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Rembrandt Rides a Bike


Loved it! 😍

While tap dancing her way through a European vacation, Dr. Julia Fairchild finds herself tangled in a web of intrigue.

This fun and engaging thriller, part of a series by PJ Peterson, takes the reader in a tour through European cities, museums, and the world of tap dance and performance. The plot is twisted between scenes and people and the author does a great job of concealing actual identities and motivations until the end.

Dr. Julia Fairchild, her sister Carly and their hometown TAPestry dance group have joined a “dancing tour” of Europe, where their tour leaders plan to teach classes and have their guests perform. During the tour, in between challenging practices and recitals, the sisters have time to explore the cities on the tour and enjoy food and shopping and fun in Germany and Amsterdam. Julia has vowed to see one museum a day to look at famous paintings with her internist physician mind. We are treated to a virtual tour along with the group, as the author lets us see the stops through Julia’s eyes.

Things start to go awry with the first museum visit, when she and Carly get trapped in one of the rooms during an unexplained lock-down. It’s an art heist, occurring just at the time they were at the museum.

The police get involved, and the wheels start turning as Julia spots sinister tour guides, tourists, and more. It seems everywhere the group goes, the thefts follow them. Is someone on their tour a thief? Why do the same people appear at every stop? Who is that handsome journalist and why does he keep appearing? Is he following Julia, or is there some other sinister plot afoot?

The action speeds as fast as a dancer’s shoes as the group travels, with characters concealing identities and threats building up. When one of the group’s life is at stake, all of the pieces come flying together like a tap finale. A little romantic interest adds spice.

An exciting read, and one I couldn’t put down. Some of the dialogue is a bit stilted, and the characters are given to introducing themselves immediately by full name, which seems unlikely, but the action carries the reader along. I felt exhausted after the whirlwind tour combined with hours of dance! Fortunately for the reader, we can watch from the sidelines as this story ties itself up in a very competent “heel scuff, toe touch, turn, hop, step!”

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About the author

I'm a retired Internal Medicine physician with time on my hands. Writing mysteries is my outlet for dabbling in medicine. After all, a doctor is a kind of detective who solves diagnostic mysteries. Played in Seattle is the sixth novel in my Julia Fairchild Mystery series. view profile

Published on January 13, 2021

Published by Capucia Publishing

60000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Cozy Mysteries

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