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Murder For Choir
A Glee Club Mystery #1
Joelle Charbonneau

Berkley Prime Crime
July 2012/ISBN: 0425251373/978-0425251379

Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Paige Marshall has moved in with her Aunt Millie in order to save money and be near her new job. She is a struggling opera singer with a background in musical theatre. Since she hasn't gotten her big break yet, Paige is working as coach of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. Working with high school divas is hard enough with all their texting, eye rolling and chatting. Throw in the murder of a rival high school coach and you have the makings of a "Gleek Tragedy"!

Paige finds Greg Lucas in the auditorium with his head bashed in and microphone cord wrapped around his neck. Two days on the job, and it has gone from frustrating to just plain hell. When the police decide that one of her students is the number one suspect, Paige decides to investigate on her own. There are quite a few suspects and she plans to check them all out. It becomes personal when Paige finds a threatening note in her handbag.

I love the interaction between Paige and her Aunt Millie. Always there to give advice, cook inedible food or be a personal makeup artist, but never seeing that her poodle, appropriately named Killer, is always out to get a piece of Paige. This was a fast fun read with more twists and turns than a roller coaster. The characters are likable and some are quirky, and I hope to see most of them in the rest of the series. I even have a warm spot for Killer the poodle, who had to be the most memorable character in the book.

Whenever an author I like starts a new series, I am always thrilled to get my hands on a copy of the book. I hope that the series will be as good as the first. Well, in the case of Murder For Choir this does not hold true… I am delighted to say that this series is even better than the Rebecca Robbins mystery series which I truly enjoy. I can only hope that there will not be a long wait until the second book in the series is published.

Reviewer's Note: Author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series
Reviewed 2012