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Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery

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Fiona can't wait to attend the performance of Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Her old friend, Silja Ramsay, is dancing the principal role. They have dinner after the show, but when they return Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is down one dancer! Ballerina, Alexis Cartwright, has been found dead in the dressing room. Is this murder a result of hot tempers among the ...more
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Published July 19th 2016 by McWriter Books
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elizrdbthspeaks
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i saw the book ... i believe it is book 3, that pulled me in ... that beach scene. so i wanted to start from the beginning and then go from there ... great cover ... can i say that book 3 is more eye appealing though. i look forward to more from her soon enough. i think i have read more from her in the past? i think?? must read. if u enjoy this style of writing or read?!?
Kathleen Harryman
If Fiona Quinn is to help her friend she must embrace her past, pick up her ballet shoes and dance once more. There are many twists, to keep you guessing, as the reader gets a first hadn't glimpse into the world of ballet. The dancers are graceful, if not all of them are pleasant, and we begin to understand that to be the best, you have to do more than practice, or is that the killers point of view?
I loved this book so much I bought the second one. Cosy murders are a light hearted look at
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Roberta Franklin
Kindergarten teacher Fiona goes to see her old friend Silja dance in Coppelia (shed wanted to be a ballet dancer herself, but she had to give up after a skiing accident); they meet backstage after the show and find Siljas colleague Alexis murdered in her dressing room! And not enough with that: later that night, theres an attack on Silja as well suddenly, all the young ballerinas in the troupe seem to be in mortal danger!

Nevertheless, Fiona agrees to play a part in the plan that handsome young
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Carol Evans
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2019
Fiona and her old friend, Silja, a ballerina in the show currently playing at the Benedum, go out for a bite to eat. When they get back, however, they discover that one of the other dancers has been murdered. Siljas not a suspect, but handsome Detective Landy finds out that Fiona used to be a dancer, so he convinces her to join the cast and be his eyes and ears inside the ballet. Fiona is a good main character. She has a bit of the girl next door about her. She makes mistakes and babbles and I ...more
FangirlNation
In Murder on Pointe by C.S. McDonald, Fiona Quinn goes to the ballet to watch her long-time friend, Silja, perform the lead role in Coppelia as a special doll made by a toy maker played by Fiona and Silja's ballet instructor.
The morning show goes beautifully, after which the friends go to lunch and discuss the conflict among the cast, with several people fighting over important roles. Returning to the theater, the pair find one of the lead dancers murdered, struck from behind with a heavy
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Gerri
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiona Quinn is a kindergarten teacher, single, happy and anxious to see her old friend Silja dance in the ballet Coppelia at the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Fiona had trained for years in ballet only to have a skiing accident put and end to her ballet dreams. Fiona and Silja go to lunch but return to find one of the cast, the premier ballerina, has been murdered. Enter handsome homicide detective Nathan Landry. Fiona mentions some odd things she'd observed to the detective. He, ...more
Kameron
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery definitely had A LOT of mystery to keep this lady sleuth engaged in the story.

C.S. McDonald (the author) gave us multiple murders to investigate, many suspects to choose from, and a few surprise twists that will make you happy you kept on reading, even when you think youve got it all figured out.

Yeah, I was 95% sure I knew how the story would wrap up and then a certain double-digit chapter
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Donna
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder On Pointe was a cute cozy mystery. The characters were likable and the story flowed smoothly at a steady pace. There were several suspects and motives that kept me guessing. It was nice seeing the amateur sleuth and the police working together to solve the murders. However...

While I enjoyed the story there were a few things that were unrealistic, IMO. For starters, if Fiona was physically capable of performing in the ballet after not dancing in 9 years, then her injury was not enough to
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Kat Taylor
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiona Quinn Extraordinaire

I am so excited to share a marvelous, exciting, fast paced, flamboyant and extraordinary cozey mystery full of intreage,humor, and drama unfolding along the way to perhaps a little romance as well. The caracters are vibrant and challenging never left to doddle. I can hardly wait for you to become as emerged into this stunning collage of pointe to pointe dance of murder mystery introducing Fiona Quinn, teacher, amateur sleuth, dancer extraordinary. 🤔🙄😏😀😮😉😊 Kat
Rebecca Choong
Sep 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely stereotypical writing, book started off describing the protagonist's feminine car (blue and white Mini cooper), looks (strawberry blond chin length hair, pretty - of course, former ballerina; who makes offhand comments with fellow ballerina friend about other ballerinas being 20 pounds overweight), is a kindergarten teacher, and participates in a undercover operation partly driven from attraction towards a detective working on a case.
Cindy Davis
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky, fun cozy!
This author has a unique 'voice'. The plot is unique and unpredictable. I learned a lot about the world of ballet while being immersed in the murder of one of the dancers. Main character, Fiona is quirky and strong. Can't wait to read the other two in this trilogy.
Gail M. Ferguson
Very enjoyable read

This book is a fairly quick read and had me wanting more. I loved the fact that it wasn't all that easy to figure out the who done it and was tricked at the end, after thinking everything was solved. I'm looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Shalan
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute little cozy mystery. Fiona is kind of an adorable heroine. She's brave, but not necessarily as fool hardy as some heroines are in mysteries. I love that her grandmother Evelyn's ghost makes her and Silja coffee.
Misty
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

I really enjoyed reading this perfect for a rainy day! This was a real thinker of a mystery never expected the end that's for sure. If you are into Mysteries this is a good book for you especially for a nice stormy day.
John Staat
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun mystery

I really enjoyed this story. Adventures abound, not sure what s going to happen next. Looking forward to reading more stories by CS McDonald.
Haley Belinda
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder On Pointe by CS. McDonald

Murder On Pointe is an easy to read murder mystery (cozy mystery) by CS. McDonald. It is part of a series called the Fiona Quinn Mysteries. The scene is set around a ballet theatre where Fiona has history. She returns to the ballet to help out with a performance and a murder takes place and thus, the story follow.
I enjoyed the story which has a flowing plot and various relationships within it. Friendships, love, work etc. All in all, a nice little book from CS.
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Sherry Wilson
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Loved it! Great cozy mystery with fabulous characters, just the right amount of suspense and the hint of romance made this book compelling from start to finish. Cindy McDonald has a hit with this and I really want to see the direction she takes these characters in the next one. It was a fun read and I'd recommend it to anyone who values friendship, the potential for a knight in shining armor and a hint of magic thrown in. Enjoy!
Angel M.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice cozy mystery read. If you are not familiar with the Tri-State area of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania you might find the dialogue strange. But yes, we do speak fast and with clipped sentences and use prob'ly and yinz. Cindy writes the local dialogue perfectly.
Kathy Kirkland
Very well written and very believable characters plus plenty of twists and surprises to keep you guessing whodunit right up to the very end of the story!
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