The Musician's Daughter

The Musician's Daughter

Book - 2009 | 1st U.S. ed
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Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy's court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing, and the only clue to his death a strange gold pendant around his neck. Then her father's mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, helps her through a difficult time by making her his copyist and giving her insight into her father's secret life. It's there that Theresa begins to uncover a trail of blackmail and extortion, even as she discovers honor, and the possibility of a first, tentative love. Thrumming with the weeping strains of violins, as well as danger and deception, this is an engrossing tale of murder, romance, and music that readers will find hard to forget.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781599903323
Branch Call Number: YF DUNLA-S
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 30, 2016

For starters, I was completely thrown off by the preface at the back. It talked about uncovering the protagonist's father's murder, but not enough detail was given so that readers understood immediately that this was more of a historical fiction, than a mystery novel. Also, it spoke of Theresa's (the protagonist) discovery of her love for another that would prove to be the most surprising of everything. However, I did not feel the romance develop in this book at all. I don't know why someone would just assume the relationship developed, even though there were barely any interactions between the two characters. The music and history flowed nicely together, but not well enough to hide such confusions. 3.5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Barbara5060 Apr 07, 2014

Very good young adult title. Interesting historical fiction, highlighting the difficulties of the gypsies and peasants in 18th century Vienna, Austria, as well as the limited opportunities for young women. The musical connections were an intriguing twist on an adventure story with spying, mystery and daily life intertwined. I will look for more from this author.

Feb 08, 2012

So...Kapellmeister Haydn is Franz Joseph Haydn?

Nov 25, 2011

Great read! Bought it!

Nov 10, 2011

This historical fiction book was enjoyable to me as an adult, but also clean for young teens. There was mystery and romance and the setting was interesting.

Oct 14, 2010

Great book! I literally read it in like a day! Anyone that likes adventure/love stories is up for a treat!


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Feb 18, 2012

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whiteshadow13 Jan 30, 2012

In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria, fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn's orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy, after his body is found near a gypsy camp.


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