Swan Dive by Kendel Lynn

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    Swan Dive is a great read. It boasts likable characters, a great setting, believable dialogue, and a well-written mystery with enough suspects to keep you guessing.

    It’s Opening Night at the Ballantyne Foundation’s production of The Nutcracker, but it’s curtains for the Sugar Plum Fairy. When her body is found backstage, fatally poisoned by a cupcake she baked herself, rumors turn to suicide. But Elli Lisbon, director of the Ballantyne and coordinator of the ballet, smells something rotten amidst the sugar and spice.

    As Elli applies her PI-in-training skills on the troupe of suspects, she discovers an eccentric herbalist, a temperamental chef, a stalking choreographer, and a bevy of backstage secrets. Between her off-the-record investigation, duty as director, and highly-charged love life, she finds herself caught in a dance to stay one pirouette ahead of a half-baked killer.

    Review by Linda:

    As Director of the Ballantyne Foundation, Elliott Lisbon is used to putting out fires without breaking a sweat. However, when the young woman playing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy is found dead in her dressing room during the Ballantyne’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’, Elli puts on her PI-in-training hat and begins looking into her death. The police believe the victim accidentally ingested poison but that reason doesn’t sit well with Elli. When Elli realizes the young woman had a connection to Mr. & Mrs. Ballantyne, she relentlessly pursues leads—leads that unfortunately point to murder.

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    I really like this series. Swan Dive is the third book starring Elli Lisbon, a smart and funny protagonist who has a strong aversion to germs. Every time she takes out the bottle of hand sanitizer, I start to laugh. I can so relate. I keep bottles in my car and purses, too. LOL! Elli is a very likable lead character, and she is quite adept at juggling her professional responsibilities. Her PI skills, especially her questioning skills, are getting stronger—much to the dismay of the two men in her life. The secondary characters are an interesting bunch. I especially love her interactions with her colleague, Tod, and her best friend, Sid.

    Swan Dive is a great read. It boasts likable characters, a great setting, believable dialogue, and a well-written mystery with enough suspects to keep you guessing. I had trouble solving this one, and even after I figured out the identity of the killer (very late in the book, I should add), I never would have guessed the reason. Well done, Ms. Lynn! I’m looking forward to more adventures with Elli. I hope Book 4 is in the works. Happy reading!

    Review by Amazon Customer:

    Another wonderful book by Kendel Lynn. I read the book that came before Swan Dive and fell in love with the character of Elliott Lisbon. She’s smart and, while she works running the Ballantine Foundation, she’s also working towards her private investigator’s license.

    When one of the dancers in the foundation’s production of the Nutcracker turns up dead, Elliot is right in the middle of the scene of the crime. She works to find out what happens because she feels the police are going in the wrong direction.

    The relationships between Maddy and Ransom are sorted out in this book and I’m happy with how that turned out. Maddy seems like a really great guy but Ransom seems the one she should be with.

    This book was fun to read and kept me guessing until the very end. I’m looking forward to the next book!