Reviews of The Vanishing Violinist

"It's a fun mystery that focuses on the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. It's enjoyable because it is so insightful and exact."--Tom Beczkiewicz, executive director, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, in Indianapolis Monthly

"The rich background, a quadrennial violin competition held in Indianapolis, combines with a strong puzzle and involving, mostly likable characters to create an enjoyable reading experience."--Jon L. Breen, "The Jury Box," Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"Anyone who has ever been involved in the performance of music of an amateur or civic nature will get an extra measure of enjoyment from Sara Hoskinson Frommer's fourth book about Joan Spencer, a sharp and likable woman of a certain age whose interests and concerns are universal enough to win our hearts and unusual enough to capture our minds." --Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune

"Frommer's latest emphasizes Joan's gentle levelheadedness and Fred's devotion to her. It's a well-plotted tale, as the author keeps readers guessing as to whether Bruce is as sweet as he seems, and wisely picks up the pace once the culprit has been identified. The novel's highlights, however, are the exceptional descriptions of the musical performances, passages in which Frommer proves herself, at least for a moment or two, a Paganini of prose."--Publishers Weekly

"A warm cozy with a most appealing heroine. . . . The rhythms of small-town life, a good bit about music and musical competition, and the contrasts of Joan's easy relationship with her son and her fraught relationship with her daughter dovetail nicely with twinned mysteries that turn out, of course, to be connected." --GraceAnne A. DeCandido, Booklist

"Heavily laden with domestic comings and goings, as well as with long passages analyzing the music and skills of the players. Still, there's enough interest and suspense here to hold most readers to the end of Frommer's fourth, her best to date."--Kirkus Reviews

"Oliver, Indiana widow Joan Spencer is planning her wedding to policeman Fred Lundquist when her daughter calls from NY to announce her own engagement. her intended, classical violinist Bruce Graham, is headed for an international competition in Indianapolis where he could use some family support. Meeting Bruce, Joan worries he's too good to be ture. And with reason: first one competitor injures his hand playing frisbee, then another has her Strad stolen, then is stolen herself. The cops suspect Bruce, so Joan, true to her daughter's instincts, defends him while Fred proves his gentle, steadfast devotion. Nicely plotted with a bow to recent headlines, and--often lyrically--to the music."--BOOKNEWS from The Poisoned Pen

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