Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Emily Dunlap

musicians-daughter__sl160_Summary:  Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy’s court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing, and the only clue to his death a strange gold pendant around his neck. Then her father’s mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, helps her through a difficult time by making her his copyist and giving her insight into her father’s secret life. It’s there that Theresa begins to uncover a trail of blackmail and extortion, even as she discovers honor, and the possibility of a first, tentative love. Thrumming with the weeping strains of violins, as well as danger and deception, this is an engrossing tale of murder, romance, and music that readers will find hard to forget.

322 pages, Bloomsbury

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1 Comment

  1. I enjoyed this book somewhat, though it was historically confused which bothered me. The political motivation in murders was similar to The Season, but much more well described. I found the inclusion of gypsies kept me interested more than anything else. The books biggest problem was that it did too much with certain aspects of the plot and not enough with other, while keeping most of the characters fairly obscure and letting their relationships fall by the wayside. At any given point one aspect was written well, but it seems like more complexity wasn’t given attention.

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