Bellweather Rhapsody

  • by Kate Racculia
  • Narrated by Jessica Almasy
  • 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fifteen years ago, a murder/suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; the grown-up bridesmaid has returned to face her demons; and a snowstorm is forecast that will trap everyone on the grounds. Then one of the orchestra’s stars disappears—from room 712. Is it a prank, or has murder struck the Bellweather once again?
The search for answers entwines a hilariously eccentric cast of characters—conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. For everyone has come to the Bellweather with a secret, and everyone is haunted.
Full of knowing nods to the shivery pleasures of suspense and the transporting power of music, this is a wholly winning new novel from a writer lauded as “charming” (Los Angeles Times), “witty” (O, The Oprah Magazine), and “whimsical” (People).

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What the Critics Say

"For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." (Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Ultimately Disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There were good moments and some plot twists that really were surprising, but there were also long passages of character rumination that diluted any suspense. It seemed like the author wasn't sure if this were a thriller/suspense novel or a character drama. It felt like an uneasy mix of both.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A little bit anti climatic.


What aspect of Jessica Almasy’s performance would you have changed?

She was a little bit strident with the character of Alice, but she absolutely NAILED the wicked Viola.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It could be a good movie if the suspense aspect of the story was the focus.


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- Ruth Bain "RueRue"

Zany lovely book, great narrator

On the surface it's a madcap romp with all the elements of a Wes Andersen farce: a haunted hotel, mystery, silliness. But I loved the characters so much and the way the author wrote them really made me care. There were laugh out loud moments and made-me-weepy moments and sometimes moments that made me do both simultaneously. The narrator was great - she captured the energy of the novel perfectly.
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- Anna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios