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Mozart, you disappoint me

I have three words for you, Mozart Conspiracy, and they are all shit.

You started off good. You had a hunky hero who is a little too gun-friendly, which makes for drama llama, a courageous opera-singing heroine, and a ring of deadly old men belonging to an ancient secret society. All the right elements for a gripping read.

and I was gripped, believe me. I finished you in two days, so the going can’t have been that bad.

It wasn’t. It was the ending that was.


Don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you want to read this (and fans of Lee Child, John Grisham, and Dan Brown should), then stop right now because I Am Going To Ruin It For You.

She dies. The gorgeous Welsh opera-singing heroine gets brutally murdered by the bad guy. What the? Wait, back up. She’s not actually dead, is she? It’s just one of those trick deaths, any minute she’ll gasp and sit up and the Leading Man will take her in his strong arms..

Damn Book Club and their Mills and Boon!

But yes, she’s actually dead. What sort of ending is that?! Every single person except the hero dies. And come on, I read Lee Child, I’m not averse to a bit of death. But come on! One man standing in a literal sea of corpses, including the heroine.

It’s just Not Supposed to Happen That Way.

Disappointing. Dis-a-ppointing.

What I figure is, Scott Mariani doesn’t want the leading man married to a whining shrew that has to be dragged around the killing field in the next book. Easier to kill her off and bring in some new love interest to keep people happy.

And yes, there is a next book.

Off to the Library with you.


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Sarah is a writer who is passionate about social justice, feminism, politics, and cats. She is a columnist and poet and currently lives in Nelson. You can follow Sarah on Twitter (@_writehanded_) or read more of her writing at


One thought on “Mozart, you disappoint me

  1. Hi Write,
    Well, as happy as I am to get a shout-out in your blog (enjoyed it, by the way), I have to profess my innocence. I didn’t kill her.

    Might you be thinking of Scott Mariani? I believe he is the author of “Mozart Conspiracy.” As for Lee Child — one of my personal faves — Reacher’s women have a shelf-life about as long as the ladies who hook up with the Cartwright men on “Bonanza.” You just know they aren’t going to make it to the final reel.

    P.J. Parrish
    (who does kill off a woman in the next book but she deserves it)

    Posted by PJ Parrish | May 19, 2009, 2:18 pm

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