Quickstep to Murder (Ballroom Dance Mystery Series #1)

Quickstep to Murder (Ballroom Dance Mystery Series #1)

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by Ella Barrick
     
 

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What if your dance partner, business partner, and fiancé was stepping out with another woman? That's exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin, who shares ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man who broke her heart, Rafe Acosta.

But when Stacy discovers Rafe's dead body in the studio one dark night, the police suspect her of killing him. To clear her

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What if your dance partner, business partner, and fiancé was stepping out with another woman? That's exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin, who shares ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man who broke her heart, Rafe Acosta.

But when Stacy discovers Rafe's dead body in the studio one dark night, the police suspect her of killing him. To clear her name and save her studio, Stacey teams up with Rafe's estranged cousin from Argentina, Tav, to find the real killer. And if Stacy doesn't watch her step, the killer may make this dance her last.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Maya Pintar
Quickstep to Murder is a great book to pick up if you like mystery and romance. A bit cliche and predictable, it is still an easy read that will keep readers on their toes and turning the pages. Readers will be as intrigued as Stacy is as she tries to find out who was involved in the murder of her ex-fiancee. 3Q, 3P. Reviewer: Maya Pintar, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Ellen Frank
Ballroom dance lover Stacy Graysin follows her passion and opens a dance studio in downtown D.C.. Stacy inherits a townhouse from her great aunt and decides to turn the top floor into a dance studio. Her dancing partner, Rafe, becomes her fiance and business partner. Each partner leaves the other half of their share in the business to each other in their respective wills. All seems wonderful until she catches her fiance with another woman, and they break up on the spot. Soon Rafe's lifeless body is discovered in her studio, and Stacy is charged with his murder. To Stacy's surprise, Rafe changed his will and left half his share to his brother. Follow Stacy in this fast-paced murder mystery as her life unwinds while she tries to keep her studio and her passion for dance while investigating the murder to prove her innocence. Barrick, in her debut mystery series, A Ballroom Dance Mystery, combines romance, teen pregnancy, overprotective parents, jealousy, and justice into a fast-paced novel that is hard to put down. It is a quick escape into the world of competitive ballroom dancing. The novel would appeal to dance fanatics and anyone who enjoys a quick mystery. The investigation and mystery are engaging and leave the reader guessing. The book contains violence and murder, but the descriptions are tame. There are a few mild curse words, but overall the book is appropriate for sensitive middle school students. Reviewer: Ellen Frank
Library Journal
Stacy Graysin's dream of a successful dance career glides precariously near the edge when her ex-fiancé, the handsome Rafe, is shot dead in their ballroom studio. Rafe had his share of enemies, but Stacy (and the police) can't quite agree on a motive. When Rafe's dashing Argentinean half-brother shows up to claim ownership of his half of the studio, Stacy digs in to save her livelihood, and her life. Concurrently, dance competitions—described in wonderful detail—provide quite a backdrop for a zany supporting cast of dance instructors, a lovesick teen couple, a dancing congresswoman, a no-nonsense detective, and the Argentinean embassy. VERDICT Perfect for all your dance show fans. Barrick brings a light step and upbeat tempo to her debut. Readers will like the adjacency to the greater DC area (plot potential there) and the interplay between generations. Who wouldn't want to spice up their lives with a little ballroom?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451234544
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Series:
Ballroom Dance Mystery Series, #1
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
620,211
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Quickstep to Murder 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this a fast moving and riveting mystery. it tells the story of a ballroom pair of world class competitors, one of whom gets himself murdered. stacy and rafe had been dancing together for many years before his misfortune. now stacy looks for answers as to why. there are many twists and turns in this story, from a stalker to a new romantic interest, to a politician, and more. definitely do not miss. this is the best mystery i've picked up in a while. new and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book & hope there is more to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*unlocks his door, then tosses his stuff on the bed and collapses on it* "So tired..."
jingleJE More than 1 year ago
Fast-moving and engaging mystery. Had me guessing until the end. Fun afternoon read for anyone who like the cozy-mystery genre.
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momfansler More than 1 year ago
A fun read - interesting - not silly.
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alison lee More than 1 year ago
I THOUGHT I HAD THE MURDERER FIGURED OUT ? I WAS WAY OFF. I FEEL THAT'S WHAT A GOOD MURDER MYSTERY DOES KUDOS TO THE AUTHOR ! CAN'T WAIT UNTIL DEAD MAN WALTZING !
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
I rarely give a first book in the series 5 stars but this book embraced me from the first page. The setting was something I knew I would like as soon as I heard the title and the characters and the mystery plot did not disappoint. They were perfectly choreographed with all the right moves and set the perfect tempo, fast. Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down. The staring character Stacy was very multifaceted dealing with the grief of her ex being murdered in the middle of her studio and strong when she had to be to keep the business going, dealing with wide range of problems with students and instructors. But the true treasure was when he softer side just started to break through in the end when she could let her guard down a bit. I can't wait until June for the next installment of this series, Dead Man Waltzing. It will be a true delight to take another twirl on the dance floor and have Ella lead us into her next mystery. Received this book from publisher for honest review.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Old Town Alexandria engaged couple Stacy Graysin and Rafe Acosta own Graysin Motion ballroom dance studio. Anyone watching the pair of dance instructors performing the quickstep would conclude they are so in synch with the foxtrot Charleston mix they must be in love. However four months ago Stacy ended their two-year engagement tango when she saw her Rafe doing a horizontal number with Solonge Dubonnet. They remain business partners teaching ballroom dancing. However, Rafe wants Stacy to take him back in her personal life as he insists his mambo with Solonge was money driven. Having inherited the building (with her sister) from her late aunt, Stacey lives downstairs from the studio. At night she hears a thump upstairs and investigates only to find Rafe's corpse. Alexandra Police Department Detective Troy and Lissy suspect Stacy killed her partner and former fiancé in a fit of rage. Solange arrives using a key Rafe gave her and accuses Stacy of killing her almost fiancé. Leon Hall comes next and accuses Rafe of getting his daughter pregnant. Finally politician Sherry Indrebo asks Stacy to look for some items of hers that Rafe had. Octavia Acosta arrives from Argentina following the police notifying his father that his son died and sent his "like brother" to bring the body home. Tav inherited Rafe's half of the studio. Not trusting the police to look anywhere else but her, she and Tav team up to investigate who pulled the curtain on the ballroom dance instructor. The first Ballroom Dance Mystery is an engaging debonair amateur sleuth that will have readers dancing the Lindy. Stacy is terrific as her sophisticated world collapses thanks totally to Rafe who is a bigger pain dead than he was alive. Readers will enjoy the heroine's dancing with the stars of suspects. Harriet Klausner