Death of a Chorus Girl by P. M. Briede

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    The murder mystery is very intriguing, with no shortage of sleezy, unlikable suspects, but no easy solutions to the whodunit side of the story. I love a good thriller/mystery and this not only delivers, it exceeds any in recent memory of such a large pool of suspects I would like to be the guilty party simply because they are so brilliantly dislikable.

    When Detective Richard Giordano walks onto the Broadway stage, he expects to find a young, dead chorus girl. Having the show’s choreographer so intricately tied to the victim, and now his case, is something else altogether. What quickly becomes even more troublesome is balancing his attraction with his gut instincts.

    The choreographer, Empathy Delacroix, is no stranger to death. Emotional scenes from the past suck her in and force her to play critical roles in the events. They often culminate in her experiencing the victim’s demise. It’s a secret she can’t confide in the police, even if she knows how the chorus girl’s life really ended.

    Time ticks by and New York’s vilest players come out of the shadows, not only threatening to detour the case but also Detective Giordano’s and Empathy’s entire lives. The bonds of death and love push them closer together and into the path of a killer, leaving both unsure of what their future holds.

    Review by oktravelchick:

    P. M. Briede
    P. M. Briede

    The opening story in the Empathy Delacroix series (aka: the story of Em and Richard).

    Em (Empathy) is a choreographer for Broadway/off-Broadway shows.

    Richard (prefers to be called Rich, but annoying people call him versions of Dick) is a detective for the NYPD.

    When Rich and his partner, Steve, investigate the (possible) murder of a chorus girl during a practice rehearsal, Rich feels an instant connection and immense attraction to the choreographer – Em.

    What if Em is a suspect though? Any relationship attempts have to occur after Em is no longer a suspect.

    Oh, the tangled webs in this story! There were so many people I wanted to shake, and others I wanted to punch in the face! I always love the way Ms. Briede makes the characters into flesh-and-blood people, with complicated emotions and stubborn pride and mistakes.

    This book is told in alternating first-person perspectives from Em and Rich. The great part is that Ms. Briede labels each section/chapter with whose perspective the part is told from, and a small little heading as well. I enjoyed this, as it made it simple for me as the reader to know which person’s thoughts and emotions I was reading.

    While there is a tiny bit of a paranormal edge, I would dismiss that and place it under a complicated contemporary romance-ish with elements of extreme suspense. Yes, it is hard to place into one category!

    Detective Richard Giordano is my new book boyfriend!

    I can tell you how much I enjoyed it, and how I can barely stand to wait until book 2 releases (hopefully soon!). Keep in mind that this is a trio of books, and this book 1 does leave you in the middle of the story – so be prepared!

    Review by LaDonna:

    Whether you want to call it a romance with a side of mystery or a thriller with a romantic side you have a 5 star story in both genres.

    I will start my review with a notation that I am not a big fan of “paranormal” but PM Briede weaves the paranormal aspects into this so seamlessly that you will forget that there is anything extraordinary here besides the author’s ability to spin an edge of your seat, cannot put down tale with enough twists and turns to make you keep the dramamine handy.

    The core of the story revolves around Broadway choreographer Empathy Delacroix and Detective Richard Giordano. The chemistry between the two jumps off the pages from the moment they meet no matter how much each of them try to deny it. The tagline on the cover, “How Do You Start a Romance with a Murder in the Way” is absolutely perfect. Rich is on the case of the death of a chorus girl in one of Em’s productions. Quickly ruled a homicide, and not being able to immediately remove Em from the suspect list is definitely not the easiest way for them to start a relationship. The secrets and baggage they each carry also interfere with the natural progression. The overlaps of their seemingly very different lives seems less coincidence and much more simple fate. Again, the chemistry between them is palpable, and amazingly well written through every obstacle they encounter.

    The murder mystery is very intriguing, with no shortage of sleezy, unlikable suspects, but no easy solutions to the whodunit side of the story. I love a good thriller/mystery and this not only delivers, it exceeds any in recent memory of such a large pool of suspects I would like to be the guilty party simply because they are so brilliantly dislikable. Dastardly, skeevy, despicable, diabolical and downright disgusting – she has done such an impressive job of presenting suspects you want to fry, without solid evidence to convict any of them.

    For mature audiences for violence and sexual situations. Not overly explicit, but not anything I want my teenagers reading. However since they are not the target audience, this should not be an issue. This is the first in a series, and I am sure your first reaction when finishing this one will be much like mine….emailing the author about how long we have to wait for the next book in the series. If you hate being left with a cliffhanger, this may not be the book for you. However, in kind of a unique style, this author does not release the first book in the series until the entire series is complete, so she won’t leave you hanging too long. There are a few errors that another run through by the editor should easily fix, but I truly feel the strength of the story far outweighs any inconvenience those cause.

    Very highly recommended. This is my second read of this author’s and I will definitely be catching up on the rest of her works while impatiently waiting for the next in this series.