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The diva is dead

But is all as it appears? 

by Bill Tolbert

MURDER, early 20th-century Vienna, romance, politics, professional jealousy and opera. Mix them together and you get “Death and the Maiden,” the latest Max Liebermann mystery by Frank Tallis.

When a diva with the Court Opera is found dead, it first looks like a suicide. But things aren’t always what they first appear, and detective Oskar Rheinhardt and psychoanalyst Liebermann team up once more to get to the truth.

Their search takes them from the dark alleys of the Austrian city, through the infighting in the Opera House to the highest levels of government.

Mixed in are musical references to famed composers, Liebermann’s romantic interest in a young lady and problems with a former fiancée, and an ominous vision a fortune teller shares with Rheinhardt.

There are enough subplots to hold your interest without distracting you from the main story.

Through it all, Tallis provides a gripping whodunit that ain’t over until the—well, you know.

Bill Tolbert is an editor for The Free Lance–Star.


By Frank Tallis

(Random House, $15, 384 pp.)


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