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Posted June 17, 2012
this is the second story in this series focusing on ballroom dancing. ok, so ballroom dancing doesn't sound very dangerous, wrong! it can be deadly! corrinne, a famous dancer, found that out. she is writing a tell all book about her life and is including other lives that she knew about. some one was afraid of what would be written about them. stacy and maurice, of the graysin motion dance studio must find the real murderer before maurice is incarcerated for life or worse. but with all the people corrinne knew, who would be the culprit? how would they learn that identity? i find this series fascinating. there is a lot of knowledge about the professional ballroom dancing world included in these stories. also a lot of mystery. you have to check this series out. you will be pleasantly surprised!!!
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Posted August 22, 2014
I only recently discovered this series, but I am hooked. It definitely fits into the "cozy" category, but I find at the end of a long day in the legal field, I like cozy. The characters are well defined, without being plodding, and they are entertaining. I have read the 3 books in the series published to date, and recommend them to anyone who wants a fun mystery, without all the noir. I am ready for book 4, please.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 8, 2012
“Dead Man Waltzing” (A Ballroom Dance Mystery) by Ella Barrick
Dance company Graysin Motion is a busy place run by dancing champion Stacy Graysin. Teaching Old Town Alexandria, Virginians how to cha-cha, tango, waltz and meringue among other dances. Maurice Goldberg, co-teacher and former champion himself is late for class. Turns out he was lunching with Corinne Blakley when she collapsed. He had to bring her to the ER.
Enter Detective Lissy—Stacy’s less than favorite person—who asks her if she knows where Maurice might be. Why? Because Corinne is dead and he was the last person to see her alive other than the ER personnel.
Stacy’s former dance partner and ex-fiancé, Rafe Acosta was shot two months prior. Lissy wanted to arrest her for the shooting. She cleared her name, caught the culprit, got shot and set her studio on fire too during her investigation, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
Corinne Blakely was the Grande Dame of the Ballroom, a former champion, teacher, judge and competition organizer. She is poisoned, and the dance community—including champion dancer Stacy Graysin—is left in an utter chaos. Corinne was penning a tell-all memoir and pushing to have Ballroom Dancing entered as an Olympic event. But now her secrets might well remain hidden, perhaps just as the killer intended.
The victim’s dance card is chock full of suspects who might have wanted her book to go away. Perhaps even have her silenced for good. But when Maurice becomes the prime suspect, Stacy has no choice but to dance as fast as she can to find out who the real culprit is.
Clearing Maurice’s name proves to be a lot more difficult than she thought it would be. But the one thing Stacy is certain of above all else, is that she’s not about to allow a murderer get away with killing Corinne and let her friend Maurice take the rap.
I loved this book. It was fun and I honestly wished I had been a character in it. Barrick’s writing was superb and since it’s the pseudo of Laura DiSilverio, I expected nothing less. She is fantastic!
Reviewed by Terri Ann Armstrong, author of “How to Plant a Body”
Posted June 19, 2012
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Posted May 17, 2013
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