The Trumpet Shall Sound

Constable then Hodder & Stoughton,  1997,  ISBN 0-340-70808-5

Eden Harrington, conductor, impresario, and founder of the Harrington Music Festival, is dead.  So is Dominic Leigh, the gifted, wayward trumpet-player – only no one seems to want to talk about that, whereas Eden’s daughter Anna, obsessive about her late father, is determined to keep his memory alive.

When Anna announces that she is prepared to sacrifice everything to keep the failing festival going, including the career of Adam Beaumont, the brilliant young conductor who has succeeded her father, there is no shortage of people who have a vested interest in stopping her.  Then she is found shot and Adam is arrested for her murder.

Penny Beaumont is desperate to prove her husband’s innocence, but has her admiration for his genius blinded her to other, darker sides of his complex character?  Penny finds herself haunted by the ghosts of her past – even Detective Sergeant Diane Braithwaite has held a grudge against her since their childhood.  And when John Dauncey,  a pianist with a world-wide reputation, arrives for his concert in the middle of the investigation, he too finds that past events are casting a long shadow.

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