Book Review : Pas de Death by Amanda Brice

April 29, 2013 Book review 10 ★★★

Pas de Death has the best name ever for a mystery book set within the ballet world.  And the book is just as funny as the title suggests.
Book Review : Pas de Death by Amanda BricePas de Death by Amanda Brice
Series: Dani Spevak Mystery Series #3
Published by Createspace on 22 March 2013
Genres: Mystery, YA Contemporary
Pages: 140
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

pas de deux  (NOUN: pl. pas de deux)
1. A dance for two, especially a dance in ballet consisting of an entrée and adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda.
2. A close relationship between two people or things, as during an activity.

pas de death (NOUN:  yeah ... totally made up)
1.   A dance of death.
2.   When Dani Spevak stumbles over a dead body and gets into another crazy situation.

Aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak is back home for the summer, recovering from an injury. What was supposed to be a simple day trip into New York City to visit her friends at the Manhattan Ballet Conservatory turns deadly when Dani discovers that the world of professional ballet can be cutthroat – literally.

3 Things you should know about Me

1. Ballet books are my auto-buy  subject.  God knows why, I’m a klutz with two left feet who struggles walking in high heels let alone on pointe.
2.  I love whodunit books
3.  I’m a blogger.  Yes, I know if you are reading this on my blog that’s obvious but work with me here!

3 Things you should know about Pas De Death

1. The main character Dani Spevac is a ballet student.
2.  Dani discovers a dead body in an alley, a girl who she had previously sat beside on a bus journey and now has had her throat slit.  Dani decides to try and solve the mystery herself.
3.  The dead person is a blogger!  I know!  Maybe all those people around you muttering blogging will be the death of you might have a point.

3 Reasons I liked this book

1.   Its good, frothy fun.  Like a hot chocolate with a marshmallow and lots of sprinkles on top.
2.  Dani is goofy, snarky and adorable.  I defy you to read this book and not laugh out loud.  Its full of wit and humour.  See the name of the book for a classic example.
3.  See above for the 3 things you should know about me – tick, tick and tick.

3 Reasons why I had to deduct some stars

1.  It’s predictable not what you really want in a murder mystery.
2.  It’s not complex enough.  I know it’s a short book but some extra layers would make it so much better and would  rise it to a whole new level.
3.  I was expecting a light read but it’s an even paler of shade of light than I was expecting.  Comparing this to a murder mystery is like comparing a court case to a Judge Judy case.  Entertaining, great fun but not the real deal.

In summary : I’m filing this Pas De Death under guilty pleasures.  It was a quick, fun read and I’d be happy to read more by this author.  If you share any of my bookish quirks, I recommend you give it a shot.

Thanks to NetGalley and Amanda Brice for providing me a free book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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10 Responses to “Book Review : Pas de Death by Amanda Brice”

  1. Asti

    I really like how you organized this review Trish! Easy to read and right to the point! This sounds like a fun book, and I don’t read many murder mysteries so it’s “lightness” might not be too bothersome for me. Plus, the dead person is a blogger! That makes me want to pick it up right there.

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Asti! I had fun with this format. I didn’t know a blogger died until I started reading, that was an unexpected bonus! Not that I want bloggers to die!! Just made me feel connected, if you know what I mean 🙂

  2. Lark

    I’m always drawn to ballet books for some reason. I don’t know why. I never took ballet. But whenever I see a book with a ballerina on the cover I have to pick it up and at least see what it’s about.

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Henar, not familiar with Dancing in the Dark but tearing off to GoodReads now to check it out! Thanks for following 🙂

  3. Cayce

    This book sounds… sort of interesting…
    I like whodunit and books with dance themes and hey there is a dead blogger(! – :D), but you also said that’s it predictable. Sigh.
    *goes to the maybe pile for now*

    Thanks for the review! 🙂

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