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Murder in the House of the Muse (Unabridged) (Paperback) (Leni Bogat)
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This is a delicious murder mystery in which we are introduced to JeremyWadlington-Smythe, a newcomer to the wonderful world of the whodunnit. In this novel, the firstof the series, Jeremy, an accomplished orchestral conductor with a unique view of his mission,accepts an engagement to lead a major American symphony orchestra only to find himself in themidst of murder and mayhem.Jeremy is recruited by the president of the board of a major American symphony orchestrabecause of his unorthodox approach to the business of orchestral music making. He issimultaneously a very successful conductor with a much larger than typical following, andmistrusted by the administrators of the orchestras he conducts because his approach is in directcontradiction to the by now century old paradigm in which they are floundering.The mystery evolves seamlessly from this background, and the musical polemic and evolution ofthe story are intertwined.In the end, Jeremy solves the mystery in a manner which will leave the reader as surprised asthose to whom Jeremy addresses his summary.This is a book that will delight mystery lovers with a complex plot and an entertaining cast ofcharacters, many of whom will return in further mystery novels in the Jeremy Smythe series.Jeremy is a foodie and he's funny. Detective Lieutenant Max Mollery Plays Inspector Jaap toJeremy's Poirot, but is smarter. Joely Tresser is the female lead, a woman of keen intelligenceand exceptional beauty.The background of the story is the financially crumbling world of the symphony orchestra in theUSA, though it is relevant to the plight of orchestras the world over.