Series: Dani Spevak Mystery Series #3
Published by Createspace on 22 March 2013
Genres: Mystery, YA Contemporary
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.