sacred Balance studio. With Elysia's help, AJ begins to investigate her aunt's death and learns that her yoga-loving aunt did make some enemies due to her inflexible views, particularly of the local dairy farming community. I would give this book roughly 4.5 stars. I particularly enjoyed the banter between AJ and Elysia and the way their relationship begins to evolve. I appreciated that Elysia wasn't simply a vapid actress and had intelligence and wit along with AJ. I also liked learning interesting yoga & healthy-living tidbits. I will definitely continue to read this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    I just recently joined the Cozy Mysteries book club here on Goodreads and I am branching out a bit. This book was recommended and as I love yoga, I figured I'd give it a try. I liked the story, although I kept getting the impression that the location of the story was someplace more like Colorado than rural New Jersey (I have no idea why - I don't know either place well.) There are lots of media references in this story, some real, some made up (at least I think so.) I particularly liked the Scoo I just recently joined the Cozy Mysteries book club here on Goodreads and I am branching out a bit. This book was recommended and as I love yoga, I figured I'd give it a try. I liked the story, although I kept getting the impression that the location of the story was someplace more like Colorado than rural New Jersey (I have no idea why - I don't know either place well.) There are lots of media references in this story, some real, some made up (at least I think so.) I particularly liked the Scooby reference - our girls caught me laughing out loud and wondered what was so funny. In addition, there are lots of British idioms, some of which are more familiar to Americans than others. All in all, I liked this story and I expect I will look for more books in the Mantra for Murder Mystery series. new word: slagging

  11. 5 out of 5

    Snap

    This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series : A Mantra for Murder Mystery series. (That'a a mouth full.) I enjoyed this one. A. J. Alexander and her hubby have divorced (you can read the details in the book so that I don't give anything away); she's having a hard time figuring out what she wants in and out of her life when she is notified about the death of her beloved Aunt Di. Aunt Di owned a yoga studio and guess who is Di's heir? You guessed correctly -- A.J. I really enjoyed all the This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series : A Mantra for Murder Mystery series. (That'a a mouth full.) I enjoyed this one. A. J. Alexander and her hubby have divorced (you can read the details in the book so that I don't give anything away); she's having a hard time figuring out what she wants in and out of her life when she is notified about the death of her beloved Aunt Di. Aunt Di owned a yoga studio and guess who is Di's heir? You guessed correctly -- A.J. I really enjoyed all the characters which is important for me with cozy mysteries. Monster (the dog) is a hit with me, too!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Stop laughing. Yes, that means you, Jonathan. I am going to read this book. I was wondering whether anyone had written a cozy mystery involving yoga when I discovered this series. Admittedly, I am still pretty new to the cozy mystery genre, but so far, I have not been very impressed with the strength of writing (or copy editing, for that matter -- page 7 has the protagonist "turn[ing:] a shoulder on her perspective client.") I've seen for this genre. There are definitely some witty quips in Corps Stop laughing. Yes, that means you, Jonathan. I am going to read this book. I was wondering whether anyone had written a cozy mystery involving yoga when I discovered this series. Admittedly, I am still pretty new to the cozy mystery genre, but so far, I have not been very impressed with the strength of writing (or copy editing, for that matter -- page 7 has the protagonist "turn[ing:] a shoulder on her perspective client.") I've seen for this genre. There are definitely some witty quips in Corpse Pose, and the mystery is interesting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    When I saw a frivolous cozy mystery on yoga, I knew I had to read it. Corpse Pose is simple and trivial, exactly what you would expect. The characters were straightforward, the plot was simple, and the murder mystery development was a bit mediocre (there were very few clues leading to the ending besides some overdrawn characterizations). I also don't think the author has extensive knowledge of yoga in her characterization of a yoga studio as a money making machine (a 18 million inheritance from When I saw a frivolous cozy mystery on yoga, I knew I had to read it. Corpse Pose is simple and trivial, exactly what you would expect. The characters were straightforward, the plot was simple, and the murder mystery development was a bit mediocre (there were very few clues leading to the ending besides some overdrawn characterizations). I also don't think the author has extensive knowledge of yoga in her characterization of a yoga studio as a money making machine (a 18 million inheritance from a yogi is completely outlandish). Overall, a simple frivolous read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This is the first book in a new mystery series which centers around a woman named AJ who has been left by her husband for another man...in this novel, her yoga instructor aunt is murdered and leaves her eighteen million dollars. AJ must find out who killed her before she becomes the next target. It was a pretty good mystery and the culprit is someone you wouldn't suspect. After getting through a few chapters, I found it hard to put down. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. This is the first book in a new mystery series which centers around a woman named AJ who has been left by her husband for another man...in this novel, her yoga instructor aunt is murdered and leaves her eighteen million dollars. AJ must find out who killed her before she becomes the next target. It was a pretty good mystery and the culprit is someone you wouldn't suspect. After getting through a few chapters, I found it hard to put down. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mascanlon

    I really enjoyed this book. The heroine inherits a yoga studio and business form her favorite Aunt...who is the victim in the opening paragraph. Delightful characters, a good plot all made for a an enjoyable read. I look forward to the next book in this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    What a great book! The characters were engaging, the plot was... decent. The ending came as a bit of a surprise, and slightly out of nowhere, but nothing too bad. it didn't hamper my enjoyment of the book at all. What a great book! The characters were engaging, the plot was... decent. The ending came as a bit of a surprise, and slightly out of nowhere, but nothing too bad. it didn't hamper my enjoyment of the book at all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Krystn

    Got this for Christmas, took me about a half day to read. I liked it, new series. :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This was a great girl adventure that included Yoga...gotta like it. Now just gotta wait for the next installment.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda 😊 Tam

    I got to page 211 and finally had to stop because of fatal flaw #1: I just didn't CARE who killed Diantha Mason. I was also annoyed by the main character continually opening her mouth to speak but becoming nonplussed and shutting it again - not sure if it's an annoying trait of the character (the victim's niece AJ) or the author, but the editor should have stepped in after the first half-dozen times. Two yoga flaws: first, Diantha's body is discovered by an aspiring yoga teacher who "[recognized I got to page 211 and finally had to stop because of fatal flaw #1: I just didn't CARE who killed Diantha Mason. I was also annoyed by the main character continually opening her mouth to speak but becoming nonplussed and shutting it again - not sure if it's an annoying trait of the character (the victim's niece AJ) or the author, but the editor should have stepped in after the first half-dozen times. Two yoga flaws: first, Diantha's body is discovered by an aspiring yoga teacher who "[recognized] Diantha lying spread out in the Corpse position." After a while she realizes Diantha is actually a corpse, at which time she notes "her face was turned away." Corpse pose is fully neutral, so if her head was turned to one side, you might say it's a Corpse Pose variation, but it's not Corpse pose. Second, AJ may have learned yoga at Diantha's feet as a child, and she may be Diantha's heir, but she hasn't done yoga in years and never studied it formally. Yet she suggests (as the studio's new owner) that she "[take] on a couple" of classes, and the staff grudgingly agrees. So at this yoga studio, they'll let anyone come in off the street and teach a class? No certification required, no insurance? *Tsk*!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rose Grabowski

    This is the first book in a yoga mystery series. A.J. inherits a yoga studio from her murdered aunt. She is unhappy with her current job and her husband left her for another man so she is ready for a change. She decides to keep the business going. The mystery was typical of the cozy genre. The yoga part was inaccurate but still entertaining. A.J. did some yoga as a child with her aunt and decided she would teach some of the classes at the studio. No teacher training or certification. It doesn't This is the first book in a yoga mystery series. A.J. inherits a yoga studio from her murdered aunt. She is unhappy with her current job and her husband left her for another man so she is ready for a change. She decides to keep the business going. The mystery was typical of the cozy genre. The yoga part was inaccurate but still entertaining. A.J. did some yoga as a child with her aunt and decided she would teach some of the classes at the studio. No teacher training or certification. It doesn't work like that. The stated value of the business was highly unlikely also. However it was a relaxing read and I will probably pick up the next in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This just didn't work for me at all. I did not finish it. I do and like yoga so this sounded like it might be a good read. Unfortunately, I disliked virtually everyone in this book, and especially A.J. I am completely willing to consider that the problem here was me, because I am predisposed not to like whiny characters, and A.J. hit me as whiny-to-the-max. I just could not like her. I also found the mother completely irritating. I realized 50 pages in that I really didn't want to keep reading this, This just didn't work for me at all. I did not finish it. I do and like yoga so this sounded like it might be a good read. Unfortunately, I disliked virtually everyone in this book, and especially A.J. I am completely willing to consider that the problem here was me, because I am predisposed not to like whiny characters, and A.J. hit me as whiny-to-the-max. I just could not like her. I also found the mother completely irritating. I realized 50 pages in that I really didn't want to keep reading this, so I stopped.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynsie

    This book surprised me. I really expected something I’d be rolling my eyes at or struggling to finish but I was wrong. Sure it was a bit hokey but you knew that it would be. I really enjoyed all the characters and the story. Look forward to reading more from this author. This isn’t a “deep” read or one that has something to say about life but the story is satisfying and the characters are funny and developed. Overall, an easy beach read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Pure fluff. Enjoyable listen. Liked the main character A.J. Yoga teacher Lily is kind of hard to believe. As a yogi, I've never met an angry teacher. Yeah we're not perfect but yoga makes your relationships off the mat better. 🕉 Pure fluff. Enjoyable listen. Liked the main character A.J. Yoga teacher Lily is kind of hard to believe. As a yogi, I've never met an angry teacher. Yeah we're not perfect but yoga makes your relationships off the mat better. 🕉

  24. 4 out of 5

    Finnegan

    This is my first cozy mystery and I have really enjoyed it. I like the MC, and the dog was adorable. I found the yoga angle interesting, the detective was delectable, and the mystery was well thought-out. I will definitely continue with the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Not the best cozy mystery, but definitely not the worst.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steele

    Cute book, loved all the yoga references and the recipes and poses in the back. I want to read the second in the series, but my library doesn't own it (yet). Cute book, loved all the yoga references and the recipes and poses in the back. I want to read the second in the series, but my library doesn't own it (yet).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    a fun and quick murder mystery with a dash of romance. and yoga! what else could you want?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Desi Kennedy

    It was okay.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    3+ stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Em(ily) Ann ♡︎♡︎♡︎ - theglitterybookworm_

    i need more of these characters and setting.

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