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Fade to Blue: An Evan Horne Mystery    by Bill Moody Amazon.com order for
Fade to Blue
by Bill Moody
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

It's here! The fifth in the Evan Horne series by Bill Moody. As usual, music plays a big part in the story as does the mystery of who did what to whom.

Jazz pianist Evan Horne is given the opportunity to teach a popular movie star how to fake playing a piano for his role in an upcoming movie. Since his coffers could use replenishing, he accepts only to find that he is also to score the music for the movie. Confused as to why he is being offered this lucrative job with luxurious benefits, he nevertheless gets to work.

An altercation with a paparazzo ends in the man's death and the actor is considered a person of interest to the police. Things continue to fall apart as someone else dies and blackmail slides into the morass. This is an ingenious plot that doesn't miss a beat. Evan, his FBI girlfriend Andie Lawrence, and their LAPD Lieutenant friend Danny Cooper work to discover the person or persons responsible.

Along with the top drawer mystery, music is right up front and visible. I think that by reading this series I have learned so much more about the behind-the-scenes of the music world than I have learned just by listening. It's fascinating but not intrusive to the mystery. Fade to Blue is a good read. But coming from the publisher that it does, I knew it would be a good one. They have a great track record.

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