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KathyWheeler
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Settling in to read The Violin Conspiracy and possibly watch Midsomer Murders. My daughter occasionally makes these blankets. She surprised her dad with a Star Wars one (which I knew about and helped her choose the fabric) and me with this one (which I had no idea about.) It looks like the background is brown in this picture but it‘s purple.

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TrishB
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed Ray‘s story (if listening to recollections about racism are enjoyable 😞). His story was compelling enough without the mystery and I guessed quite early on. The authors notes were equally compelling, we still have a long way to go don‘t we. Overall, a good read.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️ 7d
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Allylu
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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I finished the two books I planned on reading for this Readathon! Yay! They were The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb and The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. I gave them both 4.5 stars. They were both very good in different ways. I‘m looking forward to the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club author chat with Brendan Slocumb this Tuesday. Don‘t forget to read the Author‘s Note at the end of his book!

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TrishB
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Starting today. Look at my little violin bookmark blending in perfectly 🎻

Cinfhen Adorable 🥰 1w
Cathythoughts How very sweet 💕 1w
Hooked_on_books I love that! 1w
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bnp Great match! 1w
squirrelbrain Perfect! 1w
jlhammar Love it! Hope you enjoy. 1w
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Suet624
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Pickpick

Slocumb, a violinist himself, tells the story of a theft of a violin from a Black artist. It's a mystery in which the author gets to tell some painful personal events as part of the story which deals with racism within the amateur and professional musical environment as well as assumptions made about Black classical musicians. I appreciated his storytelling, although it could have been a bit shorter and the ending seemed far fetched. #TOB23

Ruthiella I liked this one as well. Didn‘t knock my socks off, but it kept me turning the pages. 1w
Suet624 @Ruthiella yes, exactly. I was definitely interested in the story unlike some of the other TOB selections. 1w
Cinfhen I liked this one, especially on audio! And like you, compared to others on the shortlist it was more engaging but maybe not so daring 1w
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BkClubCare @Cinfhen - I wish I experienced this via audiobook; I had purchased the eBook prior to the shortlist announcement because it made a 99cent list. Oh well. 1w
Cinfhen Can‘t argue with 99cents @BkClubCare 💚 1w
Suet624 @Cinfhen I heard there was music on the audio! That would‘ve been nice to hear. I actually went into YouTube to listen to some of the songs that he mentioned he played in the book. 1w
Megabooks I‘m in the minority with this not being in my top half, but I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 1w
Cinfhen Yes, he actually plays pieces throughout the interludes which was very cool 🎻🎼 (edited) 1w
Suet624 @Megabooks I had to go back and find your review and I agree with much of what you wrote. There was an improbability to the idea of the violin being in the attic and the thief really was a stretch. I guess I decided to set that aside because he touched on a number of issues that I thought were valuable to write about, especially because some of the situations had actually happened to him. 1w
squirrelbrain Yes, I bet the audio would be fab. Great review! (edited) 1w
BkClubCare @Suet624 - I was going to go listen to the music 🎶 🎼 but… LOL never got around to it 🙄🫤 1w
Hooked_on_books @Suet624 @Megabooks My mom grew up in an old Victorian house in New Jersey, and when her family moved in there, they found a number of things in the attic, including a violin! My mom still has it, though it‘s not worth anything. So I didn‘t find that bit farfetched at all. 1w
BkClubCare @Suet624 I knew it was her from the get go. 1w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books @Suet624 I don‘t find the violin far fetched. I find that it was Stradivarius violin far fetched. When I was just googling how to spell it, Google offered to tell me how many there were: 650 in the whole world. Idk. Pretty long odds. But I agree with Sue that many of the points he made about racism in classical music were important. 1w
Suet624 @Megabooks yes, I think that was the issue for me: that it was one of 650 in the world. Haha. Here‘s another thing I thought was good about the book: the letter that explained why the grandfather had the violin. It was brutal but important to highlight that past. 1w
Suet624 @BkClubCare do you read a lot of mysteries? I had no idea at all. (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to the book and reading the above discussion afterwards! 1w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB good plan 😀 1w
BkClubCare @Suet624 LOL! No, I am a horrible picky mystery reader. It is my least favorite genre. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
batsy @BkClubCare @Suet624 I do read mysteries quite a bit, but I'm always bad at guessing whodunit 😂 with this one though, I knew it was her for some reason! 1w
Suet624 @batsy haha - I feel like a dolt. 1w
sarahbarnes Great review! I haven‘t read this one yet and am still wavering. I may give it a whirl. 1w
Suet624 @sarahbarnes it‘s a quick read. 1w
sarahbarnes I just checked and it‘s available at my library - I‘m going for it. Your comment that it‘s a quick read helped. 1w
Suet624 Let‘s see what you think of it! 1w
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KathyWheeler
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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I just checked out my library‘s ebook copy of The Violin Conspiracy. This is the first time I‘ve ever seen this cover.

Suet624 A wee bit bright! 1w
KathyWheeler @Suet624 I know! I like the red cover better. 1w
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rmaclean4
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Librarybelle I do need to read this! 2w
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TrishB
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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#bookmail
I ordered a lot over the last couple of weeks!

CBee Oooooooo When Women Were Dragons is ahhhh-maaa-zinggggg 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
TrishB @CBee oh that‘s good to know!! 3w
CBee I also keep seeing love for The Violin Conspiracy - it‘s on my TBR! 3w
TrishB @CBee the pile is never- ending! 2w
TheLudicReader I support this initiative. 2w
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Amie
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Mehso-so

This would have worked better as just a novel about a young Black man making his way as a classical violinist, without the mystery element. The main character annoyed me when he kept interfering in the police investigation and not following instructions. There's no way the crime could have been prosecuted after the what he did at the end.

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Deblovestoread
The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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📚 Tagged and Valentine
🖋 Victor Hugo
📺🎞 I got nothing
🎤 Van Halen, The Verve, Veruca Salt
🎶 Voices Carry - Til Tuesday, Vindicated - Dashboard Confessional, Veronica - Elvis Costello, Vienna - Billy Joel

#ManicMonday @CBee

vivastory Can't believe I forgot Veruca Salt! 3w
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