Music and Mysteries

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With the release of my third Music Lover’s Mystery less than a month away, I thought I’d share a bit about the music mentioned in the first two books. I’ve also included links to the music on YouTube.

For those who don’t know, the main character of the series, Midori Bishop, is a professional violinist and amateur sleuth. In the first book, Dead Ringer, Midori is feeling blue at one point and starts to play the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano in an attempt to improve her mood. While it doesn’t work, because an injury prevents her from being able to continue playing, I thought that the Moonlight Sonata would be a natural choice for her in that situation. I personally find the first movement to be very peaceful and calming, and I always enjoy listening to it. It’s also a very well known piece, so I figured many readers would know the music.

Here’s Ottavia Maria Maceratini playing the movement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhEey0Zeyic

Also in Dead Ringer, and in that same scene, Midori plays Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer with her best friend, JT. Again, this is a well-known piece that many people recognize by name. But I also chose this piece because who wouldn’t feel cheered up by a bit of ragtime? 🙂

Here’s Cory Hall playing The Entertainer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9gzZJ344Co

In the second book of the series, Death in A Major, Midori takes comfort in playing Méditation, the intermezzo from Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs. I played this when I was in orchestra in high school and it’s a piece I never get tired of. While perhaps not as many readers would know this piece as with the Moonlight Sonata or The Entertainer, I think many classical music fans would know it, and it was a perfect fit for the scene in Death in A Major.

If you’d like to listen to this piece, here’s a video of it played by Sarah Chang on violin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1URTJYlfQ

Dead Ringer and Death in A Major are both available in paperback and ebook format. The third book in the series, Deadly Overtures, will be released in June 2016.

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Dead Ringer on sale!

Dead RingerAmazon currently has the ebook of Dead Ringer on sale! Dead Ringer is the first book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series, featuring Midori Bishop, professional violinist and amateur sleuth.

The ebook is currently available for $0.85 on Amazon.com and $0.99 on Amazon.ca.

Here’s what the book is about:

Midori Bishop’s life is hitting all the right notes. She has her dream job playing violin in the Point Grey Philharmonic Orchestra, and is embarking on a new relationship with the symphony’s hot maestro. But when Midori finds a cellist strangled to death during a rehearsal, the maestro soon becomes the number-one suspect and Midori his only supporter.

Midori sets out to prove the maestro’s innocence, but soon discovers that he and many others have secrets they would rather keep hidden. For someone who was only a ringer—a temporary member of the orchestra—the dead cellist had certainly made a lot of enemies. And as the investigation takes Midori closer to the truth, the killer gears up for a grand finale—with Midori as the intended victim.

Radio Interview

Death in A MajorLast night I did my first radio interview! I talked to host Jason Henderson about my Music Lover’s Mysteries on the latest episode of Castle of Horrors. I had a great time chatting with Jason about Dead Ringer and Death in A Major, and I’m so glad he invited me on the show.

For anyone interested, you can listen to the interview online or download it from the show’s website here. Currently my interview is at the top of the list since it was the most recent episode, but in the future you can find it by the date (01/25/2016) and title (Interview: Sarah Fox “Death in A Major”)

The ebook of Death in A Major: A Music Lover’s Mystery #2 was released in early January and the paperback will be available on February 23, 2016.

Writing Update

My debut novel, Dead Ringer: A Music Lover’s Mystery, has been out in the world for more than two months now(!). I’m still getting used to the fact that it’s an actual book and that there are people out there reading it, but the whole experience has been amazing so far.

Although I’ve been doing things like writing guest posts for mystery writing blogs and having a book launch at the local library, I’ve also been keeping busy with my writing projects. I sent the second book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series to my editor just recently and I sent an unrelated mystery manuscript to my agent. While I wait for both of those projects to come back to me for edits/revisions, I’ve started work on book three in the Music Lover’s Mystery series. I’m so happy to be writing another book in this series because I love the characters (particularly the main character, Midori, and her best friend, JT) and I have so much fun writing their stories.

TheDead Ringer second book in the series will be released in January 2016 by HarperCollins and I hope readers will enjoy following Midori’s sleuthing adventures as much as I enjoy writing them. 😀

Anyone interested in learning more about Dead Ringer can find it at the following places:

HarperCollins, Amazon, Chapters, iTunes and Barnes & Noble.

Dead Ringer Release Day!

Dead Ringer TODAY IS THE DAY!!! Dead Ringer, my debut cozy mystery, is now a REAL BOOK out in the world! I’m extremely excited and very grateful to everyone who has helped get Dead Ringer to this point. For fun, I thought I’d share a little bit about the main character, Midori.

Character Profile: Midori Bishop

Midori Bishop is a 29-year-old professional violinist with a penchant for sleuthing. She teaches private music lessons and also plays second violin in the Point Grey Philharmonic. An only child, Midori grew up in the city where she still lives (Vancouver, Canada). Her father also grew up in Canada but her mother was born and raised in Japan. Midori always wants to help the people she cares about and she also has an inexhaustible sense of curiosity that drives her to search out the truth and solve mysteries. Sometimes that curiosity leads her straight to trouble, but her heart is in the right place. She spends much of her free time hanging out with her best friend, JT, and his dog, Finnegan. Blue is Midori’s favourite colour, and she also loves root beer, tea sandwiches, and high heeled boots. Although music is what pays Midori’s bills, it’s far more than just a profession for her. Whenever she needs to calm her nerves or cheer herself up, music is her refuge.

Dead Ringer is the first book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series, published by HarperCollins. Here’s what the book is about:

Midori Bishop’s life is hitting all the right notes. She has her dream job playing violin in the Point Grey Philharmonic Orchestra, and is embarking on a new relationship with the symphony’s hot maestro. But when Midori finds a cellist strangled to death during a rehearsal, the maestro soon becomes the number-one suspect and Midori his only supporter.

Midori sets out to prove the maestro’s innocence, but soon discovers that he and many others have secrets they would rather keep hidden. For someone who was only a ringer—a temporary member of the orchestra—the dead cellist had certainly made a lot of enemies. And as the investigation takes Midori closer to the truth, the killer gears up for a grand finale—with Midori as the intended victim.

The ebook version of Dead Ringer, A Music Lover’s Mystery is available as of today at the HarperCollins website, Amazon, Chapters, iTunes and Barnes & Noble. The paperback version will be released on June 30, 2015 and is currently available for pre-order.

Five Facts About Dead Ringer

Dead Ringer

Since only two weeks (!!!) remain until the release of Dead Ringer, I thought I’d share more about the book. This time I decided to go with five random facts. Here they are:

  1. The first draft of Dead Ringer took me 13 weeks to write. That’s still a personal record.
  2. Midori, the main character, loves tea sandwiches (and so do I).
  3. While editing the first draft I realized I’d given one character three first names. Oops!
  4. One of the characters in the book attends my old high school. I gave the school a fictional name but the location is the same.
  5. JT, Midori’s best friend, has a dog named Finnegan. He’s a collie malamute cross and was partly inspired by my late dog Tasha.

Here’s a picture of Tasha:

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She was an amazing dog and I still miss her!

Dead Ringer, A Music Lover’s Mystery will be released June 2, 2015 by HarperCollins. The e-book is currently available for pre-order. A paperback version will be released at a later date.

Dead Ringer Q&A

Dead RingerWith the release of Dead Ringer less than a month away, I thought I’d answer a couple of questions about the book. Dead Ringer is my debut cozy mystery, featuring a professional violinist who sets out to solve the murder of a cellist.

Where did you get the idea to write this story?

So far, this is the question I’ve been asked most often. I’ve loved mysteries for as long as I can remember and wanted to write one of my own for a long time. I played violin in school orchestras for nine years and it was that experience (murder-free, fortunately!) that gave me the idea to write a music-themed mystery. I was playing around with music-related words, trying to come up with a possible title, and as soon as I thought of Dead Ringer, I immediately had the basic premise for my novel — the murder of a ringer (a temporary member of an orchestra). From there the main character, Midori Bishop, came to life and the rest of the story followed.

Where is Dead Ringer set?

Vancouver, Canada. That’s where I was born and raised so it felt natural to set the story there.

Which character is your favourite to write and why?

The main character, Midori, is my favourite to write. That’s a good thing, since the entire story is told from her point of view. Her curiosity and tendency to snoop make her a lot of fun to write. My favourite scenes are those involving Midori and JT, her best friend. I love the way the two characters interact and the scenes are always very clear in my head. Hopefully readers will enjoy those scenes too!

Dead Ringer, A Music Lover’s Mystery will be released June 2, 2015 by HarperCollins. The e-book is currently available for pre-order. A paperback version will be released at a later date.

Dead Ringer Cover Reveal

I’m super excited to share the cover for my debut cozy mystery, Dead Ringer! 🙂

So, without further ado, here it is:

Dead Ringer

I love the colours and the design (especially the blood dripping from the bow!) and I think it’s the perfect cover for my book. I really couldn’t be happier with it. 🙂

Dead Ringer will be released June 2, 2015, as an e-book first with paperback to follow.

Here’s the blurb:

Midori Bishop’s life is hitting all the right notes. She has her dream job playing violin in a professional orchestra and is embarking on a secret relationship with the symphony’s hot maestro. But when Midori finds a cellist strangled to death, the maestro soon becomes the number one suspect.

Midori sets out to prove the maestro’s innocence but discovers that he and many others have secrets they would rather keep hidden. As the investigation takes Midori closer to the truth, the killer gears up for a grand finale — with Midori as the intended victim.

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