Death of an Irish DivaBelieve it or not, when Emily McGlashen first came to town and opened her Irish dance studio, I thought we could be friends. I thought it could be fun to partner on some dance events and so on. I’ve trained and danced in New York and while the competition has been fierce from time time, I’ve never been met with such rudeness and lack of respect as what I’ve experienced from Emily. She has turned my days inside out, I can tell you that.

For years, my studio has been the only one in Cumberland Creek. The nearest large town is Charlottesville, where there are plenty of good dancing schools, but some families can’t make a 45-minute drive for their children to take dance classes. I totally get that. That’s what my Mama and I had to do three times a week. And it was hard. But I love to dance and my mother always supported me—even if dance is not her thing at all.

But anyway, as I was saying, Emily has really gotten under my skin. My daily life usually goes along on a regular schedule. Right now, I’m getting ready to move into an apartment and staying with my Mom and Jon, her boyfriend until it’s ready. We all pitch in with my daughter Elizabeth, since my soon to be ex-husband, Bill, has moved to Charlottesville to be with his rather young girlfriend. (Some men take their mid-life crises to levels of ridiculousness, what can I say?)

But now, I have to worry about what Emily does next. First, she spread some flyers around town outlining how bad ballet is for children, then this morning, I opened up the newspaper to an editorial she wrote about the very same subject. Honestly! As if I would teach ballet to children if it were bad for them! I mean certainly there are injuries with any sport, dance, or any physical activity, but to come down so hard on ballet is just spiteful and mean. She wants to put me out of business. And between you and me, she might just succeed.

Students are dropping out, parents are calling with concerns, and her studio continues to grow. I’m trying not to panic and hoping my dance students will come back. But Emily is younger, more hip, and Irish dancing looks like so much fun that it really appeals to my young dance students.

As I said, my daily life used to be fairly mundane and routine. But these days a certain Irish dancer has it out for me. I don’t think I ever been so angry in my life! I’m playing it cool, but I’m not sure how much more I can take. Has anybody ever gotten to you like this?

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Meet the author
Mollie Cox Bryan writes the Cumberland Creek Mysteries, published by Kensington. DEATH OF AN IRISH DIVA is the third in the series. The first book, Scrapbook of Secrets, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2012; the next one Scrapped was published in January 2013. An e-novella will be released this June—A SCRAPPY SUMMER. The next book in the series, A CRAFTY CHRISTMAS, will be released in October 2014. She lives in Waynesboro, Va., with her husband and two daughters.

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