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I received a copy of this story from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Our protagonist, Midori has penchant for getting entangled in some murder investigation and end up in mortal danger. This time, it is the death or rather the murder of the Philharmonic orchestra’s patron, Mr.Major. Given that she was present in the scene, she is intrigued and begins her own private investigation. More than investigation, she sort of pieced in all the evidence and brainstormed a possible solution.
Though the story pretty much followed the typical sequence of events – the murder, the suspect list by the protagonist, the investigation and finally the murderer is caught. In spite of following a conventional story board, the book had ample twists and turns that were more character related than that of an event related. In sense, the more than the actions by the character resulting in a twist, the layering of the characters brought in more twists. Apart from the mystery element, the story also had a couple of romantic threads. Of course, the initial thread of that of Aaron seemed a bit less developed in this book. When I realized that this is the second book in the series, while looking up details to post the review, the lack of depth in that part of the story seemed justified. Also Midori’s relationship with her best friend JT seemed to lack depth. May be we would see more of it in the next book given that it is a series. Apart from these two wee bit minuses, other characters had the depth that was required for the story.
MY SAY: A pretty conventional mystery.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5 (lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
Midori is a violinist in the Point Grey Philharmonic and she also teaches violin from a studio in the home of her best friend, JT (and his dog, Finnegan). On opening night, the orchestra's reception becomes the scene of a murder, when Mr. Major, one of the major benefactors of the orchestra, collapses and dies. Once Midori learns that Mr. Major did not die from natural causes, her curiosity gets the best of her and she does some investigating on her own.
In addition to the murder mystery, Midori also has some romantic complications. The story flowed well and I felt there was a good mix of suspects throughout. Midori is an intelligent sleuth, though she sometimes didn't seem to have much common sense. She would blurt things out in front of people she suspected of murder and would get herself into dangerous situations. I wasn't sure how the story was going to play out, and that is always a good thing in a cozy mystery. Death in A Major by Sarah Fox kept my attention and I felt it was worth my time reading. I wanted to see Midori solve the case. I felt a little let down by the ending - I felt there were things in Midori's personal life that I didn't get to see resolved. I would read the next book in the series to see if that would happen.
I received an advanced ebook for review purposes. My honest review is contained herein and is not influenced in any way.
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