I hope those of you in the U.S.A. had a wonderful holiday and those of you hailing from other great places forgive me for pushing the festivities off for one day.
We had a wonderful holiday but I really can’t wait to share this book with you. Joelle has given us a mystery every “GLEEK” can love! I was in Chorus in Junior High and High School but was far from a shining star. I was one of those in the back row that sang just enough to pass the class and did my best to not ruin the songs we were singing. Today I sing-a-long with the radio and my kids and grandkids cover their ears. So I promise not to burst into song today. I will just sit here quietly with my glass of lemonade and let Joelle tell you all about her new series and Murder for Choir (A Glee Club Mystery). Of course my full review can be found at the bottom of this post along with a giveaway.
Mr . Dollycas in on vacation this week and he made some yummy cookies for me to share. So help yourself to a glass of lemonade and enjoy the cookies, then relax and help me welcome Joelle.
I’ve had lots of opening nights. Standing on stage behind the closed curtain you can hear the buzz of the audience. The orchestra tunes up. The energy is electric. No matter how many rehearsals you’ve had or how well you know the show, there is a rush of nerves. A burst of adrenaline. Under the excitement there is always the worry that the show might not be ready for the audience – the press – the world.
Then the curtain goes up. The orchestra plays and there is no time for doubts. No time to worry about whether you’ll remember your lines, lyrics or dance steps. The show starts and there is nothing to do but enjoy the ride.
July 3rd was opening night (or day as the case would be) for Murder for Choir, the first in the Paige Marshall Glee Club mystery series. The story involves a classically trained singer who is struggling to make it in the performing world. She takes a job as a local show choir coach to make ends meet and finds a rival show choir director strangled with a microphone dead.
Don’t you hate when that happens? I know I do.
This is only my third opening curtain in the publishing world and I think I’m more nervous this time that I was for the other two.
Because when writing this book I used my own life for inspiration. Oh, my heroine Paige doesn’t look a thing like me. My students are a joy to teach and I don’t have a large standard poodle threatening to starve me. But the core of Paige – the performer searching for a way to deal with rejection and still remain hopeful that someday she’ll get her big break – that’s me. I can’t tell you how often I sat near the phone after an audition. Sometimes it rang. More often it didn’t. Rejection is part of the business. I knew that going it. So did Paige. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when the part goes to someone else and when your dreams don’t look like they will ever come true.
So, on this opening of this Murder for Choir show, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that readers fall in love with Paige, her determination and the ability she has to pick herself up when she gets knocked down. I also hope they enjoy laughing with the colorful cast of characters that make up Prospect Glen and the Music in Motion show choir. If so, I am hopeful that the curtain will be allowed to come up again. Paige and I would love to perform an encore.
Joelle, I am so happy you could be here with us today! I am positive readers are going to absolutely love Paige. I hope you will come back when she puts on her next performance!
About This Author
Joelle Charbonneau has performed in a variety of opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and uses her stage experience to create compelling characters in her books. She is the author of two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (Minotaur Books) and the Glee Club mystery series, Murder for Choir (Berkley). Joelle is also the author of the Graduation Day young adult trilogy that will debut with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s in Spring 2013. Learn more at www.joellecharbonneau.com
Murder for Choir
(A Glee Club Mystery)
Brand New Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Paul Hess
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Paige Marshall has taken a job as a Glee Club Coach at Prospect Glen High School as she waits for the next big break to come along in her opera career. She thought professional auditions were rough but she quickly learns how cutthroat competition is for high school show choirs. These students expect to win a championship and don’t believe Paige is the right coach for the job.
Finding a rival coach dead does not help matters. Then one of her students becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. Paige decides she must do everything she can to help clear his name even if it means never hitting a high note again.
What a musical debut! This story has the perfect tempo and deserves a standing ovation.
Like Glee, you will love this book!
Like cozy mysteries, you won’t be able to put this one down!
Hate your choir director, this is the book for you!
You can tell the author is very familiar with this subject matter, it just sings with that personal touch.
Joelle Charbonneau has created a great cast of characters in a high school setting which as anyone knows is always full of drama. Paige has her hands full not only with the show choir kids, but her boss Larry, the Costume Designer Felicia, Detective Mike Kaiser, and her Aunt Millie too. Aunt Millie’s antics will have you laughing until you are crying. Who knew one little cosmetics party could get so out of hand? Paige is also trying to make friends with her aunt’s standard poodle that she calls “Killer”. She has to get him to like her if she ever expects to eat again. Good thing she is a very determined woman. It will take more than a dead body and a dog poised to attack to knock her out of the spotlight.
I am hoping Murder for Choir (A Glee Club Mystery) is the prelude to many more performances for Paige Marshall and her show choir. I have fallen hard for this cast and definitely demand an ENCORE!!
Thanks to the people at Penguin
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