Frommer explores the nuances of family relationships in her well-plotted seventh Joan Spencer mystery.... She uses dialogue effectively to highlight each characters individuality.
Joan Spencer, the viola-playing protagonist of Frommers small-town Indiana mysteries, doesnt look for trouble but it keeps finding her, when her long lost brother returns for her daughters wedding and her mother-in-law is involved in a murder case.
Joan Spencers toughest problem usually is the temperamental conductor of the symphony orchestra she plays for and manages in Oliver, Indiana, where folks hardly even lock their doors. Joans daughters toughest problem is planning a simple wedding without the interference of her future mother-in-law-from-hell. But when Joans ex-con brother comes early to the wedding, danger invades her safe haven. Then bloody murder takes place, and her policeman-husbands mother is a suspect.
Booklist called a previous Joan Spencer mystery a neatly plotted cozy filled with deft touches
The series has a basic intelligence and warm charm. And PW said Frommer is a Paganini of prose.
Sara Hoskinson Frommer lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her retired professor husband. A longtime viola player in the towns symphony orchestra, Frommer now writes for and tutors adult new readers. She has written seven Joan Spencer mysteries and won the Readers Choice Award for Murder & Sullivan.
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