Book Review: End Me a Tenor by Joelle Charbonneau
The students at Prospect Glen High School are getting into the holiday spirit as they prepare for their holiday concert and show choir director Paige Marshall has lukewarm feelings for it.
Paige's opera career seems to be taking off as she gets a singing gig in the Messiah and the production could close before opening night when world-renowned tenor, David Richard drops dead during rehearsal.
Suspicion rears its ugly head at Paige since her fingerprints show up on the singer's poisoned water bottle. Not only does she have to prove her innocence but in doing so she starts her own investigation into who killed David.
However, while questioning potential suspects, she stops off at the home of Bill Walters, the stage manager for the Messiah and discovers his body along with a note taking the blame for killing David. With two dead bodies Paige can only assume that the cast is being stalked as she finds out one night while driving home from rehearsal.
For some reason, I could not get into this story. I think there were too many characters (when you have the school cast and then the Messiah cast along with the main characters) it just became too overwhelming. Literally I was forcing myself to pick up the book and read.
One thing is certain. Charbonneau does give McDonald's and Mary Kay a lot of publicity. I've never known of a character to (almost) continuously eat French fries and "Aunt Millie" does know a lot about the cosmetics she sells.