Too Dead To Swing by Hal Glatzer

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"Too Dead To Swing" is an original murder mystery on audiotape. It's 1940, and musician Katy Green gets what ought to be a dream gig: playing with the Ultra Belles -- an all-female Swing band on tour in California. Every band has troubles, but Katy soon discovers that somebody's out for blood!

The large cast of Broadway actors includes three Tony Award nominees: Susan Egan (Beauty & the Beast, Cabaret) is Katy Green; Harry Groener (Cats, Oklahoma, Crazy For You) portrays the band's songwriter; and singer Ann Hampton Callaway -- currently starring in the revue "Swing!" -- performs the songs in "Too Dead To Swing."

Those songs are: "Walking On Eggshells" -- an uptempo dance number with a 'solid-four' beat; "Remember To Forget" -- a wistful ballad of lost love; and "Yours Till Dawn" -- a rather intellectual paean to the one-night stand.

Also in the cast are Broadway veterans Simon Jones (Waiting in the Wings, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Bernie McInerney (The Rainmaker), and Patti Mariano (Music Man, George M.). And there's a cameo appearance by Barbara Rosenblat, the award-winning narrator of many audiobook mysteries.


About Hal Glatzer

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Published September 7, 2000 by Audio Playwrights.
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After a chaotic day, Katy crashes in an upper Pullman berth above salty, hard-drinking Ivy and across from nympho Suzanne and married Eileen, convinced because of her affair with Ted that there’s a private detective around every corner.

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Amateur detective and professional musician Katy Green has her work cut out for her: not only does she have to play the violin for and negotiate fights between other members of the Ultra Belles, an all-girl swing band, she also has to figure out who's behind a growing list of mysterious deaths.

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Apart from coincidence, a strange lack of emotion at times, even as horrible murder takes place in the same Pullman sleeping car where the band is located, and a solution that requires serious depletion of our natural tendency to disbelieve, Too Dead To Swing is an enjoyable if placid evocation o...

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However, since the main character is just meeting the other band members, and since the whole story takes place in the course of just seven days, the reader learns as much about each person on this journey as one would if actually traveling with strangers for so short a time.

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