Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue After several months of successful work in London and Amsterdam with American expatriate Fletcher Paige Evan Horne returns to the states and settles in the San Francisco Bay Area There he reunites wi

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  • Title: Shades of Blue
  • Author: Bill Moody
  • ISBN: 9781590584859
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After several months of successful work in London and Amsterdam with American expatriate Fletcher Paige, Evan Horne returns to the states and settles in the San Francisco Bay Area There he reunites with his girlfriend, FBI agent, Andie Lawrence And Evan quickly makes inroads into the Bay Area jazz scene Life is good until a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney turns hAfter several months of successful work in London and Amsterdam with American expatriate Fletcher Paige, Evan Horne returns to the states and settles in the San Francisco Bay Area There he reunites with his girlfriend, FBI agent, Andie Lawrence And Evan quickly makes inroads into the Bay Area jazz scene Life is good until a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney turns his life upside down Evans old friend and former mentor, pianist Calvin Hughes, has died, and named Evan as his sole beneficiary Evan is shocked to learn that Hughes has left him his small Hollywood house, money, and all his possessions But when Evan begins to play through some hand written sheet music, he recognizes one as a song from the landmark Miles Davis recording Birth of the Cool, and another from Kind of Blue, arguably one of the most important recordings in modern jazz Was Calvin Hughes the uncredited composer of one or both of these tunes, or was it simply Hughess transcriptions from the recordings In addition, Evans finds a cryptic note, and a photo taken almost 40 years earliera young Cal with his hand on a baby carriage Both are taped to the bottom of a dresser drawer A friend of Cals Lisa Gaines will continue to take care of Milton and rent from Evan Evan is soon on a whirl wind journey across the country to find answers from his family and to confront his mother What was her relationship with Calvin Hughes And just how did Jazz come into the equation

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    1. Quite some time since I last read an Evan Horne mystery, so it was a treat to come across this in one of The Piles! Evan loses an important person in his life in this one and uncovers many secrets about his own life. Good read as always!

    2. I've read most of Bill Moody's Evan Horne books, but I had missed this one. When I heard that Bill passed away recently, I decided to rectify that omission. I met Bill several times, and I enjoyed his special jazz niche in the mystery world. This book was a quick read and an interesting story that filled in some information on Evan's past. It has some mysterious situations, and some crime, but it's far from a typical mystery novel. He did a good job of alluding to previous cases where he functio [...]

    3. Shades of Blue, by Bill Moody, B-plus, Narrated by Grover Gardner, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.This is a smooth relaxing read about a jazz pianist who apparently has also worked with the FBI, you probably have to suspend belief, and this takes place in previous books, I assume. This is my first Bill Moody and I will read more. This book was full of references to the jazz greats of the late ‘40’s and early ‘50’s, my favorite jazz era. Grover Gardner is one of the [...]

    4. Learned a whole lot about jazz and got inspired to buy Miles Davis "The Birth of Cool" album afterwards. It didn't really seem like a mystery novel though, more like a book about jazz music that had a dash of suspenseful "things" thrown in: a secret about the past, unknown music crib sheets, preserved recordings of rehearsal sets with Miles Davis, missing laptops. There's a lot in there, but the plot was rather hum-drum, parts of it predictable to anyone who reads mysteries regularly. However, M [...]

    5. I wanted very much to like this book because I met the author at UNLV when he was a TA there in the late 70's. The jazz references were great, but I felt the story was predictable, and there wasn't the depth of characterization that I'd prefer. Moody spent far too much time writing about the food the characters ate, and too little time developing believable, interesting characters. It did inspire me to dig out my Miles Davis CD's, and I enjoyed listening to them as I read the book.

    6. Moody's writing is concise. Soft on characterizations, hard on plotting, soft on segways, hard on situations. Spontaneity and uncertainties didn't compromise his story, but a few disconnected, unnecessary happenings did. There was passion and purpose and facts. I enjoyed this work but surprise was just a twinkle in this fiction. That's probably how life goes, anyway.

    7. As a major Jazz fan I love the constant and accurate backdrop/references of 'America's classical music'. Truly legendary recordings by Miles Davis such as 'Birth of the Cool' & 'Kind of Blue' are actually part of a very intriguing storyline. Moody really captures the scene well and I rank him as a personal favorite among detective writers.

    8. Great mystery and oh boy, he's got a bunch of books featuring a jazz pianist detective. my lucky day. Well written, obviously knows alot about jazz (I kept going to the computer to listen to tunes he mentioned) a little suspense, but not scary for this cozy mystery reader.

    9. Bill Evans captures the feeling of the Jazz community in his books, I really enjoy his writing, settings and characters, wrapped around a mystery related to famous jazz musicians.

    10. Another great Evan Horne mystery from Bill Moody. We learn a lot more about Evan in this installment. Another book in the series is due out in 2011.

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