The Musician's Daughter Author:Susanne Dunlap Murder and love?from the halls of Vienna?s imperial family to a perilous gypsy camp Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy?s court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing, and the only clue ... more »to his death a strange gold pendant around his neck. Then her father?s mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, helps her through a difficult time by making her his copyist and giving her insight in to her father?s secret life. It?s there that Theresa begins to uncover a trail of blackmail and extortion, even as she discovers honor?and the possibility of a first, tentative love. Thrumming with the weeping strains of violins, as well as danger and deception, this is an engrossing tale of murder, romance, and music that readers will find hard to forget.« less
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Christmas Eve is supposed to be a happy time, but Theresa will remember it as the night her father was murdered and his violin stolen.
A musician in her own right, Theresa is drawn into her father's world and is determined to discover the truth about his death.
Her search uncovers secrets about her father and the musician's world; secrets that lead her into dangerous circles. She isn't sure who she can trust as her investigation brings her into the complex but glamorous court of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy.
Dunlap weaves historical figures like Franz Joseph Haydn, Mozart, and others into this fictional tale with ease. Her prose sang me into eighteenth-century Vienna and into Theresa's life with a musical journey I'll never forget.
THE MUSICIAN'S DAUGHTER strikes a chord in the reader's heart and holds it to the end.