City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
When Beethoven scholar Sarah Westin is invited to go to Prague to help create, authenticate, and curate a collection of Beethoven’s work, she is thrilled. Not only will she get her hands on some of the most important work in the composer’s oeuvre, she will be joining her mentor/teacher there as well.
As it happens, however, her mentor dies from a fall shortly before she arrives, and the matter is chalked up to suicide. Sarah can’t believe that. It’s unlikely that the man she knew and respected would do such a thing. Surely there’s more to it, and she intends to find out what as she works in the castle that will hold a long line of royal Lobkowicz treasures as a museum.
Before long, Sarah is working alongside Max, one of the last in a long lineage of Lobkowicz to find out where various clues are pointing — which is, in fact, to a famous U.S. senator. Through tunnels, across bridges, and even across time, the duo work against the clock to save the threatened museum and themselves.
In short, this is like a very sophisticated Nancy Drew mystery if psychedelic drugs, raging hormones, a 400 year old dwarf, and time travel had been involved. A rollicking good read that members of any book club will hate to see come to an end. Happily, a sequel is already in the works.
Penguin; ISBN 978-0-14312-268-5; $16.