The Mussorgsky Riddle | Darin Kennedy

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Who writes a book based around a catatonic kid, a murder, a psychic, mythology, and an intricate musical suite by a Russian composer? Well, Darin Kennedy, apparently. And he does it so very, very well.

This book has been described as “Genius, madness, magic, & murder in a well-spun, suspenseful tale” by Gail Z Martin; as “Imaginative, thoughtful, and ambitious” by A.J. Hartley, and as “OH MY GOD THIS IS GOOD STUFF” by Leona R. Wisoker.

The scope of this novel is nothing short of breathtaking, the execution brilliant, the knowledge of myth and music nearly encyclopedic. Sample chapter available here.



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Psychic Mira Tejedor possesses unique talents that enable her to find anything and anyone, but now she seeks a comatose boy wandering lost inside the labyrinth of his own mind. 13-year old Anthony Faircloth hasn’t spoken a word in weeks and with each passing day, his near catatonic state worsens.

Pulled into Anthony’s mind, Mira finds the boy’s psyche shattered into the various movements of Modest Mussorgsky’s classical music suite, Pictures At An Exhibition. As she navigates this magical dreamscape drawn from Anthony’s twin loves of Russian composers and classical mythology, Mira must contend with gnomes, troubadours, and witches in her search for the truth.

The real world, however, holds its own dangers. The onset of Anthony’s mysterious malady coincides with the disappearance of his older brother’s girlfriend. A missing persons case that threatens to tear the city apart. Mira discovers that in order to save Anthony, she will have to catch a murderer who will stop at nothing to keep the secrets contained in Anthony’s unique mind from ever seeing the light.

Read a sample chapter here!


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