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Orca HiLo Reading Levels 5.0-5.9 through December 2023

Orchestrated Murder
By (author): Rick Blechta
Rick Blechta


Rapid Reads - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 01, 2011
$9.95 CAD


7.25in x 4.25 x 0.3 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

128 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
Rapid Reads
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
C813/.54 23
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2012, Commended
  • Short Description
The murder of the symphony's star conductor leaves Detective Lieutenant Pratt and his young sidekick with an orchestra full of suspects.
Murder, music and mayhem—one dead body; seventy-six suspects!

Something is terribly wrong at Symphony Hall. Luigi Spadafini, the symphony's star conductor, has been murdered—and the entire orchestra has confessed to the crime. This is the mess that Detective Lieutenant Pratt walks into one Saturday morning. Overworked and tired, he's also saddled with Detective Ellis, the newest member of the homicide squad and still very wet behind the ears.

With both the mayor and several big shots from the symphony's board of directors demanding a speedy resolution of the crisis, Pratt is pushed to the limit. The trouble is, he also faces a seemingly endless list of suspects with good reasons to want the philandering Spadafini dead. With the clock ticking, Pratt is forced to use both his wits and the computer skills of Detective Ellis to solve the mystery.

Rick Blechta has two passions in life: music and writing. A professional musician since age fourteen, he brings his extensive knowledge of that life to his crime fiction. He is now the author of eight novels, two of which, Cemetery of the Nameless and Roses for a Diva, were shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award. In 2017, his third Rapid Reads book, Rundown., won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novella. Rick runs a blog called Type M for Murder. For more information about Rick, visit www.rickblechta.com.

"A vibrant closed-room police procedural sure to resonate with readers." - Library Journal

"A finely-tuned gem of a story built on the powerfully-political dynamics of today's highly-strung orchestras...Orchestrated Murder is a tangled little mess with a satisfying conclusion." - Hamilton Spectator

"The pace is lively, and would easily draw the reluctant reader along." - NMRLS Youth Services Book Review

"Rick Blechta has wound a murder mystery with twists, turns and on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense. The storyline moves quickly...A good, fast-paced read. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

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