A Minor Deception: A Joseph Haydn Mystery (Volume 1) Paperback – October 18, 2016
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"A Minor Deception is a wonderful tour de force that pulls the reader into the intricate world of 18th century music, mystery and politics! Elegantly written and plotted, the reader will be hooked from page one." Emily Brightwell, New York Times Bestselling Author, Mrs. Jeffries Series
"Well-written and exquisitely developed, A Minor Deception is a standout in the genre of historical mysteries. An encore is requested!" D.Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Tustin occupies a unique niche in the historical mystery world with her debut novel, one which she clearly masters. Her knowledge of the classical music world is obvious, but her talents as a writer are no less apparent in the puzzle and music of this story." Edith Maxwell, Agatha-nominated author of Delivering the Truth
"A wonderful read for any music lover! Vivid historical descriptions, intricate details, and a fascinating central character kept me turning the pages. Bravo!" --Amanda Carmack,award-winning author of The Elizabethan Mystery Series
". . . will enthrall music lovers and mystery lovers alike. With complex characters and vivid descriptions, the reader will be transported back to the eighteenth century to enjoy a fascinating tale of intrigue. . ." Kate Kingsbury, Pennyfoot Hotel & Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries
From the Author
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Paperback : 254 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0998243019
- ISBN-13 : 978-0998243016
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.64 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Foiled Plots Press; 1st edition (October 18, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #845,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a good solid mystery for any reader but a special joy for a music lover.
Napur opens her well designed book with a fine cast of characters – background information so well researched that even avid classical music aficionados will find fresh information, both on the court of Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Maria Theresa (Ruled 1740-1780): Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary & Bohemia and her family and contemporaries Ferenc II Rákóczi, Nikolaus Esterházy, etc but also about Haydn and his family, Mozart, Tomasini and the fictional cast members that complete this opera.
And in keeping with this classical music mystery Napur opens with an Overture – ‘On a chilly December morning in the year 1766, the inhabitants of the little town of Eisenstadt bustle about in a state of feverish anticipation. Eisenstadt might be no different from any other obscure free town in Royal Hungary; too insignificant to merit a spot on the postal route. Nevertheless, it has drawn the attention of the entire Empire upon itself. The widowed Empress Maria Theresa is to grace the little town in her Hungarian domains with a visit in three weeks; bringing to an end a year-long period of mourning for her beloved husband. But the man whom the town credits for this remarkable event is at this very moment beginning to fear something might go amiss in the weeks to come.’ The stage is set, the orchestra is tunes and the mystery begins.
The synopsis in the book is excellent – ‘When his newly hired violinist, Bartó Daboczi disappears just weeks before the Empress’s visit, Haydn is forced to confront a disturbing truth . . .Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist Bartó Daboczi the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa’s visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso. But when Bartó disappears—along with all the music composed for the imperial visit—the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job. Before long Haydn’s search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle. Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief—and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn can find his missing virtuoso.’
In eloquent prose Napur relates her love of classical music, not missing a note of innuendo, and mixes that with a superb mystery whose characters just happen to be well known figures in history. It is this kind of writing that will bring readers into the circle of hearing fine music and attending concerts in the orchestra halls around the globe – all because one writer has the polished ability to stimulate our curiosity on every level. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, February 17
This novel is very heavy on historical background and details that add so much depth. I had a little struggle trying to keep up with the multiple characters with the unusual names but I also had to slow down my jumping to conclusions way before Haydn decided who did it. A Minor Deception is certainly worth the read.
Top reviews from other countries
The reader discovers that Bartó Daboczi the principal violinist has suddenly vanished before a very important Empress visits. From the discovery of his principal violinist's disappearance the conductor Joesph Haydn finds himself having to take matters into his own hands and playing detective to solve the mystery. While on the case he uncovers pieces of a very worrying puzzle, not only was Bartó involved in petty theft but much more dangerous crimes. The minor musical mishap turns into so much more with a greater risk at stake.
A thoroughly fun mystery, I look forward to seeing what else the author writes in the future.