Music is a common thread in these novels representing various genres and styles. They are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.
Death and Transfiguration by Gerald Elias
A blind violin instructor digs into the past of a prestigious symphony conductor’s life, believing him to be a serial killer.
How the Mistakes Were Made by Tyler McMahon
Ill-fated stardom and volatile personal relationships follow a former punk rocker when she joins two talented musicians to form a new group.
The Student Conductor by Robert Ford
Set in 1989, a young symphony conductor falls in love with a recent East German defector when he travels to Berlin to study under a capricious maestro.
A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzner
A down-and-out attorney is given the opportunity to defend an up-and-coming rapper accused of murdering his pop-star girlfriend.
Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones
Traveling to Shanghai in 1936 to lead a jazz orchestra, a young man meets a refined and educated woman bonded to a powerful crime boss in payment for her father’s gambling debts.
Orfeo by Richard Powers
A retired composer accused of terrorism and fleeing government agents recalls the people who helped shape his music and develops a plan to create an amazing work of art.
Devil’s Trill by Gerald Elias
When a blind, reclusive violin teacher is accused of stealing a Stradivarius violin, he calls on his former musical partner and several quirky sidekicks to prove his innocence.
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
A broken-hearted young woman initiates an email friendship with a musician that reveals mutual loneliness, concern about his young son and plans to release an acoustic version of his most successful album.
La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
Fleeing London to avoid German bombs in 1939, a woman settles in a small town and organizes an amateur orchestra for the village and the local RAF base.
Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik
Set during the early days of rock ’n’ roll, an emotionally damaged woman encounters a handsome musical pioneer who changes her life.
Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell
A determined young composer meets the four Weber sisters when he arrives in Mannheim to compose operas and seek employment with the Archbishop of Salzburg.
Peony in Love by Lisa Lee
In 17th century China, three women become emotionally involved with The Peony Pavilion, a famed opera rumored to cause lovesickness and even death.
Aria by Susan Segal
After her husband and two small children are killed in an ocean sailing accident, the sole survivor finds refuge in the home of an aging opera diva she met in the hospital.
The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas
An orchestra conductor searches for a lost, rare violin he believes will inspire a virtuoso who suddenly refuses to play another note.
Originally published on May 9, 2014 in the Lititz Record Express.