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Stolen Hearts
by Jane Tesh
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Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Author Jane Tesh, with three Poisoned Pen Press mysteries to her credit, has introduced a new series with Stolen Hearts.

David 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.

David 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.

Camden 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.

A 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.

This 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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