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Backstage murder
Freydont, Shelley.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
316 pages ; 19 cm
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"A Lindy Haggerty mystery"--Jkt.
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery

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It has been ten years since Lindy Haggerty and her dance shoes parted ways--but then a desperate call from an old friend gets her back into the Spandex and chiffon of the Jeremy Ash Dance Company. But when the aging diva, Carlotta, is killed in her dressing room, Lindy finds that the murder was a mere dress rehearsal for something deadlier to come.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Former dancer Freydont draws on her own professional experience in a solid debut that revolves areound the intrigues of a dance troupe. Lindy Haggerty left her successful dance career behind to raise a family in suburban New Jersey. Now the kids are out of the house, her husband's career has taken off and she's considering what to do next. Out of the blue, her former roommate, Biddy McFee, whom she hasn't seen in 10 years and who is now rehearsal director of the Jeremy Ash Dance Company, invites her to the company's opening performance. The reason for the urgency Lindy senses in Biddy's voice is all too evident when she arrives at the theater to find Biddy on crutches and poisonous backstage atmosphere. Freydont quickly sets her principals in place: Peter Dowd, the once-handsome and now strangely gaunt stage manager; Charlotta Devine, the diva from hell; young and gifted Andrea Martin; Alice Phelps, the costume mistress; the gorgeous Ash himself. Lindy's fears are confirmed when a batten falls from the wings and hits Andrea during the curtain call for Act One. Then Carlotta makes a monstrous scene backstage. In over her head, Biddy asks Lindy to assist her for a few days. On tour and working toward their New York opening, Biddy and Lindy are immersed in management and financial problems, which reach crisis proportions when the devious Carlotta is found murdered on her dressing-room floor. While some elements, such as the possibility of another man in Lindy's life, are too pat, Freydont tells a good story, keeps the reader guessing and sets the stage for a return engagement. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Lindy Haggerty pirouettes at a chance to reenter the exciting world of dance she left for a husband and family. Long-time friend Arabida McFee, now rehearsal director for a touring dance company, has asked her help in investigating some sabotage-type accidents during crucial dance rehearsals. Lindy subs with aplomb, finesses an aging and nasty diva, sniffs out financial irregularities, peers into a years-old possible attempted murder, then identifies a current murderer. Written by a former dancer, this new mystery offers a pleasant behind-the-scenes look at the world of dance, accompanied by a diversity of dancers, conflicts of character, and a leavening of humor. Recommended for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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