Death In A Major – Review

Welcome to my tour spot for Death In A Major by Sarah Fox, a cozy murder mystery.

death in a major DEATH IN A MAJOR
A Music Lover’s Mystery

By Sarah Fox

Witness Impulse

January 5, 2016

E-ISBN 9780062413017 * $2.99

Rate: 3.5/5


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The new season for the Point Grey Philharmonic starts off on a sour note when one of the symphony’s wealthy benefactors drops dead in the second Music Lover’s Mystery from author Sarah Fox.

When Archibald Major, local big wig and nasty tyrant, drops dead at a post-concert reception, violinist Midori Bishop soon suspects foul play. Although Midori has no intention of getting involved in another murder investigation, that all changes when Jordan – her violin student and the victim’s grandson – seeks her help convincing the police that the real killer is his uncle, a low-level criminal.

As Midori digs into the victim’s life, she discovers that he was a man who created discord at every turn, even within his own family, and there is no shortage of potential suspects. When someone close to Midori unexpectedly confesses to the crime, Midori must race to discover the identity of the true killer before an innocent person goes to jail for a crime they didn’t commit… and before Midori herself becomes a victim in the killer’s deadly encore.


So I have to start off by saying I have never read a cozy mystery book before. First time in this genre! Also, I have to admit, it was different. Good, but different.

In the beginning, there are so many names; I kept getting confused. I’d have to switch back a page and remember who that person was. However, I do think that goes along the lines of this is the second book in the series and I haven’t read the first book. I don’t think it was necessary to read the first one first, because they are both stand-alones (from my understanding). That being said, I think I would have had an easier time following along, if I had read the first one. Oh well. I know better for next time! As I got further along, it was much easier to tell everyone apart! 🙂 Yay!

The plot in this was pretty awesome. I did enjoy it the mystery aspect of it. I am all for murder mysteries, but this one just had a different feel to it.

Midori inserts herself into the investigation of Mr. Major’s death. If I had a personal interest, I would too! But… Upon being threatened, I would have ceased my interest. Yes, I do realize it is wayyy easier said than done. Now, I do think that if I had read a cozy mystery before, I would have enjoyed it more. I’m not so sure that cozy mysteries are my thing. However, because I wasn’t sure what to expect, I have nothing to compare it to.

Sarah Fox did an awesome job in providing back ground for the characters, as well as their development. It was a little slow to draw me in, but once it did (around 35%), I could hardly put it down! She kept me captivated and wanting to know what other trouble Midori would get herself into. Also, I do give her props for breaking up with Aaron. If it’s not right, it’s better to say good-bye sooner, rather than later. I felt bad for both parties.

Death in A Major is a book I really enjoyed. I look forward to reading more of Sarah’s work soon!


“Readers are kept in suspense as each spinetingling event moves them towards an unforgettable ending. Sarah Fox delivers murder mystery with believable characters and earns a thumbs up.”

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network on DEAD RINGER

“While Midori may be clueless in love, she is good at asking questions. It is easy to understand how difficult it is for her to leave the investigating to the police, particularly once she has begun. Her actions are believable, if at times rash. Dead Ringer is an entertaining cozy with just the right amount of suspense. It is a great choice for reading on a lazy summer afternoon.”

Mutt Cafe on DEAD RINGER

“Readers are in for a treat with Sarah Fox’s new cozy…out of love, Midori sticks her nose in every place she can, which makes her a perfect heroine for lovers of mysteries. Readers will be pleased with the sheer entertainment of Fox’s plot.”

Suspense Magazine on DEAD RINGER


sarah fox

Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.




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*I have received a copy of this book from Harper Collins, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!



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