Where did Franz Go? A Note on Austrian Names

Michael Haydn

I recently received an email from a reader wanting to know why I always refer to Haydn as Joseph Haydn. His name was Franz Joseph Haydn, after all. So why do Haydn’s friends in the Haydn Mysteries address him by his middle name Joseph?

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Aria to Death: A Book Club Pick

I’m delighted to report that Aria to Death, the second Haydn Mystery, is a May Book Club Pick. It’s been featured along with some other wonderful crime fiction writers on Book Club Central.

I’m beyond thrilled to have my Haydn Mysteries featured along with authors like Elaine Viets and K.M. Rockwood. What an honor!

The theme for May is “Not the Usual Suspects.”Click on the hyperlinked text to be taken to the page.

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Forensic Bach

The little known story of how one musician inadvertently aided in the development of a key area in forensic science. The story comes from Katherine Ramsland’s Beating the Devil’s Game—a must-read for anyone interested in the history of forensic science.

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Anna’s Potion: An 18th-Century Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery

Annakirche, Wien

July 26, 1768: The Feast Day of St. Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary. The Emperor Leopold’s firstborn son, Joseph, was born shortly after a hand purported to belong to the saint was brought to Vienna. I would imagine that it was from that time that St. Anna and her feast day became associated with love in Austria.

As you know, Haydn had a troubled relationship with his own Anna. So, what if on her name day, the Feast Day of St. Anna, Maria Anna were accused of murder? Would that bring the couple closer? Anna’s Potion is a new Haydn Mystery Story published in Kings River Life Magazine.  Click on the title or image to read it in its entirety or keep reading to see the blurb.

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