Author: Susanne Dunlap
Historical Fiction/Young adult
Plot: Amid the glamour on the Prince Nicholas Esterhazy's court in eighteenth century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so fifteen year old Theresa is convinced when her musician father is discovered dead on Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing and the only clue to his death a mysterious gold pendant found around his neck. Her father's mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, takes pity on Theresa and makes her his copyist, giving her an income so her family will not go hungry.
Determined to solve the mystery of her father's death, Theresa is stunned to learn her about the secret life he led along with a trail of blackmail and extortion that extends from the splendor of the imperial halls to the shadowy tents of a Gypsy camp. Yet its the stirrings of love for a man she only thought she knew that might prove the most astonishing discovery of all.