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Melody for Murder
~ A Bertie Bigelow Mystery ~
by Carolyn Wilkins
On the South Side of Chicago, one sour note can lead to murder.
When the choir director's date is shot to death, Bertie must find the judge's killer—or
become the next victim.
When recently-widowed college choir director Bertie Bigelow reluctantly accepts a New Year's
date with Judge Theophilous Green, she never imagines the esteemed civil rights pioneer and
inveterate snob will be found shot to death the next morning. She's even more surprised when
her talented but troubled student LaShawn Thomas is arrested for the crime.
But Bertie suspects that someone in her tight-knit social circle is really the killer.
Is it hot-tempered Patrice Soule, the voluptuous diva and recent winner of the Illinois Idol contest?
Is it Charley Howard, the BBQ Hot Sauce King, a self-made millionaire with Mafia connections?
Is it the mysterious Dr. Momolu Taylor? Newly arrived from Africa, he's invented a hot new sex drug
that's got some powerful politicians feeling frisky.
Or could it be Alderman "Steady Freddy" Clark, corrupt South Side ward boss and would-be patron of the arts?
One thing is certain: Bertie Bigelow will need to keep her wits about her to avoid becoming the killer's next victim.
Praise for Melody for Murder
After I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! A great first mystery and I eagerly
await the next one! Well written with a great ending too!
~ Eleanor Shavell
In a genre replete with formula approaches and one-dimensional figures, Melody for Murder
successfully stands out with its winding developments, vividly realistic moments, and the
talents of a college professor turned sleuth who finds her good intentions repeatedly land
her in the path of danger. It's highly recommended for any genre fan who wants fresh, lively
writing and a protagonist who is neither beautiful nor a sleuthing genius—just a likeable,
believable human being who finds herself involved in something outside her career and expectations.
~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
What a marvelous cast of characters! The Hot Sauce King is my favorite, but there are many
others: a talented music student, an insecure diva, and a sinister doctor who's not the man
he claims to be. Bertie's best friend Ellen, another Metro College professor, is another
colorful character. Over rum cocktails, Ellen gives Bertie sage advice on sleuthing and romance.
The plot revolves around Testamax, a product in great demand by men of a certain age, sold by a
local drug company. To reveal the ending would spoil the fun. If you enjoy humorous mysteries
with a musical twist, Melody for Murder is for you! Let's hope Ms. Wilkins is already writing
the next Bertie Bigelow mystery.
~ Susan Fleet
Melody for Murder is a fun, sexy, and compelling mystery filled with wonderful characters, led
by Bertie Bigelow, a determined and very likeable hero. Melody for Murder is one of those
'can't-seem-to-put-it down' reads and is also one of those 'can't-wait-for-the-sequel' books.
~ Jon Damian
Delightful murder mystery with a main character that will remind you of Jessica from "Murder,
She Wrote." You love her, but you just wish you could get her to stop sticking her nose in such
dangerous places. Who does she think she is, trying to solve a murder?! Bertie is so lovable,
and I can't wait to read the other books in the series. Highly Recommend.
~ Margaret Dendler
As a kid growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Carolyn Marie Wilkins dreamed of singing backup
for Aretha Franklin while becoming the next Agatha Christie. Although she's still waiting for
Aretha to call, Carolyn is now the author of five books. Melody For Murder and Mojo For Murder
feature the crime-fighting exploits of Bertie Bigelow, a forty-something choir director and amateur
sleuth living on the South Side of Chicago. Carolyn's nonfiction work includes They Raised Me Up:
A Black Single Mother and the Women Who Inspired Her; Damn Near White: An African American Family's
Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success, and Tips For Singers: Performing, Auditioning, Rehearsing.
An accomplished jazz vocalist and professor at Berklee College of Music, Carolyn has performed on
TV and radio with her group SpiritJazz, toured South America as a Jazz Ambassador for the US State
Department, and played for shows featuring Melba Moore, Nancy Wilson, and the Fifth Dimension. When
she's not in the classroom or writing her next mystery novel, Carolyn can be found hanging out in
the jazz clubs around Boston, Massachusetts.
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