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Murder in the Pit

Murder in the Pit

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by Erica Miner

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Julia Kogan, a brilliant young violinist, teams up with opera-loving cop Larry Somers to solve the high profile murder of a famous opera conductor. In the process, Julia and Larry discover an opera house rife with with a dangerous web of secrets, intrigue, lethal rivalries, and danger.


Julia Kogan, a brilliant young violinist, teams up with opera-loving cop Larry Somers to solve the high profile murder of a famous opera conductor. In the process, Julia and Larry discover an opera house rife with with a dangerous web of secrets, intrigue, lethal rivalries, and danger.

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Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Murder in the Pit</i> is an adventure of the imagination, a play within a play. ...[Miner] has recreated in a fascinating operatic world a tangle of plot twists whose intricacies ultimately unravel to reveal the prose of an author who is sure of her skills." -- Valerio Massimo Manfredi,
Amy Lignor
...Ms. Miner has put together a very solid mystery with a cast of characters who were an absolute joy to read.

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Paladin Timeless Books
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Meet the Author

Violinist turned author Erica Miner has had a multi-faceted career as an award-winning screenwriter, author, lecturer and poet. A native of Detroit, she studied music at Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center. After experiencing a variety of highs and lows in her quest to forge a career in New York City, Erica won the coveted position of violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Company, a high-pressured milieu but the pinnacle of her field.

Her life became even more challenging, however, when injuries from a car accident spelled the end of her musical career. Searching for a new creative outlet, she drew upon her lifelong love of writing for inspiration and studied poetry and screenwriting, winning a number of awards in both categories. After moving to the west coast, Erica honed her screenwriting skills with author and script guru Linda Seger of Making a Good Script Great fame and with Ken Rotcop, the author of Perfect Pitch. Erica's ten screenplays, one of which is based on her award-winning debut novel, Travels with My Lovers, have won awards and/or placed in such competitions as WinFemme, Santa Fe and the Writer's Digest. Her essays and articles have appeared in Vision Magazine, WORD San Diego and numerous newsletters and E-zines.

Erica has completed both the novel and screenplay of her suspense thriller, Murder In The Pit, which takes place at the Met, and currently is at work on the second novel in her "FourEver Friends" series chronicling four young girls' coming of age in the volatile 60s and 70s.

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Murder in the Pit 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Schumann1 More than 1 year ago
I was so swept away by the masterful writing and brilliant characters in Murder in the Pit! Brava to Ms. Miner! Not many people write about music with the knowledge and depth that she does and achieve just the right tone and level of suspense. I recommend this mystery novel to anyone who loves backstage workings and great mysteries ala Agatha Christie.
MarieHahn13 More than 1 year ago
A Wonderful Mystery! Written with incredible detail, this spellbinding musical drama at the New York Metropolitan Opera House mimics the operatic masterpieces performed by some of the greatest musicians to ever grace the stage. As a murder mystery unfolds amongst members of the orchestra, Julia, a young violinist, finds herself in the midst of the investigation. Determined to find the killer, Julia encounters a unique and colorful cast of characters who shed light into the eccentric life of those in the arts. This delightful story adds rich layers of culture and intrigue to a brilliantly twisted plot that&rsquo;s guaranteed to thrill the lovers of a great mystery. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review &ndash; all conclusions are my own responsibility.
seetheworld1357 More than 1 year ago
"Murder in the Pit," the latest fascinating novel written by the multi-talented and award-winning Erica Miner, is a compelling murder mystery set in the luxurious Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. With its complex and intriguing plot, the novel is filled with cinematic details surrounding a cast of wonderfully distinctive characters, including musicians, conductors, singers, managers, stagehands and even an opera-loving police detective. Having performed for many years as a first-violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra herself, Erica brings her own musical experiences and writer's skills to create a novel that will be loved not only by all ardent opera fans and mystery story aficionados, but by anyone who enjoys excellent writing, great characters, witty dialogue, realistic details and a plot that keeps you on edge from beginning to end. Erica's novel also brilliantly captures the parallel social worlds that co-exist and intersect in New York: from the illustrious and charismatic older conductor to the virtuosic and beautiful violinist ingenue; from glitzy fox-stole-and-diamonds-wearing wealthy opera goers to gritty but talented street musicians; and from the highly emotional fantasy world of opera to the real-life crime of murder. Through her unique writing style that blends words and music, Erica establishes and changes the mood and tempo of her novel through both musical and textual techniques, just as an opera composer uses the lyricism of music and the power of words to create the fantasy and emotional expressiveness of opera on stage. In this her first foray--and we hope not her last--into the world of the murder mystery, Erica showcases how the fantasy of opera can mirror the reality of murder--and visa versa. May we all be lucky enough to read continuing sequels of the exploits of the young violin virtuoso Julia Kogan, who makes her novelistic debut in this book, which by way could definitely be a big hit on the silver screen. In fact, "Murder in the Pit" has all of the film potential of bringing together the visceral suspense and timing of Hitchcock with the musical beauty and power of "Amadeus." Now that's a movie!
LargoLobo More than 1 year ago
This is a fast paced suspense with twists and turns not unlike those within the catacombs of the MET itself. The drama takes you to the very edge. Erica's first-hand knowledge of the MET and its politics carries the story to its conclusion with realism. The delicate violinist's debut into the hard-knock life in the pit soon turns her into a hardened veteran by stories end. The characters loom out at you at every corner. Bravo Erica.
LesLD More than 1 year ago
A first-rate mystery, with an abundance of inside info about the Met Opera. Ms.Miner is a rare novelist who can switch the point of view from character to character without weakening the plot or narrative flow. Also, her command of dialogue (and dialect) is perfectly suited to each character---musicians, stagehands, detectives, opera singers, etc. Moreover, you don't have to be an opera buff to enjoy this novel.