Title Devil in Music, The
Binding Softcover; Mass Market PB
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Paperback Edition
Size 496 pages
Publisher NY Penguin c1997, 1998
0140263640 / 9780140263640
Seller ID 7127
No spine creases but book curved/bent as if stored for a long time in a box that was too full (?), covers have light edgewear; interior pages clean, none loose.; The fourth and, unfortunately, final mystery in the Regency Julian Kestrel series, is set in early 19th century Northern Italy. Highly recommended, there are only four mysteries in this enjoyable series as the author passed away in 1998.
; 'At a mist-shrouded villa on Lake Como, an Italian nobleman is grooming a young English tenor for a career on the glittering operatic stage. Before their sojourn is over, one will die by violence and the other will disappear. Enter Julian Kestrel, Regency dandy and amateur sleuth. Travelling on the Continent with his ex-pickpocket valet, Dipper, Kestrel is irresistibly drawn into this baffling murder case. Among the suspects are a runaway wife and her male soprano lover; a liberal nobleman at odds with Italy's Austrian overlords; a mocking Frenchman with perfect pitch; and a beautiful, clever woman who begins to haunt Kestrel's dreams. Soon Kestrel is caught between the shadowy Carbonari - secret rebels against the Austrians - and the equally ruthless Austrian-sponsored police. But at the heart of the mystery is the captivating tenor known only as "Orfeo." Was he a political agent? A callous adventurer? A jealous lover? These questions take on a new urgency when the killer strikes again. And as Kestrel uncovers the truth, he risks becoming the next victim. '
Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, and DE Stevenson e-mail discussion groups and by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer.
Murder mystery Mystery Julian Kestrel Italy Opera