When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for Chapel of Ease, an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show's writer and composer. As their friendship deepens, Matt learns that Ray's people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated hometown. But there is one question in the show's script that Ray refuses to answer: What is buried in the ruins of the Chapel of Ease?
As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows and spies on Ray. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.
Matt and the cast are distraught, but there's no question of shutting down, and the run quickly sells out. Matt volunteers to take Ray's ashes back to Needsville, where he hopes to understand more about the play and uncover the secret that Ray took to his grave.
Matt's journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.
©2016 Alex Bledsoe (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Great addition to the Tufa series, especially for a musical theater geek. Stefan Rudnicki is masterful, as usual.
Yes, this is a Series with four editions so far. No, you do not have to read the previous to enjoy the one you are reading. The mysterious appalachian music, heritage and custom draws you in with every word.
The Tufa Novels
The Hum and the Shiver: Book 1
Wisp of a Thing: Book 2
Long Black Curl: Book 3
Chapel of Ease: Book 4
There are also four short stories.
The audible narrator's dark chocolate voice brings it all to life. Stefan Rudniki could read anything and add character and color.
When I get a Bledsoe story on audible, I always know it's good. I wish the narrator's voice wasn't so deep, but he did a great job with this book in particular.
The best Tufa novel yet. Serious, moving, amusing and magical what more could you want?
"not his best"
not as good a story as his others. found myself cringing at points. bit disappointing.
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