One Fell Swoop by David Linzee, 276 pages
Hometown author David Linzee has returned with a second volume in his Renata Radleigh opera mystery series. While the first book featured mezzo soprano Radleigh solving a murder while juggling rehearsals at the St. Louis Opera, One Fell Swoop finds Radleigh back in her native London, but wrapped up in a transatlantic mystery that ties back to her smarmy brother Don and his sudden interest in Parkdale, a downtrodden neighborhood in St. Louis. Once again, Radleigh and her partner in sleuthing Peter Lombardo are trying to save Don's neck, despite Don's attempts to dodge them. And once again, Linzee presents a fun, quick read full of twists and turns, with plenty of nods to St. Louis, its institutions and neighborhoods. I'm already looking forward to more Renata Radleigh books!