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Mystery, Music, Murder, Mayhem

bleedingviolinThis list of musically-themed mystery novels or short story collections was compiled by the Staff of the Polley Music Library, a specialized department of the Lincoln City Libraries.

Aaronovitch, Ben

Moon Over Soho

Atkins, Ace

Crossroad Blues: A Nick Travers mysteryDirty South: A Nick Travers mysteryLeavin’ Trunk Blues: A Nick Travers mystery

Barnes, Linda

Steel Guitar

Bartholomew, Nancy

Your Cheatin’ Heart

Bastable, Bernard

Dead, Mr. Mozart

Beck, K.K.

Cold SmokedA Hopeless CaseWe Interrupt This Broadcast

Cain, James M.


Carter, Charlotte

Coq Au VinDrumsticks: A Nanette Hayes mysteryRhode Island Red

Cartmel, Andrew

The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax

Crispin, Edmund

Holy Disorders

Daheim, Mary

Bantam of the OperaSaks & Violins: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery

Deaver, Jeffery

Mistress of Justice

Dunn, Carola

Requiem for a Mezzo

Dunnett, Dorothy

The Photogenic Soprano

Farmer, Jerrilyn

Perfect Sax

Ferrigno, Robert

Dead Silent

Friedman, Kinky

Musical Chairs

Frommer, Sara Hoskinson

Buried in QuiltsMurder & SullivanMurder in C MajorThe Vanishing Violinist

Gilpatrick, Noreen

The Piano Man

Goldborough, Robert

Murder in E Minor: A Nero Wolfe mystery

Gollin, James

Broken ConsortEliza’s GaliardoThe Philomel FoundationThe Verona Passamezzo

Greenwood, Kerry

Ruddy Gore

Gur, Batya

Murder Duet: A Musical Case

Haines, Carolyn

Crossed BonesWishbones

Hambly, Barbara

Die Upon a KissFever SeasonA Free Man of ColorGraveyard DustSold Down the River

Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia

Grave MusicOrchestrated Death

Hauser, Thomas

The Beethoven Conspiracy

Higgins, Thomas


Higgins, Joan

A Little Death Music

Jarvis, Fred G.

Murder at the Met

Jeffers, H. Paul

Rubout at the Onyx

Joss, Morag

Funeral Music

Kallen, Lucille

C.B. Greenfield: A Little Madness – C.B. Greenfield: No Lady in the House – C.B. Greenfield: The Piano Bird – C.B. Greenfield: The Tanglewood Murder

Kuhlken, Ken

The Venus Deal

Landrum, Graham

The Sensational Music Club Mystery

Langton, Jane

Divine Inspiration: A Homer Kelly mysteryThe Memorial Hall MurderThe Shortest Day: Murder at the Revels

Leather, Edwin

The Mozart Score

L’Engle, Madeleine

A Severed Wasp

Leroux, Gaston

The Phantom of the Opera

Leslie, John

Blue Moon: A Gideon Lowry mysteryKilling Me Softly: A Gideon Lowry mysteryLove For Sale: A Gideon Lowry mysteryNight and Day: A Gideon Lowry mystery

Levinson, Robert S.

The Elvis and Marilyn AffairThe John Lennon Affair

MacLeod, Charlotte

The Plain Old Man

Marsh, Ngaio

Singing in the Shrouds

McCall, Wendell

Concerto in Dead Flat

McCrumb, Sharon

If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

Moody, Bill

Death of a Tenor Man: An Evan Horne mystery – Solo Hand – The Sound of the Trumpet

Myers, Paul

Deadly CadenzaDeadly CrescendoDeadly Score – Deadly Sonata – Deadly Variations

O’Marie, Carol Anne

Advent of Dying

Patterson, James

Hide & Seek

Paul, Barbara

A Cadenza for Caruso – A Chorus of DetectivesPrima Donna at Large

Peter, Ellis

The Horn of RolandWhere There’s a Will

Peterson, Audrey

The Nocturne Murder

Randisi, Robert J.

Hey There (You With the Gun in Your Hand)

Rendell, Ruth

Death Notes

Resnicow, Herbert

The Gold Curse

Rizer, Fran

Hey, Diddle, Diddle, the Corpse and the Fiddle

Shankman, Sarah

I Still Miss My Man But My Aim is Getting Better

Skinner, Robert E.

Skin Deep, Blood Red

Slove, Gillian

Death Comes Staccato

Smiley, Jane

Duplicate Keys

Smith, Kay Nolte

Elegy for a Soprano

Smith, Rosamond


Snyder, Keith

Coffin’s Got the Dead Guy on the Inside: A Jason Keltner mysteryTrouble Comes Back: A Jason Keltner mystery

Stacey, Susannah

A Knife at the Opera

Sublett, Jesse

Rock Critic Murders – Tough Baby

Sussman, Susan

Cruising for Murder

Weber, Janice

Frost the FiddlerHot Ticket

Westlake, Donald

Baby, Would I Lie?

Wilson, Barbara

The Case of the Orphaned Bassoonists

August 2003 Polley Staff — Last Updated October 2016 sdc