Book Review: Death in A Major by Sarah Fox

Death in A MajorDeath in A Major
A Music Lover’s Mystery #2
Sarah Fox
Witness Impulse, January 2016
ISBN 978-0-06-241301-7

From the publisher—

The new season for the Point Grey Philharmonic starts off on a sour note when one of the symphony’s wealthy benefactors drops dead in the second Music Lover’s Mystery from author Sarah Fox.

When Archibald Major, local big wig and nasty tyrant, drops dead at a post-concert reception, violinist Midori Bishop soon suspects foul play. Although Midori has no intention of getting involved in another murder investigation, that all changes when Jordan – her violin student and the victim’s grandson – seeks her help convincing the police that the real killer is his uncle, a low-level criminal.

As Midori digs into the victim’s life, she discovers that he was a man who created discord at every turn, even within his own family, and there is no shortage of potential suspects. When someone close to Midori unexpectedly confesses to the crime, Midori must race to discover the identity of the true killer before an innocent person goes to jail for a crime they didn’t commit… and before Midori herself becomes a victim in the killer’s deadly encore.


There are times when lighter reading fare is just what I need and a cozy like Death in A Major can fill the bill nicely. I haven’t read the first book in this series but I can safely say that didn’t cause any real hardship. This one even has a detective who is friendly and welcoming to our snoop, unlike so many cozies in which there’s a distinctly adversarial relationship.

I did wonder why Midori would insert herself into the investigation before she even was aware an investigation was needed but that’s one of the hallmarks of a cozy, isn’t it, unwarranted nosiness? I wonder sometimes if we—I—like cozies because they let us indulge our own nosiness vicariously.

Setting an amateur sleuth mystery in the midst of an orchestra certainly allows for plenty of potential suspects but, in this case, I think that’s not altogether a good thing as there are so very many people. With each name, I had to stop for a few seconds to remember who this person was and then had to try to remember them for snooping purposes and it was just too many for comfort. A cast of characters and even a map of where certain instruments are found within a symphony’s performance would have worked wonders for me in cementing who all these people are.

I do think Midori’s involvement is less credible than many other amateur sleuths and there’s an entirely unrealistic escape scene (shades of Wonder Woman) but, on the whole, Ms. Fox offers a well-written, engaging mystery and cozy fans will find it appealing.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, January 2016.



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About the Author

Sarah FoxSarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.

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Praise for Music Lover’s Mystery #1, Dead Ringer

“Readers are kept in suspense as each spinetingling event
moves them towards an unforgettable ending. Sarah Fox
delivers murder mystery with believable characters
and earns a thumbs up.”

— Authors on the Air Global Radio Network on DEAD RINGER

“While Midori may be clueless in love, she is good at asking
questions. It is easy to understand how difficult it is for
her to leave the investigating to the police, particularly
once she has begun. Her actions are believable, if at times
rash. Dead Ringer is an entertaining cozy with just the
right amount of suspense. It is a great choice
for reading on a lazy summer afternoon.”

— Mutt Cafe on DEAD RINGER

“Readers are in for a treat with Sarah Fox’s new cozy…out
of love, Midori sticks her nose in every place she can, which
makes her a perfect heroine for lovers of mysteries. Readers
will be pleased with the sheer entertainment of Fox’s plot.”

— Suspense Magazine on DEAD RINGER