The discovery of an old scrapbook in a Warsaw library leads researcher Phineas Fox to uncover evidence of a devastating wartime atrocity.
"We had no choice. But it was a bad way for them to die."
When music researcher Phineas Fox is asked to verify the contents of an old scrapbook, rescued from the site of the historic Chopin Library in Warsaw, he is initially sceptical. But he soon discovers an intriguing link between the Library and an infamous piece of music known as the Dark Cadence.
Legend has it that the Dark Cadence was only performed at a traitor's execution – and it has never been written down. It is believed to have last been played on the night the Chopin Library was destroyed during the Nazi occupation of World War II. What really happened that terrible night in October, 1944? What is the connection with an equally dreadful night in Russia in 1918, the night the Tsar and his family were executed? And what are the repercussions for the present . . .?
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What would you do if you found a mysterious scrapbook containing a sheet of music that was always rumored to be so dark that no one ever attempted to write it down? As Phineas Fox delves into the contents of this scrapbook with his colleagues and those tied to the information within the book, the story begins to unravel with ties to several different families that never knew that the information existed. The journey carries the reader from 1918 Russia where the Romanov Family was assassinated, to the present day, and to 1940s Warsaw where the beautiful Chopin Library is a splendor to be seen, with many brilliant composers of the time period having held concertos within its halls. Who was there when the Romanovs were killed and who was able to carry on with the horrors that happened within those walls? A most of Polan is ravaged by Nazi's and buildings were destroyed, why were the documents and items within the scrapbook of such importance? As Phineas begins to piece things together and gets a group of peers together to travel to a quaint little town in England, the pieces of the puzzle start to fall in place and strangers start to become closer to family. It's a wonderfully quick read that I found was a beautiful blend of historical fiction and a mystery/thriller. If you are a reader of either genre, you will certainly appreciate this book!