Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday's "Forgotten" Books - Dying to Sing

Meg Chittenden wrote a number of books, both before and after Dying to Sing, but I've always had a fondness for her Charlie Plato books.

Charlotte "Charlie" Plato is divorced, 30, and the co-owner of Chaps, a country-and-western tavern on the San Francisco peninsula. When an earthquake hits, exposing a skeleton in the backyard of the tavern, she's the only one of the four owners who is up to the job of investigating. Savanna, an African American version of Dolly Parton; Angel, an ex-rodeo rider; or Zack Hunter, a former actor, couldn't solve it, although Zack assists with advice from the scripts of shows in which he played a sheriff.

The Charlie Plato books, and, my favorite, Dying to Sing, are mysteries with a sense of humor. And, the book has one of the best scenes with a pet rabbit outside of Bunnicula. Dying to Sing, with its fun characters, is a good introduction to a series that lasted for too short of a time.

Meg Chittendeon's website is

Dying to Sing by Meg Chittenden. Kensington Publishing Corporation, 1997. ISBN 9781575661896 (paperback), 296p.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks. Lesa. I've been meaning to try one of her books. Maybe this is the one.

Lesa said...

It's one to try if you're looking for something light, Patti. Enjoy!