End Me a Tenor by Joelle Charbonneau – Book Review

End Me a Tenor by Joelle Charbonneau
Published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin

End Me a Tenor is the second in the Glee Club Mystery series. I have previously reviewed the first book in the series, Murder for Choir.

After months of coaching the Prospect Glen show choir, Paige is finally starting to get the hang of things, at least a little. So when she’s told that she needs to help her students learn an entirely new number in a scarily short amount of time or risk losing her job, she understandably panics a bit. Of course, things aren’t all bad, Paige is getting an amazing career opportunity singing in a production of the Messiah with an amazing tenor, David Richard. Paige runs into David exactly three times: first, he is being punched in the face by the maestra; second, he insults her; third, he takes a sip from his water bottle and falls down dead. Now Paige needs to practice for the role of a lifetime, try to keep her day job, and do her best to solve a murder before she becomes the next victim.

The first book in this series, Murder for Choir, was very enjoyable, but with End Me a Tenor Charbonneau has really hit her stride. She’s got the cozy thing down pat, while still maintaining some of her own voice, so recognizable from the Rebecca Robbins skating series. It would be quite helpful to read Murder for Choir first, because it introduces Paige and a number of important (and vibrant) secondary characters, but if you pick up End Me a Tenor on its own you won’t get lost, by any means.

If you’re in the mood for a fun new cozy series, I highly recommend Charbonneau’s Glee Club Mystery series.

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Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau – Book Review

Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau
Published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin

What Paige really wants is to be touring Europe with an opera company. She’s come close in the past, but it just isn’t happening right now. Really, she should be glad to have a job at all right now, even if it is just coaching a glee club in suburban Chicago. At least she’s coaching the best singers at Prospect Glen, even they don’t all necessarily have much faith that her operatic experience will translate int o a win for them. It isn’t long, though, before everything begins to fall apart. School hasn’t even started yet, Paige and the kids are still at choir camp when the much-loathed glee club coach at the rival high school is found dead and one of Paige’s students is suspected of murdering him. Although she has only very recently met the kid, Paige is certain that he cannot have been the culprit and is determined to clear his name, even if it does put her in danger herself.

A glee club-based cozy mystery is the perfect fit for Charbonneau, an always funny and entertaining author with a background in music and voice coaching. Murder for Choir is definitely a change from her Rebecca Robbins series, adhering closely to the conventions of a cozy mystery, but it also has many of the hallmarks of her Skating books, such as an endearing heroine and the eccentric older relative.

Murder for Choir follows the basic cozy outline without seeming formulaic, and Charbonneau’s humor ensures that it is always a joy to read. Pick it up, then when you thoroughly enjoy it, go back and read the Rebecca Robbins books as well.

For more, see my review for SheKnows.com.

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