I had this book on my list because a couple of Cannonballers (hi, yesknopemaybe!) had previously enjoyed it and said it was a new take on The Westing Game. In my head, I had this down as a Zilpha Keatley Snyder book I had somehow missed, even though I loved all her others. So I read this whole thing waiting for the ghosts or magic to show up. Turns out ZKS did NOT write The Westing Game, I am a dolt, and this is just a lovely little slice-of-life story about a set of twins away on a weekend music thing.
Rabbit plays the bassoon, and his sister Alice sings. They get stuck in a decaying hotel in a snowstorm, along with hundreds of other musically-gifted high school students, some seriously emotionally impaired adults, and a possible murderer. A murder/suicide happened in the hotel 20 years ago, so the students are primed to expect the worst. It’s a well-told story, with interesting characters, and I found myself really rooting for the twins. However, I kept waiting and waiting for the ghosts to show up, or something magical to happen. Instead, Rabbit came out of his shell (and the closet), Alice grew up and got a little less self-centered, and some sad things happened to the grown-ups, who mostly dealt with it in a surprisingly healthy way.