December 2012 Indie Next List
“Sarah, a music graduate student in Boston, finds solace, courage, and a kindred spirit through a piece of music written in 1830 by Beethoven. She will need these attributes and more when she accepts a job cataloging newly discovered papers of Beethoven at the Prague Castle. Pollina, her favorite pupil, warns her that Prague is a city steeped in blood, and Sarah soon learns this to be true as seven people at a fundraiser including her mentor jump to their deaths. Suicide or murder? Mix in experiments with a time-warping drug, a 400-year-old dwarf, a handsome prince, and a U.S. senator willing to commit murder to keep her dark secrets hidden, and the result is a fast-paced, hilarious, sexy, suspense novel, richly layered with history and music that will leave you begging for more.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Cosmically fast-paced and wildly imaginative, this debut novel is a perfect potion of magic and suspense
Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it's whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven's manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. "Prague is a threshold, "Sarah is warned, "and it is steeped in blood.
" Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved," she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.
"City of Dark Magic "could be called a rom-com paranormal suspense novel--or it could simply be called one of the most entertaining novels of the year.