Annette Laing's The Snipesville Chronicles
The Musician’s Daughter
Fiction , Historical , Teen / March 18, 2018

Set in 1779 Vienna, Theresa is the daughter of a respected violinist under renowned composer Haydn. On Christmas Eve the family is shocked to find their much loved husband and father had been found dead, with a strange medallion around his neck and missing his prized violin. Theresa, the sole able member of the family, begins to gather clues surrounding her father’s untimely death and discovers a world she never knew existed. Music, both cultured Viennese and Hungarian, and that of the feared and hated Gypsies are explored in this young adult historical novel. Theresa is a capable violist, who wants to explore her musical and literary world rather than marry–but when faced with the reality of the dire straits in which her father’s death left the family, she knew she had no choice but to beg her influential uncle for the dowry he’d promised on her birth. Upon her initial introduction into his society she began to piece together the clues that led to the answers she’d so desired. As it is geared toward young adults, this is a quick and simplistic read. One of the main reasons I purchased it is the rare era and setting among historical…