In the second entry in the JP Kinkaid mystery series (after last year’s Rock & Roll Never Forgets), JP has just come off a tour with his decades-old, enormously successful rock group, Blacklight. As a favor to his friends in the band the Bombardiers, he has agreed to sit in as guitarist while they break in their new lead singer, Vinny Fabiano. Unfortunately, Vinny proves to be something of a prima donna, with pricey gear, “a bad hairpiece, and a huge sodding ego.” Nonetheless, the members of the group are shocked when Vinny is found dead in the studio, his head bashed in with a flaming red, custom-made guitar. Despite the hassles of dealing with the investigation of the murder and flare-ups from his multiple sclerosis, JP determines it’s the perfect time to wed his longtime love, Bree Godwin. Indeed, their emotional romance and the characters’ obvious love of music widen the scope of this novel. From spirited discussions of blues-based rock to inspired moments of band camaraderie, this is definitely a mystery that will also appeal to rock fans. — Joanne Wilkinson
Causes Deborah Grabien Supports
EMILY's List (early member), Amnesty International (member on two continents for thirty years), Animal Welfare causes (we rescue feral cats), NARAL and...