Quickstep to Murder: A Ballroom Dance Mystery

by Ella Barrick | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0451234545 Global Overview for this book
Registered by SCOUT-FINCH of Sherman Oaks, California USA on 10/31/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by SCOUT-FINCH from Sherman Oaks, California USA on Saturday, October 31, 2015
Registering for the 2015 Wishlist Challenge - send books directly to BCers off their WishList.

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Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, November 13, 2015
Thank you so much for this wishlist book, SCOUT-FINCH! I do love cozy mysteries, and the world of ballroom dancing is a setting I haven't seen before.

I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Journal Entry 3 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Enjoyable first-in-series. I liked reading about ballroom dancing, which fascinates me as I have two left feet.  There were enough unexpected elements to make it a good mystery. The problem of having to work with an ex was well-portrayed, and the issue of having to perhaps lower one’s standards to keep a business profitable was nicely handled. I will look for the next in this series.
Adding to Bookstogive's Mystery/Thriller/Suspense VBB.

Journal Entry 4 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, February 03, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (2/3/2017 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


On its way to booklady331 via bookstogive's Mystery/Thriller/Suspense VBB.

Hope you enjoy the read!

Journal Entry 5 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, February 06, 2017
Thanks for sharing this book with me. It arrived today. That was really quick.

Journal Entry 6 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Friday, January 26, 2018
Up next to read. I will start tonight. It looks like a quick read.

Journal Entry 7 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
I would like to take ballroom dancing lessons, but I just haven’t been able to fit it into my schedule. Ballroom dancing joined well with this mystery. Ella Barrick's QUICKSTEP TO MURDER is an good choice for anyone who likes either of the two or both, dancing and mysteries. I am thankful that I read book #1 in the series.

Stacy Graysin and her now ex-fiance, Rafe, are the owners of a dance studio called Graysin Motion in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. They are both professional ballroom dancers, dance teachers and also dance partners in competitions. The studio is part of Stacy's home, and upon hearing a suspicious noise in the studio, Stacy goes to find out what it is and she finds Rafe shot to death on the studio floor. As is par for the course, those nearest and dearest to the deceased are the ones the police look at first, and Stacy becomes the number one suspect.

As the story progresses and Stacy digs for answers, there are several people who have reason to kill Rafe and one leads straight to Capitol Hill. Rafe's half-brother arrives from Argentina and it is possible that a romance is starting between Octavio and Stacy, but he has to take Rafe's body back to Argentina. I found this line a distraction from the story. I did not enjoy it and it felt forced. The ending, as to who gets Rafe’s share of the business was a distraction and I did not like the conclusion. In some ways, I am not interested in continuing to read the series.

The book makes no bones about the fact that there is not a lot of money in teaching dance and that awards for competitive dancing are not excessive.

Reserved for Iwillrejoice's A-Z title challenge round 2

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