Review: Tutu Deadly

Posted on October 15, 2007

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Tutu Deadly
By Natalie M. Roberts
The Berkeley Publishing Co.
April 2007
248 pages

The Brits have their Bridget Jones, now we have Jenny T. Partridge. As if Jenny’s life wasn’t chaotic enough running a dance academy, one of the psycho dance moms is poisoned with cookie dough from the fundraiser – and all hell breaks loose. But – can murder be funny? It is in Jenny’s world.

Even though the death of the dance mom is connected to her dance studio, the show must go on. Jenny has her annual Nutcracker performance coming up, so her strange life must go on, too. Only now she’s tailed by not one, but two hunky detectives.

The murder plot twists and turns through her life which is complicated by a cast of zany characters from a gay dance instructor, to a neurotic costume designer, to her nosy Mormon family, and of course those psycho dance moms. They all seem like they’re out to get her. 

Tutu Deadly is the first book in the Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery series. The star of the series, Jenny is a lovable, witty sitcom-like character who is sort of all your BFFs rolled into one. Roberts does a superb job weaving humor into a complex murder plot that keeps the reader guessing right up to the climax. All of this is spiced up with just enough romance to keep readers wanting more fun – and frolic!

Tutu Deadly is also a perfect crossover novel for teens. They’ll get caught up in the quirky mystery of who killed the dance mom. They’ll laugh with Jenny as she stumbles through her love life. And if they’ve ever been part of any organized sports activity – or just like to watch So You Think You Can Dance – they will totally relate to the characters at the dance studio. Roberts’ engaging storytelling and hilarious take on the dance world make the Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery an outstanding new series for young adult readers. 

Copyright (c) 2007 by Peggy Tibbetts

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