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Author: Bill Moody Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Evan Horne Mysteries Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781455189656
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After months of successful work in Europe, musician Evan Horne returns to settle in the San Francisco Bay area, where he makes inroads into the jazz scene. Life is good until he gets a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney. Evan’s old friend and former mentor, pianist Calvin Hughes, has died and left Evan all of his possessions.

When Evan begins to play through some of Calvin’s handwritten sheet music, he recognizes a song from the landmark Miles Davis recording Birth of the Cool and another from Kind of Blue. Evan is soon on a whirlwind journey across the country to confront his family. Was Calvin Hughes the uncredited composer of one or both of these tunes? Or was it simply Hughes’ transcriptions from the recordings? Just what was his mother’s relationship with Calvin Hughes? And how did jazz come into the equation?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evan’s sixth case offers an infectiously mellow first-person narrative, a nostalgic undertone, and a nicely drawn combo of sidemen (and women).”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Gardner’s strengths help listeners to enjoy the production.”

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  • “Moody effectively combines Horne’s investigations into Hughes’ and his own background with the always fascinating story of how those great Miles albums came to be.”

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  • “Moody works story lines like a clever arranger setting two familiar melodies in unexpected counterpoint.”

    New York Times

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E | 6/27/2013

    " More interesting as a book about the jazz scene than as a mystery, but enjoyable nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 11/4/2011

    " Bill Evans captures the feeling of the Jazz community in his books, I really enjoy his writing, settings and characters, wrapped around a mystery related to famous jazz musicians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 7/3/2011

    " Another great Evan Horne mystery from Bill Moody. We learn a lot more about Evan in this installment. Another book in the series is due out in 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 8/11/2010

    " Another great Evan Horne mystery from Bill Moody. We learn a lot more about Evan in this installment. Another book in the series is due out in 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 8/11/2010

    " Great mystery and oh boy, he's got a bunch of books featuring a jazz pianist detective. my lucky day. Well written, obviously knows alot about jazz (I kept going to the computer to listen to tunes he mentioned) a little suspense, but not scary for this cozy mystery reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/29/2009

    " Bill Evans captures the feeling of the Jazz community in his books, I really enjoy his writing, settings and characters, wrapped around a mystery related to famous jazz musicians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 11/18/2008

    " Great mystery and oh boy, he's got a bunch of books featuring a jazz pianist detective. my lucky day. Well written, obviously knows alot about jazz (I kept going to the computer to listen to tunes he mentioned) a little suspense, but not scary for this cozy mystery reader. "

About the Author

Bill Moody is a mystery author and professional jazz drummer who has toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, Junior Mance, Jon Hendricks, and Lou Rawls. He lives in northern California, where he hosts a weekly jazz show, and is the author of a dozen short stories in various collections and several Evan Horne mystery novels.