Murder on Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald

Murder on Pointe:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald
Murder on Pointe by C.S. McDonald
Series: Fiona Quinn #1
Genres: Cozy Mystery

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 cast members? Or is it a random act of violence? Will there be more murders? Homicide Detective Nathan Landry isn't taking any chances. After finding out Fiona has a strong background in ballet, he recruits her to go undercover among the cast of Coppelia. Can Fiona help catch a killer, or will she be the next victim?

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This is the first book in the Fiona Quinn Mystery series and I must say that I liked her a lot. Fiona is now a kindergarten teacher who onced dreamed of dancing in the ballet but had to give up after an accident.

When she goes to watch her friend Silja dance she gets more than just a show. she gets wrapped up in a murder mystery that will have Fiona lacing up her dance shoes once again. She takes on dancing again to help Detective Nathan Landry find the killer. His plan will get Fiona up close with all of the suspects and they have plenty of reasons to be a suspect.

This book was such a joy to read with its twists and turns. It was a quick read for me but that didn’t take anything away from the story. I loved Fiona as I said and Detective Landry was a great character as well. I am certainly planning on reading other books in this series.

About C.S. McDonald

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

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