Title: Dying to Dance
Author: Nicole Davidson
Published: May 1996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
The dance world evokes lovely images of grace, balance and beautiful movement, but not for Carrie Clark. the aspiring dancer finds herself the prime suspect in a murder case after her arch rival, who stole her dancing partner, is found dead. (from bn.com)Editorial Review:
A fast-paced, well-written page-turner. Carrie, a competitor on the ballroom-dance circuit, finds herself suspected by everyone; her brother, her closest friends, and the police, of murdering Miranda, an unscrupulous rival. Carrie is trapped in a net of circumstantial evidence, stolen CDs, and her partner's defection and eventual disappearance. Forged paintings, blackmail, bloodstains, class rings, and a loyal boyfriend smooth the young woman's progress in her own investigation and on the dance floor. This one offers what YAs crave: a plucky heroine, a lively mystery, snappy style, satisfying ending, and budding romance. Buy it, and give it a solid B+ for the genre.Doris A. Fong, Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, OR (from School Library Journal on bn.com)Well at least the premise, or what the premise is mired in, sounds original enough. There are a lot of dance books out there but not too many about ballroom dancing involving teens. Pretty interesting. The storyline isn't one for the books but this one has potential, especially considering the review. You never know.