The Mussorgsky Riddle

The Mussorgsky Riddle

by Darin Kennedy

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ISBN-13: 9781620078075
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: 01/12/2015
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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The Mussorgsky Riddle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ADropOfInkReviews More than 1 year ago
I’ll admit I’ve never heard of the Russian composer Mussorgsky until I read this book. In doing a little research, I learned it was only ever a musical composition. It was never turned into a play or anything along those lines. However, as I listened to it, I could only see the images Mr. Kennedy had created in his book. The scenes were incredibly clear and so well written, I could easily pair them with the different movements of the music. Mira is a wonderful character. Obviously, her psychic gift was a burden, yet she reached out and helped others as much as she can, even though it put a crimp in her own life. However, she knew she couldn’t leave Anthony as he was. He was only going to get worse. In only wanting to help the young boy, she got dragged into a missing person’s investigation, something she never wanted again. I loved this book. It was different and unique. The entire story was held in suspense until the end, with Mira and Anthony in the center of it all. I loved the imagery and the story that went with the music, even music I’d never heard before. All in all, it was a delightful experience and I can’t wait to see what Mr. Kennedy will write next.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
The author had a talent for writing these types of stories. I have not read a book quite like this before and I'm extremely glad that I had the chance to read it. The writing and story is musical and surreal and is coupled with a few mysteries to make the reader think, which I loved. The writing is tight, concise, and is well written and edited. This book has a wonderful, lyrical tone in its prose. Darin Kennedy has a way with words so that I could easily imagine the music and sights as I read. I found myself easily diving into the world and I was instantly intrigued by the story line and characters. The main character, Mira is older than I expected, she is a mother of a young daughter but she is easily relatable and I found myself agreeing with her choices during the story.  I especially loved the way how Mira's abilities take form through smells. It's unusual but extremely effective in this story. I just wish there had been more background on her abilities or more about her family. The abilities are mentioned but briefly covered and her family are minor subplots in the story. I would have liked it to be a more major plot line to help add more suspense in the story for Mira's personal/internal conflict. The beginning had me hooked and carried me easily through the rest of the story. The story is consistent and moves at a decent pace that I found myself turning the pages even though I needed to do something else. I think about 1/2 way through I was wondering if we were going to get more solid evidence about the mysteries but we didn't until 3/4 of the way. While I had to break up my reading into several days because I was busy but I never had a problem diving right back in to the story. I don't want to write too much about it in fear that I will give away too much but it's a story that will keep you on your toes and its twists will keep you reading. The ending is abrupt but it did surprise me. I think you will enjoy this book if you like surreal ideas, mysteries, and suspense. 3.8 out of 5 rating for me. (An ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
Reader_Jo More than 1 year ago
Like a surfer looking for the ultimate wave, I’m a reader always on the lookout for the next great book. I found The Mussorgsky Riddle to be sheer magic from the first page. This psychological thriller is an intense read with layers of mind-twisting intrigue that kept me guessing who-done-it till the end. My first swoon moment came when I read the table of contents. That’s when I discovered the chapters were named after the movements of classical composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Few people take psychics seriously, but main character Mira Tejedor is called onto the scene when traditional medical routes fail. Her mission is to “get inside” young Anthony Faircloth’s head and pull the boy out of his recent catatonic state. With an unidentified killer on the loose and time running out, Mira discovers her own life may be on the line as well. But that’s not all. The novel is written in first POV, so I got to spend a few hours inside the head of a psychic. Sweet! Dr. Darin Kennedy is a debut author I intend to follow. I anxiously await the release of his next book.
BittenByBooksRS More than 1 year ago
After working a disturbing and emotional missing person’s case that destroys her marriage, psychic Mira Tejedor is relieved to be asked to help with a boy who has stopped talking. Anthony Faircloth has not spoken in over a month, and doctors can find nothing wrong with him but his condition is worsening. Anthony’s mother decides that maybe Mira can help where doctors have failed. On her first meeting with Anthony, Mira finds herself actually inside Anthony’s mind, something that has never happened to her before. The world inside Anthony’s mind seems to be built around Modest Mussorgsky’s classical music suite, Pictures at an Exhibition. The characters that Mira meet all seem to be people who are important to Anthony, and Mira herself is cast as the storyteller, Scheherazade, from The Arabian Nights. While many of the characters welcome Mira and her attempts to unlock the secrets that are troubling Anthony, there is one character who does not want her there. The witch makes it clear to Mira that she is not welcome. In Anthony’s real life, Mira encounters an eerily similar situation to the one that nearly destroyed her before. Anthony’s brother’s ex-girlfriend is missing and her disappearance strangely coincides with Anthony’s catatonic state. Mira will have to figure out what this girl’s disappearance has to do with Anthony in order to help him before the person who wants Anthony’s secrets to stay hidden figures out exactly what Mira can do. Darin Kennedy is a literary genius. The Mussorgsky Riddle is truly like nothing that I have ever read before. Mr. Kennedy describes the fantasy world inside Anthony’s mind so vividly that it leaps off the page. The fast-paced story grabs ahold of you and does not let go until you have turned the very last page. I must admit that I did figure out who the villain was before it was actually revealed, but that in no way takes away from the brilliance of this book. The characters are well-developed and realistic. There is even a touch of romance. Mira Tejedor is a fascinating protagonist and I sincerely hope that Mr. Kennedy has more adventures planned for her.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
"The Mussorgsky Riddle" is by Darin Kennedy and this is his debut mystery novel. It was a very unusual, intricate mystery centered around a thirteen year old autistic boy who needs rescuing. Mira Tejedor, a psychic who senses other's emotions and uses her abilities to find things is the only one who can help Anthony Faircloth in his time of need. Something traumatic has happened to Anthony in the last month and his way of dealing with it is to retreat into his own mind. Mira is summoned by Anthony's mother after the doctors tests and the boy's psychologist can find no answers to what has caused his near catatonic state. Mira enters the child's fractured psyche hoping to help sort out his tormented mind. At the same time, there is also a missing high school girl who Anthony's older brother used to date. Mira is pulled into the investigation and endeavors to help the police find out what happened in the girl's disappearance. As the book progresses, Mira suspects that Anthony's condition is somehow connected to the missing girl and to save Anthony she must solve a case that is ripping a city apart. The book started out strongly with many details that kept the reader interested and willing to suspend their disbelief in psychic phenomenon  Unfortunately as the book progresses, there are so many riddles, twists and turns that the reader gets tired. I found myself muttering at my Kindle for the author to "just get on with it already!". It really was an interesting read though so I'm hesitant to give it only three stars. If I could I'd hedge my bets and give it an extra half star for sure but one cannot do that with the scoring used for books. I will certainly keep Darin Kennedy on my radar as he is a good writer. I just think with this, his first mystery, he put a little too many details about musical scores and mythical creatures in the book. In the end I just wanted to get some information that was concrete to help me figure out what the heck happened to Anthony and the missing girl.  It's not a bad read and in the end I was sorely tempted to give it four stars as the ending is as good as the beginning. I just wish the second half of the book had been a little shorter, with the clues coming a little less "few and far between".
BiblioMicki More than 1 year ago
It was enthralling, clever, and exceptionally well written in first person POV, which the author does not break from it,something very few writers can do successfully. This urban fantasy novel does not fall into norms of most modern day novels of its kind. It avoids cliches, ridiculous forced romances, and emotionally manipulative scenes. The writing is tight. The dreamscape imagery is fantastic and immersive. On a whole this was a novel the I could not put down.