For The Love of Jazz by Elke Feuer – a Review
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Restoration architect Josie Fagan takes on a project with lawyer and senator’s son, Patrick Pullman. It’s the perfect match. She needs his endorsement to save her business and he wants to restore his ancestral Chicago home. Love wasn’t part of her plan. Neither was being asked to stay at his home, haunted by ghosts, or discovering she has a claim to his home – which she adores. When she finds out his family may be responsible for her aunt’s disappearance fifty years ago, it’s a race to unearth the truth before she loses not only her business and her heart, but also her life.
Patrick can’t deny his attraction to Josie and is willing to take a chance on love since his broken engagement a year earlier. Things become complicated when he learns of their family connection and her claim to the home he loves. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, or that his family is involved in her aunt’s disappearance, so insists they work together. But, when he starts seeing his uncle’s ghost, and threats are made on her life, he’s forced to confront the possibility his family could be responsible.
If you are a fan of ghost stories, romance, and a classic case of who done it, then this one’s for you. Elke Feuer does an amazing job of keeping the suspense rolling throughout this story. Not once did I come close to figuring out the ending. As I was reading For the Love of Jazz there were many times I felt like I was watching an episode of CSI or Hawaii Five-O trying to figure out who’d done it. The way Elke weaves this tale of love, passion, romance and murder keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I found myself glued to this story with each turn of the page, in the hopes that another clue would be dropped as to who the culprit is. I was beginning to feel like a player in the game of Clue shouting out; Mrs. Peacock in the library with the candlestick, LOL 😉
Okay back to being serious here. Along with the murder mystery surrounding Josie’s dead aunt Lola, Elke manages to weave a lovely romance story along the way. I really enjoyed the way Elke developed this romance between Josie and Patrick. She didn’t throw them together quickly or rush things between them. Instead, she slowly built up the romance, and in turn allowed the reader to get to know the characters along the way. Adding the ghost story to the romance and delicately balancing Lola and William’s past with Josie and Patrick only added to the suspense and intrigue of the book.
For the Love of Jazz is well written with great character and plot development. It’s the type of book that keeps the reader riveted and wanting more with each turn of the page. As I said earlier, if you are a fan of ghost stories, romance and a who done it storyline then this one’s for you. You won’t be disappointed with Elke Feuer’s debut novel. I’d say she has a bright future ahead of her as a novelist. I look forward to more books by Ms. Feuer.
Reviewed by Marcie
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