Episode 12: Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bellweather Rhapsody begins with a wedding, a suicide, and a murder, all taking place at the grand Bellweather Hotel, and all witnessed by an 11-year-old girl named Minnie Graves. Fifteen years later, Minnie decides to go back to the scene of the crime, an attempt to face the ghosts and the monsters that have haunted her life. The same weekend of Minnie's return, the hotel, now sadly run-down, is hosting "Statewide," an annual music festival for the best high school musicians in the state. And on the first night of Statewide, one of those musicians disappears - a possible runaway, a possible suicide, a possible murder victim. In the midst of a massive blizzard that traps everyone at the hotel, this mystery slowly unravels, while the secrets of a wide cast of characters intersect and are exposed.
Kate Racculia talks about her obsession with Murder She Wrote, laments the way smart phones have rendered mysteries obsolete, and reveals how she thinks her characters turn out after the novel ends.
Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with guest readers Alfie Guy and Tui Sutherland about ghosts and guilt, disguise and destruction, and music, magic, and mirrors.