Friday, January 13, 2017

Excerpt Tour + #Giveaway: A Minor Deception: A Joseph Haydn Mystery by Nupur Tustin @GoddessFish

A Minor Deception: A Joseph Haydn Mystery
by Nupur Tustin
GENRE: Historical Cozy Mystery


Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist, Bartó Daboczi, the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa’s visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso.

But when Bartó disappears—along with all the music composed for the imperial visit—the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job.

Before long Haydn's search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle. Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief—and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn can find his missing virtuoso.


Where is Bartó?

Johann was waiting for Haydn at the top of the staircase in the semi-circular carpeted landing between the Music Room and the Rehearsal Room. He came forward with a look of immense relief when he saw the Kapellmeister.

“There you are, brother! What took you so long?”

“His Serene Highness wished to see me. Why, what is it?”

As he spoke, an excited buzzing drew Haydn’s attention toward the Rehearsal Room. The door was slightly ajar, but no strains of music emerged from the room. His brows drew together. Where was his principal violinist?

“What can Bartó be thinking of?” His eyes returned to his brother’s anxious face. “The Prince wishes to hear all of the chamber music for the imperial visit. In three days’ time, no less. But far from conducting rehearsal, Bartó allows the men to idle away the morning!”

“The imperial visit will still take place, then.” Johann’s voice sounded tentative.

Haydn wondered why, but there was no time to press the issue. More urgent matters awaited his attention. Head bowed, he stepped briskly toward the Rehearsal Room only to find Johann in front of him, barring his progress.

The Kapellmeister raised his head. The mists of preoccupation parted. He noted his brother’s pale face and tightly pressed lips.

What was so amiss for Johann to look like that?

His younger brother coughed, eyes flickering away. “I wish I knew how to break the news to you, brother.” He coughed again. A moment passed.

Then he turned resolutely toward Haydn.

“Bartó is gone, brother.”


Author Bio: A former journalist, Nupur Tustin relies upon a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.A. in English to orchestrate fictional mayhem.  The Haydn mysteries are a result of her life-long passion for classical music and its history. Childhood piano lessons and a 1903 Weber Upright share equal blame for her original compositions, available on

Her writing includes work for Reuters and CNBC, short stories and freelance articles, and research published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three rambunctious children, and a pit bull.

For details on the Haydn series and monthly blog posts on the great composer, visit the official Haydn Mystery web site: NTUSTIN.COM

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

NT said...

Thanks for hosting this excerpt.

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