Beth_Hatch

Review by Angela Guinther, Carnegie West Branch Manager of Cleveland Public Library

"I love novels that take place in a condensed timeframe, in one location, and feature several characters. Mix in comedy, complications, and curious circumstances that keep me turning the pages, and I'm all set. Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia, fits the bill spectacularly. The Bellweather is a once-beautiful, grand hotel that has fallen on hard times, especially since a gruesome murder/suicide occurred fifteen years ago. However, it is now 1997 and time for Statewide, a conference for the best high school musicians and singers New York State has to offer that still takes over the hotel one weekend a year. Chaperoning the several hundred students are former musical prodigies, a somewhat scattered conductor, and scary, severe Viola Fabian, the head of Statewide. When diva-in-training Alice Hatmaker checks into 712, the scene of the crime all those years ago, the page turning begins. As a reviewer in Booklist said, 'A musical mystery that strikes nary a false note. Encore, encore.' Indeed. Enjoy!"

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