Successful Musician Cynthia Morrow Pens New Thrilling Murder Mystery

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Murder at a holiday party turns a violinist and cellist into detectives in ‘Unstrung’.

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A once-powerful Hollywood concertmaster has been gruesomely murdered, and as more murders pile up, Althea and Grace quickly find that the quiet life they hoped for might not be in the cards after all.

Since she was just 14 years old, Cynthia Morrow’s whole world has revolved around music. As a violinist and a singer, she has worked on classical pieces and contributed to motion picture soundtracks, including such movies as "Double Jeopardy" and "WarGames." Now, Morrow adds author to her ever-growing list of accomplishment with the release of her debut mystery novel, "Unstrung: A Blanchard House Mystery" (published by iUniverse).

"This is a murder mystery set among classical musicians," explains Morrow, "that elite group who live among us but are never quite part of us, mysterious, disciplined and self-isolating by the very nature of their interests and their shared experiences. Many outsiders are curious about the musical life, but until now not many popular writers have given an honest, insider’s view of what our lives are truly like."

Violinist and violist player Althea Stewart is getting out of Hollywood. After a messy divorce from an alcoholic husband and toxic work environment, Althea heads for Kirkland, Wash., where she plans to open a private music school with her best friend, cellist Grace Sullivan. The two see the holidays as the perfect opportunity for throwing the party of the year and drumming up interest in their new school, but the evening soon turns into a nightmare.

A once-powerful Hollywood concertmaster has been gruesomely murdered, and as more murders pile up, Althea and Grace quickly find that the quiet life they hoped for might not be in the cards after all.

Through her book, Morrow hopes to ignite interest in classical music, as well as more interest in the men and women who create and practice it. "I’d like to promote an understanding of the world of classical musicians who toil longer and harder than the public might imagine to make a living at what they love, whether that means playing in a Hollywood studio, performing with a symphony, or teaching."

"Unstrung"
By Cynthia Morrow
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781475911138
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781475911121
E-Book | 238 pages | ISBN 9781475911145
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Cynthia Morrow, Psy.D. is a professional musician and former psychologist who teaches violin and viola in the Pacific Northwest. After a lifetime as a classical violinist and violist, recording musician, singer/songwriter, lyricist and composer in Hollywood, she now lives with her husband, their two dogs and a cat.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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