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Sound Proof is a great read--a delightful mystery filled with quirky musicians and their deep love for their particular instruments. As a reader, I learned a lot about folk music and thoroughly enjoyed going to Midwest Music Madness with the rest of the eccentric participants.
Frank Dragovic, Gregorich's private eye from her prequel Dirty Proof, arrives at Midwest Music Madness Camp undercover as a camp carpenter. The setting is southern Illinois during a heat wave. Dragovic shows up with his girlfriend Suzanne. Suzanne, a musician and friend of Midwest Music Camp Organizer Mary--helps employ Dragovic to discover who keeps stealing instruments at the camp.
Dragovic gets more than he bargained for when he discovers that Organizer Mary isn't what she appears to be. Theft turns to murder, and Dragovic finds himself on a different caper than he imagined.
Gregorich manages to weave music and intrigue into a unique mystery. Readers will love her ability to capture, not only the musician's personalities, but the personalities of the instruments they play. Moreover, Gregorich creates suspense and surprise throughout Sound Proof.
Gregorich's Sound Proof is a solid mystery with believable characters--especially her detective Frank Dragovic, intelligent plotting, and a very nice twist at the end. What sets it apart, however, are the toe-tapping descriptions of the music, musicians, and especially the instruments at the Midwest Music Madness folk festival, the scene of the crime. I challenge anyone to read this book and refrain from immediately heading for a CD to play, preferably "Soldier's Joy". A fun summer read.
Sound Proof (love the title!) is a fun read -- a clever murder mystery set at a folk music festival, where the most passionate arguments are reserved for whether mandolins and dulcimers should be allowed to play real, authentic "old-time" music -- until someone is murdered! Detective Frank Dragovic has been hired to track down a musical instrument thief. Raised on a farm himself, he fits right in as he investigates the various musicians undercover. Dragovic finds out that folkies aren't much different from the rest of us -- venal, envious, lost, and haunted by the past -- and along the way, he learns how to drum and line dance! Gregorich provides a fascinating view of country life (one of the main characters is a pig named Richard!) while celebrating the storytelling power of folk music, frequently referring to actual folk songs that reflect and comment on the action of the book itself. A page turner to the end!
I love a good mystery! A friend suggested that I might enjoy reading Barbara Gregorich's Sound Proof. I first thought that a story about instrument theft that takes place at a folk festival in downstate Illinois might not make a very exciting story. Where were the serial killers, political plots and spies? Was I wrong! The characters were delightful and the story pulls you in from the start and keeps you engrossed so you don't want to leave when the story ends. The author's attention to detail about the instruments and what happens at a folk festival add to the depth of the story. You imagine that your right beside Frank Dragovic trying to solve the thefts and a murder while experiencing the unique ambiance of the festival, the colorful characters and the oppressive heat of a downstate Illinois summer. The story was as gratifying as a warm summer breeze.
Soundproof is a murder mystery taking place at a summer music camp. The large cast of characters is a challenge to the reader. There are also words and situations that may offend those with traditional morals. All in all though, a good cliff hanger
SOUND PROOF is a crafty mystery in which Detective Frank Dragovich must use all of his skills in this smoothly written murder mystery which keeps you guessing "who did it?" You become personally involved with the cast of quirky characters while being educated in the musical instruments common to folk music. The story is so well written that I couldn't stop reading because I was eager to find out who the culprit was. SOUND PROOF draws you in,is fun and engaging and a highly recommended read.
Sound Proof is a fun read! Lively dialogue, colorful characters and a fast moving story. Great descriptions of the music, the instruments and the characters who show up at an old time music event. Add to that a deepening mystery involving theft and ultimately, murder....what more can you ask for? Music, murder and mayhem!
This book was a great read, full of interesting characters and plot surprises. I was thrilled that the book kept me guessing. Interesting way to introduce musical instruments and an interesting turn of events all the way through.
So great to have another Frank Dragovic Novel! This was a solid, suspensefull read that holds your interest and keeps you guessing, while the characters develop into suspects. Awesome how we see more and more into our detectives thoughts and beliefs. The author really makes you connect with her detective on a personal level. Can't wait for No. 3!