About the Book
Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist, Bartó Daboczi, the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa’s visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso.
But when Bartó disappears—along with all the music composed for the imperial visit—the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job.
Before long Haydn’s search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle. Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief—and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn can find his missing virtuoso.
Barto’s behavior, always outrageous, appears to have grown more suspicious since his encounter with his mysterious visitor.
The Paranoid Violinist
When would Bartó return? Haydn heard a heavy footfall, and peered over the banisters for the fifth time. Bartó climbed slowly up the stairs. Haydn had never seen him so subdued. He waited until the violinist stepped heavily onto the landing, then confronted him.
“Your absence during rehearsal sets a poor example to the other musicians. What if they were to follow your lead, and came and went just as they pleased?”
Bartó’s eyes narrowed as Haydn spoke. He scanned the stretch of hallway over Haydn’s shoulder, then directed a piercing glare at him.
“You have your spies, I see, Herr Kapellmeister.” He swallowed several times, and clutched the banister. It seemed to take him an effort to rein in his temper.
When he spoke again, he had wiped the scowl off his face. “It was not by choice that I left in the middle of practice. Still, I will endeavor to keep your objection in mind. Have you anything further to say or will that be all?”
“That is all for now. But I would like a word with you at the end of the day.” Haydn replied, not sure what to make of his principal violinist’s manner.
Bartó had curbed his contrariness, most likely at the insistence of his mysterious companion. But his habitual distrustfulness seemed to have turned to paranoia. Accusing the Bürgermeister of prying into his affairs was preposterous enough. Thinking his Kapellmeister employed informants to spy on his every move savored of madness!
Haydn watched him go, unable to shake off the uneasy sense that Bartó had some evil planned. Why else would his principal violinist be so suspicious of everyone?
About the Author
Author Bio: A former journalist, Nupur Tustin relies upon a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.A. in English to orchestrate fictional mayhem. The Haydn mysteries are a result of her life-long passion for classical music and its history. Childhood piano lessons and a 1903 Weber Upright share equal blame for her original compositions, available on ntustin.musicaneo.com.
Her writing includes work for Reuters and CNBC, short stories and freelance articles, and research published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three rambunctious children, and a pit bull.
For details on the Haydn series and monthly blog posts on the great composer, visit the official Haydn Mystery web site: NTUSTIN.COM
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