Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

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"Ida Rosenkranz is top diva at the Vienna Opera, but she's gone silent for good after an apparent laudanum overdose. Learning of her professional rivalries and her scandalous affairs with older men, Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt and Dr. Max Liebermann suspect foul play instead. Their investigation leads them into dark and dangerous conflicts with Gustav Mahler, the opera's imperious director, who is himself the target of a poison pen campaign, and Karl Lueger, Vienna's powerful and anti-Semitic mayor. As the peril escalates, Rheinhardt grows further into his role as family man, while Liebermann finds himself at odds with his inamorata, Amelia, who's loosening both her corset and her tongue in the new feminist movement."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, ©2012
ISBN: 9780812983340
0812983343
Branch Call Number: Mystery Tal
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 21 cm

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akarenina May 29, 2012

For me this was OTT with discussion of musical terminology and Freudian psychology, but that must be expected when two of the characters are Mahler and Freud. The mystery itself was not very engaging with the conclusion being less than satisfying, and Liebermann and Rheinhardt seemed rather wooden this time around. I might be taking Frank Tallis off my list of authors.

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