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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
Violinist and member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Midori Bishop has always been the inquisitive type. When Mr. Major, one of the Philharmonic’s benefactors suddenly dies during the orchestra’s open-night reception event, Midori suspects foul play.
Returning to the scene of the crime the next day, her suspicions are upheld when the police are sniffing around. And with the results of a pending toxicology results confirmed, Midori’s desire to find out who killed Mr. Major goes in to overdrive.
Can she find out the true killer, amidst all of the red herrings, and before the killer finds her?
Midori Bishop is a determined, young woman, who unfortunately is also too nosy for her own good, and can’t let things lie.
She seems to love a good puzzle, and what’s better to solve than a murder, even though her friends try everything to dissuade her.
Her personal relationship plays out though out the book as a side plot, but I was unsure how I felt about it. I can’t say that I enjoyed the relationship plot that much, and it was baffling at times.
I liked the way that the story is full of sub-plots and red herrings to throw you off the scent of the real killer, time and time again.
The book is more than just your usual detective-type book, with it’s musical and romantic elements running alongside the main plot, it felt different to other similar novels.
I didn’t realise that this book book was actually ‘part-two’ in a series, though it didn’t really matter, as this book worked as a standalone, just as well.
An enjoyable read, though I had worked a lot of the clues out along the way for myself, before they were revealed.
Reviewed by Stacey at Whispering Stories Book Blog