A Fatal First Night (An Ella Shane Mystery Book 2) #murder #mystery

From Amazon: It’s easy to be overlooked in Gilded Age Manhattan, but the Ella Shane Opera Company’s latest premier manages to attract adoring crowds, rave reviews, and a killer who’s a real showstopper!
New York City, Fall 1899. Ahead-of-her-time coloratura mezzo Ella Shane has always known opening night to be a mess of missed cues and jittery nerves, especially when unveiling a new opera. Her production of The Princes in the Tower, based on the mysterious disappearance of Edward IV’s two sons during the Wars of the Roses in England, concludes its first performance to thunderous applause. It’s not until players take their bows that the worst kind of disaster strikes . . .  Flawless basso Albert Reuter is found lurched over a bloody body in his dressing room, seemingly taking inspiration from his role as the murderous Richard III. With a disturbing homicide case stealing the spotlight, Ella can’t be so certain Albert is the one who belongs behind bars . . . Now, Ella must think on her feet while sorting out a wild series of puzzling mishaps and interlocking mysteries. Yet even when sided with her aristocratic beau, does this scrappy diva have the chops to upstage the true criminal, or will this be the last time she headlines a Broadway marquee?

My Review: Kalb has written the perfect follow up book, the second, in her Ella Shane mysteries. Set at the turn of the century in New York City, the gilded age for operas and clothing, actors and artists of all kinds, and a continuing story of love leaves one wanting to live that life and time themselves. Until, murder, 14 whacks to the neck of one male opera singer on opening night. The novel is carefully woven and I do think that one could read this book as a standalone book as enough back story is included. Five shiny gold stars!

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