Mambo and Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery #6 by C.S. McDonald

Links to other C.S. McDonald reviews below.
Synopsis - 

Three ballroom dancers were murdered over 40 years ago. Wow, that’s one old cold case. What’s more, the murderer, who was thought to have been killed during a police chase, has resurfaced in Pittsburgh. Yikes! How can that be?
Worse, ballroom dancing simply isn’t Detective Nathan Landry’s forte. After weeks of practice, Nathan still has two left feet. Can Fiona step in to guide Nathan through this dancing debacle or will it take 40 years for the detective to find his footing? Double yikes! 

Review - 

I love my murder mysteries with humor, and the Fiona Quinn series by author C.S. McDonald offers me just that. I have now enjoyed quite a few of these books and can't wait to read more.

In Mambo and Murder, it starts with ballroom lessons that aren't going well. Nathan and a female cop are trying to learn enough to attend an upcoming competition. Why? Because an old cold case involving ballroom dance and three murders has just reopened. Fresh fingerprints belonging to a murderer they thought dead have just been found at a crime scene. Unfortunately Nathan seriously injures his partner and Fiona has to step into the void.

As a former ballroom dancer, I loved the setting and the author really did capture the dark side of this type of competition that cannot be denied.  I love an easy, enjoyable read to end my day that leaves me with a smile and Mambo and Murder offered me just that.  Can't wait to read the next one. 

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Fiona Quinn Mystery Series Reviews:
Murder on Pointe #1 HERE
Merry Murder #2 Coming 4-3
Waves of Murder #3 Coming 4-3
Tastes Like Murder #4 Coming 4-3
Good Luck to Murder #5 Coming 4-3
Mambo and Murder #HERE
Saddle Up For Murder #7 Coming 4-3
Bon Voyage to Murder #8 HERE
Taking Notes on Murder #9 HERE
Matrimony Mayhem and Murder #10 HERE
Deep Blue Murder #11 Coming 4-3
Four Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries HERE

Owl's Nest Mystery Series Reviews -
Back to the Burgh and Beyond #1 HERE
Maxed Out #2 HERE
Double Dog Dare #3 -HERE

Meet the Author - 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

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  1. Thanks so much for this lovely review! I'm a former professional dancer, though not in ballroom, I so enjoyed researching it and writing the story. So happy you enjoyed the read and all of the Fiona Quinn Mysteries.

    1. As I started dance at a later age, ballroom was the easiest one to embrace, although I took Ballet and Jazz classes as well. You did a great job capturing that world.


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