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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Haydn Remembers and the One Thing He Forgot

Maria Theresa at Fifteen

The Haydn Mysteries are set in the 1760s. Haydn was in his thirties, at the prime of his life and his musical career. Thirty years later in 1799, he would meet the first of the two men who have come to be known as his early biographers: Georg August Griesinger, a tutor in the household of the Electoral Saxon Ambassador. Six years after that, Haydn met with the painter and engraver Albert Christoph Dies.

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Kaspar Fails to Return Home: An Excerpt from Aria to Death

Unfortunately, the last excerpt scheduled to appear today on the Haydn’s Great Escape hasn’t posted up yet. For those of you following the blog tour, I’ve included it here.

Kaspar has failed to return home. Unable to find Haydn, Kaspar’s servant, Rudi, seeks out Konzertmeister Luigi Tomasini. Where could Kaspar have gone?

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