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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Fleeting Note is an Enescu Fleet Mystery written by Sherban Young. Enescu Fleet is being honored at the Pendleton Institute in Baltimore as a descendant of the Romanian composer, George Enescu, whose fabled Third Romanian Rhapsody in G minor has been discovered. Fleet’s daughter, Ate, his protege, John Hathaway, Hathaway’s fiancee, Lesley, and his friend, Hutton, have joined him for the festivities. While they are schmoozing before the presentation, Chester Callas, an unpleasant old school chum of Hutton’s, walks up to them. He’s a violinist and a music critic for Resounding Note magazine, and he’s been invited to give the first public performance of the Rhapsody. As Fleet stands at the podium and begins his speech, Hathaway notices a dark reflection in his champagne glass and looks up to see a body falling from an upper level of the library.
Sherban Young’s private detective mystery, Fleeting Note: An Enescu Fleet Mystery, is a marvelous blend of detection and humor. Hathaway is the perfect foil for the suave and knowledgeable Fleet; fortunately Hathaway’s able to maintain a sense of humor about it all. As with the other books in this series, I found myself chuckling out loud from time to time and had to look around to see if anyone noticed. Hathaway is an appealing mix of earnestness and self-deprecation, blended with a very wry and quirky sense of humor, and seeing the mystery unfold through his eyes is an absolute delight. Young’s plot is tight and beautifully orchestrated, and the action just keeps coming. I had a great time reading this book, and I learned a bit about both detection and music at the same time, which is pretty cool. Fleeting Note: An Enescu Fleet Mystery is most highly recommended.