When Monteverdi's lost operas surface, so does a killer desperate to possess them. . .
Preoccupied with preparations for the opera season at Eszterháza, Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn receives a curious request from a friend in Vienna. Kaspar, an impoverished violinist with an ailing wife, wishes Haydn to evaluate a collection of scores reputed to be the lost operas of Monteverdi.
Haydn is intrigued until Her Majesty, Empress Maria Theresa, summons him with a similar request. Skeptical of the value of Kaspar’s bequest, Haydn nevertheless offers to help. But before he can examine the works, Kaspar is murdered—beaten and left to die in front of a wine tavern.
The police are quick to dismiss the death as a robbery gone wrong. But Haydn is not so sure. Kaspar’s keys were stolen and his house broken into. Could his bequest be genuine after all? And can Haydn find the true operas—and the man willing to kill for them?
Nupur Tustin’s Aria to Death
What a thought provoking, complex, uniquely plotted
historical fiction mystery!!!
The cast consists of cleverly crafted, well defined and
interesting characters. Murder, robbery, music, danger,
intrigue, politics and suspense add to the fast paced
This takes the reader onto the musical stage of Joseph
Hayden who was an Austrian composer in the
Classical period. Haydn's job title was Kapellmeister
(music director) for the Esterházy family.
Joseph receives a request from a friend to authentic a
bequest of music scores.
Before Joseph can authenticate them the man is found
beaten to death. Joseph sets about to investigate what
happened to this music and who has beaten his friend
to death. He will be involved in a course that has many
twists and turns making the puzzle harder to piece
There is also a theft of Her Majesty’s valuable necklace.
Her personal lady’s maid is accused of the deed. Other
members of the household staff decide to investigate as
they know Her Majesty’s maid is innocent. Danger lurks
at their every turn...
What a surprise to discover that incident ties into Joseph’s
murder inquiries!!! The plot thickens.
The various settings in the book are deftly described.
The reader is made part of the story. You travel along
with Joseph and the array of characters as part of
This is an engrossing historical mystery from the first
word to the final word.
A Highly Recommended Read!!
I volunteered to read Aria to Death. Thanks to the author
and publishing company via Facebook’s Cozy Mystery
Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.