Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Dead Man Waltzing by Ella Barrick

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2012 by Signet
ISBN: 045123734X (ISBN13: 9780451237347)
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The Grande Dame of the ballroom, Corrinne Blakely, has had a career in dancing for close to fifty years. She's seen, heard and experienced it all. Now she wants to tell all . . . .but,  someone out there will do what it takes to keep that from happening. Unfortunately, when she keeled over at lunch, her dining companion was Maurice Goldberg, one of the instructors at Graysin Motion Dance Studio.

The  studio owner, Stacy Graysin, is sad to hear of Corrine's passing but when she hears it was murder and that Maurice is the prime suspect, she knows she needs to start asking questions. Detective Lissy reminds Stacy what happened the last time. How could Stacy forget? She got shot and her studio was set on fire. Eh, minor details!

Things have been getting back to normal but she just can't let Maurice take the rap for something he didn't do. Besides, she needs Maurice at the studio. Corrine had quite the notorious life during her career including finding time for seven ex-husbands and one of them was Maurice. One of them must have had an axe to grind . . . . or not. Corrine didn't win so many competitions during her career without stepping on some toes.

Can Stacy dance her way around the numerous suspects and motives to find the right one before Maurice takes his last step on the dance floor?

What a fun series this one is becoming! I read the first book and really enjoyed it hoping the sequel would be just as good. It is! For cozy fans and for those who like to read a little behind the scenes in the dance world, this will be the perfect fit.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Due to the ever so generous Penguin, I am able to offer a giveaway of one copy of this book. Open to US only. Be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment. Deadline to enter is June 13th at 5 PM (est). Bonus entries are as follows:

+4 for following on Networked blogs. Just remind me under what name.
+3 for blogging (sidebar is fine) or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please.

If you cannot comment you can still enter by sending me an e mail with Dead Man Waltzing in the subject line. Include your name and e mail and send to florida982002[at]yahoo.com

Good luck!


  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  2. e mail entry


    parillofam at aol.com

  3. the title on this one is great--the story sounds good too.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

  5. Even though I had lessons at the Y when I was young, I was never any good at ballroom dancing. I always wanted to lead! But I would very much love to read this cozy and find out who is the culprit.

    +4 I followy your blog with Networked Blogs as Carol Naomi Wong.

    +3 I tweeted: http://t.co/iwK8kPuG


  6. I love DWTS, can't dance worth a darn myself, but think a cozy about dancing would be such fun!

    +4 Networked Blogs as Karen Purbaugh Barnett.


  7. great giveaway
    follow via gfc

  8. Finally, an author who knows how to name her characters!!LOL! This one sounds like a hoot!! Love it!

  9. This adds a whole new level to Dancing with the Stars!

  10. thank you for the giveaway!!

    can't wait to read Dead Man Waltzing!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  11. Sounds great! Enter me please.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  12. Please, please, please. I enjoyed the first and I would love to read the second.

    carstairs38 at hotmail dot com.

    Twitter entry here: https://twitter.com/carstairs38/status/211108478834577408

    I'm trying to follow on Networked Blogs, but I seem to be having trouble doing so. I'll come back and leave another comment if I can get that to work before the deadline.

  13. Kaye,
    Regarding Gamache: have you seen LouisePenny.com? She discusses her inspiration for Gamache and has a picture of a man on whom she based Gamache's physical attributes. It is a tribute to Penny's amazing writing skills that the man in the pic is, well...Gamache!

  14. I'd love to give this type of read a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  15. I'm not good at dancing, but I love to watch ballroom dancing. This sounds like a fun book and perfect for my upcoming summer vacation. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower under the name of Susan and my e-mail is sdryburgh at hotmail dot com.

  16. It looks great! Thanks for the chance to get a peek at the dance world and win!
    GFC follower.

  17. Looks like a good read. Thanks.


  18. I liked the first book also, so would love to win and read this book also. Thanks for hosting this give-away.

    +4 Networked Ann

    +3 I will post on sidebar.



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