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The Violin Conspiracy
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
A riveting tale about a Black classical musician whose family heirloom violin is stolen on the eve of the most prestigious classical music competition in the world. Ray McMillian loves playing the violin more than anything, and nothing will stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician. Not his mother, who thinks he should get a real job, not the fact that he can't afford a high-caliber violin, not the racism inherent in the classical music world. And when he makes the startling discovery that his great-grandfather's fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, his star begins to rise. Then with the international Tchaikovsky Competition--the Olympics of classical music--fast approaching, his prized family heirloom is stolen. Ray is determined to get it back. But now his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray's great-grandfather are each claiming that the violin belongs to them. With the odds stacked against him and the pressure mounting, will Ray ever see his beloved violin again?
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Sharpeipup
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Not a bad way to start the day… and a new book!

Suzze I really liked this book! I hope you enjoy it as much. 3w
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DavidDiamond
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Wonderful coming of age/mystery from debut author Brendan Slocumb.
A stolen $10 million dollar Stradivarius belonging to a Black violinist frames this coming of age story about overcoming racism & prejudice while pursuing a career in the pigment challenged world of classical music.
Loved this story! Initially I felt many of the incidents of racism were overblown & almost cartoonish...then I read the Afterword only to learn they actually happened.

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Kristin_Reads
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📖 5-21-22 || Propulsive | Musical | Mystery
This is a top pick for me! It is marketed as a mystery (and thriller??), however for me the draw is the coming-of-age story of a young Black musician. The author draws from his own experience as a violinist who has faced discrimination in the music world. As a sidenote, reading this has renewed my passion to pick my violin back up after 20 years! 🎻🎵

Liatrek Nice review! This is on my to buy list. I use to play the violin too 🎻 1mo
UwannaPublishme How cool that this book inspired you to play your violin again! 🎻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Kristin_Reads @Liatrek 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
Kristin_Reads @UwannaPublishme 💗 It‘s a great book! 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Another author that I met on Thursday night. Brendan was amazing and can‘t wait to read his book!

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jploves2read
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I agree with Ray. 🙂

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marleed
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This was an interesting way to explore racism and micro aggressions in areas where the black community has been systematically prevented the opportunity to succeed - and also, consider the challenge to succeed when not even family members can imagine it possible. The heist was just average though, and I thought the crowding sourcing/fund raising angle interrupted primary aspects of the story. May #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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LeslieO
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I really liked this book, especially the parts about music and the violin. I enjoyed the mystery (I‘ve heard some people say it was obvious who did it but I always fall for all the red herrings and suspect everybody!) I liked the main character but some of the others were rather one dimensional. The cover is exceptional.

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MelindaOtt
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A great page-turner of a debut! Never knew I would care so much about an old violin.

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MaggieCarr
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Not a true story BUT included many personal details that did take place in author's life made this a five star read. The family dynamics were extremely relatable. I desperately wanted this story to be based on history due to the profound racism, idealisms, misinformed law persons and so much more. However, reference to Venmo, Uber, cell phones, and other technology woven into the storyline keep the reader's frame of reference in the here and now.

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Cinfhen
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A stolen violin, strained family ties, slavery, expectations, stereotypes and classical music are all intertwined in this engaging thought provoking read. I was swept up in the music & storytelling. Author was slightly heavy handed in certain parts of the book, but as an African American classical musician he has truly encountered racism and unfair notions. Audio was exceptional! Highly recommended🎻❣️

BennettBookworm Which audio did you listen to just out of curiosity? :) 3mo
Cinfhen I listened through Audible. JD Jackson read and audio included violin concertos between chapters @BennettBookworm 3mo
BennettBookworm Thanks! Awesome! 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Thanks for letting me know about The Violin Conspiracy playlist on Spotify @DivineDiana 🎻It‘s absolutely gorgeous 🎼

BarbaraBB Wow! 3mo
DivineDiana You‘re welcome! I love when an author does this! This one is exceptional! 🎻 3mo
Lynnsoprano Ooh, there‘s a lot of great music on that playlist! 3mo
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Cinfhen
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#AudioWalk I can‘t stop listening 🎻🎧♥️This might be the MAGIC I‘ve been looking for⚡️ 🪄⚡️SO GOOD❣️❣️❣️

Kristelh Beautiful setting! 3mo
Cathythoughts What a beautiful audio walk 😍 3mo
Kdgordon88 Lovely walk and the book is sooooooo good! 3mo
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Cinfhen Thanks @Kristelh @Cathythoughts @Kdgordon88 I cut through a small side street and it felt like I had landed in Paris - oh LaLa - and I‘m LOVING this book 3mo
BarbaraBB This sounds good! You‘re on a roll! 3mo
Megabooks Love seeing your neighborhood! Glad you are enjoying the book 😀💜 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks, I really enjoyed this book @BarbaraBB @Megabooks 😊 3mo
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Cinfhen
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LOVING this 🎧🎻♥️

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Cinfhen
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#ThingsInCommon so here‘s how it‘s playing out @Clwojick I started the month with audiobook Make God Laugh narrated by Bahni Turpin, using the same narrator I chose Red Island House. Using the word House led me to House of Rougeaux which led to Sea of Tranquility as both books are set in parts in Canada. Now I‘ve started Violin Conspiracy because a violin is central to both stories. I have no idea what‘s next🤷🏼‍♀️

squirrelbrain So many clever links! 3mo
BarbaraBB Very clever! 3mo
KarenUK Oh this is such a fun challenge! 3mo
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Cinfhen Thanks friends!!! It‘s fun to see where my reading is going @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain except I NEED to link my IRL bookclub choice into this 😜 3mo
Cinfhen It is @KarenUK but I might need to make adjustments 😉 3mo
Clwojick Way to go! You‘re doing great! Maybe something with a red cover, or face on the cover can be next?! 3mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, thanks for the suggestions @Clwojick 3mo
Centique That is a fun challenge! 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s an interesting way to chose books @Centique and it‘s led to some great reads!!! 3mo
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DivineDiana
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Ray dreams of becoming a classical violinist. His family would prefer that he work in a hospital cafeteria. Only his beloved grandmother believes in him,and gives him the battered violin that had been stored in the attic of her home. Ray‘s love of the violin takes him to the highest echelons of classical music, but not without struggles,betrayal,and racism.This book was a thrilling page turner! Written by a man who is a Black classical violinist.

DivineDiana Photo of two- time Emmy Award winning violinist Damien Escobar. (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen I JUST started this book!! I‘m already loving it 🎻 3mo
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DivineDiana @Cinfhen Are you listening to the audio? I believe it includes music. 3mo
batsy This sounds good! 3mo
DivineDiana @batsy It was fascinating to have a glimpse into the world of classical music competition! 3mo
Cinfhen Yes!! Audio with musical accompaniment 3mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I loved the actual book, but the addition of the music must take it to another level! 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s wonderful 🥰 3mo
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Anya91
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Just finished the audiobook. DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS BOOK!! (Sorry for the all caps I just really loved this book). It was amazing. Following Ray‘s journey from a high school violinist to a soloist. Learning about his family history. The thriller element. It is too tier. Plus loving the classical music interludes between each new part in the story. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

DivineDiana Wish I had listened to the audio to hear those interludes. 🎻 3mo
BennettBookworm Which audiobook version did you listen to with the musical interludes? Definitely want to try that! 3mo
Anya91 @BennettBookworm I listened on librofm 3mo
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BennettBookworm Thanks! 3mo
Kristin_Reads I‘m loving this book! 1mo
Anya91 @Kristin_Reads I hope this book becomes a show or a movie 1mo
Kristin_Reads @Anya09 Ooh, me too…that would be amazing! 1mo
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DivineDiana
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Starting new ebook loan. #libby #booked2022
#newin2022

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WellReadCatLady
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Good thriller that isn‘t about murder!

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Suzze
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My March reads! The Violin Conspiracy was my favorite! Nour‘s Secret Library is a picture book. Locke & Key is a graphic novel. The Reading List was for book group. The other three were all advance copies.

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MallenNC
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My March #BookSpinBingo was a success! I got two Bingos, finished both of my BookSpins and read 13 books. My favorite was the tagged book, and I also loved Milkman and Anatomy.

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This book uses the mystery of a stolen violin as a framing device to explore the story of Ray—a tremendously talented violinist who crashes into every possible wall simply because he‘s black. I really enjoyed this and especially like the music cred of the fact that the author is a violinist who is black.

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Susanita
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1. I had a word game on my old Kindle that‘s no longer supported. 😞
2. Baseball!
3. Tagged!
#wondeouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 👍🏼📚🙏🏻 3mo
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Susanita
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1. The little bookcase next to the bed.
2. Tagged! Compelling, well written mystery with some food for thought about the world of classical music.
3. Maybe a Miracle
#wondrouswednesday

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EadieB
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs @TheSpineView Thanks for the tag!

1. This shelf I hope to read this year.

2. My favorite book read so far this year is The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

3. Haven‘t DNF‘d a book yet this year.

Anyone who reads this is tagged!

TheSpineView You're welcome! 3mo
Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 ❣️ Thanks for joining in 🥳 3mo
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MallenNC
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I loved this book about a musician‘s prized violin being stolen for ransom. But it‘s more of a story about a Black man‘s career in music and all the racism he faces in trying to be as successful as his talent deserves. The author is a classical musician and based the character‘s experiences on his own life. A lot of the tension in the story comes from wanting him to succeed. I thought the resolution to the mystery was good too. March #BookSpin

Liatrek This sounds good! Nice review adding to my stack ❤️ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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Kdgordon88
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#BookReport. Four great books this week. The tagged book was 4.5 🌟 Although I was wrong on a plot twist it was a satisfying read on audio. The story is fiction but he used some of his own experiences to heighten the drama. The other 3 were all 4 🌟 Lily was a sob fest, Missing Trees was wonderful and the mystery set in A place I‘ve visited was fun. #WeeklyForecast. The plan is pictured. I think I will stick to it.

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Kdgordon88
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My #MarvellousMarch game plan. I have less than 3 hours of the tagged book…I think I may have a clue about whodunnit and am anxious to see if I‘m right. Next up on audio is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. I just started The Seed Keeper on kindle and next up is the mystery. Print is The Silence of the Girls for #LMPBC. Work is its usual tax season crazy but most of my off time is books and sleep thanks to a supportive husband.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊👍 4mo
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Susanita
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So good! It could turn out to be a favorite for the year.

I only wanted an index of the music referenced in the book, but here‘s the author‘s playlist that seems to include a lot of it.

https://www.brendanslocumb.com/my-playlist

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MallenNC
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Now that I‘ve caught up on my February reviews, I can start my Book Spin for March. These are the picks! I‘m looking forward to both.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Susanita
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1. The tagged book is finally waiting for me at the library!
2. I think “literally” is literally overused. 😚
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView “Literally“ is a good one! Thanks for playing! 4mo
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Christine
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Thoroughly enjoyed this! Something in it for everyone: family drama, music, mystery, history, and honestly a pretty great primer on systemic racism. Perfect JD Jackson narration. The brilliant author‘s note at the end was even better than all of that. ❤️

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NikkiCureton
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Enjoyable look into the world of classical music through the eyes of a Black violinist who‘s had his priceless instrument stolen. Good audiobook 🎧

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Jbakesmcgee3
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🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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janeycanuck
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This is, hands down, one of the best books I‘ve read in ages. The frenzied urgency Slocumb created in the first chapter just overlays the entire book, even when he slows the story. He weaves racial issues in so deftly, drawing on his own awful experiences, but also has moments of levity and humour. And the music! The way he writes about music is just incredible.

I did figure out whodunnit fairly early on but it didn‘t limit my enjoyment at all.

Ncostell I heard about this book on a podcast and immediately put it on my TBR list! 4mo
janeycanuck @Ncostell it‘s so good! He‘s already working on another. I‘ll definitely be watching for it. 4mo
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Yaaaasss! Listened on #audiobook and the narration is 💯 An up and coming Black violinist learned that his instrument, which has been in his family for generations is a Strad. The story is ostensibly about finding the thief, but really speaks to racism and family in profound ways.

EvieBee I really liked the narrator of this audiobook, too! 5mo
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African American classical violinist, Ray, has his rare instrument stolen and ransomed off. As Ray bargains for his property, he discovers a connection to his family history of racism, prejudice, and slavery. This page-turning novel looks at social themes and hardships every POC faces in all avenues of society.

Jess Just picked this one up yesterday. Can‘t wait to get started this week. 5mo
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DivineDiana What a sweet picture! 😻 5mo
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Susanita
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1. Tagged book
2. I‘m 4th on the hold queue…
3. So many! I‘ll probably finish Southernmost in a day or two.
#wondrouswednesday

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EadieB
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Ray McMillian is a young black man who has a gift for music and wants to become a classical musician. Ray's grandmother gives him her father's violin. He was a slave and would play the violin for the plantation owner and acquired the violin years ago. When Ray finds out that the violin is a Stradivarius worth $10 million dollars, he is sued by the Marks family who own the plantation. Ray's family is also suddenly interested in the violin's worth.

EadieB On the eve of the world-class Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the violin is stolen. This book is a fast-paced plot that held my attention all the way through. It is a coming-of-age inspirational story that keeps us in touch with Ray's feelings as he goes through lots of racial attacks. But Ray's determination to achieve his goal keeps us invested cheering for him. 5mo
EadieB In the end, the mystery of who stole the violin is solved and is a complete surprise to me. If you like feel-good stories, then you should read this one. I would like to thank Knopf Doubleday Anchor and NetGalley for a copy of this book for an honest review. 5mo
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Andrew65 Great review 5mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! 5mo
bnp Sounds intriguing. 5mo
EadieB @bnp It was very good! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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ChrisBohjalian
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If you loved THE QUEEN‘S GAMBIT, you will love this novel. I sure did. On sale February 2022.