Terpsichore, the ancient Greek goddess of dance, must be smiling down from her home on Mt. Helicon at Pall's (Back East) splendid first entry in this cleverly themed series with its insights into the egos, jealousies, pains and passions of a Manhattan ballet company. Juliet Bodine, a successful writer of Regency novels and ex-professor of English literature at Barnard, puts aside her own deadlines to give literary advice to her longtime friend, Ruth Renswick, choreographer for the Jansch Ballet Company of New York, who is creating a new ballet based on Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. A ballet fan herself, Juliet is fascinated by the personalities of the company and the process of creating a new production. When a lead dancer dies suddenly, she's convinced it was murder, but her old Harvard friend, police detective Murray Landis, concludes the death was a suicide. Case closed, but not for Juliet. From the executive director to the lowliest member of the corps, the characters come alive through Juliet's astute observations and the extremely well-crafted dialogue. Vivid settings capture summer in New York, and one can almost feel the heat and steam of the ballet studio. Both mystery fans and ardent balletomanes will be left with great expectations and eager anticipation for the next in the series.
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In this new series, Regency romance writer Juliet Bodine helps her long-time choreographer friend Ruth Renswick iron out some glitches in a dance production of Great Expectations. Her observant eye also notes a bit of sabotage in the practice room that injures a lead dancer. Murder ensues, threatening to unhinge the production. Events in the practice room helped alleviate Juliet's writer's block, but now she must contend with detectives one of whom happens to be a friend from college days. A wonderful plot, a fascinating look at the world of ballet, and a unique approach to sleuthing recommends this to most collections. Pall is a novelist (Among the Ginzburgs) and freelance journalist.
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I really liked this book! As a former professional dancer myself, I'm usually disappointed in how that world is portrayed, but I think Ellen Paul pretty much nailed it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eva Carius
As a glimpse into the world of ballet, the novel succeeded quite well. As a mystery, however, it was a flop, in my opinion. I guessed the identity of the murderer way too early. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003
Ruth is having trouble choreographing her latest ballet, Great Expectations, and begs her friend Juliet to provide moral support and advice. Read morePublished on July 22 2002 by Alicia K. Ahlvers
Ellen Pall is an experienced writer (her literary novel, Among the Ginzburgs, is well worth reading), and it shows. Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by Irene Silver
While the details about the ballet are interesting, the plot shuffles along. Nothing much happens and it takes pages upon pages to realize that not much is going to happen. Read morePublished on April 4 2002 by annejv
I am a former ballet dancer and now a teacher. I read Corpse De Ballet because of its ballet theme, and becuase I enjoy reading mysteries. Read morePublished on March 24 2002 by Feldydancer
Ruth is having trouble choreographing her latest ballet, Great Expectations, and begs her friend Juliet to provide moral support and advice. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2002 by Alicia K. Ahlvers
Juliet Bodine will do almost anything to avoid having to write her overdue regency romance so, when her friend Ruth calls for help with her choreographing a ballet of GREAT... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by booksforabuck