“Aria to Death” By Nupur Tustin: Review/Giveaway

by Doward Wilson

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & links to purchase it.

Welcome to the musical world of Joseph Haydn, an Austrian composer from the mid to late 1700s. In this intriguing historical murder mystery we come to know him and his background as he investigates the death of an old friend. Kaspar is an impoverished violinist who has received a potentially valuable inheritance from his uncle. Kaspar has received an old worm eaten wooden chest which supposedly holds the lost operas of Monteverdi. He has sent for Haydn to validate them. Haydn doubts that they can be authentic, but when Her Majesty, Empress Maria Theresa also summons him for a similar request, he starts to wonder if the bequest is actually the real operas.

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Before he can see the music, Kaspar is attacked and viciously beaten to death. Haydn becomes determined to find Kaspar's murderers and save the missing inheritance for his ailing wife. Tied to this storyline is the theft of a valuable necklace belonging to the Empress.

I wasn't sure what to expect as I starting reading this book. I was familiar with this period in time and have read a lot about the royal families and the music that was created for their benefit. Austria-Hungary was at their peak of power, and Vienna was the heart of the music world. Haydn mentored both Mozart and Beethoven and became a leading composer of symphonies and operas during his long life. I felt that the characters came to life as I read and that the background and settings were portrayed in a very realistic fashion. The murder and missing operas made for a highly entertaining plot with lots of twists, turns and red herrings.

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I found that I really enjoyed reading this historical mystery. The author's writing was well done, and the murder spaced out in a very organized manner. I think any mystery or historical reader will enjoy reading this book. I did read at a slower pace than I usually do because both the characters and setting were very complex. I needed to pay more attention to the details to keep everything and everybody straight. All in all, this was a very entertaining adventure and I am looking forward to reading the first book in the series, A Minor Deception.

To enter to win a copy of Aria to Death, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "aria,” or comment on this article-please state whether you want print or ebook. A winner will be chosen February 24, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

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  1. This sounds really great--I'd love to read it. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  2. Hi, Marlene Ezell here. I thoroughly enjoyed this review. I would love a print copy of this book if I were to win. Thanks for the chance.

  3. I would love to win an eBook!

  4. Sounds like an interesting historical book. Looking forward to reading.

  5. I would love to read this. O really enjoy Haydn's music and think that it is wonderful to have him in a mystery. I would like a print copy if I win. bbibel(at)gmail(dot)com.

  6. Congratulations to the winner! The book's been mailed out to you.
    Nupur Tustin


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