The Violin Conspiracy, a review by Sherry

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The Violin Conspiracy
Brendan Slocumb

352 pages
Anchor Books
published February 1, 2022

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I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one and when it started out slow and was a little vague on what was going on, I won’t kid you, I was concerned.  But then just like that I was engrossed in the flashbacks to Ray’s life and wanted to know more about him, his family and his violin.

I appreciate the arts and music, but I really don’t know much about orchestras and really enjoyed the discussion of the violin, revered music and how things work in the industry.  This is listed as a mystery/thriller and it only meets this in the loosest of ways.  Yes, there is a mystery as to what happened to Ray’s violin, but it is really so much more of a character driven story about an outsider trying to fit in and not let life take away his opportunities.

The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is it had moments where it was a little preachy and gave the reader a lesson on what is wrong in the world and classical music.  I wish that lesson would have been a little less overt and blended into the story, but that did not stop me from rooting for Ray to recover his violin and win the Moscow competition.

I breezed through this quickly and really enjoyed it.

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