Pointe of No Return (Dani Spevak Mystery #2) - Amanda Brice

4 Stars!

Aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak’s visions of sugar plums are dashed when she’s assigned to understudy her nemesis, Hadley Taylor, in the Nutcracker. Pretty, popular, and rich, that girl has all the luck. Or so she thought.

When Hadley mysteriously disappears with opening night just around the corner, Dani can’t sit idly by, even if it means losing the part. Now she’s running all over Phoenix in a race against the clock. From reality TV trophy wives to sleazy real estate developers to a possible drug ring, the cast of suspects begins to add up. Will she find Hadley before the curtain rises?

Amanda is the President of Washington Romance Writers, and is a two-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® Award. She blogs every other Friday with Killer Fiction. She is also a popular conference presenter, speaking on basic copyright and trademark law for writers.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys dancing, reading, cooking, traveling, and obsessing over whether Duke will beat Carolina in basketball. Go Devils!

Visit www.amandabrice.net for more information. 

I liked this one even better than the first one. This is such a nice series. There are very likable characters, and  real nice little mystery. It was a very light, clean, entertaining read.
My own daughter took Ballet for years so this brought back lots of memories for me.
The character development is very good. I love that these take place in a boarding school - so the kids can get into more trouble without their parents!
The flow of this book was very nice. It was not slow or boring at all. I also thought the mystery part was written very well, it seemed well thought out, and had a great ending.
There was also the makings of a cute little romance... maybe? I guess we will see in the third book how it pans out (even though I think she is a little young at 14 to be dating).

I do think this book would be great for older or younger teen readers (or even adults, as you can see how much I liked it). There is no sex and I only found one swear word.

My friend Jen (At Random) gave me this series. I now can't wait to read and review the third book!
Now I have heard that my friend Jen is actually a character in third book who unfortunately dies - yikes! So that will be an interesting read, LOL.

Thank Jen for giving me this cute little series!

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  1. This sounds like a good series and I really like that cover.

  2. I have never read about ballet before, but do think that this would be a fun series to explore. I also like that that it's good clean fun as well. I'm not averse to bad language being used, but it's nice when it's not :)