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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Blog Tour, Character Interview, & Giveaway for Murder in First Position by Lori Robbins


Character Name: Leah Siderova
1.      Tell us a little bit about yourself--both something we learn from [the story] and something that readers might not guess? 

I’m a ballet dancer with American Ballet Company. It’s the only life I’ve ever known or wanted. I’m single, which is not entirely my choice. My previous boyfriend broke up with me while I was on tour in France. At least he did it over the phone, before he started posting pictures of himself and his new girlfriend. Most people don’t know I fear social dancing. People expect ballerinas to be confident on the dance floor, but I always worry I’ll look like an idiot. On stage, of course, it’s a different story.

2.      How did you first meet your writer?
I met Lori Robbins, who is a former dancer, in an open ballet class. Given my recent notoriety, I was avoiding my usual haunts. She started asking me questions, and the next thing I knew, I was telling her my life story. Writers are like that—they’re good listeners.
 Want to dish about him/her?
Lori means well. She’s trying to get me to plan for a life after ballet, but I’m not ready to do that. When I retire, it’s going to be on my own terms—not anyone else’s.
4.      Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
It’s not every dancer who’s accused of murder. Stabbing people in the back is supposed to be a metaphor. Not a real thing.
5.      Who's your favorite character? Why? 
My sister, Melissa, is my favorite person in the world. She’s perfect in every way, which can be tough for a younger sister, but I know I can count on her—especially when the stakes are life and death.
6.      Who's your least favorite character? Why? 
I loathe our new ballet director, Friedrich Holstein. He’s good friends with my least favorite dancer, Zarina Devereaux. The two of them together are pure poison.
WWhat's next for you? 
As soon as the current…unpleasantness is resolved, I’ll be back in Murder in Second Position.

About Murder in First Position

Traditional Mystery 1st in Series 
 Publisher: Level Best Books (November 24, 2020)  
Paperback: 260 pages 
 ISBN-10: 1947915746 
ISBN-13: 978-1947915749 
Digital ASIN: B08GQBDLN9

Ballerina Leah Siderova knows the career of a professional dancer is short. But rarely is it as brief as that of her rival, Arianna Bonneville, whose rise to stardom ends when she is stabbed in the back. 

New York City police detective Jonah Sobol fixes upon Leah as the prime suspect. After all, she was the one who found the body, she had the most to gain from Arianna’s death, and it was her name Arianna whispered, just before she died.

Leah is desperate to clear her name, and she begins her own investigation, collaborating with her best friend and her ballet coach. As the three dancers sort through backstage intrigues, attempted blackmail, and a tangle of romantic liaisons, the noose around Leah’s neck grows tighter.

Ballet, with its merciless discipline, is all Leah has ever known. Is that enough to keep her one step ahead of the police—and the killer?

About Lori Robbins

Brooklyn-born Lori Robbins began dancing at age 16 and launched her professional career three years later. She studied modern dance at the Martha Graham School and ballet at the New York Conservatory of Dance. Robbins performed with a number of regional modern and ballet companies, including Ballet Hispanico, the Des Moines Ballet, and the St. Louis Concert Ballet. After ten very lean years as a dancer she attended Hunter College, graduating summa cum laude with a major in British Literature and a minor in Classics. Her first mystery, Lesson Plan for Murder, won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy Mystery and was a finalist in the Readers’ Choice and Indie Book Awards. Murder in First Position is the first in her new mystery series, published on November 23, 2020, by Level Best Books.

She is currently working on the second book in both series. She is also the author of “Accidents Happen” a short story that will appear in the 2021 Malice Domestic anthology: Murder Most Diabolical. Robbins is a vice president of the NYC chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a founding member of the Damsels of Distress, a group that offers writing workshops and book readings. She is an expert in the homicidal impulses everyday life inspires.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting me on the Great Escapes Book Tour! I look forward to reading so many of these recommended books!