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.
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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 of the Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries.
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, Author of the Pennyfoot Hotel & Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries
“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