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The Mozart ConspiracySusanne DunlapThis young adult historical mystery is well written and delightful to read Seventeen year old Rezia Theresa Schurman is a very talented violinist and amateur sleuth She is of the upper class and one would think that, living in Vienna Austria during the height of the Austro Hungarian empire, would have little to complain about But she is a girl woman ahead of her time As talented as she is the 18th century Viennese culture defines the role of women very co The Mozart ConspiracySusanne DunlapThis young adult historical mystery is well written and delightful to read Seventeen year old Rezia Theresa Schurman is a very talented violinist and amateur sleuth She is of the upper class and one would think that, living in Vienna Austria during the height of the Austro Hungarian empire, would have little to complain about But she is a girl woman ahead of her time As talented as she is the 18th century Viennese culture defines the role of women very completely, prohibiting females from playing with the official orchestras As strong willed as she is, however, she resorts to the rather bold, and dangerous tactic of disguising herself as a young man both to hide her true identity in the larger orchestras and to avail herself of the broader scope of activities of men in the world at large.Even her social situation is precarious Her father had passed away as a result of a scandal requiring her to use her musical talents to help support her mother and two siblings, one just a toddler.An incident occurs which complicates her life evenand places her in real physical danger as well She witnesses what appears to be a murder Just the attempt to report this assault to the authorities requires her to assume her male persona in order to be taken seriously.The mystery around which this story revolves involves a plot on the life of the Emperor A sub plot includes the attempt of Rezia to assist Mozart in presenting a symphony in Vienna over the objections of a powerful antagonist who attempts to undermine Mozart at every turn.The troubles and complexities just continue to escalate from that point Her circle of acquaintances include a group of Romany Gypsies with whom she is very close, the brilliant composer Mozart, and even the Emperor of Austria himself.While this was a fun read and worth the interested readers time it is rather one dimensional There are many characters but the reader rarely glimpses beyond the facade The dialogue borders on the trivial witheffort placed on describing apparel than on personalities and motivations This book begins with the apparent murder of a man dressed as a musician and carrying an instrument His murder is witnessed by Theresa, a young girl hiding in the tree from what she thought may be an attempt to accost her him She is dressed as a male in order to play her violin at balls and concerts in Vienna It is the late 1700 s and no females are allowed to play an instrument except in her home or at social gatherings but no in orchestras.Within the first three chapters one sees the role a This book begins with the apparent murder of a man dressed as a musician and carrying an instrument His murder is witnessed by Theresa, a young girl hiding in the tree from what she thought may be an attempt to accost her him She is dressed as a male in order to play her violin at balls and concerts in Vienna It is the late 1700 s and no females are allowed to play an instrument except in her home or at social gatherings but no in orchestras.Within the first three chapters one sees the role a female was expected to play in these times and, of course, Theresa does not conform to this role Well, of course, she would not if she dresses as a male in order to play her beloved Amati violin The other very glaring reality of these times is the treatment of the Jewish people and the stiff fines levied against them Antisemitism was definitely in force in Vienna and most probably in all of Austria.With all the twists and turns, I never did figure out what was going on until the author ties it all together The story takes you into many parts of Vienna and into homes of both the wealthy and and those of lesser influence What I can say is Theresa, though a young girl, is smart, clever and stubborn or perhaps really determined She does not believe anything that she, herself, has not checked out or has uncovered I was so impressed with her tenacity and compassion, even her relationship with her mother is a forgiving one.I was also glad that what appeared to happen at the beginning was not fatal and that a full recovery is apparent I did not realize this was one in a series although it is clearly stated as the second book when I looked again, so I can only wonder what escapades Theresa will get into in the next novel I would be remiss if I did not mention that I loved the ending Woman s lib was alive back then too., even though not many knew about Theresa s achievement To know what I mean, you will have to just read this book and celebrate along with me.I received a complimentary copy of this book from BooksGoSocial through NetGalley All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own Fun, fast, entertaining read The Mozart Conspiracy has everything I love reading an interesting, intelligent young protagonist and she s female who doesn t let herself be fobbed off by those who don t take her seriously, and a perplexing mystery peopled with real characters from history Theresa Rezia Schurman is a 17 year old violinist who doesn t fit into the normal expectations of a respectable family She was taught to play the violin by her father who died in a previous book and no Fun, fast, entertaining read The Mozart Conspiracy has everything I love reading an interesting, intelligent young protagonist and she s female who doesn t let herself be fobbed off by those who don t take her seriously, and a perplexing mystery peopled with real characters from history Theresa Rezia Schurman is a 17 year old violinist who doesn t fit into the normal expectations of a respectable family She was taught to play the violin by her father who died in a previous book and now the Shurman family is struggling So Rezia disguises herself as a young man and plays as a contract player in any orchestra she can get work in During the day she tutors the children of wealthy families, and teaches them how to play the violin It s not just women who are not allowed to play an instrument in public, neither are Jews, and while the laws are changing this makes the world that Theresa lives in all thechallenging as she struggles to feed her family And of course her well bred mama does not approve, and she doesn t even know the half of what Theresa is up to One night on the way home from rehearsal, Theresa witnesses an attack on another musician As the victim dies in her arms, he whispers Mozart What does that mean Can Mozart have had a man in this man s death And who is this victim who s murder she s seen Or has she really seen a murder When she reports what she saw to authorities in her male guise they don t believe her, especially when she takes them to the body only to find that it is no longer there But Theresa persists in spite of the lack of help and the mounting obstacles to finding out the truth As the mozart conspiracy spins out the threads of what Theresa witnessed that night, it begins to look like even those at the highest level of society may be involved And who can be believed Can Theresa even trust her own eyes The aptly named Mozart Conspiracy grabs your attention with its lively heroine, fast past, interesting characters and maze like mystery Just pick it up and read it In Vienna in the time of Mozart, one girl will defy societal norms for the sake of the music she loves and the investigation she can t let go By day, Theresa Schurman is a good Viennese girl living with her mother, little sister, and the family s housekeeper The daughter of a famous musician who taught her to play before his death, she teaches violin to several girls from prominent families However, her teaching alone does not make enough to support her family so she supplements her income b In Vienna in the time of Mozart, one girl will defy societal norms for the sake of the music she loves and the investigation she can t let go By day, Theresa Schurman is a good Viennese girl living with her mother, little sister, and the family s housekeeper The daughter of a famous musician who taught her to play before his death, she teaches violin to several girls from prominent families However, her teaching alone does not make enough to support her family so she supplements her income by disguising herself as a boy to play in orchestras all over the city by night It is on her way home from one of these evening events that she witnesses a crime being committed against a fellow musician When she reports what she s seen, however, the police are less than helpful and she finds herself investigating on her own What she uncovers will both shock her and put her indanger than she knows how to handle So why won t the police help her, what has she stumbled into, and how on Earth is the famous composer Mozart involved I really enjoyed this book Theresa is a spunky young woman living at a time when females did not have a lot of opportunities and were certainly not thought fit to participate in Vienna s lively music scene But Theresa defies all that to become Thomas at night and to make music with some of the greatest composers of the day The factual information woven throughout about classical music is a delight, and though the mystery part of the story is fictional, much of the background is not The mystery itself is complex and confusing, but confusing in a good way It kept me guessing the entire time, and even at its conclusion, I had to take a minute to digest everything and put the pieces all together This is the first book I ve read in this series, and it has done its job in convincing me that I definitely want to readbottom line If you like historical mysteries, this one is fantastic Its against the backdrop of Vienna in the time of some of the greatest classical musicians ever, and music is certainly a major theme throughout The characters are compelling and the plot is fast paced It s a fun read that is sure to have you wanting to check out the rest of the series Theresa Schurman leads a double life Theresa is a respectable young lady of Vienna but she is also Thomas who plays the violin Since women are not allowed to play she has had to be deceptive Her mother is widowed and so they need the money that Rezia makes teaching and playing in small orchestras She is on her way home as Thomas one night when she sees a man being stabbed When she goes back later he has disappeared The only thing he said to her was, Mozart She does not know what to make Theresa Schurman leads a double life Theresa is a respectable young lady of Vienna but she is also Thomas who plays the violin Since women are not allowed to play she has had to be deceptive Her mother is widowed and so they need the money that Rezia makes teaching and playing in small orchestras She is on her way home as Thomas one night when she sees a man being stabbed When she goes back later he has disappeared The only thing he said to her was, Mozart She does not know what to make of this but just can t leave it alone The story unfolds with the involvement of the Jewish musicians, Freemasons, the Prince and the local gypsies There is a conspiracy happening and she knows not what or who is involved The Mozart Conspiracy is the second book in this series by Susanne Dunlap I hadn t read the first, The Musician s Daughter, but it didn t matter because this book can stand alone Theresa, a young woman in Vienna in the late 1700 s, disguises herself as a male to be able to play violin in public and financially support her family When she witnesses the murder of another musician, she seeks help, and the body disappears Told not to interfere in men s business, Theresa resolves to figure out th The Mozart Conspiracy is the second book in this series by Susanne Dunlap I hadn t read the first, The Musician s Daughter, but it didn t matter because this book can stand alone Theresa, a young woman in Vienna in the late 1700 s, disguises herself as a male to be able to play violin in public and financially support her family When she witnesses the murder of another musician, she seeks help, and the body disappears Told not to interfere in men s business, Theresa resolves to figure out the identity of the victim and the meaning behind the dying man s last words This is an excellent historical adventure that will appeal to both YA and adult readers The main character Theresa is a joy to root for Her amateur investigation involves assistance from the Gypsy community, an examination of both the treatment of Jews and a woman s expected place in society, and a world involving the music of Mozart and Salieri The Mozart Conspiracy is an exciting book of historical fiction lots of unexpected twists and at the end of it, you will have effortlessly learned about the social and political norms in Vienna at this time I love a book like that where you come away having been entertained and yet also,knowledgeable I have never been so happy to be given a free copy in exchange for an honest review This book was terrific Vienna 1781 Theresa Schurman a young lady has a double life, one as a lady and daughter of a respectable family, the other as Thomas Weissbrot, the violinist Walking home after a concert it is Thomas who witnesses a murder, with the victim naming Mozart She decides to investigate what becomes a complex investigation, who can she trust, what is the real truth.This was an enjoyable and well written historical mystery, which is plot driven rather than dealing with the characters, Though I admit Vienna 1781 Theresa Schurman a young lady has a double life, one as a lady and daughter of a respectable family, the other as Thomas Weissbrot, the violinist Walking home after a concert it is Thomas who witnesses a murder, with the victim naming Mozart She decides to investigate what becomes a complex investigation, who can she trust, what is the real truth.This was an enjoyable and well written historical mystery, which is plot driven rather than dealing with the characters, Though I admit to not really taking to the character of Theresa, I probably found her too immature for my reading tastes.A NetGalley Book &FREE PDF ↺ The Mozart Conspiracy ↡ A murder A disappearing body And someone wants to make sure Mozart s opera never sees the light of day Theresa Schurman leads a double life, as a sweet, young Viennese girl from a respectable family, and as a the professional violinist Thomas Weissbrot, who performs in pickup orchestras throughout the Vienna of Haydn and Mozart When she stumbles on a murder on her way home from one of her gigs in disguise, she becomes involved in a complex conspiracy that rocks the musical world With the help of her captivating friend, the Gypsy Mirela, she struggles to tie all the complex threads together and solve a mystery involving the handsome, enigmatic Captain von Bauer and the up and coming Amad Mozart Will her double life and her budding romance with the dreamy Zoltan prevent her from succeeding The highly anticipated sequel to award nominated The Musician s Daughter What a fun and enjoyable read This is a fast paced mystery that will have you guessing until the very end Dunlap provides the reader with enough background information so that one isn t completely lost if they had not read the first book The reality of class separation and gender discrimination are exposed as Theresa struggles to support her family doing what she loves The time period was beautifully recreated and the intricacies of the musical court are deftly explained While Theresa plods What a fun and enjoyable read This is a fast paced mystery that will have you guessing until the very end Dunlap provides the reader with enough background information so that one isn t completely lost if they had not read the first book The reality of class separation and gender discrimination are exposed as Theresa struggles to support her family doing what she loves The time period was beautifully recreated and the intricacies of the musical court are deftly explained While Theresa plods her way through solving the mystery she stumbles upon, we see her grow as she learnsabout herself, her musical talents, and her place in the world An enchanting story It was very good, though perhaps not as thought provoking as the first book The murder mystery aspect of the story wasn t as intriguing the second time, and the characters attitudes got a little old Otherwise, it was a wonderful story that was well written I can t wait to see what else Susanne Dunlap comes up with.