Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Five memorable mysteries for performing arts lovers

Lynn Slaughter is addicted to chocolate, the arts, and her husband’s cooking. After a long career as a professional dancer and dance educator, she earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

Her award-winning novels include Deadly Setup and Leisha’s Song. She is also the author of It Should Have Been You, a Silver Falchion finalist, and While I Danced, an EPIC finalist.

The ridiculously proud mother of two sons and grandmother of five, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky where she is at work on her next novel and is an active member and former president of Derby Rotten Scoundrels, her local Sisters in Crime chapter.

Slaughter's new novel is Missed Cue.

At CrimeReads she tagged five memorable mysteries for performing arts lovers, including:
The Turnout by Megan Abbott

If your reading tastes run to the darkly hypnotic, you’ll be entranced by Megan Abbott’s The Turnout. Siblings Dara and Marie Durant grew up dancing in their mother’s dance school, which they inherited after their parents’ tragic car accident. Along with Charlie, Dara’s husband and once their mother’s prize student, the sisters now run the school together and are busily preparing for the school’s annual Nutcracker performances.

The trio appears to operate as a smooth team managing their young students with aplomb. But when they hire a charismatic, barrel-chested contractor to repair the damage from a fire in one of the studios, their unity is disrupted. Marie begins a passionate affair with the contractor, and it soon becomes evident that he has his own agenda for the studio building, as well as the stately home the trio has inherited.

In this beautifully disturbing portrait of a troubled family, Abbott moves between the past and present to reveal a web of long held secrets and abuse that culminate in murder. Along the way, she vividly evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of a dance school filled with competitive young people eager for a future in ballet at almost any cost.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue