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Posted September 6, 2013
Musicians will enjoy!
Joan Spencer's husband has died at a relatively young age, and after an unpleasant experience she moves with her son to her hometown of Oliver, Indiana. Living in Ohio (and as an IU basketball fan) it was fun to recognize small-town Indiana in many of the descriptions.
Joan plays viola and decides to join the community orchestra. At her first rehearsal, the principal oboist falls ill, later dying at the hospital from an apparent heart attack...apparent being the operative word. Soon it's pretty clear there's more going on, especially when a second orchestra member dies.
I won't spoil things but as a musician I was pretty sure how the murders were committed although the murderer wasn't as easy to figure out. Yes, figuring out the modus operandi took a bit away from the story, but didn't ruin it.
I enjoyed the book and will check out book 2 and see if I want to continue.
Posted March 1, 2013
I'd definitely take this one on vacation! I'm an oboist myself, so I was curious to see how the author would handle the idiosyncratic tendencies of various instrumentalists. Would the characters be stereotypical to the voices of those sounds? All in all, it's probably not perfect, but it doesnt matter. I think she did a great job and It's a great story. It's fun and worth the read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.