AUDIOBOOK REVIEW + Autographed Book - Murder on Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald
Book Title: Murder on Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery #1
Author: C.S. McDonald
Category: YA Fiction, 219 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: McWriter Books
Release date: Jul 19, 2016
Content Rating: G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone--adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)
Fiona can't wait to attend the performance of Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Her old friend, Silja Ramsay, is dancing the principal role. They have dinner after the show, but when they return Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is down one dancer! Ballerina, Alexis Cartwright, has been found dead in the dressing room. Is this murder a result of hot tempers among the cast members? Or is it a random act of violence? Will there be more murders? Homicide Detective Nathan Landry isn't taking any chances. After finding out Fiona has a strong background in ballet, he recruits her to go undercover among the cast of Coppelia. Can Fiona help catch a killer, or will she be the next victim?
As part of this book tour, I had the opportinity to read the entire series.
I am a huge fan of CS McDonald’s Owl Nest Mystery series and jumped at the chance to read this one! Murder on Pointe is the first book in the Fiona Quinn mystery series. The author’s background as a professional dancer shines through as this story is told from an insider’s perspective that only someone involved would know.
I took dance lessons briefly as a young child and restarted again in junior high through high school. This book took me back to my dancing days and was an enjoyable tale that kept me engaged from start to finish. This cozy mystery is fun and quick listen. I was immediately hooked. The author did an excellent job of weaving together a complex story while throwing in so many red herrings, I suspected everyone!
I enjoyed the dynamic between Fiona and her friend Silja. They are a delightful pair and I hope to see her in future books. Their characters were supported by an eclectic cast of characters that bring depth and hilarity to this story.
The narrator did an excellent job of bringing this story to life and hope she narrates future books! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced mystery and the world of dance.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries includes nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg.
Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh and the female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Nest Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy!
Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.
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