Rick Blechta brings his musician's viewpoint to the thriller genre in such novels as Shooting Straight in the Dark, When Hell Freezes Over, and The Fallen One. Cemetery of the Nameless was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. Rick is an active musician in Toronto.
Roses for a Diva
A music star attracts a secret admirer, who turns into a dangerous stalker, and then, perhaps, a killer.
When soprano Marta Hendriks finds a bouquet of red roses in her dressing room after a performance, sheâ€™s surprised as well as charmed. The card only says "Roses for a Diva." And as miles and performances rack up in her globe-hopping career, the bouquets continue to mysteriously appear.
But then strange things start happening in her private life. Sheâ€™s certain someone has been in her apartment, breaking her most treasured possession. After calling in private investigator Shannon Oâ€™Brien, Marta is shocked to discover her entire life has been invaded.
When one of the other stars in a Roman production of Tosca is murdered, everyone realizes the situation is more dire than they had imagined. Who Martaâ€™s stalker? What does he want?
And where will he stop?
For a great read, treat yourself to an operatic thriller, complete with Italian travel, razor-sharp tension and Blechta's ear for dialogue.
The book gives the stalking episodes more than the usual share of original and scary twists. But what remains most satisfying are the enlightened insights that Blechta, a musician, brings to Martaâ€™s professional life.