Author: Judy and Keith
Length: Novella, 68 pgs
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 Stars – A Good Read
They say true genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. But for 13-year-old Elizabeth Crenshaw, it's 100% fate. The spirit of aspiring pianist Lola Schumann lays trapped in a second-hand piano, and only Elizabeth can tell her story through the music that flows magically from the keys into her fingers.
The authors display some admirable musical knowledge in this story, which gave it a satisfying authenticity for this reader. However, the murder mystery within the story is the main event here, focusing on police detective Gareth Lomas and his cold case file on Lola Schumann. So much so, that the main character seems to be Gareth rather than Elizabeth, whom we are introduced to at the beginning of the story. The short length of this work doesn't allow for much detail into the Elizabeth's journey nor the backstory of Lola and detective Lomas' subsequent investigation. A full-blown Lee-Child-esque novel could almost be pulled from these pages, and I hope the author takes up that challenge someday.
That said, the quickness with which this story takes place gives the feeling of being written in a hurry too, leaving some mistakes and trite, too-expedient details in its wake. If they can get past those, mystery readers and music lovers will enjoy this imaginative story!