MURDER AT THE BALLET: DANCE OF THE DANGLING CORPSEThey all seem murderous, but maybe they’re just hungry. Half the company chain-smokes to keep their weight down, and as tempers flare, you’d better watch who you say, “Break a leg!” to.
Recently retired Wall Street exec T.S. Hubbert and the flamboyant fashionista amateur sleuth who’s his Auntie Lil have solved three murders when Auntie Lil becomes the newest member of the Metropolitan Ballet’s board of directors. For weeks Auntie Lil has dragged T.S. to every dance performance in the city, and the season is about to peak with The Nutcracker when the promising ballerina whose scholarship Lil’s been sponsoring has her plum role snatched away.
The board is swayed by the box office appeal of a sixteen-year-old Hollywood heart-throb who wants to dance the role of the Nutcracker, and the boy’s manager father demands Lil’s protégé be replaced lest all the publicity go to her instead of his son. Although Auntie Lil’s is the only dissenting vote, apparently, she’s not the only one displeased with the board’s decision – the father’s body is discovered swinging from the rope of the First Act curtain at The Nutcracker’s Gala Opening.
Auntie Lil’s recent detective successes make her a natural to run damage control for the board by investigating the murder. In order to check out a couple of suspects, Lil takes her first ballet class in all her sprightly eighty-four years, along with her gentleman friend, Herbert Wong. Less suited to flying leaps than to flying leaps of imagination, it’s unlikely she’ll keep up the lessons, but Herbert is totally hooked.
Meanwhile, T.S. is making good use of his retirement by studying ballroom dancing to impress his lovely lady friend Lilah Cheswick, leaving Auntie Lil to do the heavy lifting on this one, while Theodore and Herbert keep sneaking off for dance lessons...and martinis. The entire crew of geriatric super sleuths has dance fever!
This witty and urbane amateur detective team recalls the cozy charm of Golden Age mysteries like those showcasing Miss Marple and her distinguished silver-haired colleague--Miss Silver, Miss Seeton, Mrs. Pollifax, and Jessica Fletcher. Fans of these memorable women sleuths, as well as of modern-day cozy writers like Dorothy Cannell, Carolyn Hart, M.C. Beaton, Joanne Fluke, Jana DeLeon, and Alexander McCall Smith will be captivated!
From the Inside Flap
Lil is delightfully feisty."<br>--Publishers Weekly<br>THE MURDER IS A SHOWSTOPPER.<br>At the high point of the Metropolitan Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, a hanged body swings across center stage. The body belongs to show business hotshot Bobby Morgan, father of the production's child star. There's chaos among the dancers and in the boardroom. The media go wild.<br>Only octogenarian board member Auntie Lil remains calm, as alert as a cat at a mouse hole, ready to pounce on a killer. But she and her nephew T. S. Hubbert have their work cut out, because it's soon clear that most people thought hanging was too good for Morgan, whose specialty was settling old scores.<br>Dancers, board members, backstage crew--all had the motive and the opportunity to kill. But only one of them had the nerve. Fast thinking and fancy footwork lead Auntie Lil to the truth--and a pas de deux with a murderer. . . .<br>"GRAY'S WRITING STYLE IS . . . DELIGHTFUL."<br>--Associated Pre