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editor March 11th, 2007 01:02 PM PST
"Lovingly crafted, classically modeled, fascinatingly set...a real treat. Pall has written a literate, wryly funny, sharp-eyed story."
--BOOKNEWS from The Poisoned Pen
"Sleek and sophisticated...The witty dialog and insightful handling of talent and ego add verve and dash to the theatrical mystery familiar to the readers of Ngaio Marsh."
--www.crimepays.com, Partners Picks
From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
Terpsichore, the ancient Greek goddess of dance, must be smiling down from her home on Mt. Helicon at Pall's (Back East) splendid first entry in this cleverly themed series with its insights into the egos, jealousies, pains and passions of a Manhattan ballet company. Juliet Bodine, a successful writer of Regency novels and ex-professor of English literature at Barnard, puts aside her own deadlines to give literary advice to her longtime friend, Ruth Renswick, choreographer for the Jansch Ballet Company of New York, who is creating a new ballet based on Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. A ballet fan herself, Juliet is fascinated by the personalities of the company and the process of creating a new production. When a lead dancer dies suddenly, she's convinced it was murder, but her old Harvard friend, police detective Murray Landis, concludes the death was a suicide. Case closed, but not for Juliet. From the executive director to the lowliest member of the corps, the characters come alive through Juliet's astute observations and the extremely well-crafted dialogue. Vivid settings capture summer in New York, and one can almost feel the heat and steam of the ballet studio. Both mystery fans and ardent balletomanes will be left with great expectations and eager anticipation for the next in the series.