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Orchestrated Murder
by Rick Blechta

Something is terribly wrong at Symphony Hall. Luigi Spadafini, the symphony's star conductor, has been murdered—and the entire orchestra has confessed to the crime. This is the mess that Detective Lieutenant Pratt walks into one Saturday morning. Overworked and tired, he's also saddled with Detective Ellis, the newest member of the homicide squad and still very wet behind the ears.

With both the mayor and several big shots from the symphony's board of directors demanding a speedy resolution of the crisis, Pratt is pushed to the limit. The trouble is, he also faces a seemingly endless list of suspects with good reasons to want the philandering Spadafini dead. With the clock ticking, Pratt is forced to use both his wits and the computer skills of Detective Ellis to solve the mystery.

Reading Level: 5.4
ISBN: 9781554698851
Pub Date: October 1, 2011
Price: $9.95

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About the author

Rick Blechta has two passions in life: music and writing. A professional musician since age fourteen, he brings his extensive knowledge of that life to his crime fiction. He is now the author of eight novels, one of which, Cemetery of the Nameless, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award (2005). In 2017, his third Rapid Reads book, Rundown, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novella. Rick runs a blog called Type M for Murder, which can be found at For more information about Rick, visit

Rick writes the Detective Pratt mystery series for Rapid Reads, which currently includes Orchestrated Murder and The Boom Room.


Library Journal—October 1, 2011
"A vibrant closed-room police procedural sure to resonate with readers."

Hamilton Spectator—December 9, 2011
"A finely-tuned gem of a story built on the powerfully-political dynamics of today's highly-strung orchestras...Orchestrated Murder is a tangled little mess with a satisfying conclusion."

NMRLS Youth Services Book Review—January 30, 2012
"The pace is lively, and would easily draw the reluctant reader along."

CM Magazine—February 3, 2012
"Rick Blechta has wound a murder mystery with twists, turns and on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense. The storyline moves quickly...A good, fast-paced read. Highly Recommended."


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