Tuesday, May 4, 2010

'The Fat Lady Sings', 2010, Kit Sloane, Oak Tree Press; "FTC full disclosure - book provided by the publisher

Margot and her significant other Max, live in the Los Angeles area; Margot is a film editor and Max writes screenplays. While attending a college theatre performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe", Margot meets Lenore Chambers, a singer appearing with the local G&S company, the Los Angeles Savoyards. About a month later Lenore sends Max and Margot flowers with tickets to "The Mikado"; Lenore is performing the part of Katisha in the production. Max decides against going so Margot invites her friend Sophie and as they approach the theatre, it is surrounded by police, a SWAT team and an ambulance ready for the stretcher with a covered body on it. They decide to go for a drink and Lenore calls Margot to tell her that their director, Graham Moody has been murdered. An explosive device has gone off in his desk. Lenore asks Margot to be the director for their upcoming play, "Patience" and Lenore and the cast have hopes that the production will be a finalist in the competition and then on to London and perform against the other companies. Later another body is found at Margot and Max's house and she begins having second thoughts about directing and is fearful for herself, the cast and the production.

Kit Sloane is very comprehensive with her knowledge of the theatre and film fields. Her characters in 'The Fat Lady Sings' are quite an assortment of personalities and Kit Sloane is very skillful at concocting them. The storyline unfolds leisurely offering the reader an interesting and informative story. I only wished that Margot and Max had done more sleuthing.


  1. Hmm. I couldn't get into this book enough to keep reading it. I've heard good things about Kit Sloane's writing--guess I'll have to try it again next year. Not finding enough sleuthing is, however, not a good sign.

  2. Jumping right in here...as author I agree that my books aren't for everyone. They're "offbeat" and I'm happy with that. My dual protags aren't sleuths. I wanted them to be ordinary (if you can say a Hollywood director and editor are "ordinary") people who work around competitive, talented, egoistic types and a few turn out to be extremely problematic individuals! Margot is a watcher. That's her job as an editor. She sees details and puts them together. I tell the stories mostly from her point of view, as a shy, retiring, but highly creative person, who deals daily with the eccentricities of her profession. That's why most of my readers say the stories seem real to them.

    thanks for the nice review!

    Kit Sloane

  3. I'm glad to find your site, Connie, and am enjoying scrolling through your reviews. I often take my mysteries on the unusual side (character driven, a long delay before a body turns up, and other things don't trouble me) and am a big fan of Kit's series, which fits this bill.