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The Violin Conspiracy
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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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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Susanita
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Inspired by @julesG ‘s comment on my #sundayfunday post…

However, one could say that any book I read #InvolvesHeist 😎

#springskies

julesG A heist you say? Stacked 2d
Eggs Love heists!! 2d
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fictionaddictbooks
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Almost through with the Violin Conspiracy and I feel like it shouldn't end. I wonder if there will be a movie based on it.

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Susanita
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1. Louise Penny, Geraldine Brooks, Tana French, to name a few
2. Tagged book is the most recent of my favorite mysteries
3. Sue Grafton (see profile pic)
#wondrouswednesday

sisilia Sue Grafton fan here 🙌 3w
Eggs Thank you for joining in👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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fictionaddictbooks
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Sometimes when I can't get enough of the book I'm reading and I've become so attached to the book, I do all other things while reading. I eat while reading, I play the book while cooking, doing dishes , baking, and even taking a shower🚿
Who else does this?

Soubhiville 🙋 I definitely do! 1mo
fictionaddictbooks @Soubhiville It gladdens my heart to know I'm not alone🤣 4w
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fictionaddictbooks
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First time learning of this quote by Whoopi Goldberg was from the tagged book.

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BookedBeyondMeasure
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Loved!

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JenniferEgnor
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Joseph Bologne, the 18th century Black classical musician and composer we weren‘t told about!

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JenniferEgnor
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I loved this book. A tale of one very gifted Black man, his relationship with his ancestors, and the gift they gave him: the Stradivarius violin. I loved how the author made the story so personal, reflecting on the real events in his own life, the daily struggles of being Black. I especially loved the backstory of the violin and would like to see a novel based on that. Shown: Black Violin is a duo of a Black take on classical music; I saw⬇️

JenniferEgnor them perform in Charleston in 2019. I love their music! Below: the movie featured on Hulu about Jospeh Bologne, sometimes called the ‘Black Mozart‘ (France, 1745-1799). Wonderful movie, I highly recommend it. How many of us ever knew his story? Black representation matters, Black history matters. More of this please, we demand it! We don‘t want a white washed history. 2mo
Deblovestoread My daughter introduced me to Black Violin and I love them but I did not know about Joseph Bologne. I‘m off to find out more and will watch the movie. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! 2mo
Suet624 I saw Black Violin around the same time you did. They were fabulous in person. 2mo
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Susanita
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎻 📚🙌🏻 3mo
Eggs Looks awesome 🖤 🎻 ❤️ 3mo
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Cjbesh
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I did not think the book was great contrary to most. How many lawsuits does one need in a story?

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Tera0707
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It‘s the last month of the year! Crazy how fast it went by, but I‘m excited for what is to come!

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Honeybeebooks
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This was an entertaining read. Despite an unsupportive environment, Ray embraces the world of music becoming a virtuoso violinist on his family heirloom. When the violin is recognized as a Stradivarius and disappears before an international competition, Ray must locate his instrument and show the world that music is for everyone. I marveled at Slocumb‘s ability to share complex musical descriptions and keep a compelling pace. A pick & 4 ⭐️.

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WriterAtHeart
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Music, mystery, and social commentary, the reader follows Ray McMillian and his history of overcoming racism to compete in a world famous competition.

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rebbyj
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Beautiful thoughtful

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rebbyj
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Gorgeous!!!!

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 116 of the year.

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Daisey
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I truly enjoyed the historical aspect of this book. I thought the history of Ray‘s violin was a great story. I also enjoyed his journey to become a musician, although not so much the time spent at the competition itself. I did not particularly enjoy the mystery aspect. I guessed what happened with the violin and thought a few obvious considerations were just ignored. The audio includes lovely musical interludes.

#audiobook #LitsyBookClub

tpixie I‘ll be starting the audio soon. Fun about the music! 8mo
Daisey @tpixie I enjoyed the audio. I‘ll be curious to hear what you think of the story. 8mo
tpixie @Daisey 🧡 👍🏻 8mo
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suvata
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It‘s hard to believe that 2023 is halfway gone. Here are my favorite books for the first six months of the year. Did you read any of them? If so, what did you think? What were your favorite books so far this year?

sblbooks I've read the Midnight Library and This Time Tomorrow and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. 10mo
suvata @sblbooks They were both very memorable books. I rated all of them on my list as five-star reads. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 10mo
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wen4blu
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Starting my weekend with this one.

suvata Such an awesome book 11mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I‘ve been in a slump, and I was really happy this book brought me out of it. Not a perfect book, but a really enjoyable one.

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Really enjoyed this one! I love reading books about musicians. I did guess who stole the violin correctly early on, but the book is about much more than the mystery of who did it. It's a mix of historical fiction, a coming-to-age story, and shines a light on the intense racial discrimination among musicians. The mother in this book was horrendous. As a mother of 3 sons, I just cannot understand how she could treat her son in such a way.

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Sapphire
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This story drew me in and carried along at a good clip. Multiple threads make it widely appealing. It‘s not beautiful prose but at the same time, I read half in one sitting. The author, a career musician, has a second book out this month and I plan to read it based on enjoying this one and the opening paragraph teaser at the end of the kindle version.

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Decalino
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When Ray's violin goes missing, the loss is devastating; the violin is not only a priceless instrument, but also a cherished heirloom, & its theft distracts Ray from his efforts to be the first American to win the prestigious Tschaikovsky competition. This novel works best when focusing on Ray, his family, his love of music, & his experiences as a Black man in America & the music world. It goes off the rails at the end, but still a pick for me.

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Been enjoying my recent mystery reads, but time for a change of pace.

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KT1432
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A young black violin phenom navigates racism, financial disadvantages, self doubt, family drama, and conspiracies to steal his inherited, beloved fiddle, all while preparing for the biggest musical competition of his life.

My husband and I enjoyed this #audiobook on a couple of road trips. The terrible single black mom was too stereotypical, and many of the racist incidents were extreme, but based on his own experiences. 4⭐️ #pop23 friend rec

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PhilipE
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It‘s fun to see if the bad guys get their come uppance. As a classical musician I would have loved a history of how the violin traveled from Italy into Ray‘s hands. Maybe back and forth. 18th and 19th century juxtaposed by current story.

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BarbaraBB
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Helen and Holly‘s favorite book was up against Ruth‘s one today. I am talking about Violin against Manhunt. The outcome won‘t be a surprise for who‘s read our reviews in the past weeks: Manhunt didn‘t connect with many of us and so Violin advances to the 1/4 Finals.
The choice of the #Tob23 judge is a personal one: “We return to my love of paradox and my delight in an instrument that can hold so many truths at once.”
So there too, Violin wins.

batsy If I'd voted I would have gone with Manhunt 😉 On that note I'm not thrilled with this bracket; regardless of preference of style, both books had important things to say about forms of oppression and it bums me out that they were in competition, so to speak. 13mo
sarahbarnes I love your writeup today! This was a tough matchup for sure. 13mo
Chelsea.Poole Thank heavens lol 13mo
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Megabooks Manhunt was my choice. I preferred its originality to violin, but I‘m not rooting for either to win the tournament. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
jlhammar Heck yeah!!! I, like the judge, was totally swept-up in the Violin Conspiracy. Such a good audiobook. 🎻 🎻 🎻 13mo
jlhammar @merelybookish And yay for Obie day!! Margot, your little mascot intro is hilarious. “Obie enjoys sitting atop whatever book his favorite human is reading as she needs saving from the depressing, plotless novels about women she tends to read.” 😹 13mo
Deblovestoread I feel bad when my vote is for the one book I read rather than a vote for a favorite out of the two but I couldn‘t bring myself to read Manhunt. Horror is not my thing and Manhunt sounded brutal. I did love The Violin Conspiracy so am glad it was the judges choice between the two. (edited) 13mo
Ruthiella I‘m cool with this outcome, even though I think Manhunt has the edge. So awesome @merelybookish to see your Obie was chosen to represent today. 😻 13mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar @Ruthiella Thanks for pointing out Obie! I missed him somehow! Love it @merelybookish 💕 13mo
BarbaraBB @batsy Yes it was an unfair match, the books were not comparable and the outcome is a matter of taste. Of course we are with a lot so our vote counts definitely 🤣 (edited) 13mo
ImperfectCJ Definitely a strange matchup (although the theme of betrayal kind of connects the two), but even though Violin Conspiracy has flaws, I can't stand Manhunt and have only grown to dislike it more as I get distance from it, so I'm glad it's not moving forward in the tournament. 13mo
squirrelbrain I loved learning about Obie! @merelybookish Also loved that my favourite book got to advance on! 13mo
batsy Go Obie! And posing next to Elizabeth Hardwick—he has excellent taste in books 😁 @merelybookish 13mo
ImperfectCJ @merelybookish I didn't know Obie's full name until the ToB post today! My parents had a cat named Obadiah back in the 70s, but called him Opie for short. I was too young to remember him, but they still talk about his antics. 13mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m not surprised we went with Violin, and I‘m really glad the judge did, too. I‘m surprised, though, that she felt the childhood years in the book were told at a remove. That wasn‘t my experience. I found them vital and immediate. Really happy to see this gem move forward. 13mo
Readerann I‘m still in the middle of Violin (it‘s growing on me) but doubt I will ever read Manhunt so I‘m fine with this decision. 😊 13mo
Cinfhen I really disliked Manhunt sorry @Ruthiella @batsy @Megabooks and I was TOTALLY swept up in Violin 🎻 so I‘m SUPER PUMPED about this judgement and HURRAY for Obei @merelybookish All around GREAT. DAY 🥳 13mo
jlhammar @Hooked_on_books I also was surprised at the judge‘s comment about the young Ray sections. I definitely felt emotionally invested in those parts. 13mo
kwmg40 I'm surprised by the verdict (because, though I loved Violin, I didn't expect it to do well in the tournament) but also relieved. I bailed on Manhunt and wasn't keen on revisiting it. 13mo
Larkken I actually rather disliked Violin and thought Manhunt was a great use/subversion of a subset of the horror genre 🤷🏻‍♀️ too bad for me lol 😆 13mo
BkClubCare I think this was a heartbreaking 💔 round for many reasons but such is, the ToB. Yay to OBIE!! 13mo
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 due to the brackets a book like this can win while Babel, Seven Moons and Dinosaurs didn‘t. Unfortunately 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare such is the ToB 🤣 13mo
merelybookish To my own surprise, I'm a bit disappointed Manhunt is out. (I didn't read Violin Conspiracy.) Manhunt felt like SUCH a longshot, I wanted to see it tear up the tourney a bit. 13mo
merelybookish And thanks to everyone for the Obie appreciation!! He's a grump but he's still a great reading buddy. 🐱 @jlhammar @Ruthiella @batsy @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen 13mo
merelybookish @ImperfectCJ Awww, iit makes me happy to know he's part of a legacy of great cats named Obadiah! And Opie is an adorable nickname. 13mo
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A good mystery with charming main character, Rayquan Macmillan, who kept me reading when the story lagged. Starting in the first pages with the theft of a priceless violin, the author takes us back through the events that lead up to the theft; a literary device that works well. Slocum weaves together the competitive classical music scene, the pain and terror of slavery, modern family dynamics, and institutional racism into a compelling story.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Glenn Fry. 13mo
Readergrrl I found a Spotify playlist devoted to this book. I may have heard about it here, but just in case… 13mo
Ruthiella I liked this book. I think my biggest issue was why his mother was so cruel. I‘d have liked to understand that better. But otherwise, a solid mystery debut and I‘m curious to see what he writes next. 13mo
CaitlinR @Readergrrl I‘ll look for the playlist, thanks. The author is a music teacher and performer! 13mo
CaitlinR @Ruthiella I know what you mean, but some moms inflict their unhappiness on their kids rather than attempt to change what‘s causing their turmoil. I‘ve got personal experience with that, so maybe I was reading too much into it 🤔 13mo
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I won‘t finish this before the start of the tournament (100 pages in), but I am so disappointed. I love mysteries and I love the violin, but I do not love this writing. I‘m surprised the book made the shortlist. Oh well. Expectations were too high.
#ToB2023 #ToB23 #LitsyToB23

BarbaraBB It‘s an okay read but for me not shortlist worthy either! 13mo
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mesquite
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Mehso-so

3⭐️

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#BlackHistoryMonth Recommendations
Day 23 Fiction
A compelling and fast paced novel. I liked how it pulled in the stories of one exceptional man, his family drama and history, along with the history and racism of classical music.
So many facets to explore all against the backdrop of a stollen violin mystery.

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I'm not sure how this book will fare in #ToB2023, as it's not as innovative or complex as some of the other books, but I loved the story so much, with its mix of music, mystery and exploration of social issues.

My daughter has been playing violin and viola since childhood, so many of the scenes were familiar. She didn't face so many obstacles or own a Stradivarius, however. 😄

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Suet624 I liked this one too. 14mo
Ruthiella I don‘t think this will win the TOB but it was an entertaining read! 👍 14mo
Chelsea.Poole I agree. I liked this one quite a bit but I can‘t imagine it‘ll go far in tob. 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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It‘s taking me awhile to read this. I‘m going slow. I‘d checked it out from my library‘s collection in CloudLibrary. I went to read it today and found it had been returned. So I thought, “Well, I‘ll renew it.” No such luck; it‘s not available in that format at all from my library anymore! So I got it from Kindle, where, right now it‘s only $1.99.

suvata Great deal on a GREAT book. 14mo
KathyWheeler @suvata It was a good deal. I don‘t know why I‘m being so slow to finish, but since I am, it‘s probably a good thing that I bought it. 14mo
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The audiobook version of this was very good. While the story is fiction, several of the events are based on the author‘s life as a classical musician.

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Soft pick on this #tobshortlist #tob2023
I kept comparing it to another #ownvoices book about minorities in classical music, Light from Uncommon Stars, and not enjoying VC nearly as much. Maybe I just prefer cozy sff? Oh well. I think this book felt like a debut, and I felt the music more in LfUS, too.

BarbaraBB Are you reading many shortlisted books? You can participate in our #LitsyToB23 if you like? We‘ll vote for the brackets just like the real jury. Let me know when you want to, I‘ll tag you in upcoming posts! 1y
Larkken @BarbaraBB I had the intentions to do so but I‘m not sure how many I‘ll be able to finish! Can I still participate if I only vote when I‘ve read or tried to read both books? I‘d love to be tagged to see consensuses in any case, yes, please! 🥰 1y
BarbaraBB You can! I‘ll tag you. Happy to have you join us! To be continued soon! 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Excellent story and audio narration! The most valuable kind of violin in the world, a Stradivarius, lands in the hands of Ray, a black musician with little familial support besides his beloved grandmother who passes on said violin to him upon her death. So, when the Stradivarius goes missing he‘s devastated, not because of the monetary value of the instrument but due to the family link. So much racism set in the world of classical music. #tob2023

Megabooks Excellent review! 1y
jlhammar One of my favorite audiobooks last year. Glad you enjoyed it! 1y
Suet624 I enjoyed this story. 1y
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Hooked_on_books I loved this one! I liked how much it was a mystery wrapped in social commentary and the reality of being black in a very white space. Lots of layers. 1y
Ruthiella I enjoyed this one too. I read it last year but didn‘t post about it. 1y
Readerann I am glad this is one I purchased. Hopefully, I can get to it in the next few weeks! 1y
Cinfhen I really did like this one too!! 1y
Cinfhen Audio was excellent 1y
squirrelbrain I loved this one too, one of my faves on the shortlist. 1y
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ErikasMindfulShelf
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Great read! Mystery and music. 💕

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I really enjoyed this audiobook that explores a little-discussed subject:Black musicians in classical music.Ray is a sympathetic character who is modeled after the author,himself a violinist.While we watch him endure racism within the classical music community & struggles within his own family,he discovers that his family violin is worth $10 million.When the violin goes missing,the story turns into a mystery as we try to find who took it & why.

Chelsea.Poole Great review! 1y
thebackyardgnome Sounds reallh good, I'm already reminded of the main character of The Red Violin, played bg Samuel L Jackson! :) 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Double header soccer games means reading time for me. This is another for #ToB2023 and I‘m loving it!

MrsV Same for me this afternoon, but with basketball. 1y
Chelsea.Poole @MrsV never thought I‘d say this, but I kinda love sports mom life! ⚽️ 🏀 1y
kwmg40 I'm currently reading this one too and also loving it! And for me, orchestra rehearsals were my reading and knitting time when my daughter was young. 😄 1y
RebelReader I really liked this one too. I‘m hoping the ones I have left are as good or better than this one. 1y
Hooked_on_books I loved this book! It was one of my top reads of 2022. 1y
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BarbaraBB
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Yeah, well, a pick I guess. But because it‘s shortlisted for the #ToB23 I had high expectations and it‘s just a very straightforward story, nothing new, unexpected or original. Enjoyable and with a message but in the end forgettable.

Ruthiella Agree. The writing was perfunctory except for when he was describing how he interpreted music. Also, there were a few ? for me; like why his mother is so cruel to him only and where is his father. A sentence could have cleared that up. 1y
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rmaclean4 Agreed. 1y
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I was wondering about those questions too. Also I was surprised about the two almost identical run-in‘s with the police. Just meh 1y
Suet624 The main reason I liked it was because he said some of the incidents happened to him. I thought he wrote those parts in a way that I could feel his distress during the events. 1y
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I only knew that happened to him after I finished the book. The epilogue touched me more than the book I am afraid 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
sarahbarnes I actually just returned this to the library without reading it and your review makes me feel okay about that. 1y
Cinfhen I thought this was enjoyable but definitely NOT worthy of a roosters🐔 1y
Megabooks Excellent points! 1y
CBee Checked off a prompt or two though 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
Hooked_on_books Well that‘s too bad. I loved this one, but went in with no expectations and that can make all the difference. 1y
Librarybelle This is on my to read list…I think I‘m intrigued by this one only because I play the violin 😂 1y
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle You do? Then you should, the book is a real hommage to the violin! 1y
batsy Yes, it was a bit generic in the sense of me having read one too many mysteries 😆 Also the writing didn't do much for me. But I enjoyed the energy some sections had, and the bits of humour. 1y
Librarybelle I have it on my iPad, so one of these days… 1y
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The way Brendan Slocumb writes whenever Ray picks up the violin is utterly enchanting. You could omit the words ‘Ray picked up the violin‘ completely and know just by the way the words pick you up and start dancing around you. I listened to the audiobook, which has violins playing between each part. It is a wild story; parts of it were hard to believe, and other parts were rather predictable.
🌟🌟🌟⭐️

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“On the morning of the worst, most earth-shattering day of Ray McMillian‘s life, he ordered room service: scrambled eggs for two, one side of regular bacon (for Nicole), one side of vegan sausage (for him), one coffee (for Nicole), one orange juice (for him).“

#FridayReads #FirstLineFriday

BarbaraBB I am reading this one now as well 1y
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Clwojick Such a cute graphic! Well done! 🐧 1y
suvata @Clwojick Thanks 😊 1y
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KathyWheeler
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Settling in to read The Violin Conspiracy and possibly watch Midsomer Murders. My daughter occasionally makes these blankets. She surprised her dad with a Star Wars one (which I knew about and helped her choose the fabric) and me with this one (which I had no idea about.) It looks like the background is brown in this picture but it‘s purple.

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TrishB
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I really enjoyed Ray‘s story (if listening to recollections about racism are enjoyable 😞). His story was compelling enough without the mystery and I guessed quite early on. The authors notes were equally compelling, we still have a long way to go don‘t we. Overall, a good read.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️ 1y
BarbaraBB Intriguing review. Starting this now. 1y
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Allylu
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I finished the two books I planned on reading for this Readathon! Yay! They were The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb and The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. I gave them both 4.5 stars. They were both very good in different ways. I‘m looking forward to the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club author chat with Brendan Slocumb this Tuesday. Don‘t forget to read the Author‘s Note at the end of his book!

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TrishB
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Starting today. Look at my little violin bookmark blending in perfectly 🎻

Cinfhen Adorable 🥰 1y
Cathythoughts How very sweet 💕 1y
Hooked_on_books I love that! 1y
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bnp Great match! 1y
squirrelbrain Perfect! 1y
jlhammar Love it! Hope you enjoy. 1y
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Suet624
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Slocumb, a violinist himself, tells the story of a theft of a violin from a Black artist. It's a mystery in which the author gets to tell some painful personal events as part of the story which deals with racism within the amateur and professional musical environment as well as assumptions made about Black classical musicians. I appreciated his storytelling, although it could have been a bit shorter and the ending seemed far fetched. #TOB23

Ruthiella I liked this one as well. Didn‘t knock my socks off, but it kept me turning the pages. 1y
Suet624 @Ruthiella yes, exactly. I was definitely interested in the story unlike some of the other TOB selections. 1y
Cinfhen I liked this one, especially on audio! And like you, compared to others on the shortlist it was more engaging but maybe not so daring 1y
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BkClubCare @Cinfhen - I wish I experienced this via audiobook; I had purchased the eBook prior to the shortlist announcement because it made a 99cent list. Oh well. 1y
Cinfhen Can‘t argue with 99cents @BkClubCare 💚 1y
Suet624 @Cinfhen I heard there was music on the audio! That would‘ve been nice to hear. I actually went into YouTube to listen to some of the songs that he mentioned he played in the book. 1y
Megabooks I‘m in the minority with this not being in my top half, but I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 1y
Cinfhen Yes, he actually plays pieces throughout the interludes which was very cool 🎻🎼 (edited) 1y
Suet624 @Megabooks I had to go back and find your review and I agree with much of what you wrote. There was an improbability to the idea of the violin being in the attic and the thief really was a stretch. I guess I decided to set that aside because he touched on a number of issues that I thought were valuable to write about, especially because some of the situations had actually happened to him. 1y
squirrelbrain Yes, I bet the audio would be fab. Great review! (edited) 1y
BkClubCare @Suet624 - I was going to go listen to the music 🎶 🎼 but… LOL never got around to it 🙄🫤 1y
Hooked_on_books @Suet624 @Megabooks My mom grew up in an old Victorian house in New Jersey, and when her family moved in there, they found a number of things in the attic, including a violin! My mom still has it, though it‘s not worth anything. So I didn‘t find that bit farfetched at all. 1y
BkClubCare @Suet624 I knew it was her from the get go. 1y
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books @Suet624 I don‘t find the violin far fetched. I find that it was Stradivarius violin far fetched. When I was just googling how to spell it, Google offered to tell me how many there were: 650 in the whole world. Idk. Pretty long odds. But I agree with Sue that many of the points he made about racism in classical music were important. 1y
Suet624 @Megabooks yes, I think that was the issue for me: that it was one of 650 in the world. Haha. Here‘s another thing I thought was good about the book: the letter that explained why the grandfather had the violin. It was brutal but important to highlight that past. 1y
Suet624 @BkClubCare do you read a lot of mysteries? I had no idea at all. (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB Looking forward to the book and reading the above discussion afterwards! 1y
Suet624 @BarbaraBB good plan 😀 1y
BkClubCare @Suet624 LOL! No, I am a horrible picky mystery reader. It is my least favorite genre. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
batsy @BkClubCare @Suet624 I do read mysteries quite a bit, but I'm always bad at guessing whodunit 😂 with this one though, I knew it was her for some reason! 1y
Suet624 @batsy haha - I feel like a dolt. 1y
sarahbarnes Great review! I haven‘t read this one yet and am still wavering. I may give it a whirl. 1y
Suet624 @sarahbarnes it‘s a quick read. 1y
sarahbarnes I just checked and it‘s available at my library - I‘m going for it. Your comment that it‘s a quick read helped. 1y
Suet624 Let‘s see what you think of it! 1y
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I just checked out my library‘s ebook copy of The Violin Conspiracy. This is the first time I‘ve ever seen this cover.

Suet624 A wee bit bright! 1y
KathyWheeler @Suet624 I know! I like the red cover better. 1y
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Librarybelle I do need to read this! 1y
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