Review: 'Dead on the Dance Floor' by Heather Graham
I must be one of the last readers in the world to have discovered the novels of Heather Graham, a prolific novelist and a "New York Times" bestselling author. Ms. Graham has written not only under her maiden name of Graham, but also under her married name, Heather Graham Pozzessere and the pen name Shannon Drake.
In reading what was for me the initiation into her writing, "Dead on the Dance Floor," I could easily see the influence of her education and experience in theater arts.
A novel in the romance/suspense genres, "Dead on the Dance Floor" takes the reader into the world of ballroom dancing and competition. An award-winning competitive dancer, Lara Trudeau, gives yet another stellar dancing performance, sure to steal the competition, when she suddenly collapses on the dance floor next to her dance partner and in front of the audience.
What is written off by the medical examiner and police detective as a heart attack due to a self-administered combination of prescription medication and alcohol raises questions in the minds of a former lover and some fellow dancers.
What follows is a whirlwind investigation by a ruggedly handsome private investigator who is soon embroiled not only in the dance world but with his beautiful and talented dance instructor.
There is a large cast of characters in the novel, sometimes bewildering this reader. I found the suspense portion of the story to be interesting until the final chapters, when the conclusion came abruptly and without much explanation.
The romance portion of the story became steamy at times, not only with the physicality of the encounters but also because of the lack of trust on the part of the P.I. and his instructor/lover.
I would rate this novel with a three out of five possible stars. I prefer my suspense/thrillers/mystery to be more focused on this portion of the plot than on romance, but for those who enjoy the romance aspect, this may deserve a four-star rating.
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