The Suicide Sonata: A Scott Drayco Mystery

· Scott Drayco Mystery Series Book 5 · Crimetime Press
7 reviews

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Can a piece of music be cursed?

When a young marine biologist is found dead of suicide, his father can't believe he took his own life and hires crime consultant Scott Drayco to prove it was murder. But what of the strange song found with the young man's body—the same song linked to a piano sonata that led to a wave of suicides in Hungary in the 1930s?

As Drayco digs deeper, he finds even more unusual aspects of the case not easily explained: the victim’s missing cellphone; his “Gang of Five” friends and their interest in the Akashic Records spiritual philosophy; and the gun used by the victim that was mysteriously stolen from a friend’s car.

Drayco fears a tragic incident from his own past may be clouding his objectivity. After all, the facts point to suicide, case closed. But when Drayco starts suffering from depression himself after playing the sonata, can he really be sure of what’s real and what’s imagined?

The Suicide Sonata is the fifth installment in the acclaimed Scott Drayco mystery series, a finalist for the Shamus, Silver Falchion, Daphne, and Foreword Book Review Awards.

Praise for the Scott Drayco Mystery/Thriller Series:

"Worth putting on your reading list." - The Library Journal

"Lawson's protagonist is greatly compelling." - Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize

"Lawson’s book was so good, I read it twice from beginning to end." - Readers Favorite Reviews

For readers who love brainy private detectives, thrillers, traditional mysteries, and police procedurals.

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Steve Fearon
November 19, 2019
Read at work over 3 nights was always waiting for my next break
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Mohd Haseem
June 30, 2021
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Heather W
October 30, 2019
The Suicide Sonata is the fifth book in the Scott Drayco Mystery Series. This story is a complex thriller with Scott investigating a young man's supposed suicide. A mysterious sonata is found with the body and has been linked to other suicides in Hungary in the 1930s. This story is well written and begs the question as to whether a particular piece of music can affect a person so much as to cause them to commit suicide, a question Scott begins to ask himself as he plays the music. This is an intriguing story that captures your interest from the first page and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Kudos to the author! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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About the author

BV LAWSON’s stories have appeared in dozens of publications, and BV is a four-time Derringer Award finalist and 2012 winner, as well as a contributor to the Anthony Award-winning Blood on the Bayou. BV’s Scott Drayco crime series has also been named Best Mystery in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, chosen as a Featured Library Journal Self-E pick, and been a finalist for the Shamus, Silver Falchion, and Daphne Awards. BV lives in Virginia with her husband and enjoys flying above the Chesapeake Bay in a little Cessna. Visit her website at No ticket required.

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