- File Size: 609 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (April 3, 2007)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2007
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001O4SCUQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price set by seller.
Tutu Deadly (A Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mys) Kindle Edition
|Length: 248 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
Kindle e-ReadersFire TabletsFire Phones
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
"Tutu Deadly" is a pretty good debut cozy mystery. Author Natalie M. Roberts does use a few of the standard cliches for a cozy mystery - cute, single woman struggling to make her dream job profitable (I kept thinking "why doesn't she charge more for dance lessons?"), who stumbles across a murder that threatens her livelihood, and the hunky police detective who initially suspects her but then sets out to clear her name. But Roberts manages to add some fresh twists that help make this book enjoyable. First is Jenny herself - she is laugh out loud funny at times, especially when she mangles phrases, but her love for dance and her sincere concern for Taylee is what makes her a great character. Having the book set in the world of a dance school with its psycho dance moms is another great touch (and provides plenty of suspects). While there is a lot of humor in the book (the whole sub plot with Jenny's friend James not being able to tell his mother he is gay is especially hilarious) there are enough serious moments to keep the book from being too light and fluffy. The mystery itself is well plotted with lots of twists and turns. There are a lot of little plots going on in the book (almost too many) and readers will have a hard time figuring out who the murderer is. Roberts deserves credit for not wrapping everything up happily in the end, since real life isn't like that.
"Tutu Deadly" isn't too too bad.
Somehow things begin to change with the poisoned cookie dough, the death of a dance-mom, and the disappearance of her star student. The supporting cast of characters is comparable to those in the Stephanie Plum series, minus one Grandma Lazur, because who can compare to her.
I really enjoyed the plot, and was guessing to end of the who-done-it. I can't wait to catch up with Jenny and her crew again.
There's a lot to like in this book: the humor is great, although I agree with the reviewer who said the jokes about Jenny not having enough to eat wear thin (hee-hee) after the third re-telling. And Jenny is immensely likeable, even though some of her dippiness here and there (like the confusion about cliches even though English is her first language) is a bit hard to swallow. She also has a few "too stupid to live" moments that clearly only exist to further the plot.
Tate Donovan is a sexy, interesting couterpart to Jenny, but their romance remains underdeveloped. That's probably because the series will continue, so no happily ever after was possible at this point. But I still thought the blurbs on the front promising a steamy romance overstate what actually occurs between them.
The author also does a great job setting the scene and describing life in a small Utah town. But there were a few times when my attention lagged, especially when the author drifted in and out of these long passages explaining things that had happened in the past that weren't especially relevant to the plot. There seemed to be a bit of padding taking the place of real character or plot development-- i.e. things sometimes seemed random or scattered. Bottom line for me: the book could have been more tightly edited.
And finally, I wasn't in love with the mystery. It was a little weak and the solution, when we finally get there, isn't particularly compelling.
That said, this is a promising start to a new series with an appealing heroine.
Dance Instructor, Jenny T. Partridge is getting her troops ready for her annual 'take' on the Nutcracker ballet. While she is feverishly attempting to work with the children and calm the psycho Dance Moms, a murder occurs. The murder points directly to Jenny until she, herself, is attacked. Why was one of the Moms murdered, why was Jenny set up and does Detective Tate have a chance with her?
This story had more action and humor in it than I've read in a while. Jenny, is only trying to eke out a living and has to find ways to eat until 'tuition' day. There was tainted cookie dough fundraisers, bombings, physical attacks, shot missionaries and more in this tightly written tale of life in Ogden, Utah.
I will look up this author and hope she continued the series.
Most recent customer reviews
There was some insight into what it must be like to be a dance teacher and
what it is like to live...Read more
My only complaints were that I didn't need a daily countdown (multiple times, at...Read more
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
Customers who bought this item also bought
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > United States
- Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy
- Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Women Sleuths
- Books > Romance > Romantic Suspense
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Mystery & Suspense > Mystery