Susanne Dunlap's book takes place in 18th century Vienna, a place full of beautiful music and deadly intrigue. Theresa's father, a violinist in Haydn's orchestra, was found murdered near a Gypsy encampment. Then, as now, Gypsies were always accused of any crimes which happen to occur in their vicinity (rightfully or not). Theresa approaches them to find out more about his death and where his violin ended up. She finds that the Gypsies enjoy their own beautiful music and Danior, one of the camp's members, had lost his family's lands in Hungary. Theresa's father was trying to assemble evidence so they could return to Hungary. While trying to find the reason for her father's murder, Theresa stumbles upon other vile goings on.
The Musician's Daughter gives us a glimpse into the world of the nobles of Vienna as well as the underworld life of the Gypsy people. It is full of action with a little romance thrown in. This book would be enjoyed by historical fiction lovers as well as mystery and action readers.
My rating for this book: +++