Prussian Counterpoint: A Joseph Haydn Mystery

by Nupur Tustin

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Prussian Counterpoint:
A Joseph Haydn Mystery
by Nupur Tustin

About the Book 

Prussian Counterpoint: A Joseph Haydn Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Foiled Plots Press (March 1, 2019
• Number of Pages: 268
ISBN-13: 9780998243047
Digital BN ID: 2940156243365
Up on Amazon and GoodReads February 1

When an enemy makes overtures of friendship, is anyone safe?

An unexpected invitation from wily King Frederick causes composer Joseph Haydn to fear he’s walking into a trap. After all, the Prussian King has never had any use for Haydn’s music. His Majesty seems more intrigued at Haydn’s being the son of a market-judge.

Worse still, the invitation appears to stir up suspicion in the highest quarters in Vienna. So much so that a mysterious, cloaked lady visits Haydn’s Music Room and issues a thinly veiled threat.

Now Haydn is convinced there’s mischief afoot. But not even he can foresee that he will stumble upon the corpse of the imperial ambassador a day after his arrival in Frederick’s Prussia, along with evidence that His Lordship may have been a common thief.

Can Haydn salvage the imperial ambassador’s reputation—and find his killer?

Praise for the Joseph Haydn Mysteries

“A standout in the genre of historical mysteries. An encore is requested!”
Midwest Book Review

“Tustin occupies a unique niche in the historical mystery world.”
Edith Maxwell, Agatha-nominated Author, Quaker Midwife Mysteries

“Wonderful read for fans of historical cozy mysteries. . .The characters are strong and the writing is smooth. . .”
Books a Plenty Book Reviews

“An interesting journey and Haydn is a likable main character.”
Christa Reads and Writes

“Vivid historical descriptions, intricate details, and a fascinating central character kept me turning the pages. Bravo!”
Amanda Carmack, award-winning author of The Elizabethan Mystery Series

About the Author

About the Author

A former journalist, Nupur Tustin relies upon a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.A. in English to orchestrate fictional mayhem.  The Haydn mysteries are a result of her life-long passion for classical music and its history. Childhood piano lessons and a 1903 Weber Upright share equal blame for her original compositions, available on

Her writing includes work for Reuters and CNBC, short stories and freelance articles, and research published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three rambunctious children, and a pit bull.



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My REVIEW  –  4 Stars

PRUSSIAN COUNTERPOINT is Nupur Tustin’s third Historical Cozy Mystery in the Joseph Hayden series. Set in Austria and Prussia in the 1700’s, it is full of pomp and pageantry, extreme class differences, snobbery among the well-born, gossip among the kitchen maids, with a touch of occasional humor.

Imagine listening in on the political intrigues and machinations of kings and queens as they plot and counter plot against each other! Add to that, murder, missing jewels, cleverly hidden and encoded secrets, a few arranged marriages that hang in the balance…and to top it off, the deadly cold of winter. Definitely fuel for keeping you reading!

Who knew that the classical musician, Joseph Hayden, could also be called on to solve murders?  An intellectual, he is able to piece out the complicated aspects of the mysteries, but it takes his forthright brother Johann to voice what he thinks. This able duo eventually discovers ONE impossible villain responsible for theft, murder, blackmail, and debauchery.  But can they prove it in time?

I have to admit – not having read the two previous books in the series – I was a bit lost for the first few chapters. I confess I don’t know much about that period in history either. Perhaps the author (in an Introduction or Foreword) could have briefly outlined the circumstances in which this story takes place.

Also, there seemed to be so many different names/titles for the same people when spoken of, alluded to, or addressed that I found it confusing. (Highness, majesty, queen, empress). I realize this is part of the historical accuracy, as well as differing languages from the two countries, but, perhaps also Tustin could have also provided a glossary of titles and characters for newbie readers like myself.

I enjoyed the exceptional attention to setting details however, and eventually found myself cheering on Hayden as he untangled the complicated overlapping mysteries, all while his own future was at stake.

Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book for review from the publisher



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