Haydn and the Lost Operas of Monteverdi

On a twilight evening in October 1613, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was set upon by a band of thugs on the road from Mantua to Venice. I was researching the Haydn Mysteries when I came upon that tidbit, and I was instantly intrigued.

Much later when I began the research for Aria to Death, I read of the distressing account in the composer’s own words:

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New Release: The Baker’s Boy: A Young Haydn Story

I’m excited to let you know that Day of the Dark, the anthology that includes my young Haydn story, “A Baker’s Boy,” along with 23 other fantastic stories, is finally available. Set in Vienna, the story is in many ways an exploration of faith:

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An Eighteenth-Century Sleuth; A Twentieth-Century Crime

When I first began writing mysteries, I had no particular interest in true crime. To be honest, I avoided it like the plague. I watched the occasional episode with my husband but only because he enjoyed it so much.

Yet as I write this post, I’ve finished reading Robert Ressler’s Mind Hunter and am halfway through Ann Rule’s fascinating portrayal of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me.

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Haydn’s Day of the Dark

Day of the Dark

Franz Michael Haydn, like his older brother, also became a composer, but was better known for his church compositions rather than his secular works. Now, there’s nothing to suggest that the two didn’t get on well. Michael, for much of his life, remained in Salzburg, employed by the same Archbishop who was employer to Leopold Mozart, father of the more famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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