Sour Notes: A Sally Freberg Mysteryby Norm Ledgin; Bethine Louise
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Feisty middle-aged piano teacher Sally Freberg stumbles on a murder-in-progress after a Kansas City concert. Why would anyone conspire to kill mild-mannered archeologist Henry Decker? His brutal knife-slaying stymies all, especially the police. What's the motive? Apparently none in the victim's estranged Santa Fe family stands to gain. But----what's this about Decker's pre-concert mention of an opera? How might Sally follow THAT slender lead to uncover a motive and unmask the conspirators? To nail it all, Sally teams with an ambitious KCPD detective for a deadly pursuit near Decker's digs among ancient pueblo ruins. It's a wild chase during a fierce New Mexico monsoon, imperiling Sally----and altering her life.
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If you like quirky characters and an intricate plot, this murder mystery involving aging sleuths with a classical music bent is for you. Sally and Ben are amateur detectives helping the regular homicide squad after their acquaintance is murdered. The bad guys are bad (but somewhat sympathetic), and the good guys are human. A good read with good use of dialogue and interesting locales.
Great fun to read. Imagine your spry, talented, and humorous grandmother solving a mystery even the police can't get a handle on. And who wouldn't love a protagonist who farts when she's nervous? While Sally pursues clues that turn up - starting with a corpse she discovers, she tries to decide what to do about the amorous advances of a retired professor. Sour Notes combines humor and suspense, along with sexual tension and taboos at several levels. I've discovered that author Ledgin has several professional books to his credit so the writing is extremely competent and contains humor that is totally wasted in research tomes. I'm delighted that he ventured into novels and eagerly await the sequel.
As one who has read other books of Mr Ledgin, I was not surprised to find this new mystery to be superb. A marvelous, but twisting plot staged in interesting and at times exotic locations. The two authors make a great team. I wait for a sequel with great anticipation. Five Stars...Buy the book...You will love it
I couldn't wait to see how Sour Notes ended. It was a quick read, and I learned a little about opera without having to weed through all the opera lango. Sally, the main character, is a wiser Stephanie Plum. Sally sees it coming, but sometimes it just happens anyway. I'm excited to say that I see this as a beginning to a great series, very similar to Evanovich's, possibly without the car fires. I enjoyed the mature friendships going on in this book with the bit of romance. I found I was able to relate to Sally and the small feats that life deals one's body as one ages. I can't wait for book two. Sour Notes is a must read. It would be good for a book club discussion, a rainy day read, or a great Christmas gift for that hard to buy for person. I can't wait to share it. Life is a melody, learn to harmonize.