“Bellweather Rhapsody” by Kate Racculia

Audrey recommends: Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

Genre: Mystery

Reading level: YA to adult

Summary: All the brightest music students in the state are snowed in at a (possibly) haunted hotel, where a mysterious wedding-night murder occurred 15 years ago.

Audrey says: File this under “books I wish I could read again for the first time.” This novel pulls double duty as a whodunnit and a coming-of-age story. Each chapter flips between an equally captivating perspective, from the eccentric orchestra conductor to the wallflower bassoon prodigy to the elderly butler who was working the night of the murder. So many geniuses trapped under one haunted roof is a recipe for catastrophe, but the coming implosion is necessary for the teens to understand who they are and what they truly want out of life. I don’t know how Kate Racculia managed to write a dark mystery that’s also a feel-good novel about growing up, but I’m grateful she did.