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Teen-aged Zoe Stock, a brilliant pianist, is attending a music school run by the Fielding family when she believes she sees a woman drown herself in the river, having left her baby on the bank. When the police arrive there is nothing to support her claim but Barnaby recalls that a mystery woman died in identical circumstances eighteen years earlier. Her body was found by Catholic priest Father Gregory, outside whose church an attempt is made to kill Zoe. A lucrative prize awaits the young musician adjudged the best by the Fieldings and it is assumed that another student is responsible. Written by
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Andrew Ball, the music consultant for "Master Class", took a First in Music at Queen's College, Oxford. He is a professor at the Royal College of Music and was made a Fellow in 2006. See more »
I'm sorry to bother you, but how many students make it through to the next round?
It's usually a dozen for the winter school, and then three are chosen for the master class.
Good luck, darling.
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After so many recent disappointments, this was an outstanding mystery. I think that for once, Barnaby and his family aren't center stage. A strange series of events have taken place involving a piano school where the master can make or break a career. A pretty young woman is a classical virtuoso and is the favorite to take the prize. But there is something strange going on among the people that are intimately involved in the studio. This young woman is very fragile and her competitors begin to play mind games with her, including their parents. One day she sees (or thinks she sees) a woman with a baby drown. The police are brought in, but no body can be found. The conclusion to this episode is striking and well conceived. My faith is being restored.
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