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Monday, February 4, 2008

Review: Music of the Night

Music of the Night
by Nancy Herkness

Legend has it that Beethoven wrote a tenth symphony..and made it music to die for. When world-famous conductor Nicholas Vranos finds his best friend murdered backstage at Carnegie Hall, he's plunged into a maelstrom of intrigue swirling around the mythical masterpiece.

Although Vranos is her main suspect, New York City police detective Anna Salazar finds herself turning to the dark charismatic maestro for help as she navigates the Byzantine world of classical music. Yet, she must fight the powerful seduction of the musician and his "Music of the Night".

Nancy Herkness has taken a mystery surrounding the possible appearance of Beethoven’s legendary Tenth Symphony and woven it into a tale of betrayal, redemption, and passion that had this reader eagerly reading to discover “what’s next.”

The main character, Anna Salazar, detective with the NYPD, discovers herself drawn every deeper into a situation she can’t seem to control. One of the main suspects in the case of a murdered musician is also a man who captures her in a web of seduction. Although she prides herself on her toughness, she can’t withstand the passion he brings to her life.

From the moment the two meet, sparks fly and Anna loses the control she is so proud of. Between the passion of the music and the passion in Nicholas Vranos’ eyes and hands, she is drawn into a spiral. Whether this spiral leads up or down is something the reader must discover for herself.

The romance and passion, as well as the mystery underlying it, are all superbly drawn. The reader will be drawn into the danger surrounding the characters and will be enthralled as the passion and romance between the main characters.

It would be interesting to see more of Detective Anna Salazar.



Reviewed by Rose

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