Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau

Title: Murder for Choir
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
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Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Acquired: From Publisher
Interest: Series
Age Group: Adult

Evan as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. Coaching these championship-hungry students may be her toughest gig yet... 

Especially when her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect Glen's fiercest rival. To clear his name, Paige will have to sort through a chorus of suspects, and go note-for-note with a killer who wants her out of the spotlight for good

When I first got asked to participate in a blog tour I was really excited to read this book. I wasn't sure what Paige would be like or if I would even like her, but I found myself laughing from page one to the end.

I absolutely loved this book. Paige was so real and very three-dimensional. There wasn't a single moment when I wished that she would bring a little of herself out, because she was already there for the world to see.

She use to be an opera singer, but as she waits for more work to come her way, she took up a job working as the couch for the glee club. But, this is not the laid-back, easy going glee club that people see on TV; this is intense, fierce competitions, where the weak go home crying, and if your feet aren't bleeding, your not good enough. Okay, I wouldn't go that far with that last point, but it certainly isn't easy for Paige. She's already being shunned by her students and has to slowly earn her way to gain their trust, but it won't be easy, and top of that there's a murder.

What I liked most about this murder mystery was that the author gave so many suspects and they all looked super guilty. I use to think watching CSI or Criminal Minds would give a girl some indication in order to tell who the murderer is, but Charbonneau kept me second guessing all the time. This woman made a tangled mess, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it unravel.

The first in what I hope will be an amazing series, Charbonneau is an author worth noting. She makes the characters real and they are easy to connect with. This show will bring out the sleuth in all of us.

What I didn't like though, because let's be honest, every book has that little fault, was the relationship between Paige and the detective. Now, I was assuming something would happen, but I was also assuming that would gradually occur as the series took off, so I was kind of shocked by how things were laid out. And also a little surprised by a potential love-triangle that might happen, or at least that's what I'm thinking. I may be wrong, but we will just have to see.

This book was a quick read and it'll leave you laughing at every turn.

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