Can a piece of music be cursed?
When a young marine biologist is found dead of suicide, his father can't believe he took his own life and hires crime consultant Scott Drayco to prove it was murder. But what of the strange song found with the young man's body—the same song linked to a piano sonata that led to a wave of suicides in Hungary in the 1930s?
As Drayco digs deeper, he finds even more unusual aspects of the case not easily explained: the victim’s missing cellphone; his “Gang of Five” friends and their interest in the Akashic Records spiritual philosophy; and the gun used by the victim that was mysteriously stolen from a friend’s car.
Drayco fears a tragic incident from his own past may be clouding his objectivity. After all, the facts point to suicide, case closed. But when Drayco starts suffering from depression himself after playing the sonata, can he really be sure of what’s real and what’s imagined?
The Suicide Sonata is the fifth installment in the acclaimed Scott Drayco mystery series, a finalist for the Shamus, Silver Falchion, and Daphne Awards.
PRAISE FOR THE SCOTT DRAYCO SERIES:
"Worth putting on your reading list." - The Library Journal
"Lawson's protagonist is greatly compelling." - Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize
"Lawson’s book was so good, I read it twice from beginning to end." - Readers Favorite Reviews
The complete chronology of the Scott Drayco series for those who enjoy reading in order is:
Played to Death
Requiem for Innocence
Elegy in Scarlet
The Suicide Sonata
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About the Author
Past career hats BV Lawson tried on include maid, super-speedy typist, classical musician, radio announcer, being in TV commercials (for all of one day), research assistant, TV features writer and working for the Discovery Channel. Now a full-time freelance writer, she's penned articles for various publications and won awards for her many published stories and poems. Thanks to the influence of library genes handed down from her mother, she created the blog In Reference to Murder which contains over 3,000 links for mystery readers and writers. She's working on a series of crime fiction novels set in various locations in and around the mid-Atlantic, and when time permits, BV and her husband enjoy flying over Northern Virginia and the Chesapeake in a little putt-putt plane. Visit BV via her web site, bvlawson.com. No ticket required
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A young marine biologist is found dead of suicide and the grieving father does not believe it could have been suicide he hires Scott Drayco to find out the truth. So Scott with the help of the police look into the death. With what Scott finds he also doesn’t think it was a suicide but a murder. There are lots of twist and turns and possible suspects. The book keeps you interested all the way through. There are mysteries of pirate treasurer, skeletons and more murder or suicides. Great book I really enjoyed reading
Marty is found dead with a gun in his hand. His father does not believe it is a suicide and asks Scott Drayco to investigate. His best friend, Antonio, is found dead and also believed to be a suicide. The song Suicide Sonato was one Marty listened to. It looks like a suicide, but as Marty investigates, there are doubts. A pirate's skeleton found buried with a bullet hole in his head and a valuable coin found with the skeleton. A page turner.
The Suicide Sonata is the fifth book in the Scott Drayco Mystery Series. This story is a complex thriller with Scott investigating a young man's supposed suicide. A mysterious sonata is found with the body and has been linked to other suicides in Hungary in the 1930s. This story is well written and begs the question as to whether a particular piece of music can affect a person so much as to cause them to commit suicide, a question Scott begins to ask himself as he plays the music. This is an intriguing story that captures your interest from the first page and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Kudos to the author! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.