It’s Opening Night at the Ballantyne Foundation’s production of The Nutcracker, but it’s curtains for the Sugar Plum Fairy. When her body is found backstage, fatally poisoned by a cupcake she baked herself, rumors turn to suicide. But Elli Lisbon, director of the Ballantyne and coordinator of the ballet, smells something rotten amidst the sugar and spice. As Elli applies her PI-in-training skills on the troupe of suspects, she discovers an eccentric herbalist, a temperamental chef, a stalking choreographer, and a bevy of backstage secrets. Between her off-the-record investigation, duty as director, and highly charged love life, she finds herself caught in a dance to stay one pirouette ahead of a half-baked killer.
Bubby: This is book #3 in the Elliot Lisbon “humorous mystery” series. We have newly discovered the delight that is the writing of Kendel Lynn, so for us, Book #3 is book #1. I fully intend to go back and read books one and two, however (Board Stiff and Whack Job, respectively). I can’t wait to learn more about the history of the Ballantyne Foundation and get some insight into Elli’s tumultuous romantic life – she has two men fighting over her, you know. And she chooses one at the end of Swan Dive but I won’t reveal which!
Sissy: Swan Dive is full of wacky but lovable characters, especially ones involved with the Ballantyne Foundation. Elli encounters some really interesting people during her investigation of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s murder and I have to admit I had no idea who the culprit was until all was revealed.
Bubby: I THOUGHT I knew who the killer was. I was so very wrong. And you KNOW that doesn’t happen hardly ever! Mrs. Armchair Detective, that’s me.
Sissy: Wait! Could you write that in calligraphy (the “I was wrong” part, I mean) so that I could frame it and hang it up in my new office?
Bubby: Nope. Making an incorrect hypothesis about the identity of a fictional killer is one thing. Letting you assume that I am not correct when I tell you that you are wrong is quite another. No framed calligraphy for you!
Sissy: Right. Let’s get back to the “how you were wrong” part. Since Swan Dive takes us on a crazy journey through the inner workings of a non-profit foundation, the back stages of a ballet company and the set of a cooking competition show (think H*ll’s Kitchen), it’s no wonder you had a senior moment, Bubby, and couldn’t figure out whodunnit. This book is such a fun and intriguing read, and I highly recommend it!
Bubby: I am waaaaaay too young to have senior moments. Never speak of it again. On the other hand, I do sometimes agree with Sissy, and this is one of those times! Read it!
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