Bellweather Rhapsody

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 - Fiction - 340 pages
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"For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room that was the site of a famous crime, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with the dark and giddy pop culture pleasures of The Shining, Agatha Christie, and Glee

Fifteen years ago, a murder/suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; the grown-up bridesmaid has returned to face her demons; and a snowstorm is forecast that will trap everyone on the grounds. Then one of the orchestra's stars disappears—from room 712. Is it a prank, or has murder struck the Bellweather once again?

The search for answers entwines a hilariously eccentric cast of characters—conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. For everyone has come to the Bellweather with a secret, and everyone is haunted.

Full of knowing nods to the shivery pleasures of suspense and the transporting power of music, this is a wholly winning new novel from a writer lauded as “charming” (Los Angeles Times), “witty” (O, The Oprah Magazine), and “whimsical” (People).

  

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ORIGINAL REVIEW: http://acidfreepulp.com/2014/06/17/be... In 1982, a grim incident occurs at the Bellweather Hotel in upstate New York: a young bride murders her husband and then goes on to hang ... Read full review

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Bellweather Rhapsody By Kate Racculia My " in a nutshell" summary... Glee, a murder mystery and a high school musical all wrapped up into one book! It all begins with a murder/suicide seen by Minnie ... Read full review

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Contents

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13 1997
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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14 1997
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15 1997
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16 1997
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AND AFTER
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Back Matter
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Back Flap
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Back Cover
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Spine
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Kate Racculia grew up in Syracuse, New York, where she played bassoon in her high school band. She received her MFA from Emerson and is also the author of This Must Be the Place. You can find her at www.kateracculia.com or @kateracculia.

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