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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The Brothers Haydn

A Whiff of Murder

“Their middle brother was difficult enough to exhaust even Johann’s infinite resources of tact and patience”–A Minor Deception, Chapter Ten

What exactly do we know about Haydn’s brothers and his relationship with them? Not much, unfortunately. Certainly not enough for a writer to have a sense of their characters and to develop their personalities.

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Haydn’s Women: Henpecked Husband or Philanderer?

I’m often asked to what extent the portraits I’ve drawn of Haydn’s younger brothers and his wife in my mysteries are true-to-life. After all Michael—Franz Michael— and Johann—Johann Evangelist—did indeed exist. Were they anything at all like the men I’ve portrayed? And what was Haydn’s relationship with them?

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