Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Melody of Murder: A Cotswold murder mystery by Stella Cameron

Alex is looking through the graveyard by the church trying to decide where she'd like to put a bench in memory of the loss of her child.  She hears music and a beautiful voice and thinks about going in to see who's in the church using the piano.  She hesitates disturbing the singer.  And then the music stops...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.

Not only has the music stopped, the girl playing it has stopped too, permanently.  She hates to be the one to find another dead body but all she can do is call for help.  Now she'll have to deal with the police again.  Maybe not if it was a natural death.  It was not...

That was the first death.  There is another before the end of the story.

This is the story of a young man who is a piano virtuoso whose father plans to make money from performances.  His very father is very controlling and tells him he knows best.  He knows best for the whole family, evidently.  He moves them from London to this small village so they won't be influenced by outside sources and so there will be even more practicing.  The father also allows his girlfriend to come visit on weekends.  His sister joins them in their evenings out so he doesn't really get any time alone with his girlfriend.  He doesn't like that.

The whole family and their associates are weird.  Nobody works with folks with big egos without some of it rubbing off on them.  They think it's someone from the family that is murdering the victims but who?

The sad part is that the father is really the one responsible for what happened.  His total control over emotions and well being has warped the family.  I didn't find the ending satisfying.  I did enjoy reading about Alex and Toby's romance.  They are still dancing around each other without making any commitments but they are happy together.  If Alex lets the Inspector get too close, he's going to want to date her also, so she's being careful.  Who knows what the author will do in the next book?

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