Monday, December 30, 2013

Murder for Choir

Title: Murder for Choir

Author: Joelle Charbonneau [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Series: Glee Club Mystery, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780425251379

Length: 294 pages

Obtained: Personal copy via

Why this book?:

I had it.  I wanted to read one of my books.  I've been trying to read more of Joelle Charbonneau's work (I recently started her YA distopian series too).


I wasn't sure if I would like this book based on the subject.  I've watched - and stopped watching - the show Glee, and found I just wasn't into a teenage soap opera.  Fortunately, this book isn't Glee.  It's much like all cozy mysteries.  Female amateur sleuth discovers death and decides to "help" the police by asking questions, gathering clues, and making her own deductions.  She just happens to currently be in a role of instructor for (one of) the glee/choir group(s).  And you don't see more of the teens and their drama than necessary.

The amateur in sleuth in question, Paige, is likeable.  She had the surprise bonus of being a former (or rather out-of-a-position) opera star.  How cool?  I'm not much good at distinguishing one opera from another (except for Carmen), but I've been to some, appreciate them, and think that is a totally awesome skill.  She's got two fellas to help her - Detective Mike Kaiser, and drama teacher Devlyn O'Shea.

I had a feeling about the murderer, and I definitely guessed another secret that was mixing things up in there (one for which everything was pointing at the truth).

Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading the second book, End Me a Tenor.  I already have it checked out from the library.


  1. I like to read an occasional cozy, they can be fun or maybe I just like the witty titles! I won a couple in a giveaway recently and my wife promptly grabbed them, so they make the rounds of the household I guess. This one sounds fun.

    1. Most cozies are fun, IMO. Occasionally they can be slow and maybe a bit boring. And occasionally you'll come across the cozy that is supremely irritating for some reason (characters, or theme, or dialogue, etc.). But yes generally fun.

      I wish mine would go through the family. I depend on my online friends for any book discussion!


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