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Bellweather Rhapsody

Racculia, Kate

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Bellweather Rhapsody
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A young music prodigy goes missing from a hotel room that was the site of an infamous murder-suicide fifteen years earlier, renewing trauma for a bridesmaid who witnessed the first crime and rallying an eccentric cast of characters during a snowstorm that traps everyone on the grounds.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014.
ISBN: 0544129911
9780544129917
Characteristics: x, 340 pages ;,24 cm

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Comment by: MedinaReads Feb 09, 2015

Every year, the Statewide High School music festival convenes at The Bellweather, a past-its-prime hotel in upstate New York​. Mr. Hastings, the concierge, looks forward to the chaotic weekend when the hotel is overrun with talented and mischievous teenagers. Nothing has been the same at The Bell... Read More »

Comment by: Cleveland_PL Dec 10, 2014

Review by Angela Guinther, Carnegie West Branch Manager of Cleveland Public Library

"I love novels that take place in a condensed timeframe, in one location, and feature several characters. Mix in comedy, complications, and curious circumstances that keep me turning the pages, and I'm al... Read More »


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Feb 13, 2015
  • quagga rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Racculia's exuberant style, twisty plot and larger-than-life characters kept me entertained and turning pages. It was a bit like a cross between The Grand Budapest Hotel movie crossed with a YA novel.

Feb 09, 2015

Every year, the Statewide High School music festival convenes at The Bellweather, a past-its-prime hotel in upstate New York​. Mr. Hastings, the concierge, looks forward to the chaotic weekend when the hotel is overrun with talented and mischievous teenagers. Nothing has been the same at The Bellweather since a murder-suicide occurred in room 712 fifteen years ago. But this weekend, when a blizzard rolls in, things are about to change once more in a very dramatic fashion.

This book is the perfect blend of darkness and light: murder, paranoia, revenge, and rebellion mix with a cast of fascinating and eccentric characters who want to love, be loved, and be heard. This clever, quirky puzzle of a novel will win the hearts of mystery and music lovers alike.
Recommended by M.O., MCDL

Dec 10, 2014

Review by Angela Guinther, Carnegie West Branch Manager of Cleveland Public Library

"I love novels that take place in a condensed timeframe, in one location, and feature several characters. Mix in comedy, complications, and curious circumstances that keep me turning the pages, and I'm all set. Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia, fits the bill spectacularly. The Bellweather is a once-beautiful, grand hotel that has fallen on hard times, especially since a gruesome murder/suicide occurred fifteen years ago. However, it is now 1997 and time for Statewide, a conference for the best high school musicians and singers New York State has to offer that still takes over the hotel one weekend a year. Chaperoning the several hundred students are former musical prodigies, a somewhat scattered conductor, and scary, severe Viola Fabian, the head of Statewide. When diva-in-training Alice Hatmaker checks into 712, the scene of the crime all those years ago, the page turning begins. As a reviewer in Booklist said, 'A musical mystery that strikes nary a false note. Encore, encore.' Indeed. Enjoy!"

Dec 09, 2014
  • Novel_Librarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A tour-de-force in terms of characters: each one beautifully and completely realized. This is part mystery, part ghost story, part coming of age, and each piece works beautifully towards the whole.

Jul 08, 2014
  • ValleyViewLibrarians rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"The Shining" meets "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in this humorous mystery centered around a prestigious weekend music camp for high school students. A wide cast of quirky characters make for an intriguing and entertaining narrative. Recommended for older teens and adults who like unusual stories.

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