Release Day for Deadly Overtures!

A composing competition rises to a murderous crescendo in author Sarah Fox’s third Music Lover’s Mystery.

Deadly OverturesDeadly Overtures is now available! This is the third book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series and I’m incredibly excited that readers can now join Midori (professional violinist and amateur sleuth) on her latest adventure. I had so much fun writing this book (and the others in the series) and I hope people will enjoy reading it. Deadly Overtures is currently available in e-book form and the trade paperback will be released on July 12, 2016. You can find Deadly Overtures and the other two books in the series (Dead Ringer and Death in A Major) on Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailer sites.

Here’s what Deadly Overtures is about:

Four talented classical music composers have been named finalists in a composing competition hosted by the Point Grey Philharmonic. With money and egos on the line, it doesn’t surprise violinist Midori Bishop that the competition has brought out jealousy and bitter rivalries among the entrants. What does surprise her is finding one of the finalists murdered in the theater. With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the symphony’s esteemed concertmaster, Midori orchestrates her own investigation, uncovering a medley of dark secrets and motives for murder. But can she bring the truth to light before the killer silences her forever?

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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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Cover Reveal: Deadly Overtures

Deadly Overtures (A Music Lover’s Mystery #3) will be released in June 2016, first as an e-book, with paperback to follow. As with the first two books in the series, Deadly Overtures follows professional violinist Midori Bishop in her adventures as an amateur sleuth. I’ll share more about the book below, but first here’s the cover:

Deadly Overtures

I love it so much and I’m so grateful to the art department at HarperCollins for designing such fabulous covers for each book in the series.

Here’s what Deadly Overtures is about:

Four talented classical music composers have been named finalists in a composing competition hosted by the Point Grey Philharmonic. With money and egos on the line, it doesn’t surprise violinist Midori Bishop that the competition has brought out jealousy and bitter rivalries among the entrants. What does surprise her is finding one of the finalists murdered in the theater. With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the symphony’s esteemed concertmaster, Midori orchestrates her own investigation, uncovering a medley of dark secrets and motives for murder. But can she can bring the truth to light before the killer silences her forever?

Again, Deadly Overtures is due out in June 2016. The ebook is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, Amazon Canada, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, and from other online book retailers. You can find out more about the first two books in the series (Dead Ringer and Death in A Major) on my author website.

I’ve had so much fun writing this mystery series and I hope readers will enjoy it!

Writing Update

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Writing-wise, the last few months have been very busy for me, but in the best possible way. I’ve been working on two cozy mystery series, both of which have books coming out in the next few months. In January, the second book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series, Death in A Major, was released as an e-book, and the trade paperback was released in mid-February. While that book was getting released into the world, I was working away at the third book in the series (Deadly Overtures) as well as the first book in the Pancake House Mystery series (Crêpes of Wrath).

At this point, Deadly Overtures and Crêpes of Wrath are with their respective copy editors. The manuscripts will come back to me one more time for final review, and then I won’t see them again until they’re published. (Exciting!) Deadly Overtures is due out in June 2016 and Crêpes of Wrath will be released in September 2016.

I’ve seen the cover for Deadly Overtures and absolutely love it. I’m hoping I’ll be able to do a cover reveal soon to share it with everyone. I hope you’ll all love it as much as I do!

While I’m waiting for the copyedited manuscripts to come back to me for final review, I’m working on the second book in the Pancake House Mystery series. Although I’ve been doing some brainstorming and plotting for a week or two, I only started drafting it this weekend. Aside from reviewing my other manuscripts one last time, this is the book I’ll be focusing on for the next few months.

I hope readers will enjoy both series! 🙂

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.

Release Day: Death in A Major

Death in A MajorToday Death in A Major gets released into the world!!! 😀 😀 😀

This is the second book in my Music Lover’s Mystery series, which follows the sleuthing adventures of professional violinist Midori Bishop. Available today as an e-book, Death in A Major will also be released in trade paperback on February 23, 2016.

For those who haven’t yet read the official blurb, here it is:

When Archibald Major, local big wig and nasty tyrant, drops dead at a post-concert reception, violinist Midori Bishop soon suspects foul play. Although Midori has no intention of getting involved in another murder investigation, that all changes when Jordan—her violin student and the victim’s grandson—seeks her help convincing the police that the real killer is his uncle, a low-level criminal. As Midori digs into the victim’s life, she discovers that he was a man who created discord at every turn, even within his own family, and there is no shortage of potential suspects. When someone close to Midori unexpectedly confesses to the crime, Midori must race to discover the identity of the true killer before an innocent person goes to jail for a crime they didn’t commit…and before Midori herself becomes a victim in the killer’s deadly encore.

I hope readers will enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Here’s the Amazon link.

The first book in the series is called Dead Ringer and I’m currently working on the third book which will be released in June 2016.

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Me and Midori

Death in A MajorWith only one week (!) remaining until the release of Death in A Major, I thought I’d answer a couple of questions I’ve been asked about the Music Lover’s Mysteries:

How are you and your protagonist (Midori Bishop) similar?

Aside from the fact that we both like tea sandwiches, Midori and I both love a good mystery, and unsolved ones drive us crazy. That’s the main thing we share. In addition to that, I used to play the violin (although not professionally) and I grew up in Vancouver, Midori’s home town.

How are you different?

In more ways than I can count. My mysteries are, of course, works of fiction and Midori isn’t meant to be me in any way. That said, I think the main difference is that I’m not a snoop. I might get curious about things, but I’m not so likely to stick my nose into other people’s business. Midori, on the other hand, is a snoop. A well-meaning one, but a snoop nonetheless. 🙂

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll enjoy Death in A Major, the second book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series.

 

 

Blog Tour Sign-Up

Death in A Major

Death in A Major, the second book in my Music Lover’s Mystery series published by HarperCollins, will be release on January 5, 2016. A blog tour will take place between January 4th and 22nd.

I would love for more book bloggers to get involved. If you’re interested, here is the sign-up link: http://goo.gl/forms/3vmKvIn9e1

Death in A Major is a music-themed cozy mystery that follows the continued sleuthing adventures of professional violinist Midori Bishop. The first book in the series, Dead Ringer, was released in June 2015.

 

 

Cover Reveal: Death in A Major

I’m so excited to be able to share the cover and blurb for the second book in the Music Lover’s Mystery Series, Death in A Major!

First, here’s the cover:

Death in A Major

I’m so grateful to the art department at HarperCollins for creating such gorgeous covers for my books!

As with the first book in the series, Dead Ringer, Death in A Major follows the sleuthing adventures of professional violinist Midori Bishop.

Here’s what the book is about:

When Archibald Major, local big wig and nasty tyrant, drops dead at a post-concert reception, violinist Midori Bishop soon suspects foul play. Although Midori has no intention of getting involved in another murder investigation, that all changes when Jordan—her violin student and the victim’s grandson—seeks her help convincing the police that the real killer is his uncle, a low-level criminal. As Midori digs into the victim’s life, she discovers that he was a man who created discord at every turn, even within his own family, and there is no shortage of potential suspects. When someone close to Midori unexpectedly confesses to the crime, Midori must race to discover the identity of the true killer before an innocent person goes to jail for a crime they didn’t commit…and before Midori herself becomes a victim in the killer’s deadly encore.

Death in A Major will be released in ebook format on January 5, 2016, with paperback to follow. The ebook is currently available for pre-order from many online retailers, including the HarperCollins website, Amazon, Amazon.ca, Chapters, iTunes, Google Play and Barnes & Noble.

You can find out more about the first book in the cozy mystery series (Dead Ringer) here.

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