Thursday, July 15, 2021

Music is Murder (+ Giveaway)

Today it’s a pleasure to be a part of author B.J. Bowen’s Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for her recent release, MUSIC IS MURDER, the first installment in her Musical Murder Mystery series.

Music is Murder

By B.J. Bowen
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series: A Musical Murder Mystery
Publisher: Camel Press (June 8, 2021)
Paperback: 242 pages
ISBN-10: 1942078161
ISBN-13: 978-1942078166

When a symphony musician is murdered—bashed with her own bassoon—flute player Emily Wilson becomes the prime suspect. To save herself and secure justice for her murdered friend, she must find the killer.

In the close-knit, unforgiving environment of the symphony orchestra Emily makes her way through the tender egos and warped relationships of her fellow musicians to find tantalizing clues. Blackmail, the victim’s abusive ex-boyfriend, an angry neighbor, and a shifty Symphony Board member all lead her to feel she is on the right track.

With the dogged Lieutenant Gordon on her trail, she must flee from the police so she can continue her search. She unexpectedly finds a loyal female friend and the possibility of a new man in her life. But she must learn to trust again after her failed and abusive marriage. With time running out, will she be able to evade the lieutenant, face her personal demons, and clear her name?

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Meet the Author: B.J. Bowen

Barbara Bowen is a freelance writer. She was a finalist and Honorable Mention in the 2018 Focus: Eddy Awards for her article, “Letting Go with Grace,” published in Unity Magazine. Ms. Bowen is also an accomplished professional oboist who played with the Colorado Springs Symphony for nineteen years.

Drawing on her quirky fellow musicians and orchestral experiences, she created the mystery series, "Musical Murders.” The first is "Music is Murder" (Release date, 6-9-21). The second is "Ballistics at the Ballet" (Release date TBA) The third is "Fireworks on the Fourth" (Release date TBA).

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, lives in Colorado with two canine friends, and has a stock of musical puns and a song for any occasion.

For more on Barbara and her writing, you can connect with her on the following links: or

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  1. Thank you. I am very partial to cosy murder mysteries.

  2. Hi Mason - it sounds like Barbara's book could be a fascinating read ... and I'd learn so much ... she is obviously highly qualified to write these series. Thank you and all the best to her - Hilary

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    1. Too true. But it makes for lots of possibilities!

  4. Oh, I just love that context! An orchestra! First, I love music, so that's appealing right away. And with an orchestra, you have a group of disparate people who work together; anything can happen. I can see how this would be appealing. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

    1. From the magic to the fistfights (really! Onstage at the New York Phil!)!

  5. This book sounds unique and intriguing. Very creative idea. Musicians are amazing and give me hope.

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    1. I agree. The thing that's amazing is that 85 people--a symphony--with disparate views and goals, can unite for such harmony!

  7. This sounds wonderful! IT's going on my wish list! Thanks for the spotlight!


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