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   SWING:  A MYSTERY -  RUPERT HOLMES

Swing is a complicated story that takes the reader into the mind of Ray Sherwood, a musician during the pre-war swing era. Ray is traveling with the Jack Donovan orchestra. He has chosen the job of traveling with the band as a jazz saxophonist and arranger after a tragic event in his life that eventually led to his divorce.

The Jack Donovan band is scheduled to appear at the Hotel Claremont during the time of the San Francisco World's Fair held at Treasure Island, a man made island created just for the fair. Ray barely gets settled in his hotel room when things start happening. He receives a note from a Gail Prentice who asks him to meet her for coffee at the Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island. Jack goes to the meeting but before he can connect with Gail Prentice another woman sits down and first asks is he American and then proposes marriage.

This is just the beginning of the excitement, intrigue and mystery involved during Ray's gig at the Hotel Claremont. The book is one that you will not want to lay down until you've finished and I doubt you will be able to second-guess the author on how the book will end.

Rupert Holmes is able to weave together the excitement of a World's Fair, the glamour of the swing era and the political climate of the people of America during this time of turmoil just before World War II.

I read an Advanced Reader's Copy of Swing but the actual book that goes on sale will come with an audio CD of original music composed and arranged by the author. The CD is said to offer additional clues to the mystery Swing.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA E. REID

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, PATRICIA E. REID

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