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Dead on the Dance Floor (Graham, Heather) Hardcover – Mar 2004

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books; First Printing edition (Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778320278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778320272
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,806,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2005
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As I love ballroom dancing and have read some good books by this author I thought I would really enjoy this one,I but it turned out to be one of the most boring I have ever read. There is so much repetition and the characters are so numerous and sketchy that when the identity of the murderer was finally revealed I had to go back through the book to check who he/she was (don't want to spoil that bit for anybody!)in the first place! If you don't mind waiting until chapter 16 for it to move on a bit, and have a really good memory or have time to read it all in one go, then you will probably enjoy it a lot more than I did. I only read to the end on principle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Brown on 10 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lara Trudeau is the queen of the dance floor, until she drops dead from a lethal combination of drink and drugs. To former Miami private investigator Quinn O'Casey, it's a simple case of death by misadventure. Until his brother, Lara's lover seeks his help.
In a city where recreational drugs provide a fast and dangerous high, Quinn is alarmed by the growing number of deaths connected to Lara's dance studio. Manager Shannon Mackay is also starting to wonder if strange events surrounding the studio have a deeper source. But she suspects she's being followed, that she is about to pay the ultimate price for following her dreams. For someone's trying to kill her: a dangerous shadowy figure made all the more deadly by wearing the face of a friend.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
There are too many people on the dance floor 17 April 2005
By MazzanoBlue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book in the store and grabbed it immediately. (paid full price) I am a ballroom dancer and thought it would be a fun read. Granted, the dance world is described accurately, but the story could have been cut by at least 75 pages or more. I agree with other reviewers in that there were way too many characters that you didn't care about. I think the tactic here is to get so many people in the mix you have a large pool to pull out the bad guy. But I knew the book "jumped the shark" when the homeless girl living the one the main character's yard was welcomed with open arms to live in the house and also began instruction as a teacher. That was stretching it a bit for me. The sex scenes were a bit forced I thought. The two characters were in a boat and they started looking pretty good to each other. The rest of the time, there was a lot of distrust between them. I think the author had a hard time deciding whether or not this was a mystery or action romance. Neither view took off very successfully. If I read another one of Ms. Graham's books, it will be at a used bookstore price or from the library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable romantic suspense 28 Mar. 2004
By booksforabuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When beautiful dancer Lara Trudeau dies while dancing of a drug overdose, the police are quick to write it off as another tragic accident of perscription drug abuse. But one cop isn't so sure--and he gets his brother, ex-FBI profiler and private investigator Quinn O'Casey to look into the case. The obvious suspect is another dancer, Shannon Mackay. Shannon has lost her partner and her lover to Lara several years earlier and an 'accident' on the dance floor had cost her her competitive career. But Quinn likes Shannon--likes her a lot. Of course, there's really only one thing he's sure of--his own judgment is fatally flawed.
Quinn puts Lara's case together with several other drug-related deaths that seem connected to the dance studio where Lara and Shannon worked. It could be coincidence, but Quinn doesn't believe in coincidence. He signs up for dance lessons, starts to fall for Shannon, and learns that she is chased by her own demons--or maybe by something far more real than mythical demons. It's tough enough solving a case, but both Shannon and Quinn have major issues they need to work for before they can deal with the attraction that flows between them like, well, like a dance.
Author Heather Graham writes convincingly of the world of ballroom dance and of sultry southern Florida. Damaged but hunky Quinn makes a great foil for frightened but spunky Shannon. Their issues parallel and they find that working through together gives each of them strength to admit their true goals. Of course, before any kind of long-term romance can develop, they'll have to stay alive. And someone seems intent on making sure that doesn't happen.
DEAD ON THE DANCE FLOOR is an enjoyable romance.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Muddled, as usual 8 Feb. 2005
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though this book was better than the last few I've read by Heather Graham, I'm still wondering how on earth she could ever have earned the distinction of "New York Times Best-Selling Author."

I don't know what her obsession is with the words "hell" and "damn" that she feels the need to insert them at least once a paragraph. It comes off sounding as if her characters are a bunch of kindergardeners who just learned a new word that their parents told them not to say, so they overuse it to the point of ridiculousness. It's not a speech pattern in a character -- it's every single character in every single book she writes. I'm not sure if it's meant to make her books more "mature," or to make her characters sound tough, but it's distracting and makes her dialogue annoying to read.

I'm also not sure why she feels the need to fill her books with so many characters. I've finally learned that when reading a Heather Graham novel, it's impossible to keep track of everyone, so I no longer try. And don't even try to figure out why the culprit killed anyone, because he and his reasons get so lost in the shuffle of all the characters and their roles in the story that it'll take you an extra week to try to figure it all out.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Do you want to dance? 12 May 2004
By Elaine C McTyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Heather Graham is one of my favorite authors. I read a great deal and some authors I buy because of their name.
Dead on the Dance Floor, is a good book. If you like the world of dance you will probably like it. It has alot about dances and dancers.
While I find it hard to tell a tango from a cha-cha, The murder mystery was well written. I liked the main characters but somehow there was little doubt who the murderer was. I figured out who, early. It was only near the end I figured out why and how. When the author gave us alittle more information.
As far as the secondary characters, I found it hard to care about people who had nothing better to do than spend a great deal of time and money on dancing contests, bars, and flashy costumes.
These were some of the most unlikeable characters I've ever read about. Somehow the Dr. and his wife were the worst.
Frankly, by the end I didn't care who killed her.
For the best read by Heather Graham, I recommend DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS or PICTURE ME DEAD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Very Good Romantic Suspense You Won't Want To Miss!! 9 May 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A long time fan of Ms. Graham I'm always amazed by her creativity and the setting that she has chosen for this read is not only original but fun. I admit to not knowing a Samba from a rumba except that they are indeed dances that sound like a lot of fun. As a result the reader is introduced to a lifestyle that is rather popular but unfamiliar to many and the perfect setting for this fast-paced romantic suspense.

Shannon McKay runs a dance studio that has been not having the best of luck as far as it clients goes, two different woman fall dead from an overdose of drugs. Are they related or two different problems with the same sad outcome? She is warned at a dance competition "she's next." Next for what though?

Quinn O'Casey as been asked by his brother to investigate the death of dance star Lara Trudeau. He has had a personal relationship with her and doesn't think that she would kill herself. Doug knows in his brother will be able to get to the bottom of it...especially when he introduces the fact that one of Quinn's last cases may have had a connection to Lara's death. Quinn reluctantly agrees and finds himself taking dance lessons with Shannon being his teacher. He is attracted to her and doesn't know if he should act on his feelings or shelve them until he can cross her off of his list of suspects. It's a race against time before a killer strikes again. Will he be able to figure out who is killing the dancers before Shannon becomes the next victim?

This was a real fast-paced read that was entertaining and different. Although there are quiet a few secondary characters I don't think that it's so many that the reader can't keep track. Plenty of personalities is what keeps this from being too technical or bogged down. Ms. Graham is an author that always delivers and this is a read that you won't want to miss!
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