When Monteverdi's lost operas surface, so does a killer desperate to possess them. . .
Preoccupied with preparations for the opera season at Eszterháza, Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn receives a curious request from a friend in Vienna. Kaspar, an impoverished violinist with an ailing wife, wishes Haydn to evaluate a collection of scores reputed to be the lost operas of Monteverdi.
Haydn is intrigued until Her Majesty, Empress Maria Theresa, summons him with a similar request. Skeptical of the value of Kaspar’s bequest, Haydn nevertheless offers to help. But before he can examine the works, Kaspar is murdered—beaten and left to die in front of a wine tavern.
The police are quick to dismiss the death as a robbery gone wrong. But Haydn is not so sure. Kaspar’s keys were stolen and his house broken into. Could his bequest be genuine after all? And can Haydn find the true operas—and the man willing to kill for them?
About the Author
A former journalist, Nupur Tustin relies upon a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.A. in English to orchestrate fictional mayhem. The Haydn mysteries are a result of her life-long passion for classical music and its history. Childhood piano lessons and a 1903 Weber Upright share equal blame for her original compositions, available on ntustin.musicaneo.com.
Her writing includes work for Reuters and CNBC, short stories and freelance articles, and research published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three rambunctious children, and a pit bull.
For details on the Haydn series and monthly blog posts on the great composer, visit the official Haydn Mystery web site: ntustin.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found that the time period and plot of this novel to be interesting. A composer who is also a detective? That made me want to read it even more. However, this novel moved rather slow for me. I was hoping that things would pick up, but the tempo remained the same throughout (no pun intended) and I started to lose interest. Yet, I read all the way to the end since I had to know what happened. All in all, the premise of the book was interesting, but it just wasn't for me. I received a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily posted an honest review.
This was a very hard book for me to read. The story line and the characters are all over the place. I kept reading hoping it would sense but it did not. While I enjoy music and historical mysteries this one did not hold my interest. The book could be improved with a lot of editing as the initial mystery sounds interesting it just gets lost. There were also some grammatical errors.
I enjoyed Aria To Death. It's a well plotted, thoughtful mystery where the protagonist is the famous composer Joseph Haydn. This author seamlessly combined history, music and a mystery. It made for a compelling story. I liked the characters. Their interaction with each other was believable and helpsed build the suspense. Against the background of Vienna and the Royal Court, I saw the suspects interact with Joseph and his brother. I must say that I was completely in the dark as to the perpetrator. I never guessed who did it. Nupur Tustin has a writing style that helped me appreciate musical history. I was intrigued by the lost operas of Claudio Monteverdi. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
Aria To Death by Nupur Tustin review by Jessica Secrest Monteverdi. Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was a composer of operas. As I read the first part of this story, it seemed familiar to me. When I read the author's notes, Monteverdi's story again seemed familiar. I cannot figure out why. I wondered if I had read the story in hard back. As the story continued, I didn't remember reading the story. It has an excellent twist in the end that I thoroughly enjoyed. I wonder if I heard of a similar story from my different studies in music. It is based on historical figures, so it is possible. The author wrote that she was inspired by an actual robbery of Monteverdi's coat when he was traveling. Perhaps that is the story I heard. This is the second in the Joseph Haydn Mysteries. I would be interested in reading the first one. The characters are interesting and well crafted. You can see the craftiness of the villains. There are many misdirections. Sometimes the main characters act without common sense and really drove me nuts. Spoiler alert: Everyone is after the chest. Haydn carries the chest out in the open instead of taking it somewhere that it will be safe. I mean, really? I had to quit reading for a time. Did I mention Rosalie? She is a palace maid. She is resourceful, kind, clever, and brave. I really like her. She is also a cautious and watchful. She knows when to keep her mouth shut. Sometimes, I wished Johann, Haydn's brother, would have kept his mouth shut, but the author used him to move the story along. I was shocked by who the first victim was. Later, when you find out why he was killed, really sad, gruesome and sad. I had trouble reading some of the titles as the story takes place in Vienna. Haydn's title is Kapellmeister. I tried reading it as acapella, without the a's. Meister wasn't any problem for me. I am not sure what his job description is, but I think he was the head music master at the palace and Konzertmeister, Luigi Tomasini was directly under him and second in command of the singers, actors, and orchestra. Luigi seemed to work with them more than Haydn. Haydn was to busy solving the mystery. If you enjoy historical mysteries and music, try this one. This story has a lot of twists and turns in it. It will grab your attention. I dare you to guess who is behind all of the treachery.