Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 book 113

Kate Racculia's Bellweather Rhapsody
Fifteen years ago, a young bride murdered her husband and hung herself in their hotel room, when a little girl stumbled on the scene. Now it's 1997, and a bunch of teenagers are coming to that same hotel for a statewide music program--when one of the girls in that very room goes missing. OK, maybe that sounds pretty creepy--and parts of this do fill the reader with dread--but actually, this was a really funny and sweet mystery with a GREAT cast of characters, including teenage twins, their chaperone (who has a complicated past), the eccentric conductor, the severe woman in charge, etc. There's plenty of red herrings and plenty of craziness, and I loved every second. Some parts are easy to guess but Racculia (author of This Must Be The Place) makes it work, and if a couple parts of the epilogue felt a little bit too much, I didn't mind. This was thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable. A.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book is available now.

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