Review: Stage Fright by Marianne Delacourt

Title: Stage Fright {Tara Sharp #3}

Author: Marianne Delacourt

Published: Allen & Unwin September 2012

Synopsis: Tara Sharp is back in this frightening foray into the music industry.
Things are a bit hot for Tara Sharp in her home town of Perth, so she jumps at the chance to leave town when a music promoter offers her a gig looking after a difficult musician who’s touring Brisbane.
Though minding musicians isn’t Tara’s usual line of work, the money is good and she’s a sucker for a backstage pass. Respite from her mother – with her not-so-subtle hints about ‘eligible young men’ and ‘suitable jobs’ – is also a plus, as is the time and distance to try to resolve her mixed up romantic life.
Arriving in ‘BrisVegas’, Tara finds her hands full dealing with the bizarre habits of the ‘artist’, not to mention his crazy fans. And it’s not long before she discovers that the music industry can be more cut-throat than she imagined and it can be very dangerous messing with the big boys.. Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from September 09 to 10, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Allen & Unwin}

My Thoughts:

With it’s blend of humour, action, mystery and romance Marianne Delacourt’s lighthearted crime series is always a fun read. Stage Fright is the third novel in the series featuring quasi professional sleuth and aura reader, Tara Sharp and begins a short time after the events of Sharp Turn.

When Wal asks Tara to help out a mate in Queensland, she is happy to escape Perth for a while, looking forward to a break from her complicated lack of love life, her mother and Johnny Viaspa’s murderous attention. The job seems straight forward enough, find out who is sabotaging Stuart Cooper’s music promotion business and put a stop to it to ensure the successful tour of US rapper, Slim Sledge. But Tara ends up fitting in her investigative work around body guarding her client’s neurotic celebrity with the help of a bikie she met on the plane, ducking Viaspa who turns up in Brissie, and hooking up with Ed, who is in town for a music video shoot.

Tara is proving to be a savvy investigator, able to talk herself into, and out of, almost any situation. She works hard for her client though still manages to find herself in the midst of absurd situations including wielding a Peking duck as a weapon and cooling the ardour of a young man during his first lap dance. Tara’s blend of smarts and wit ensures she is an appealing character and I appreciate that Delacourt is really allowing Tara to mature and gain skills without losing her amusing quirks.

As always Tara is supported by a cast of great characters. Smitty is certain Henny is cheating on her, Aunt Liv is hysterical when Wal goes missing and Nick Tozzi is in a strange mood. In Brisbane, Tara contends with the bizarre behaviour of Slim, the odd appearance of Harvey, hippy dippy Inigo and bikie Sergeant-of-Arms Bon Jovi (Big Nuts) Ames.

Stage Fright is an entertaining, fast paced crime caper and this sharp (pun intended) series is a favourite of mine. Fans will definitely be intrigued by the romantic cliffhanger and I am already looking forward to the release of Sharp Edge in 2013.

Click here to read Marianne’s guest post for my Australian Women Writer feature.

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You can read my reviews of the first two books in the series by clicking the links for Sharp Shooter and Sharp Turn

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle Walker
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 16:48:02

    Great Review Shelleyrae, I want to read it even more now.



  2. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 18:18:05

    A review to whet one’s appetite!



  3. laurelrainsnow
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 00:07:08

    This sounds like a very captivating series. I always enjoy characters who are fun, even as they do their unusual jobs and find themselves in a pickle now and then. I’ve added this series to my list. Thanks for your review!



  4. Kate Loveday
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 08:50:14

    Thanks for the review Shelleyrae. I haven’t read any of this series but it sounds like fun and I’ll certainly do so now.



  5. Elizabeth Lhuede
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 09:02:14

    Shelleyrae, do you recommend starting with the first one of the series?



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