Stacy Graysin is still recovering from proving herself
innocent of her business partner's murder. All she wants to
do now is move forward with her new business partner,
Octavio, in establishing her dance studio, Graysin Studio,
as a successful place that is not associated with murder.
So it doesn't help when Corinne Blakely, an international
ballroom star is murdered, and one of Stacy's dance
instructors is named as the prime suspect.
Maurice was the last person to be seen with Corinne, but he
also took her to the emergency room after she collapsed.
It is discovered that her prescription medication was
poisoned, and Maurice's fingerprints are on the bottle. It
also comes out that Maurice is one of her ex-husbands, and
when Corinne's will is read, it's all too obvious that he
greatly benefits from her death.
While Stacy hates to see her business associated with
another murder, she is absolutely sure that Maurice had
nothing to do with Corinne's untimely death. Knowing all
too well what it feels like to be unjustly accused, she
decides to do whatever she can to prove him innocent,
although the detective on the case warns her to stay out of
it. What Stacy discovers, though, is that Corinne was
writing a tell-all memoir, and she had spent her final days
warning those around her what she was going to reveal. As
far as Stacy is concerned, there are plenty of suspects and
motives to be investigated. The problem, though, is
two-fold -- she needs someone in a position of authority to
take her seriously, and she needs to narrow her own list of
suspects down! Can she do this before Maurice is framed for
a murder he didn't commit?
I read the initial book in the Ballroom Dance Mystery
series, and this follow-up definitely did not fall prey to
the proverbial sophomore slump. Stacy is a stellar, dynamic
character, and so are the instructors and dancers who
populate the studio. I would have liked to have seen more
of Tav, as the end of the last book was a bit of a tease as
to where their relationship might be heading. But I was
also happy to get to know her family (sister Danielle and
her divorcee mother) better.
The mystery itself was interesting and compelling. I was
positive that I knew who the culprit was the entire time,
until just before the true culprit was. The clues had been
there all along, but I fell for the wrong suspect, which I
actually love! I like that Ms. Barrick didn't make the
culprit obvious, but she also didn't make me feel dumb when
I realized I was wrong. Overall, DEAD MAN WALTZING was a
fun read, and I can not wait for the third installment.
When Corinne Blakely, a grande
dame of international ballroom dancing, is poisoned, the
dance community—including champion dancer Stacy Graysin—is
left in an uproar. Corinne was penning a tell-all memoir,
but now her secrets might well remain hidden, just as the
killer perhaps intended.
The victim’s dance card was
full of people who might have wanted her silenced, if not
dead. But when Maurice, a ballroom instructor at Stacy’s
dance studio Graysin Motion, becomes the prime suspect, she
has no choice but to waltz in and take the lead in another
Clearing Maurice’s name by
finding the real killer is going to be harder than a running
spin turn. But there’s one thing Stacy knows for sure—she’s
not about to let the murderer dance away scot-free.