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Death in the Choir [Paperback]

Lorraine V. Murray

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Book Description

July 1 2009
Francesca Bibbo is eager to jumpstart her social life, so she joins the choir at St. Rita's. There, she discovers that the director and the pastor are locking horns over a decrepit organ, while the sopranos are vying for solos. After a rehearsal party, things go very wrong, and when someone shows up dead, the police rule the death a suicide. But Francesca suspects foul play, so she begins prying into the dead man's past. Before long, she uncovers shocking and sinister facts about the choir members.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Tumblar House (July 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979160073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979160073
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #992,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable Oct. 17 2009
By Andrew A. P. Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a little gem of a book (I only say "little" because these days a lot of mysteries sprawl on for far too many pages: this is just the right length). It arrived about 11:00 a.m. and I had to finish it the same day (a rare occurrence for me now), begrudging every minute "lost" to real life things like having to buy food...

I won't discuss the plot, as the "blurb" says everything you need to know without giving the game away, but what impressed me most was the well-rounded characters (even the pets!). I've never been in a choir (or other church group), but the interactions and personalities ring true of societies of "almost-friends" that I have belonged to and I'm sure most readers will have "I know someone just like that" moments.

The best way I can think of to recommend this is to say that it reminded me of Patricia Cornwell's famous Kay Scarpetta books (though Lorraine has got off to a better start as far as different characters each having a distinctive "voice") and Arturo Perez-Reverte's "The Flanders Panel", allowing for the differences in setting etc.

The best news I've had since finishing it is that there is another book in the pipeline, which I can hardly wait for.

So: buy it and read it now!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable Sept. 12 2009
By JA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Another good book from Tumblar House... Ms. Murray's characters are 'real' enough to be believable. So much so that some of them you can't stand, some you'll roll your eyes over (like your Great Uncle Sam dancing his version of hip-hop), some you just like. Francesca, the main character in this story, is a youngish widow of two years who has decided to try the dating scene by joining the Church Choir. She is warm and real and lonely and funny and has thoughts that she might feel like confessing to her Priest. The two Priests in this story are also 'real.' The author doesn't hold them in contempt, nor does she raise them up as perfect, non-sinners.
Ususally in an easy-read mystery book, I can figure out who 'done' it. Not this one. I caught on only a little before she revealed. I read the book in a few hours.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death in the Choir Oct. 26 2009
By Linda J. Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a nice little mystery. I wasn't sure it would be a surprise to me but as I read on it definitely was!! I was very engrossed in it all the way through and wished it was even longer. I will enjoy reading more of this authors work..
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading. Aug. 27 2009
By G.G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Warning! This is a book you won't be able to put down before you finished reading it. It is well written and suspenseful. And another warning: As a parishioner of the author's church I can assure you that none of the characters in the book resemble our clergy or our parishioners. So, if you hope to find some juicy tidbits about them, forget it! It is good reading and better than days of receational shopping.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! Sept. 23 2010
By Stephen Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Rarely do I read a book without some kind of preconception. I usually know more or less what I'm getting from an author, mainly because their book has been waiting on my reading list for some time. Well this book rather jumped the queue, however, demanded a read and took me somewhat by surprise. I had no expectations prior to opening it, which is rare, but I was delighted by it and hooked!

It's not your typical murder mystery, the setting is unusual and refreshing, the characters are bold and rounded and well developed (in my opinion a real bonus - great characters are very attractive and relatable to a reader), and the protagonist is very likeable. But the best thing about the book and key to any mystery, is that the plot is always engaging. The twists are clever, well placed and never predictable.

It was a thoroughly satisfying read and a book I would recommend as a welcome respite from other genre fiction - and indeed from a busy life! I for one cannot wait for more from this author...

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