SilverRose on October 1, 2016
I finished DEATH IN THE CHOIR in two days. It is a page-turner filled with suspense, prompting the reader to continue on until the answer to the mystery is revealed.
The writing style is lively and colorful, a suitable counterpart to the heroine of the tale. While it is a story told from a third person point of view, the writing was filled with such personality as to give the impression that Francesca Bibbo was responsible for it. As to be expected from such a wonderful Italian name, Francesca is an enjoyable protagonist with her own fun idiosyncrasies. I especially appreciated how random thoughts circled through her mind, on display for the reader. Her spirited and distinctly feminine personality lends an appealing bent to the story. While this story is, in some respects, a light book perfect for those who want to curl up on a winter day with hot chocolate, it is not shallow or too "light". Within her fun personality and zest for life is a heroine who cares deeply about others. I loved her devotion to St. Joseph and was deeply moved by her grief, as she tries to find happiness after the death of her husband. Francesca Bibbo is a courageous soul on top of everything else.
The atmosphere of the choir seemed almost like a character in and of itself. It is the perfect backdrop to an unfolding mystery. Each member of the choir was well-drawn, like they were people in real life, and led to both humorous and dramatic moments.
As a warning, there are some sexual references. Nothing graphic, but I would advise that parents take a look first.
All in all, a cute and fun story and engaging narrative!
Quick and Enjoyable
James G. Bruen Jr. on April 24, 2013
A well-plotted mystery focused on the members of a choir in a Catholic parish outside Atlanta, Death in the Choir is a quick and enjoyable read. Suffused with gentle humor, some of which involves differences within the Catholic Church, the story moves along at a good pace and rarely employs forced elements (one eavesdropping scene struck me as a bit strained). The characters are believable, the clues aren't transparent, and all loose ends are tied up neatly without a lengthy explanatory speech.
If you enjoy mysteries, Death in the Choir is well worth reading (unless you are looking for hardboiled or noir mystery).
Clean and Interesting
Kenneth Blackmer on August 5, 2015
It's not often I can find a book that can hold my interest and not offend me with awful language at the same time. I generally have to choose one or the other. I really liked the way Catholic values were emphasized and the use of prayer while still portraying real people with real flaws.