Saturday, December 20, 2014

Best of 2014: Suspense

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2014, recommended for your consideration:

After seeing several favorable reviews, I decided to read Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia. One reviewer described this work as Glee meets Agatha Christie meets The Shining, and that got my attention! The book definitely has elements of all three, but fortunately for me it is not really a horror book, but a wonderful blend of suspense and humorous drama.

The story begins at the Bellweather Hotel, where a young girl who is a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding is witness to a horrific crime. Then the story picks up many years later when the girl, now an adult, returns to the scene to try to get past her childhood trauma. Meanwhile, that same weekend the old Bellweather Hotel is host to a statewide high school musical event. This brings many eccentric personalities to the hotel, who are then all trapped together due to inclement weather. A new crime occurs, and as the story unfolds the suspense builds as we find out how different events from the past tie in with current happenings. There were many surprises and twists and turns, which I always enjoy in a mystery novel, as well as humor to break the tension. This is a stand-alone mystery.

At the Central Library, on the New Books shelf.

Chosen by Diane M., Technical Services

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