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Murder for Choir (Glee Club #1)

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Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. Coaching these championship-hungry students may be her toughest gig yet...

Especially when her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect Glen's fiercest rival. To clear his name, Paige will
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Berkley
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❂ Jennifer
Sep 24, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Ok, so I had no intention of reading this book since it screams "Glee Bandwagon" but a GR friend read it and liked it quite a bit, and since we have a lot of reading interests in common, I went ahead and bought it. Then it sat on my TBR for quite some time while I procrastinated picking it up. I've finally read it and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! It was a very strong first-in-series.

What I didn't like (very short list):
Paige is a bit too much of a busybody throughout the book. Just
Jun 28, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
New show choir director Paige Marshall has no idea what she is walking into when she works the summer choir camp. Paige, a struggling opera singer, is not well received by the choir students at Prospect Glen High. But before she has too much time to worry about it, she finds rival choir director, Greg Lucas, dead in the auditorium.

The main suspect is one of Paige's most promising male vocal students but she doesn't believe he committed the crime and sets out to clear his name. She begins puttin
Elisabeth Waters
Jul 25, 2012 Elisabeth Waters rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 21, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
Ms. Charbonneau is a favorite author of mine to track. This new debut novel was very good and I really enjoyed it. A young Opera singer, Paige Marshall is living with her Aunt while trying to earn a living while awaiting being 'discovered.' The job is being an assistant coach of a school Show Choir.

On Paige's first day at rehearsal, she stumbles upon the dead body of a rival school's leader. To her shock, one of her students is the number one suspect. Paige just knows this is wrong and sets out
Dianne Cu
Oct 03, 2013 Dianne Cu rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: magiccats
My first cozy mystery i read... i love it!
Paige... she is so stubborn funny young opera singer who is curiously wants to solve a murder case of Greg Lucas. She started solving case because of eric which she does believe this student wasnt a murderer. With the help of detective mike and co teacher devlyn, many people were possible a murderer including devlyn because of his ehem a "secret." (Which revealed to the end part... hehehehe)

I will definitely recommend this good book, its so funny, fast p
Candace Davidson
Feb 11, 2014 Candace Davidson rated it it was amazing
Very suspenseful, what an ending!
Feb 21, 2017 Fanficfan44 rated it it was ok
First in a series and a new to me author, this A Glee Club Mystery seems like a Glee TV show spin-off. Paige Marshall is an aspiring Opera singer who has landed home between professional gigs and is currently teaching a high school competitive show choir. The atmosphere is cutthroat among the teaching staff and the students, eventually the pressure blows and someone ends up dead. Paige discovers the body and puts herself squarely in the sights of a killer. Fans of the TV show will pro
Mar 22, 2017 hpboy13 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy, mystery
It’s been a while since I’ve read a straight mystery, and it was fun to get back into the genre. The setting of high school show choir was definitely a big plus – I can both relate, and am endlessly amused by the absurdities of that world.

The actual mystery is painfully obvious – I figured it out before the halfway point (p. 135) and never wavered from my conviction. But because of the fun setting, fun characters, and Charbonneau’s compelling writing style, I didn’t mind, and enjoyed reading the
Jul 07, 2012 Karielle rated it really liked it
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Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Prime (Penguin)
Page Count: 294
Source: From JKS Communications, as part of the Murder for Choir book tour

This glee competition is killer...

Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. As their new coach, she's getting an icy reception from championship-hungry students who doubt she can take them to a first-pl
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Jul 20, 2012 Faye {Daydreaming_Star} rated it really liked it
Shelves: rhcb-brunch
This review was originally posted on my blog on 29th July 2012, here

The stage is set
This novel was a great read. It was enjoyable and entertaining and gripping and it was honestly just one book that I found myself really liking. It was easy to read and the tension and mystery built throughout it which helped to keep me really interested in what was going on. Joelle has a way with words and I am now really looking forward to carrying on this series and also reading more of her work. This is a nov
Sep 03, 2012 Danie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I'm going to divulge a little secret quickly, before I get to the review. I'm a total music junkie. I need to have some sort of music playing at all times, whether it's country, metal, rap, whatever. I listen to it and love it all. But my even bigger secret is that I love musicals. Go ahead, laugh. I can recite, word for word, Grease from beginning to end. Hairspray? Don't even get me started. When I found out my husband had never seen either of those, I almost went into shock and immediately pu ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Vilia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Review from Backchatting Books

"Murder for Choir" is the first in a Glee Club cozy mystery series. Some areas really sparkle while others need a bit more polish. Joelle Charbonneau capitalises on the Glee phenomenon which is something new for the cozy mystery world. Paige Marshall takes a job coaching a high school show choir as her opera singing career has stagnated. The choir gig isn't turning out how she had hoped as some kids and her co-workers don’t think she can cut it as a coach. Things de
Lovey Dovey Books
Jun 07, 2012 Lovey Dovey Books rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

Murder For Choir is a cozy mystery that exceeded my expectations! I've never quite known what to think about mysteries; I love them but I always worry whether the facts and details will bore me or the suspense will just scare me to pieces. Fortunately, Joelle Charbonneau has captured my attention as a stellar author and made mystery one of my top favorite genres!

Paige Marshall is a career performer turned show choir teacher. She's the new director for Prospe
Amy Lignor
May 29, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
The first in a brand new series, Murder For Choir is not only a fantastically fun plot, but it will also be a fan favorite. Seeing as that the TV show, Glee, is right up everyone’s alley right now, writing a new series that centers on a teacher and their students is almost like reading about old friends.

Paige Marshall is an opera singer but is having a difficult time trying to land a singing role at the moment. Staying with her Aunt Millie who’s a Mary Kay representative, Paige accepts a job as
Jun 28, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Paige Marshall has taken a job as a Glee Club Coach at Prospect Glen High School as she waits for the next big break to come along in her opera career. She thought professional auditions were rough but she quickly learns how cutthroat competition is for high school show choirs. These students expect to win a championship and don't believe Paige is the right coach for the job.

Finding a rival coach dead does not help matters. Then one of her students becomes the prime suspect in the investigation.
Dec 16, 2011 Erica rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I have three words for y'all: Show. Choir. Mystery. HOW MUCH COOLER CAN YOU GET? And with Murder for Choir, Joelle Charbonneau delivers one awesome mystery that will keep you trying to work out all the pieces until the last minute.

I love a good mystery. My obsession with mysteries began back when I cracked open my first Nancy Drew book and was further fueled by all the Trixie Belden books I read. Since then, I am always looking for the next mystery to read. And I definitely found it wit
Alannah Davis
May 25, 2013 Alannah Davis rated it it was amazing
Strong characterization and a hilarious, quirky writing style makes this cozy mystery just plain fun to read.

Struggling opera singer Paige Marshall arrives at Prospect Glen High School as the new show choir coach. She expects the job from hell and gets even more than she bargained for - what with finding the dead body of a rival coach and all.

Paige Marshall is extremely likable, which makes me want to throw my arms skyward and shout, "Hallelujah!" I've read quite a few cozies in the past couple
Red Letter
Nov 29, 2012 Red Letter rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Abby R. "As a fan of Glee (first season) and a lover of fluffy whodunits, I wanted to like this book so badly. And, in theory, it seems like it should be likeable — a charming enough lead, some well-written quirky side characters, show choir shenanigans … but despite these elements, I found myself really underwhelmed." Grade: C

BakingSuit "It had it’s moments of humor, drama, a few small twists and a little bit of love which made it a quick read, but I felt like
Feb 12, 2017 Gretchen rated it liked it
I like this series about an opera singer who takes a job as a show choir director in a high school. When another director is murdered, she becomes involved in tracking down the killer in order to get a student off the hook.
Connie N.
Oct 09, 2012 Connie N. rated it really liked it
What a fun cozy. I really liked the main character--not too crazy, not too cutesie, not too adventurous. She is a young and talented opera singer who has taken a job as show choir teacher "between performances." On her first day of show choir camp, a rival teacher gets murdered, so she becomes involved in the investigation. She is funny without being annoying, and her humor is fun without being overdone. I'll definitely read more by this author.

An example of her sense of humor about food: "After
Oct 31, 2012 Kirsten rated it really liked it
This was a fun read! It reminded me alot of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series. Although not quite as outrageously funny, it still was quite fun.

First off, Paige is more than a little nosy and a certified go getter. She doesn't like to sit on her duff. At the same time she was endearingly not perfect. She's very easy to relate to since she is a very realistic character. No perfect makeup for her! She's even scared of her aunt's dog, Killer. She doesn't become perfect by the end of the boo
Jul 11, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Paige is stuck in a job she hates, with high school students who aren't too fond of her, when things get even worse. A colleague is found dead, and suddenly everyone is a suspect.

I haven't read many of this type of mystery, but I've enjoyed all that I've read. I am wondering, though, if there is some formula somewhere that requires a flaky old aunt/grandmother to encourage the heroine to risk her fool neck by trying to solve a murder? At least in this book, the aunt was less annoying than in som
Oct 04, 2012 Nancy added it
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Apr 15, 2015 Jeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: glee-related, fiction
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Aug 30, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
First book in this series. Enjoyed reading it and even though it is about a show choir in high school there isn't a lot in this book about it, more about the mystery itself. I enjoyed the characters of Paige and her aunt. The author puts a some sarcastic humor to Paige's thoughts and I really enjoyed it. Even I ended up guessing the bad guy, it was more because I just picked a character and stuck with it as it wasn't easy to figure out for sure who did it. I had read one review that said they th ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-illinois
Paige can't get a job in opera or musical theater, so she's reduced to teaching a high school choir class while living with her wealthy aunt. How hard can it be? Well, the choir members are uber-competitive, one of their chief competitors is murdered (and Paige finds the body!), and her boss seems to see her as a possible murderer. Paige can return the compliment there, especially after she finds he's been dating the victim's ex-wife. Then there's the hunky cop who seems very much amused by her ...more
Mark Baker
May 28, 2013 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, mystery
Paige Marshall has taken a job coaching a show choir until her big break singing opera comes through. But when a rival coach is murdered, she starts trying to clear one of her students of the crime. The book is fun with great characters, fast moving plot, and gentle humor woven in. Paige took a couple more risks than I felt like she should have, but I enjoyed it and definitely plan to read the sequel.

My full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jul 10, 2012 Clara rated it really liked it
It's a great book if you are into choir and murder mysteries. It keeps you guessing until the very end (which is really the best compliment you can give). It's a great book that is hard to put down once you start. I tried several times, but couldn't because I got very invested in knowing what was going to happen next. I would personally love to see a sequel on this to see how some of the character relationships develop and to know how the choir does for the season.
I'm not sure how well or believably the series can continue but I enjoyed this. It had lots of humor, believable characters, and Paige's bumbling as she investigated was realistic and funny as heck. The killer was one of my suspects but Charbonneau had given us a good mix of suspects and red herrings so it wasn't obvious. Devlyn's secret was, to me anyway, and I am not a fan of love triangles but I'll definitely read more in the series.
Jun 14, 2013 Dylan rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing, cozy mystery novel and I cannot wait to read the sequel and others to come! Paige and all of the other characters are extremely likable and relate-able , and we have to love Aunt Millie! A very twisting, humorous, cozy, warming, addicting book that is starting out a great new series!! Overall a very good book and start of this exciting new series!!! Simply brilliant!
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I am a storyteller at heart. I have performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area.

While I'm happy to perform for an audience, I am equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use my experience from the stage to create compelling characters on the page. I am the author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series (Minotaur Books)
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