Melody Cavatina, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s new and exceptionally talented cellist, is scheduled to premiere a finger-cracking solo in Rio in conjunction with the signing of a controversial trade agreement. It’s her first solo, and she’s traumatized, barely able to play normally let alone in front of an assembly of world leaders. As the orchestra heads to the airport, their priceless instruments are hijacked.
Genial police Lieutenant Lowell is called to find the truckload of instruments. Many people suspect a populist group trying to stop the trade agreement, but Lowell assembles a long list of other suspects, which includes Melody.
She must conquer her psychological shock and clear her name. She must get to Rio and dedicate her performance to a person she had wronged. She must use her perfect pitch and meticulous musical sensitivity to find the thieves.
Told with a focus on music, irreverent and witty, The Symphony Heist is a thoroughly satisfying mystery, fun and informative. Lowell is becoming one of the most delightful characters in literature. Anyone who likes to solve a mystery or enjoys music will fall in love with this book.