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Quickstep to Murder (Ballroom Dance Mystery Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Quickstep to Murder (Ballroom Dance Mystery Series #1)

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Overview

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.


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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?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101543931
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: Ballroom Dance Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 350,111
  • File size: 385 KB

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    this a fast moving and riveting mystery. it tells the story o

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Great

    Really enjoyed this book & hope there is more to come!

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    Fast-moving and engaging mystery. Had me guessing until the end.

    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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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    recommend

    A fun read - interesting - not silly.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Great book

    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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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    FANTASTIC!

    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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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    The first Ballroom Dance Mystery is an engaging debonair amateur sleuth

    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

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