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Musical Murders: A cozy mystery series

Update: I am so excited to announce that the third book in the series, Fireworks on the Fourth, is available for pre-order from, and It will be released 5-8-2023.


The second book in the series, Ballistics at the Ballet, is available at,, and Ballistics at the Ballet a book by B. J. Bowen ( or at any independent bookstore through Ingram. It was released 9-14-2022.

The first book,  Music is Murder, is available from Amazon, Music is Murder by B. J. Bowen, Paperback | Barnes & Noble® (, Music is Murder a book by Barbara Bowen (, or any independent bookstore through Ingram Book Company. It was released 6-8-2021. 

Emily Wilson, second flutist of Colorado's Monroe Symphony, has a quiet, normal life.  That all changes when she is forced to become a sleuth in defense of herself, her friends, and her relatives.  The mysteries are set in the dysfunctional world of the orchestra - its personalities, rehearsals, and performances.   


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Fireworks on the Fourth
Ballistics at the Ballet

When a symphony bassoonist is killed - bludgeoned to death with her own bassoon - divorced, disillusioned second flute player Emily Wilson becomes the prime suspect and must evade police to find the true killer and save herself. Camel Press. Release Date June 8, 2021.

Nobody is truly surprised when temperamental conductor Felix Underhayes is killed before a Nutcracker ballet rehearsal.  Emily's nephew is accused of the murder. She must find a way to prove he was framed while juggling family dynamics, performances, and a demented killer who wants to silence her.  Camel Press. Release Date Sept. 14, 2022..

The fiery festivities of the Symphony’s annual Fourth of July extravaganza feature cannons, liberty bells, and fireworks. But the noise covers gunshots which leave a shifty Board member dead and Emily Wilson’s friend, KC, the prime suspect. Can Emily face down blackmail, danger, and a threat to her loyal companion to find the killer? Camel Press. Release Date May 8, 2023.

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