Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Day the Music Died: An Emlyn Goode Mystery is a paranormal murder mystery novella written by Susan Solomon. Amanda Stone’s meteoric rise to fame had made her legendary in her small hometown of Niagara Falls, New York, where she and Emlyn had both grown up. Amanda had early on shown a gift for music and musical instruments, and soon after she had left home for college, the young musician had ended up making a name and attracting a following for herself in Greenwich Village. When she met fellow musician, Bobby Davis, after one of her performances, something clicked, and the two created Stonemaiden, a paranormal-themed musical group. As with any success story, there were the incessant rumors about wild parties, drugs and other gossipy speculations, so no one was all that surprised when Amanda abruptly left the stage in the middle of a performance, never to be seen again.
Emlyn was surprised, to say the least, when she received, years after Amanda’s disappearance, a letter of condolence from the former musical legend. Anne Goode, Emlyn’s mother, had died recently, and Amanda wrote in her letter that the two had been friends. Amanda then expressed her interest in meeting Emlyn and left a phone number. Emlyn and her friend, Rebecca, were both intrigued and excited at the prospect. Rebecca, especially, as she had been a die-hard fan of Stonemaiden. The meeting was delightful at first, but then Amanda had some stunning news to share with Emlyn that would change her world forever. Emlyn rushed out of Amanda’s house, unable to digest the older woman’s message, and heedless of Amanda’s request for help.
Susan Solomon’s cozy paranormal murder mystery novella, The Day the Music Died: An Emlyn Goode Mystery, is breezy, fast-paced and highly entertaining. I’ve read other books in Solomon’s Emlyn Goode Mystery Series, and find following these two amateur sleuths as they solve the mysteries that seem to fall in their laps a lot of fun. Solomon’s cast of characters, which includes both women’s love interests and Emlyn’s sleuthing albino cat, Elvira, become more well developed with each book, and they’ve come to seem like old friends. I’m looking forward to the next book in Solomon’s mystery series. The Day the Music Died: An Emlyn Goode Mystery is most highly recommended.