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 finds his missing virtuoso.
Advance Praise: "Elegantly written and plotted, the reader will be hooked from page one." New York Times Bestselling Author, Emily Brightwell "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." Kate Kingsbury, author of the Pennyfoot Hotel & Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries "Tustin occupies a unique niche in the historical mystery world with her debut novel, one which she clearly masters." Edith Maxwell, Agatha-nominated author of Delivering the Truth. "A standout in the genre of historical mysteries. An encore is requested!" Midwest Book Review