Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
uthor Jane Tesh, with three Poisoned Pen Press mysteries to her credit, has introduced a new series with
avid Randall leaves a detective agency that's going nowhere to go into business on his own. His wife has thrown him out of her life and so he approaches his good friend Camden for a room for a few days. Camden hosts a variety of people on their uppers in his large old house in Parkland, North Carolina.
avid has landed on his feet, receiving a room of his own and another room he could use as an office for his budding agency. In spite of two failed marriages to guide him, he falls for a younger woman who also has a room at
Camden's Boarding House
amden is unsure of his identity as he grew up in a boys' home. He has a lovely singing voice as well as a psychic ability to foretell happenings in his friends' lives. However, he can't prevent a long-dead musician from taking over his body while the dead man tries to find a musical notebook that would prove his claim of being the author of his own music.
murder or two litter the pages and take the reader along as David tries to unmuddle the motivations behind the deaths. This involves finding Camden's long-lost mother and musicians' notebooks that might reveal the discovery of a song of Stephen Foster's that had never seen the light of day and would bring a fortune to the holder of that music.
his is a really good start to the new series. Both David and Cam are strong characters and the plot keeps the pages turning.
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