Hal Glatzer. Too Dead to Swing (2002) 234 pp. [tpo]
In the spring of 1940, The Ultra Belles—an all-female swing band—are on a tour of California, traveling from Los Angeles to gigs to Santa Cruz, Oakland, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco by train. Katy Green joins the band to replace the regular violinist, who has met with an accident on the Santa Monica pier. When members of the group start dying under suspicious circumstances, Katy has to deflect suspicion off herself long enough to unmask a killer.