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MURDER FOR CHOIR
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
This new series starts off with a bang and hits all the right notes. Most of the typical amateur sleuth plot devices are used: police love interest, eccentric relative, unconventional pet. Despite the conventional setup, the setting itself is different, and the story is well-salted with red herrings and potential suspects. Paige is an engaging character and, even though no new ground is broken, the overall effect is a charming first effort in a series that should have a long lifespan.
Struggling opera singer Paige Marshall takes a job coaching a show choir at an ultra-competitive high school and is soon horrified by the cutthroat nature of her students, who greet her with frosty disdain, doubtful that an opera singer has what it takes to win them a championship trophy. But when her top male performer is accused of murdering a rival choir’s obnoxious director, Paige finds that a little detective work may help her win over her students — and a local police detective — if it doesn’t get her killed. (PRIME CRIME, Jul., 304 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Donna M. Carter
Publisher: PRIME CRIME
Published: July 2012