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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?

©2016 Cindy McDonald (P)2017 Cindy McDonald

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A Fun Book to Listen Too.

Maren Swenson Waxenburg did a great job narrating Murder on Pointe. It was a fun to listen to how Fiona kept getting in trouble. Great book to listen too.

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Take a Breath!

I’m giving the story 3 stars because the narrator made it impossible to listen to it long enough to make an actual judgement. I assume that somewhere in the first 20 minutes is a period. Surely the whole story isn’t written as one unbroken narrative with no punctuation, but you wouldn’t know it from this narrator. She surely is a woman in a hurry. I won’t be trying anything else from her.

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A Murder of a ballerina

In Murder on Pointe by C.S. McDonald, Fiona Quinn goes to the ballet to watch her long-time friend, Silja, perform the lead role in Coppelia as a special doll made by a toy maker played by Fiona and Silja’s ballet instructor.
The morning show goes beautifully, after which the friends go to lunch and discuss the conflict among the cast, with several people fighting over important roles. Returning to the theater, the pair find one of the lead dancers murdered, struck from behind with a heavy object. A homicide detective, Nathan Landry, comes to the theater, and Fiona finds him very attractive. Then, at 3 a.m., Detective Landry brings Silja to Fiona’s house after someone has attacked Silja in a manner similar to the attack on the murdered ballerina in the theater garage. Concerned that someone is targeting ballerinas, Detective Landry asks Fiona to go undercover for him as a ballerina, despite the fact that Fiona has not danced in years after a skiing accident that cut short her ballet career.

This book was an enjoyable light read. The setting of a ballet is one I’ve never come across in a mystery, but it did not require any understanding of the style of dance. It allowed me a nice chance to have a casual cute read. The one incongruity is the references to Fiona’s ghost grandmother who helps her out. That supernatural element doesn’t fit in with the rest of the book, which is natural. Then it gets silly and ridiculous.

Maren Swenson Waxenberg narrates the audio edition of this book. While sufficient, the performance did not especially impress me. She reads the book with much less expression than typical audiobook readers, and the words seem to run together, in particular with very little pause between sentences. The performance detracted from the story too. I almost gave up on the book when I started it because the narration didn’t appeal to me, but I’m glad I stuck with it because the book was a nice read, though I did not like the ending.

I enjoyed Murder on Pointe for the most part, as it kept me entertained. But I did not find the ending very satisfying. The behavior of the murderers seemed unrealistic, and Fiona’s behavior towards the criminals was pretty farfetched. This conclusion was unsatisfying, making me change my rating of the book from the four stars I intended to give it to three stars.

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  • Jacqueline Kirk
  • 07-06-17

Fiona is a loveable chatterbox

I am glad these books are now available on Audible, I have already reviewed Waves of Murder, the book after this one, and put it on Goodreads I will copy it on to Audible. Even though I read the books in the wrong order it did not spoil my enjoyment of this story. This book has a creative and unusual plot that causes a merging of very different worlds and Fiona finds herself mixed up in murder as a consqeuence. Yes, as the title suggests it involves ballet, but not in the way you think. Fiona, the main protagonist is very loveable probably because she has some minor flaws that are instantly forgivable and actually make her more likeable.The story keeps you guessing "who done it" right until the end. There are some surprise touches that I won't mention because they would spoil the story but they add to the enjoyment of the book. The narrator Meren Swenson Waxenberg is superb. As we dedicated Audiobookers know, the narrator is almost as important as the story and Ms. Swenson Waxenberg is now on my list of narrators to watch out for.
This book is perfect for a relaxing read. It will also make a long journey more enjoyable or any chore you're doing more pleasant.

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