The second cosy mystery on my list is “Murder on Pointe” by C.S. McDonald – murder and intrigues in the beautiful world of ballet dancing!
Kindergarten teacher Fiona goes to see her old friend Silja dance in “Coppelia” (she’d wanted to be a ballet dancer herself, but she had to give up after a skiing accident); they meet backstage after the show – and find Silja’s colleague Alexis murdered in her dressing room! And not enough with that: later that night, there’s an attack on Silja as well – suddenly, all the young ballerinas in the troupe seem to be in mortal danger!
Nevertheless, Fiona agrees to play a part in the plan that handsome young Inspector Nathan Landry has worked out: she takes over the dancing part of the dead girl! While she is taking express lessons to get back into dancing, we get to know the suspects; who did it, David Sheppard, the ageing star of the show, his wife Cynthia, a former prima ballerina who was crippled in a car accident, Calvin the caretaker who admires Cynthia like a goddess, or the ambitious and bitchy young dancer Monroe McCarthy? Fiona gets deeper and deeper into the mystery – and into danger…
This book is a real joy to read, it’s got a clever story with some very nice twists and interesting characters; there’s a bit of a love interest on the side, too – and a completely unusual feature for a murder mystery: the ghost of Fiona’s grandmother Evelyn, who resides in the attic of her house and protects her when things get tough!
This very engaging first the series of mysteries starring Fiona Quinn definitely leaves us wanting to read more – and there are six in the series so far!