It’s been a long time since I’ve done a book review — I honestly haven’t had time to read!! I’m bummed because after my last review, I received Murder at Castle Rock — and didn’t have the time to read it until now!!! Long story short, I loved it — it reminded me of Stephanie Bond’s Body Mover series, but with a rock music venue instead of Neiman Marcus.
In author Anne Marie Stoddard’s Atlanta, there’s a music venue called Castle Rock — and manager Amelia Grace has booked the heart-throb of her teenaged years, Bobby Glitter, for a week of three shows and the filming of his comeback DVD. When Bobby Glitter shows up a wasted wreck, Amelia has to make sure the show still goes on — even though her boss & venue owner, Parker, is also giving her problems — he’s become uncharacteristically handsy with the female staff. Against all the odds, Amelia gets Bobby on the stage and Parker under control… that is, until Parker takes a dive from the Castle’s tower.
When Amelia’s best friend and co workers at Castle Rock all become the police’s prime suspects in Parker’s early demise, she has no choice but to investigate on her own. Fortunately she has the help of the hunky new tech for the local rock station, Tony, even though Glitter’s even hunkier bassist is warning her to stay out of it.
Like Heavy Mental, this is another indie cozy mystery novel with a fresh twist – Rock ‘n Rock. Amelia definitely isn’t your typical cozy mystery protagonist, she’s not a divorced middle-aged woman who cooks and bakes all the time. Instead she’s a music lover who was never the cool kid in school, or the girl who the guys adore, and she’s still slightly uncomfortable with those facts. She is however fiercely loyal, even though it puts her in danger.
The characters were well-developed, from the college box office intern to the washed up Bobby Glitter. As was the plot — I honestly didn’t see the ultimate conclusion coming. Anne gave just enough hints to keep me intrigued. It seems like first novels can be a bit overkill with the character details and lacking in plot development, but Anne had the perfect mix. At no point did the book seem to drag on, there was plenty of action and plot turns. Honestly the only thing I didn’t like was the font used for the title and chapter heads — which is just me being a graphic design nerd! And I can’t justify taking a star away just because of that 😉 Five out of five!
I received a copy of this book for free from the author, which did not influence my opinion.