Death in the Choir Paperback – Jul 28 2009
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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!
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.
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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