Death By Opera

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1. How did you go from being a violinist at the Met Opera to writing opera mysteries?
2. What was your inspiration for writing Death by Opera, the sequel to Murder in the Pit?
3. What is so unique about the novel’s setting?
4. Why do you think both mystery lovers and opera lovers will identify with the book?


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"Just finished ‘Death by Opera’. Wow! A real tour de force. Very well constructed. My heart was beating wildly at the climax. A real cliffhanger!! I loved it!"
Craig Sheppard, professor of piano, U of Washington

"I just finished your book, Death by Opera, and I loved it! I so enjoyed the way you weaved music with the plot. I looked forward to the beginning of every chapter to read the opera quote and try to sleuth what was to come. I had given my mother a copy, and she liked it so much, she sent hers to my sister. Thank you, Erica, and many congratulations!!"
Melia Watras, UW professor of viola

"Erica the book was wonderful!! And the ending... I get it now. What a surprise!
It has to feel amazing to have conjured all this up, and of course I now want to read the first book and all of the Met intrigue. How fun that in both cases I am so familiar with the surroundings and your descriptions are so visible to me. Congratulations my dear!!"

Martha Caplin, violinist

"Enjoyed both your books. Just finished the one about Santa Fe opera. Kudos to you for the books you have written!"
Ruth Borst Punt

"Death by Opera and Murder in the Pit are two of my favorite reads this year! Waiting anxiously for the next adventure!"
Sieglinde Walse

"Congratulations! I just got my book, Saturday, from David Zimmerman! I love your inscription to me. You are a wonderful writer! May the book do well and go far!"
David Holloway, Director Emeritus, Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program

"‘Death by Opera is a peek behind the curtain of a world-renowned opera company, with plenty of mayhem on the bill. Rich spirituality, sumptuous history, and metaphysical frights give Erica Miner’s new novel many layers to enjoy. But it’s the music that steals the show. Amateur sleuth Julia Kogan, now summer concertmaster at Santa Fe’s famous opera company, returns (after Murder in the Pit), and finds herself smack in the middle of a veritable killing spree backstage. An engaging, clever mystery set against bloody arias and deadly recitativo."
James Ziskin, Award-winning author

"Erica Miner is the Agatha Christie of the opera world. More than a romp for opera buffs, Death by Opera is a wickedly wonderful, fast-paced thriller: a historically informative and illuminating “whodunit” interweaving ancient legends, ghost stories and present-day jealousies into a murder mystery of taut suspense playing out at Santa Fe’s world-renowned summer opera festival."
Richard Stilwell, Metropolitan Opera star

"WOW-You need to change your name to Erica Major! 'Death by Opera' is amazing, chilling, fascinating, inspiring, and reflects so much knowledge and research. Thank you, Erica. Keep writing!!"
Patricia Daly-Lipe, author

"Can’t wait for the next book!"
Esthere Tolbert

"DEATH BY OPERA is even better than death by chocolate!"
Gary Kendall, singer & writer

"Read both 'Death by Opera' and 'Murder in the Pit'! Lots of fun and loved the accurate ‘behind-the-scenes’ details!"
Preston Trombly, composer

"Finished reading Death By Opera, Erica. It is a terrific book. You are, indeed, the Agatha Christie of opera. Looking forward to the next installment of Julia's mystery-solving, wherever it may be. Brava Diva!"
Arthur Makar

"Just finished both of your opera whodunits ...Want to congratulate you and say "thanks for a couple of really fun and good reads.'"
Bill Neill, opera singer

"Quite a fun trip through Santa Fe and backstage at the Opera with a sweet interlude and subplot at Radiance. Many cool moments to go with rich characters and clever dialogue. Wonderful. You deserve big success with Death by Opera and mysteries to come."
Rob Dean, Searchlight New Mexico

"Just finished reading Death By Opera, By member Erica Miner. I found myself very entertained, and really enjoyed learning more history, of the Santa Fe Opera. If you love opera and/or mysteries, give this a read!"
Wickie Bowman

"Brava, Erica! This is a great read, lots of twists and turns, and especially enjoyed the quotes from the various operas!"
Daryl Goldberg, cellist


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