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Despite its contemporary setting, Dams's enjoyable 13th Dorothy Martin mystery (after 2012's The Corpse of St. James's) features many hallmarks of the traditional British cozy. Retired American teacher Dorothy is vacationing in Wales with her husband, Alan Nesbitt, who is a retired chief constable, along with some young friends-one of whom will perform at a music festival being held at Flint Castle. Classical choral music and a renowned conductor are anticipated, but the fluke accident that takes a choir member's life is not. After a similar fatal incident, Dorothy and Alan work with local police to investigate the deaths. Dams unfolds her plot with a sure hand, but music takes center stage. The story sometimes threatens to turn into melodrama, but the characters always have time for a pint or a cup of tea before the line into absurdity is crossed. Anglophiles, music lovers, and cozy readers will sing "alleluia." Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The latest Dorothy Martin mystery finds the retired American schoolteacher (now living in England ) and her husband, former copper Alan Nesbitt, invited to a Welsh music festival. Excitement turns to concern when a passenger on a tour boat falls to his death. Later, when one of the music festival's performers dies under similar circumstances, Dorothy realizes it's time to start sleuthing. Like earlier series volumes, this one is firmly in the Agatha Christie mold: a mystery, a cast of likely suspects, an interesting setting, a brook-no-foolishness heroine. Sure, it's a pretty strict formula, but a Dorothy Martin novel always delivers good fun for lovers of traditional mysteries.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist