A Motive for Murder (Hubbert & Lil Cozy Mystery Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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The murder takes place in the midst of a performance by a New York City ballet company. Star is the teen-age movie idol who was once less than a star student of the ballet school of the Company. His father, his manager, has reneged on a contract with a Hollywood producer, forcing the latter to the brink of bankruptcy, in order to have his son appear in New York. It is in the nature of the father to create a storm of hard feeling through his imperious demands and egotistical behavior. The result: disruption of the first appearance by the young Hollywoodian.
Into the chaos caused by bad publicity for the Company comes Auntie Lil, a member of the Board of Directors, who has herself appointed representative sleuth for the Company, to show its intense concern with regard to the whole business. Oh, yes, concomitant with the major plot point, there is an apparent incident of racial discrimination on the part of the Company when it complied with the Star's father's demand that the female lead be played by someone other than the lead female dancer. On this front, too, Auntie Lil, the octogenarian, with the help of her nephew, takes a forceful hand.
The plot is well-handled, the setting interestingly delineated, the characters individualized not stereotyped to more than a slight degree, and the writing quite professional. The book is the product of the "old" publisher edited system.
I found it quite enjoyable and certainly among the better books appearing at the lower price level on Kindle.