In just one afternoon, teenage violinist Aurora Lewis finds her familiar world turned upside down when she discovers that her violin teacher has been murdered. As she struggles to make sense of the tragedy, she also begins to uncover secrets she never knew about her old teacher. With her trusty band of actor friends, Aurora searches for clues that will lead her to the killer, even if it means going against her parents' wishes. Her sleuthing leads to encounters with shady characters, a world famous violinist, and a stubborn police chief. Aurora's search to find her violin teacher provides her with new experiences and adventure, but also danger.
The first in the Aurora Lewis series, The Paganini Curse, proved to be a disappointing start. Despite the promising setting and opening mystery, the novel lacked significant plot points and was often predictable. I liked the idea of a teenage, female protagonist, but Aurora never measured up to my expectations. The mystery itself did not capture my attention, and the killer could be easily spotted early on in the novel. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling page turner, but the historic and musical references do make it appropriate for lovers of historical fiction.