Murder in C Major by Sara Hoskinson FrommerMurder in C Major by Sara Hoskinson Frommer

Murder in C Major

bySara Hoskinson Frommer

Paperback | April 1, 2000

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Music can be murder....
Oliver, Indiana. Quiet streets. Deep roots. Families and neighbors. Young widow Joan Spencer returns, wondering if anyone can really go home again. She finds few familiar faces, but from those old friends spring connections--and reminders of what long memories exist in small towns.
Actually Oliver is not so small. It has a busy college where Joan's son grows fascinated with biological research. A senior center, where she lands the director's job. An amateur orchestra where she settles into the viola section--and right next to an unpleasant oboist who drops from his chair during rehearsal. Rushed to the hospital, the man dies, if not to universal applause, then to a general sense of relief. A young Japanese violinist is puzzled: the victim displayed all the symptoms of fugu poisoning. The autopsy confirms he's been murdered.
Enter police lieutenant Fred Lundquist. Investigation determines more than one source for the poison, not necessarily the deadly puffer fish, and a wide circle of suspects. He and Joan gradually make connections until--not quite to crashing chords and drum rolls--she realizes they've looked at it all the wrong way round...
Title:Murder in C MajorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.32 × 5.74 × 0.51 inPublished:April 1, 2000Publisher:Poisoned Pen PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1890208310

ISBN - 13:9781890208318

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice light read for a Sunday afternoon PLOT OR PREMISE: Joan Spencer, widowed, moves back to Oliver with her son Andrew and joins the local orchestra in her spare time. The second week of rehearsals is marred by the death of an unpopular oboe player. Joan helps the police investigate the murder (big surprise!) and does a pretty good job of spotting essential clues. . WHAT I LIKED: Well written, characters nicely developed, including some hints of romance between Joan and the cop. Interesting was the switch between the two characters as the narrator -- not quite third person, not quite first person and surprisingly well-executed in the writing. The story moves along fairly quickly and doesn't drag. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Perhaps too many characters with too many motives and opportunities. Unfortunately for me, I figured out the ending far too far in advance as well as the reasons for it -- and yet I still got the murderer wrong! (Missed it by *that* much!) . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, but I did interact with her online.
Date published: 2016-03-31

Editorial Reviews

The author shows a comfortable acquaintance with classical music, orchestral instruments (particularly strings and reeds), state-of-the-art biological research...and people of all sorts. Occasionally one wonders where mystery writers find the prototypes of their characters. Frommer's characters are so lifelike that the question never arises....The story is loaded with cogent information and irresistible characters.--Schenectady, NY Gazette