When his newly hired violinist disappears just weeks before the Empress's visit, Haydn is forced to confront a disturbing truth. . .
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.
Advance Praise for the Haydn Mysteries
"Intricately researched and cleverly plotted. . ."
Anna Lee Huber, Lady Darby Mysteries
"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, Mrs. Jeffries 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, Pennyfoot Hotel & Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries
I still hum or even sing the Papa Hayden song from early piano lesson (set to the theme of his Surprise Symphony) & years later waking my dozing grandpa to a more sophisticated version of it. So I was tickled to find this Hayden mystery & look forward to the others.
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is the confusion of keeping everyone straight. I realize the confusion was his, but maybe a bit more on the characters would have made it easier to follow.