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Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. Coaching these championship-hungry students may be her toughest gig yet... Especially when her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect Glen's fiercest rival. To clear his name, Paige will Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. Coaching these championship-hungry students may be her toughest gig yet... Especially when her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect Glen's fiercest rival. To clear his name, Paige will have to sort through a chorus of suspects, and go note-for-note with a killer who wants her out of the spotlight for good.


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Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. Coaching these championship-hungry students may be her toughest gig yet... Especially when her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect Glen's fiercest rival. To clear his name, Paige will Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. Coaching these championship-hungry students may be her toughest gig yet... Especially when her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect Glen's fiercest rival. To clear his name, Paige will have to sort through a chorus of suspects, and go note-for-note with a killer who wants her out of the spotlight for good.

30 review for Murder for Choir

  1. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    Ok, so I had no intention of reading this book since it screams "Glee Bandwagon" but a GR friend read it and liked it quite a bit, and since we have a lot of reading interests in common, I went ahead and bought it. Then it sat on my TBR for quite some time while I procrastinated picking it up. I've finally read it and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! It was a very strong first-in-series. What I didn't like (very short list): Paige is a bit too much of a busybody throughout the book. Just Ok, so I had no intention of reading this book since it screams "Glee Bandwagon" but a GR friend read it and liked it quite a bit, and since we have a lot of reading interests in common, I went ahead and bought it. Then it sat on my TBR for quite some time while I procrastinated picking it up. I've finally read it and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! It was a very strong first-in-series. What I didn't like (very short list): Paige is a bit too much of a busybody throughout the book. Just a little bit over the top. I found myself more than a few times thinking as I was reading, "seriously? you're an idiot... and a bit arrogant to think you can do this better than the detective." The murderer was obvious to me. This is not a huge deal as it doesn't ruin the book for me at all, but for those that it matters to, this is not an overly tricky plot. Possible love triangle that if not resolved soon and to my satisfaction will irritate me into quitting the series. What I did like: Great characters, very descriptively written. I found it very easy to 'see' these people in my head as I read along. I very much like the detective character and it looks like he's going to be fun to read about in future books. I also very much like Paige - other than the busybody-ness she's a hoot and I like her ability to give the kids as good as she gets from them. Killer was cracking me up by the end of the book. And the aunt is the kind of aunt I'd like to have - a little odd, a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the next book, I hope it's as good or better than this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    New show choir director Paige Marshall has no idea what she is walking into when she works the summer choir camp. Paige, a struggling opera singer, is not well received by the choir students at Prospect Glen High. But before she has too much time to worry about it, she finds rival choir director, Greg Lucas, dead in the auditorium. The main suspect is one of Paige's most promising male vocal students but she doesn't believe he committed the crime and sets out to clear his name. She begins puttin New show choir director Paige Marshall has no idea what she is walking into when she works the summer choir camp. Paige, a struggling opera singer, is not well received by the choir students at Prospect Glen High. But before she has too much time to worry about it, she finds rival choir director, Greg Lucas, dead in the auditorium. The main suspect is one of Paige's most promising male vocal students but she doesn't believe he committed the crime and sets out to clear his name. She begins putting together a list of suspects including the victim's wife, his former best friend, and even the other teachers at the school. The more Paige digs into the murder, the more it looks like the murder is trying to kill a second victim-Paige. With a police detective who runs hot and cold, a gay theater teacher, and her Aunt Millie and her stuffed dogs, Paige needs to find the murder before she ends up his next victim. This was a fun book with a great cast of characters. We have Paige who is a strong, determined woman, her Aunt Millie who is the top selling Mary Kay salesperson in the midwest, Detective Mike who can't make up his mind weather to arrest Paige or date her, and the sexy theater teacher who may or may not be gay. Murder for Choir is a well written book that kept me guessing the identity of the muderer until the very end. With a few fun music scenes, a few steamy romance scenes, and a whole lot of trouble, this was a fast faced book for the musical mystery fan. I give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Waters

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn't finish the book; I gave up at the end of chapter 14. The heroine has been such an idiot (despite repeated warnings from the police detective) that the killer has come to the house of her 64-year-old aunt, with whom she is staying, and attacked the dog (mercifully the only living being in the house). The aunt has just come home from spending all night at the vet's with the dog, the dog is still there, and the heroine realizes that this is her fault. At this point--on the grounds that the I didn't finish the book; I gave up at the end of chapter 14. The heroine has been such an idiot (despite repeated warnings from the police detective) that the killer has come to the house of her 64-year-old aunt, with whom she is staying, and attacked the dog (mercifully the only living being in the house). The aunt has just come home from spending all night at the vet's with the dog, the dog is still there, and the heroine realizes that this is her fault. At this point--on the grounds that the detective has "to do things by the book"--she decides that she has to find the killer first. Even if this twit does find the killer (or get found by him, which is more likely), she'll probably have ruined any chance of prosecuting him. She's also missing the obvious fact that the detective knows what he's doing, while she's running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Life is too short.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellamae

    All the other characters were a great blend of personality & human flaws. Great work! Looking forward to reading more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    Ms. Charbonneau is a favorite author of mine to track. This new debut novel was very good and I really enjoyed it. A young Opera singer, Paige Marshall is living with her Aunt while trying to earn a living while awaiting being 'discovered.' The job is being an assistant coach of a school Show Choir. On Paige's first day at rehearsal, she stumbles upon the dead body of a rival school's leader. To her shock, one of her students is the number one suspect. Paige just knows this is wrong and sets out Ms. Charbonneau is a favorite author of mine to track. This new debut novel was very good and I really enjoyed it. A young Opera singer, Paige Marshall is living with her Aunt while trying to earn a living while awaiting being 'discovered.' The job is being an assistant coach of a school Show Choir. On Paige's first day at rehearsal, she stumbles upon the dead body of a rival school's leader. To her shock, one of her students is the number one suspect. Paige just knows this is wrong and sets out to discover the truth. The characters surrounding Paige are as varied and colorful as the most difficult aria and as complex an orchestration as can be heard. I enjoyed this book greatly and look forward to the next one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Cu

    My first cozy mystery i read... i love it! Paige... she is so stubborn funny young opera singer who is curiously wants to solve a murder case of Greg Lucas. She started solving case because of eric which she does believe this student wasnt a murderer. With the help of detective mike and co teacher devlyn, many people were possible a murderer including devlyn because of his ehem a "secret." (Which revealed to the end part... hehehehe) I will definitely recommend this good book, its so funny, fast p My first cozy mystery i read... i love it! Paige... she is so stubborn funny young opera singer who is curiously wants to solve a murder case of Greg Lucas. She started solving case because of eric which she does believe this student wasnt a murderer. With the help of detective mike and co teacher devlyn, many people were possible a murderer including devlyn because of his ehem a "secret." (Which revealed to the end part... hehehehe) I will definitely recommend this good book, its so funny, fast phase scenario and full of puzzle.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Candace Davidson

    Very suspenseful, what an ending!

  8. 5 out of 5

    AngryGreyCat

    First in a series and a new to me author, this A Glee Club Mystery seems like a Glee TV show spin-off. Paige Marshall is an aspiring Opera singer who has landed home between professional gigs and is currently teaching a high school competitive show choir. The atmosphere is cutthroat among the teaching staff and the students, eventually the pressure blows and someone ends up dead. Paige discovers the body and puts herself squarely in the sights of a killer. Fans of the TV show will pro

  9. 4 out of 5

    hpboy13

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a straight mystery, and it was fun to get back into the genre. The setting of high school show choir was definitely a big plus – I can both relate, and am endlessly amused by the absurdities of that world. The actual mystery is painfully obvious – I figured it out before the halfway point (p. 135) and never wavered from my conviction. But because of the fun setting, fun characters, and Charbonneau’s compelling writing style, I didn’t mind, and enjoyed reading the It’s been a while since I’ve read a straight mystery, and it was fun to get back into the genre. The setting of high school show choir was definitely a big plus – I can both relate, and am endlessly amused by the absurdities of that world. The actual mystery is painfully obvious – I figured it out before the halfway point (p. 135) and never wavered from my conviction. But because of the fun setting, fun characters, and Charbonneau’s compelling writing style, I didn’t mind, and enjoyed reading the entire book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    It started out a little slow for me, but I really enjoyed it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    Fun, quick ready with plenty of interesting characters. Would have liked a little more of the Glee Club though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Padgett Ratings

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Brad Ridley

    This plot deserves the extra star for originality both in plot and envisioning the new dimensions.

  14. 5 out of 5

    L. Treadwell

    The slower parts of the book are short enough that you don't get bored or lose sight of why the book had to slow down. The slower parts of the book are short enough that you don't get bored or lose sight of why the book had to slow down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristan

    This is truly an stupendous action-thriller.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Armida

    There is a great humor throughout.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiara

    The characters are easy to relate to.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen Oates

    Cute and light. Reminds me of Stephanie Plum.3 1/2 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karielle at Books à la Mode

    Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Prime (Penguin) Page Count: 294 Source: From JKS Communications, as part of the Murder for Choir book tour This glee competition is killer... Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. As their new coach, she's getting an icy reception from championship-hungry students who doubt she can take them to a first-pl Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Prime (Penguin) Page Count: 294 Source: From JKS Communications, as part of the Murder for Choir book tour This glee competition is killer... Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. As their new coach, she's getting an icy reception from championship-hungry students who doubt she can take them to a first-place victory. Toughing this gig out may prove harder than scoring her big break... Especially now that her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect Glen's fiercest rival choir. For Paige to clear his name, she'll have to sort through a chorus of suspects — and go note for note with a killer who'll do anything to knock her out of the spotlight for good... What Stephanie Thinks: The competition between show choirs is fierce, but Paige's struggle to fit in at her new teaching position — while juggling a murder mystery of which she discovered the corpse (just her luck!) — even fiercer in Murder for Choir. For the most part, Charbonneau's first of the Glee Club mysteries is an amusing, fast-paced read. I love cozy mysteries, and found Paige's opera background and the Prospect Glen High's community to be a fresh, yet very realistic setting. Paige never asked for any of it. All she wanted was a temporary job that would earn her enough to support her performer lifestyle. Her talent is renown — so what's she doing as an assistant choral director for snooty high school kids? Charbonneau wonderfully portrays the intimidation and desire for acceptance through Paige's relatively unworldly and clumsy eyes. While much of the interactions seem a bit exaggerated (I'm IN school, and have never encountered such rudeness that Paige deals with among her students), they do a good job at making her feel small, unwelcome. Add the murder of her rival director, an ill stream fate, and dose of curiosity (not to mention, hardheadedness), and yes, it might just be enough to do her over. The book moves very quickly and never gets boring — that's what I love. Paige's klutziness is adorable and her humor sharp — readers will enjoy her fresh, strong-willed perspective. What I didn't favor so much was the mystery plot itself. Right off the bat, numerous suspects are listed (as Paige has the tendency to butt into situations, including murder cases, that she is instructed to stay away from). Each character Paige meets is looked at with suspicion, which doesn't leave much of a surprise nor bang at the end, when the perpetrator is finally caught. I know Charbonneau probably did this to confuse the reader and expand the pond of potential killers, but to me, it just made the conclusion dull. I like to be caught off guard, even with cozy mysteries. Murder for Choir is a fun, well-written story, but the ending just isn't worthwhile. I don't have much to complain about regarding the writing. Charbonneau's style is acute, clever, and though a bit choppy, pleasantly straightforward. However, I didn't care for the structure of the book; it's too messy. All the events pass as a blur and none stand out significantly because the author crams too much into 294 pages. Paige attempts to solve anything and know everything, which in itself isn't a bad thing, but it does jumble the story a bit. I didn't like the inclusion of romance in this one either. Normally, I'm all for romance, but because there is no one prospect Paige is attracted to or attempts to pursue, it just adds on to the confusion. If her love interest was actually clear, it would have topped off Murder for Choir better. Heck, even if it had been expunged, and the mystery aspect of the book improved, Murder for Choir might have been better. There's a lot I'm criticizing here, but I'm just being picky, just recording the equation for my own ideal romantic cozy mystery *grin*. Despite my little disapprovals, Murder for Choir is light, witty book that I often found myself getting immersed in. Combining endless action with plenty of speculation, it's a crisp, modern murder mystery with a fearless heroine and a satisfying (though predictable) ending . Stephanie Loves: "Aunt Millie hoisted herself off her chair. 'Devlyn, would you like to join us? I'm making spaghetti and meatballs. I psychically sent Devlyn a message: Run. Save yourself. 'That sounds great. Thank you.' Either my psychic powers sucked or Devlyn was a glutton for punishment." — hilarious! Radical Rating: 7 hearts - Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    This review was originally posted on my blog on 29th July 2012, here The stage is set This novel was a great read. It was enjoyable and entertaining and gripping and it was honestly just one book that I found myself really liking. It was easy to read and the tension and mystery built throughout it which helped to keep me really interested in what was going on. Joelle has a way with words and I am now really looking forward to carrying on this series and also reading more of her work. This is a nov This review was originally posted on my blog on 29th July 2012, here The stage is set This novel was a great read. It was enjoyable and entertaining and gripping and it was honestly just one book that I found myself really liking. It was easy to read and the tension and mystery built throughout it which helped to keep me really interested in what was going on. Joelle has a way with words and I am now really looking forward to carrying on this series and also reading more of her work. This is a novel that I would quite easily recommend to other readers, especially those who love crime and mystery books. The performers take their positions If there was one thing that I really loved about this novel it was the characters. Paige was such a strong yet believable character. She had her weaknesses and her limits and she understood them and I know that some characters usually just don’t. She was driven and stubborn yet protective and curious and just friendly. She was always looking out for those she cared about, always trying to find loopholes. She was a great protagonist and really helped to make the story more interesting and entertaining. Which you know, is the key to most stories, isn’t it? My second favourite character in this book would have to be Mike. With the way he looks at Paige, that quirky smile and just the way he felt so realistic and brilliant was enough for me. There was one moment in the book where I just felt a little, “oh really? Umm... no.” But it was quickly over and didn’t change my entire opinion on him which was good. He was an entertaining character who helped to take away from the seriousness of the book. Aunt Millie was another fun character who was really helpful with advice – though not quite the romantic advice – and was just brilliant with her pink-covered everything and her little dog who hates everyone. The concert gets under way The plot of this book was incredible. It kept you guessing throughout the book as to what had actually happened. You were only ever given small details, never enough to put the whole entire thing together. It was fast-paced and really managed to keep the reader guessing. Even during the sub-plot parts of the novel, mentions of the on-going crime investigation crop up and become examined and it is this which helps to make this book more enjoyable, in my opinion. It allowed the author to include dynamic relationships and scenes that seemed to be of no consequence which made the book more fun and entertaining. It is clear that Joelle is a brilliant and talented writer and simply has a way of keeping the reader interested. This book never gets too serious as there is always something funny awaiting around the corner to keep you on your toes. She gives enough tension throughout the book and just manages to keep the flow of the book brilliantly. I loved the mystery of it and how it finally came to light as to who the murderer was. I did guess towards the end but it didn’t occur to me for some time – but maybe someone who has read more crime novels would have figured it out sooner, who knows? – but when I worked it out I wasn’t annoyed that I knew before Paige, I was just that much more involved. I urged her to take the right turn, to come to the right conclusion and to solve the murder that had turned her life upside down. The curtain lowers Overall this is a novel that was thoroughly entertaining. It was full of mystery and tension and left me feeling glad that I had picked it up. I am definitely looking forward to reading more about Paige and the other characters and knowing what else is going to happen. I liked the setting of the choir and how all of that rolled together. I think it really helped to make the book even more interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime novels and to anyone who likes everything glee club. It is directed at a more mature audience but I would say that older teens would definitely still enjoy this novel as much as I did. (I hope!)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Danie

    I'm going to divulge a little secret quickly, before I get to the review. I'm a total music junkie. I need to have some sort of music playing at all times, whether it's country, metal, rap, whatever. I listen to it and love it all. But my even bigger secret is that I love musicals. Go ahead, laugh. I can recite, word for word, Grease from beginning to end. Hairspray? Don't even get me started. When I found out my husband had never seen either of those, I almost went into shock and immediately pu I'm going to divulge a little secret quickly, before I get to the review. I'm a total music junkie. I need to have some sort of music playing at all times, whether it's country, metal, rap, whatever. I listen to it and love it all. But my even bigger secret is that I love musicals. Go ahead, laugh. I can recite, word for word, Grease from beginning to end. Hairspray? Don't even get me started. When I found out my husband had never seen either of those, I almost went into shock and immediately pulled them off our shelf so we could watch them. Now, when Glee came out, I wasn't really interested in yet - yes, it was a musical, but I wasn't really watching much TV at the time. My best friend said to me one day, "you know, I'm surprised you don't watch Glee, it seems like something you'd like." I simply shrugged it off. Until, one weekend, when I was doing a weekend-long babysitting stint while the parents were out of town, I was bored. The little one was asleep for the night and I needed something to do. So, I went on Hulu and watched one episode. The 'Furt' one, where Kurt's dad and Finn's mom get married. And from that point on, I became obsessed. I blame my best friend all the time, because I'm so in love with that show it's not even funny. Anyway, when I got an email about the blog tour for Murder for Choir, my heart skipped a beat. Murder mystery. Glee club. Books. Three of my favorite things, all combined into one. Of course I wanted to be on that tour. Paige Marshall is an out-of-work opera singer who takes a job at a high school teaching show choir. The kids aren't really big fans of her, she doesn't want to be a teacher, and she's living with her aunt and her aunt's poodle, nicknamed Killer. Basically, her life is nowhere near where she wants it to be. Teaching is supposed to just be temporary while she waits for an opportunity to get her career back on track. Until she finds the dead body of show choir coach at her school's biggest rival. From that point on, Paige becomes an amateur sleuth while she tries to figure out who killed him, all while dealing with her crazy aunt, putting together dance numbers, and trying to keep herself alive, because the killer wants her out of the way. This whole book was just perfect. From the very first sentence until the very last page, I loved it. Paige was an awesome heroine, and I loved that the author didn't make her turn out to be some kick-butt lady out of nowhere. For me, that's always a huge issue with some mystery books - the main character is just an average person, but by the end turns out to be kicking rear ends and taking names. That didn't happen with Paige, she was even afraid of a dog. All of this made me love her more and more. The plot was great. There was never really a moment where I said to myself, "come on, already, just figure out who the killer is!" Every part of the story was essential to keeping the whole thing together. And when I finally found out who the killer was, my jaw hit the floor. Totally unexpected, but once it came out, I started putting all the pieces together that had been there all along. I liked that I really couldn't solve the mystery until Paige did. The only thing I figured out was Devlyn's secret. I'm definitely going to be raving about this one for a while. It's currently sitting on my shelf with my favorite books, where I imagine it will sit for quite a while. This is definitely a book I can see myself re-reading - a rarity with mysteries because I already know how it ends. Murder for Choir was good enough that I just don't care, I'll read it again just to visit with all the characters again. More reviews can be found on my blog, Booktacular

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vilia

    Review from Backchatting Books "Murder for Choir" is the first in a Glee Club cozy mystery series. Some areas really sparkle while others need a bit more polish. Joelle Charbonneau capitalises on the Glee phenomenon which is something new for the cozy mystery world. Paige Marshall takes a job coaching a high school show choir as her opera singing career has stagnated. The choir gig isn't turning out how she had hoped as some kids and her co-workers don’t think she can cut it as a coach. Things de Review from Backchatting Books "Murder for Choir" is the first in a Glee Club cozy mystery series. Some areas really sparkle while others need a bit more polish. Joelle Charbonneau capitalises on the Glee phenomenon which is something new for the cozy mystery world. Paige Marshall takes a job coaching a high school show choir as her opera singing career has stagnated. The choir gig isn't turning out how she had hoped as some kids and her co-workers don’t think she can cut it as a coach. Things degenerate from there when a rival coach is murdered and one of her teenage tenors is suspected of doing the deed. I liked Paige as a character. Her reasons for investigating the crime were fairly flimsy (as is the case with most cozy mysteries) and her interference could have jeopardised the detective’s case but at least she had the foresight to share her knowledge with the police...after the event. She interrogates the suspects but seems to miss the fairly obvious one in front of her face. One of my pet peeves is when a character is repeatedly warned to stay at home, avoid the investigation etc but throws themselves into it instead. At one point Paige’s life is genuinely in danger so I would have appreciated a little more introspection on whether it is really worth investigating or better to let the trained police handle it. The aunt is suitably eccentric with taxidermy dogs strewn around the house and it added colour to the novel. I thought the love triangle could have been handled with more finesse as the old ‘he can’t really be interested in me as other people reckon he is gay’ trope was not really necessary nor was the ‘I know I shouldn't get involved with you but I can’t help but kiss you repeatedly’ trope. There are other ways the relationships could have been explored which would have been more effective. I also hope we aren't left in limbo with Paige's opinion for too many novels as that sort of indecisiveness is irritating. Where the novel really shines is the description of music, show preparation and characters that are willing to do anything to succeed in this fickle business. Charbonneau clearly knows her stuff. The mystery had some good red herrings but the killer was fairly easy to identify. At least it was a fun journey waiting for Paige to catch up and work it out. I enjoyed this book despite the familiar tropes and am looking forward to seeing how the next one turns out. I would like a bit more glee club in future novels as Charbonneau does that aspect quite well.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lovey Dovey Books

    Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books Murder For Choir is a cozy mystery that exceeded my expectations! I've never quite known what to think about mysteries; I love them but I always worry whether the facts and details will bore me or the suspense will just scare me to pieces. Fortunately, Joelle Charbonneau has captured my attention as a stellar author and made mystery one of my top favorite genres! Paige Marshall is a career performer turned show choir teacher. She's the new director for Prospe Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books Murder For Choir is a cozy mystery that exceeded my expectations! I've never quite known what to think about mysteries; I love them but I always worry whether the facts and details will bore me or the suspense will just scare me to pieces. Fortunately, Joelle Charbonneau has captured my attention as a stellar author and made mystery one of my top favorite genres! Paige Marshall is a career performer turned show choir teacher. She's the new director for Prospect Glen High School's Music in Motion team. It's not where she wants to be, but she sure makes the best of an unfavorable situation. Doing everything in her power to win her group over, she even resolves to solve the murder of a rival choir director. For the first book in a new series, Murder For Choir jumps right into the story without a lot of background information to lead in. It was surprising, but completely welcome, to get to know Paige in her present situation before learning about what led her to the Chicago suburb of Prospect Glen. Charbonneau doesn't leave readers hanging, though, inputting Paige's personal information as the story progresses. The biggest part of Paige's amateur sleuthing is that she takes the initiative. The lead detective on the case, Mike Kaiser, may have told her to keep her eyes and ears open, but Paige does more than that. She ferrets out clues and suspects all while preparing for the start of the school year. Her determination is unbelievable, especially since the murderer isn't too happy to discover Paige's investigation. Just about every character introduced is seen as a potential suspect so it's almost impossible to figure out the culprit until the end. I love feeling like I'm on the same level with the character, knowing facts as she learns them and putting the pieces together at the same moment. The story was already shaping up to be fantastic, but once Paige's love life got a little wild the story became even more superb!Murder For Choir doesn't only appeal to show tune and Glee fans, but mystery and suspense lovers, too. I'm looking forward to the next bout of trouble that blows Paige's way in the next installment, End Me A Tenor! *Novel provided in exchange for an honest review.*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    4.5 stars I have three words for y'all: Show. Choir. Mystery. HOW MUCH COOLER CAN YOU GET? And with Murder for Choir, Joelle Charbonneau delivers one awesome mystery that will keep you trying to work out all the pieces until the last minute. I love a good mystery. My obsession with mysteries began back when I cracked open my first Nancy Drew book and was further fueled by all the Trixie Belden books I read. Since then, I am always looking for the next mystery to read. And I definitely found it wit 4.5 stars I have three words for y'all: Show. Choir. Mystery. HOW MUCH COOLER CAN YOU GET? And with Murder for Choir, Joelle Charbonneau delivers one awesome mystery that will keep you trying to work out all the pieces until the last minute. I love a good mystery. My obsession with mysteries began back when I cracked open my first Nancy Drew book and was further fueled by all the Trixie Belden books I read. Since then, I am always looking for the next mystery to read. And I definitely found it with Murder for Choir. Paige Marshall is going to take the world by storm, as she is an awesome character and one heck of a sleuth. In addition to being pretty much obsessed with mysteries, I have an unhealthy obsession for show choir. As a singer, dancer, and actress, show choir was pretty awesome. Joelle Charbonneau perfectly captures all the drama and emotions that are caught up in it. I've known more than a few Chessies in my life, who is the egotistical talented girl of the choir. I loved that I was never really certain who to trust. I would become convinced that I had figured out who was the murderer, but a few chapters later I would find my allegiances shifting characters once again. Up until the last minute, the answers completely evaded me. I did figure out a few small pieces, but I loved the surprise that came at the end. The characters were all fabulous. I loved Paige - she was so head strong and just a really admirable character. Aunt Millie was a complete hoot! I loved her! She is one of those people I would love to meet in real life as she was always coming up with something new and unexpected. Devlyn was another character who I really liked - he was just so funny. Basically, Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau was a complete winner. It had a great mystery, a little bit of romance, and show choir. What more can you need? Anyone who wants a great mystery should pick this one up right away!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lignor

    The first in a brand new series, Murder For Choir is not only a fantastically fun plot, but it will also be a fan favorite. Seeing as that the TV show, Glee, is right up everyone’s alley right now, writing a new series that centers on a teacher and their students is almost like reading about old friends. Paige Marshall is an opera singer but is having a difficult time trying to land a singing role at the moment. Staying with her Aunt Millie who’s a Mary Kay representative, Paige accepts a job as The first in a brand new series, Murder For Choir is not only a fantastically fun plot, but it will also be a fan favorite. Seeing as that the TV show, Glee, is right up everyone’s alley right now, writing a new series that centers on a teacher and their students is almost like reading about old friends. Paige Marshall is an opera singer but is having a difficult time trying to land a singing role at the moment. Staying with her Aunt Millie who’s a Mary Kay representative, Paige accepts a job as an instructor/coach with the Show Choir in the town of Prospect Glen. The new teacher isn’t getting a great reception from the students, as they want to be champions in the competitions taking place in their area and they don’t think Paige is qualified to coach them. When Paige is on her way to see the director, Greg Lucas, she goes into the auditorium and finds it dark. All that’s visible is the Grand Piano up on the stage, and it looks as if there’s someone sitting on the bench. Walking toward it, Paige does find Greg - unfortunately, he’s been strangled by the microphone cord and is very, very dead. Paige’s best male singer is the main suspect, but she decides to go on the hunt for more people to investigate. Looking at a number of suspects, including the wife of the victim and his co-workers who didn’t like him all that much, she ends up coming into contact with a police detective who doesn’t appreciate her help. As Paige continues to dig, she begins to come to the notice of the killer and he/she has one thought in mind - how to eliminate the Glee Club teacher. This is a very smartly written book. The characters are a mixed bag including everyone from the kids in the choir to Paige’s Aunt Millie, who just loves that Mary Kay Pink Cadillac! A truly fun read that will have readers looking for Book Two as soon as they finish. Reviewed by Amy Lignor, author of “Tallent & Lowery - 13” and owner of The Write Companion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Paige Marshall has taken a job as a Glee Club Coach at Prospect Glen High School as she waits for the next big break to come along in her opera career. She thought professional auditions were rough but she quickly learns how cutthroat competition is for high school show choirs. These students expect to win a championship and don't believe Paige is the right coach for the job. Finding a rival coach dead does not help matters. Then one of her students becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. Paige Marshall has taken a job as a Glee Club Coach at Prospect Glen High School as she waits for the next big break to come along in her opera career. She thought professional auditions were rough but she quickly learns how cutthroat competition is for high school show choirs. These students expect to win a championship and don't believe Paige is the right coach for the job. Finding a rival coach dead does not help matters. Then one of her students becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. Paige decides she must do everything she can to help clear his name even if it means never hitting a high note again. Dollycas's Thoughts What a musical debut! This story has the perfect tempo and deserves a standing ovation. Like Glee, you will love this book! Like cozy mysteries, you won't be able to put this one down! Hate your choir director, this is the book for you! You can tell the author is very familiar with this subject matter, it just sings with that personal touch. Joelle Charbonneau has created a great cast of characters in a high school setting which as anyone knows is always full of drama. Paige has her hands full not only with the show choir kids, but her boss Larry, the Costume Designer Felicia, Detective Mike Kaiser, and her Aunt Millie too. Aunt Millie's antics will have you laughing until you are crying. Who knew one little cosmetics party could get so out of hand? Paige is also trying to make friends with her aunt's standard poodle that she calls "Killer". She has to get him to like her if she ever expects to eat again. Good thing she is a very determined woman. It will take more than a dead body and a dog poised to attack to knock her out of the spotlight. I am hoping Murder for Choir (A Glee Club Mystery) is the prelude to many more performances for Paige Marshall and her show choir. I have fallen hard for this cast and definitely demand an ENCORE!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alannah Davis

    Strong characterization and a hilarious, quirky writing style makes this cozy mystery just plain fun to read. Struggling opera singer Paige Marshall arrives at Prospect Glen High School as the new show choir coach. She expects the job from hell and gets even more than she bargained for - what with finding the dead body of a rival coach and all. Paige Marshall is extremely likable, which makes me want to throw my arms skyward and shout, "Hallelujah!" I've read quite a few cozies in the past couple Strong characterization and a hilarious, quirky writing style makes this cozy mystery just plain fun to read. Struggling opera singer Paige Marshall arrives at Prospect Glen High School as the new show choir coach. She expects the job from hell and gets even more than she bargained for - what with finding the dead body of a rival coach and all. Paige Marshall is extremely likable, which makes me want to throw my arms skyward and shout, "Hallelujah!" I've read quite a few cozies in the past couple of years, and too many of them had MCs I either actively disliked or simply didn't care about. I also enjoyed the cavalcade of supporting characters, from Aunt Millie AKA the Mary Kay supersaleswoman, to the pastel-wearing male drama teacher, to Killer the poodle. The only thing that bothered me is the students' instant looking down on Paige, in their assumption that she wouldn't take them to their much-desired championship. I'd assume they'd be happy that a professional show-business performer would be signed on as their coach. But then, what do I know? I was a band geek in high school. I know absolutely nothing about choir. I've never even seen "Glee" on TV. Anyway, I love love LOVE this book. I definitely plan to read more by the gifted Joelle Charbonneau. In fact, I'm jumping straight into book #2 in the Paige Marshall series, "End Me a Tenor."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Red Letter

    See what our readers had to say... Abby R. "As a fan of Glee (first season) and a lover of fluffy whodunits, I wanted to like this book so badly. And, in theory, it seems like it should be likeable — a charming enough lead, some well-written quirky side characters, show choir shenanigans … but despite these elements, I found myself really underwhelmed." Grade: C BakingSuit "It had it’s moments of humor, drama, a few small twists and a little bit of love which made it a quick read, but I felt like See what our readers had to say... Abby R. "As a fan of Glee (first season) and a lover of fluffy whodunits, I wanted to like this book so badly. And, in theory, it seems like it should be likeable — a charming enough lead, some well-written quirky side characters, show choir shenanigans … but despite these elements, I found myself really underwhelmed." Grade: C BakingSuit "It had it’s moments of humor, drama, a few small twists and a little bit of love which made it a quick read, but I felt like it was trying too hard to be a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich. I couldn’t help but feeling like it was the younger cousin of the cool girl trying to shine by mimicry, when really had she been herself, people would see how cool she was." Grade: C- Ninian "Sadly, there is nothing I can put my finger on to point to why I didn’t enjoy the novel, it just didn’t grab me. I found that I didn’t care which of the characters was the murderer, I didn’t particularly warm to anyone in the novel and I found them all rather flat." Grade: C- Read their full reviews here.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Connie N.

    What a fun cozy. I really liked the main character--not too crazy, not too cutesie, not too adventurous. She is a young and talented opera singer who has taken a job as show choir teacher "between performances." On her first day of show choir camp, a rival teacher gets murdered, so she becomes involved in the investigation. She is funny without being annoying, and her humor is fun without being overdone. I'll definitely read more by this author. An example of her sense of humor about food: "After What a fun cozy. I really liked the main character--not too crazy, not too cutesie, not too adventurous. She is a young and talented opera singer who has taken a job as show choir teacher "between performances." On her first day of show choir camp, a rival teacher gets murdered, so she becomes involved in the investigation. She is funny without being annoying, and her humor is fun without being overdone. I'll definitely read more by this author. An example of her sense of humor about food: "After six slices of pizza (they were small, I swear), Felicia and I tromped up the stairs..." Another quote that made me laugh, "Sitting here crying wasn't going to make things any better. I pulled on my favorite dark-wash jeans and a stretchy black T-shirt and went to find my toothbrush. It was hard to feel brave with morning breath." More fun, "They also decided I needed a trip to the hospital. As far as they could tell, the bullet had passed clean through the fatty part of my upper arm. Most likely there was no permanent damage done except to my pride. Hello? Fatty part?"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This was a fun read! It reminded me alot of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series. Although not quite as outrageously funny, it still was quite fun. First off, Paige is more than a little nosy and a certified go getter. She doesn't like to sit on her duff. At the same time she was endearingly not perfect. She's very easy to relate to since she is a very realistic character. No perfect makeup for her! She's even scared of her aunt's dog, Killer. She doesn't become perfect by the end of the boo This was a fun read! It reminded me alot of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series. Although not quite as outrageously funny, it still was quite fun. First off, Paige is more than a little nosy and a certified go getter. She doesn't like to sit on her duff. At the same time she was endearingly not perfect. She's very easy to relate to since she is a very realistic character. No perfect makeup for her! She's even scared of her aunt's dog, Killer. She doesn't become perfect by the end of the book. This fact alone made me like her alot. She also, like Stephanie Plum, has two hunks after her. Detective Mike is a cop with curly hair and a surly attitude. Sound familiar? Devlyn is a drama teacher who is gay....at least she thinks he is. It does not delve into the Glee tie in as much as the cover led me to believe. I'm rather glad for that, since its hard to knock off a singing show plot when you can't actually hear the music. The music is the draw of Glee in my opinion.

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