I’ve come to really enjoy mysteries and I’ve long looked forward to reading books that have a connection to music, and so Sarah Fox’s Deadly Overtures: A Music Lover’s Mystery appealed to me right from the start.
But while I have found that I like mysteries, I have also discovered that I am not a big fan of the cozy mystery and this quite possibly qualifies as a cozy mystery. While the subject is murder, Fox writes with a gentleness that eases the reader into the story – a cozy attribute. This is not a bad thing if you are a fan of ‘cozies’ – but if you want a little more grit and grist in your fictional murders (as I do) then this is maybe not quite right for you.
Three classical music composers are competing for a prize being awarded by a local philharmonic (in Canada). Not surprisingly, the egos are just as impressive as the musical talent. Also not surprisingly, the contestants are familiar with one another and there is some strong rivalry at work. When one of the contestants is found dead at the concert hall, violinist Midori Bishop takes on her own investigation.
Author Sarah Fox does a nice job of weaving the story around the music, though music itself isn’t really key to the mystery (you could substitute nearly any art form and artist for the music and musicians here). Still, it was a delightful read and a pleasant way to spend a few afternoons.
Looking for a good book? While this isn’t high on my recommendations list, if you enjoy cozy mysteries and are looking for a music theme, Deadly Overtures by Sarah Fox works fine.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
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Deadly Overtures: A Music Lover’s Mystery
author: Sarah Fox
series: Music Lover’s Mystery #3
publisher: Witness Impulse
paperback, 288 pages