Quickstep to Murder

  • Title: Quickstep to Murder
  • Author: Ella Barrick
  • ISBN: 9780451234544
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Quickstep to Murder What if your dance partner business partner and fianc was stepping out with another woman That s exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin who shares ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man w
    What if your dance partner, business partner, and fianc was stepping out with another woman That s exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin, who shares ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man who broke her heart, Rafe Acosta.But when Stacy discovers Rafe s dead body in the studio one dark night, the police suspect her of killing him To clear her name and save herWhat if your dance partner, business partner, and fianc was stepping out with another woman That s exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin, who shares ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man who broke her heart, Rafe Acosta.But when Stacy discovers Rafe s dead body in the studio one dark night, the police suspect her of killing him To clear her name and save her studio, Stacey teams up with Rafe s estranged cousin from Argentina, Tav, to find the real killer And if Stacy doesn t watch her step, the killer may make this dance her last.

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      Published :2019-06-03T03:23:42+00:00

    About Ella Barrick


    1. Ella Barrick grew up in the South, but has since migrated West She spent some time working for Uncle Sam and taught English at the college level before turning her hand to writing mysteries.Ella and her husband took exactly two ballroom dancing lessons on the quickstep before Ella s bruised ankles and crushed feet forced them to retire Her husband is a wonderful guy, but he doesn t have a single ballroom dance gene in his whole body Thus, Ella relies on the kindness of competitive ballroom dancers and friends who foxtrot fabulously for the dance details in her Ballroom Dance Mysteries And, of course, she watches Dancing with the Stars for costume and choreography ideas Besides writing, Ella enjoys reading, gardening, home decorating, traveling, and long walks or hikes.


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    1. There's a rare moment of honesty in this book. After everything is done, another character congratulates our heroine, Stacy, on solving the mystery. Stacy replies, "there's not much solving involved when someone points a gun at you and confesses". I can't agree more. I just wish more cozies would admit that. Despite this, it's not a good book. It's only different in that it's set in a ballroom rather than a kitchen. Stacy is not the main character I wanted to read about. So she's a ballroom danc [...]

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    2. I rarely give a first book in the series 5 stars but this book embraced me from the first page. The setting was something I knew I would like as soon as I heard the title and the characters and the mystery plot did not disappoint. They were perfectly choreographed with all the right moves and set the perfect tempo, fast. Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down. The staring character Stacy was very multifaceted dealing with the grief of her ex being murdered in the middle of [...]

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    3. I would like to take ballroom dancing lessons, but I just haven’t been able to fit it into my schedule. Ballroom dancing joined well with this mystery. Ella Barrick's QUICKSTEP TO MURDER is an good choice for anyone who likes either of the two or both, dancing and mysteries. I am thankful that I read book #1 in the series. Stacy Graysin and her now ex-fiance, Rafe, are the owners of a dance studio called Graysin Motion in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. They are both professional ballroom dancers, d [...]

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    4. At the beginning of this book, I could not get into it. I do not watch "Dancing With This The Stars" so I was at a loss with all the names of the many dances that Stacey does and teaches at her studio, Graysin Motion. She was running the studio with her finance', who she had just found with one of the other student/teachers.Everything was going fine until she found Rafe dead in the upstairs ballroom. Of course, she becomes the prime suspect!She decides to find the killer herself. Which turns out [...]

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    5. I was happily surprised to learn that this book is written by the same author who writes the Southern Beauty Shop series (as Lila Dare). I love that series and I loved this book too. I have only a limited interest in dancing (I don't even watch dancing with the stars!) so I was worried that this book wouldn't hold my interest, but it did. The dancing is there, but the book isn't bogged down with technical dancing terms or long explanations, etc. I am really looking forward to the next in this se [...]

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    6. Another excellent first outing in a new cozy mystery series. This author is actually Laura DiSilverio (she has a couple of series under that name), who also writes the Southern Beauty Shop series as Lila Dare. Stacey Graysin is under suspicion for the murder of her business partner, and ex-fiance', Rafe Acosta. She's out to find the real killer in D.C and finds out that Rafe was involved in all kinds of stuff she knew nothing about!

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    7. I enjoyed this cozy, although I it did not hold my intrest for the first couple of chapters. I enjoy Dancing with the Stars, so I thought this was a fun story and I'm sad to see that there are just 3 books in the series.

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    8. Loved it. Amazing. So much fun, the characters are a hoot, the story is solid. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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    9. Stacy Graysin breaks up with her fiancé Rafe Acosta after catching him cheating. However, since neither can afford to buy out the other partner, they must continue to run their dance studio together even after the break-up. It’s no surprise that this does not work well for either of them. Rafe wants to increase their profits by adding tap and hip hop classes, but Stacy insists that the studio remain “simply ballroom.” Adding to the tension, Rafe has started to act strangely and is slackin [...]

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    10. 2 STARS ~ A strictly wanna be cozy mysteryWhat if your dance partner, business partner, and fiancé was stepping out with another woman? That's exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin, who shares ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man who broke her heart, Rafe Acosta.Courtesy of Ella Barrick Website - lauradisilverio/productscaI desperately wanted to love this book! I mean look at the cover?! Isn’t it pretty? Yes I know I made a purchase based on the book cover. Stacy's quote below se [...]

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    11. This is a pretty good first book in a cozy series. I think I should start with a disclaimer - I've probably been reading too many cozies lately.The good: the heroine is not too stupid to live. In a genre where this is becoming rarer and rarer, I'm very happy when I read books where the main characters show intelligence. That said, she had moments where she did extremely stupid things. The mystery and characters are well developed. The plot progresses quickly and well with several red herrings. I [...]

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    12. There’s a whole lot to like in “Quickstep to Murder,” the first in the Ballroom Dance mysteries by Ella Barrick, the pen name of Seattle mystery writer Laura DiSilverio. Building on the popular television reality show Dancing With the Stars, the book is a sneak peek at the backstage world of competitive dance. When dance instructor Stacy Graysin discovers her fiancée and dance partner, Rafe, is cheating on her, she immediately breaks off their engagement. But it’s not so easy to sever t [...]

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    13. Stacy Graysin owner of Graysin Motion dance studio is in a pickle. She's caught her fiance cheating, and proceeded to break up with him. That wouldn't be such a big deal, and she could probably get him out of her head, IF he wasn't half owner of Graysin Motion which forces her to have to work with him every day.d deal with his ridiculous scheme of wanting to add hip hop and "kiddie" classes! Graysin Motion is a SERIOUS dance studiot a place for kiddie recitals. Stacy will not even entertain the [...]

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    14. The blurb about the author, Ella Barrick reassured me that I did not have to be a ballroom dancing fanatic to enjoy Quickstep to Murder. I tend to lead when I do ballroom dancing which is OK when you are learning in a group of all young girls but not OK when dancing for real! I really enjoyed this book, I have never read anything by Ella Barrick before, now I want to read anything that she writes. The main character, Stacy Graysin is a ballroom dancer competitor and teaches different types of da [...]

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    15. Described as a "cosy mystery" I thought this would be a pleasant distraction. Around the halfway point, however, I wasn't overly convinced. Populated entirely with unlikeable characters—neurotic, rude, arrogant, violent, self-obsessed, bigoted—it paints a fairly bleak picture of life in Washington. Admittedly, this is a murder-mystery and we need a decent suspect pool but still And given that the protagonist is little better—condescending and utterly so convinced of her own self-worth—sh [...]

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    16. Not as boring as I thought!At the beginning of this book, I could not get into it. I do not watch "Dancing With This The Stars" so I was at a loss with all the names of the many dances that Stacey does and teaches at her studio, Graysin Motion. She was running the studio with her finance', who she had just found with one of the other student/teachers. Everything was going fine until she found Rafe dead in the upstairs ballroom. Of course, she becomes the prime suspect!She decides to find the kil [...]

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    17. OK, I am far from a fan of Ballroom Dancing, but this book is by an author I like (Laura DiSilverio-not exposing any secretsher name is on the copyright page) I decided to read this after I finished her Mall Cop series (read that too!) This was just great.I am also not a big reader of "cozy" mysteries. I have read her books and the "Jessica Fletcher" books, but as you can see from my books entered here, I read Children's Literature (and review it for Kirkus Reviews among other publications)But I [...]

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    18. Stacy Graysin is living her dream of being a competitive ballroom dancer. She also owns a dance studio with her ex-finance and dance partner, Rafe. Things have not been so great since their breakup and they are both looking for new dance partners as soon as the next two competitions are over. But Stacy finds herself in need of a new partner sooner than she expects when she finds Rafe's body with a bullet in his head. As the woman scorned she is at the top of the suspect list and is determined to [...]

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    19. Stacy Graysin teaches ballroom dancing at her studio, Graysin Motion. Her partner, who also happens to be her ex-fiance, has been acting strangely. Then Stacy finds him dead in the studio one night. Now the police think they know who did it, and Stacy better figure out who the real killer is before she ends up in jail--or worse.This book was a gift from my friend, Jenny, who knows I like cozy mysteries and that I love dance. She even had it signed by the author, who I have subsequently met. How [...]

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    20. I was so very pleased that this novel was as good as I felt it might be. Being a lover of televised Ballroom dancing shows, I was enthused at this setting for a good murder mystery. The Author put in the correct elements for me, a beautiful blond, a handsome but naughty, Latin lover, a devastating murder that will need my (the reader's) help. I was pleased to help the very likable and talented Co-owner of the dance studio, Anastasia Graysin of "Graysin Motion." I even liked that name!You quickly [...]

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    21. Who knew there were so many desperate and despicable people involved in ballroom dancing.Stacy and Rafe may have ended their personal relationship but they still had professional commitments so what can she do when Rafe is suddenly murdered in their studio and the detectives are looking at her like she should be wearing orange polyester.Stacy may not have grown up in a normal family situation but her family is still there for her in times of crisis. Her sister is willing to help her figure out t [...]

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    22. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books1 star This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars I really [...]

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    23. Stacy is stuck with her ex-fiancee as a business partner because she can't afford to buy him out of their ballroom dance studio. However, when the police find his dead body in one of the rooms, they think Stacy killed him. Can she prove herself innocent?I really liked the characters from the start, and the plot kept me engaged from beginning to the end. My only real complaint was that Stacy seemed to have a day with many more than 24 hours in it to do all she did plus solve the murder.Read my fu [...]

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    24. Stacy Graysin and Rafe Acosta own Graysin Motion a dance studio. Rafe was her fiance' until she caught him doing the horizontal mambo with the samba queen Solange. When Rafe became totally unreliable and wanted to add hip-hop and tap classes with recitals, Stacy thought that was the last straw. However, when she found Rafe dead in the ballroom, Stacy became the prime suspect. Not only that, but Rafe had changed his will, leaving his half of Graysin Motion to his half-brother Tav. I like this ser [...]

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    25. This book had a little of several things I like in a book - humor, good conflict, facts about a profession that is highlighted (ballroom dancing), a little romance, a puzzle as to who was the murderer and an interesting setting. I didn't give a higher rating because the heroine didn't react as realistically as I'd hoped. Some scenes warranted a little more curiosity on her behalf and some scenes had her reacting with too much. It's a hard balance. Authors sometimes make the characters behave lik [...]

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    26. I really enjoyed this story.Fast paced and well written, easy to follow, something unexpected happens in every chapter, wow! It is hard to believe that the author is not a pro dancer herself, she seems to know the ins and outs of the competitive ballroom dancing world very well.Starting with the murder of ex-boyfriend and studio partner Rafe, Stacy Graysin is caught in a web of intrigue and hidden agendas. Various characters pop up as possible suspects until the denouement. Well done!Set in Wash [...]

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    27. Stacy and her ex-fiance Rafe run a small, well-reputed, but not very profitable Alexandria dance studio for adults--at least, until Stacy finds Rafe's body. The unsympathetic policeman who pulls the case thinks the significant other--or ex-significant other--is always the culprit, but Stacy knows she's innocent. There are an awful lot of people in Rafe's life who might be guilty, however, and Stacy (and Tav, Rafe's half-brother who shows up after the crime) don't seem able to eliminate many susp [...]

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    28. OK, I have to be really honest with the reader of this review. I read this book for one of my challenges that it fit perfect for. I cringed when I had to select it because I feared that I would want to gouge my eyes out after I read it. I really liked this book though. First off, it read really well. I didn't think it read as a cozy AT ALL, which is what saved it for me. Second, I really liked the main character in the book.ere was no sticky sweetness to her character. This is def. a series I wo [...]

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    29. I picked up Quickstep to Murder by Ella Barrick to help me complete an item on a reading challenge. I found the book to be too silly and girly for my taste. There was too much discussion on the outfits that were worn. The main character did too many stupid things especially being too trusting of people she just met. In fact, the only character I liked in the entire book was Hoover, the dog. Other people may enjoy this style and also the dancing descriptions; it was just not my cup of tea. It did [...]

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    30. A light-hearted romp which gradually turns into a thriller. Our protagonist's thoughts prompted laughter a few times and one scene even gave me the heebie-jeebies. Anastasia Graysin, why are you so reckless? I don't know why I was surprised, but the book was also heavily drenched in ballroom culture, moreso than I expected. Some references will feel like inside jokes while others will make you roll your eyes. A few coincidences and ballroom feats will require you to suspend disbelief, but overal [...]

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