Gospel Choir Murder
By Marietta Harris
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
A foreshadowing of murder grabs readers before the first
“On a hot day in Las Vegas August 15, the housekeeper at the
Circus hotel knocks on the door of Room 1205, but no one answers….There was a
nude body on the bloody bed with a knife protruding from the neck.”
In the first chapter readers meet Evelyn Jenkins, member of
the Gospel Choir at Gabriel Missionary Baptist Church of Oakland, California,
and learn the celebrated choir will be going on tour.
The stage is set for the choir to confront the murder. “Pastor
Watson had scheduled concerts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San
But, before that happens, readers first meet and get to know
the “nine choir members, two deacons, two musicians and Jessie, the choir
director” who will be on tour.
The author uses the first quarter of the story to slowly
familiarize readers with their varied personalities, while gradually
introducing clues needed when the murder takes center stage in Chapter 12, to right
until the story’s satisfying resolution at the end.