Maybe Rock Fiction Coveting: The Music Book by Edward Glover

Posted: July 28, 2015 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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The best part of Rock Fiction is how loosely you can interpret the category sometimes. Oh, I’m not talking about all those people who send a query to Susan and say, “But the people in my book listen to music. That counts, right?” (For the record, no. It doesn’t.)

Take this one. It’s called The Music Book, and of course it’s the first in a series. But it’s also different. Really different.

A young English woman, on the run from her father, and a retired Prussian military officer sent to England by King Frederick the Great are plunged into the London demi-monde and a pursuit across Europe in search of fulfilment. The young woman’s music book bears witness to what unfolds.

Former senior British diplomat turned historical novelist Edward Glover’s first novel tells a story of intrigue, betrayal, revenge, death and redemption, revealing a world of dark secrets beneath the veneer of 18th-century social glamour.

Fast moving and packed with intrigue, The Music Book takes us into the relationship between Arabella Whitfield and Colonel Carl Manfred von Deppe as they escape the dark demi-monde of mid 18th-century London, becoming fugitives pursued across Europe.

So we have a book as the witness to what goes on. And I’m not talking about the book you’ll be reading. Nope. I’m talking about a book that sounds like it plays a central role in the story. And it’s a music book. What’s a music book? Maybe this character loves music and has a whole tome full of what we’d call sheet music today. You know, the stuff we sit and play from.

And then we have the idea that it’s the silent watcher, the thing that observes like some all-knowing, all-seeing (Susan says there’s a term for it, but whatever) character. Does the music book maybe tell the story for us? Does it pick a song — hopefully a famous piece of classical music, since this is set well before the emergence of Rock and Roll — and use that to frame the story?

Oh, the possibilities to make music throb in this book are endless. I’m curious to know what it means when a book bears witness.

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